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Big and Tall Equipment Reference

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by jwalters, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. brianjonesphoto

    brianjonesphoto Hacked off

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    Camping Gear

    Me: 6'6" 330lbs. Built like an offensive linemen. 58" chest 40" waist 34" inseam

    Sleeping Bag
    Big Agnes Crystal +30 Long
    73" shoulders 68" long.

    The bag fits well. It's a hybrid bag. I don't know of any others like it. It uses down and synthetic fill. I seems to be a good compromise.

    Tent
    Alps Mountaineering Orion 4
    102x90 floor
    Pack size listed 8x22

    One of the few packable tents I've tried that I can lay down in and not touch the walls at my head or feet. I even have extra room. It's a little on the big side for one, but sleeps 2 well. Large vestibules, but plenty of room to bring in gear too.

    It fits inside of a pelican 1550 with the poles diagonal i the case. I've split it into 2 bags and it pack very small the main body in a 6x12 compression bag about 6" sphere compressed. Fly and ground cloth in another 6x12 compression bag gets even smaller.

    I can fit the entire camp tent/bag/pad/stove/pots in one 1550 with a little extra room for small stuff.
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  2. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    Got it, thanks KKop!

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  3. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    I just found a treasure. Size 15 boot socks. Right on the Carhart rack, in plain sight.

    Still looking for large gloves, I mean XXL gloves.


    Make: Carhartt
    Model: Boot Socks
    Available Sizes: XL--12 to 15
    Custom Alterations: None
    Buyer Info: 6'2", 280
    Comments: medium weight, 17% wool, no toe ridges, kinda stretchy.
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  4. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    Do us a favor and put them in the proper format, and I'll add it to the list! :D

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  5. KKop

    KKop ...and proud of it!

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    Make: Draggin' Jeans
    Model: Relaxed Fit model
    Available Sizes: up to 36 inseam
    Custom Alterations: None
    Buyer Info: 6'4"/34" inseam
    Comments:I'm between 34" and 35" inseam, and haven't been able to find riding jeans long enough to cover my lower legs/ankles while riding. Bought these jeans today at the factory store in Hickory, NC. Perfect with the extra two inches; covers the ankle even in bent riding position, wind does not blow into the boot anymore.

    Note for those with big calves: I tried the 'Utility' type jeans also, and they were very tight on my calves (19").
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  6. Tory1942

    Tory1942 The Retired Reprobate

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    6' 8", 279 lbs., 65 years, riding a Blue 2003 Suzuki Burgman AN650. Mostly, I tool around the Philadelphia, PA metro area, and take multi-day "credit card" tours, as I think that a locking door, hot water, heat/AC, a bed with clean sheets and a warm blanket, with no bugs & a nearby place to eat are at the height of Western Civilization.

    My favorite stuff (this assumes cool/cold weather)?
    .
    FirstGear Kilimanjiro riding jacket, with the inside liner removed, over a Widder electric vest w/arm-chaps and Widder electric gloves.

    [Note: if anyone wants Widder equipment, they'd better hurry and order, 'cause he's going out of business as of 12/31/2008.]

    Fleece-lined pants with Widder electric leg-chaps and a Moose pant covering that.

    Cruiserworks boots & tall socks with silk under-socks.

    Arai helmet

    Balacrava for warmth & wind protection between helmet and riding jacket.

    Widder electric gloves.

    FirstGear tailpack & a weatherproof metal camera case loaded with the electronics and stuff I'd rather not get wet. I do travel kind of light.

    A gel cushion, to prevent numb-buttitis.

    The usual repair and maintain stuff under the seat (include a Slime tire pump and tire poppers) + duct tape.

    An E-Z-Tour black light-weight motorcycle cover.

    And, a TrekLight ultra-lightweight hammock (about 1 lb.) & support lines, so that I can take that late-morning and mid-day nap--hanging from a couple of handy trees/posts--that lets me go on until late afternoon or evening.

    I have been known to pack a Strumstick or a lap steel & amp -- after all, I'll never meet those folks again ...
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  7. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    KKop, as always thanks for the input!

    Tory, great info, but if you could help me out and use the formating used by other posters it would help me keep the list organized. The goal of this thread was to keep a well organized/curated list so people had an easy reference to look through, instead of random suggestions that have appeared in the big/tall threads of the past. But I can't do it without your help! Thanks!



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  8. Cam

    Cam Been here awhile

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    Make: Joe Rocket
    Model: Phoenix 4.0 Jacket
    Available Sizes: S-5XL and to 3XL Tall (3XL Tall Purchased)
    Custom Alterations: None
    Buyer Info: 6'3", 300 lbs, 34" inseam, 46" waist, 52" chest, 34" sleeves
    Comments: I sometimes think it should be called Big OR Tall. This jacket is an off the shelf Big AND Tall jacket. It has great length in the arms, plenty of room for my belly and doen't constrict my shoulders. Pockets for CE armor, very comfortable mesh and I have been down in this jacket and it protected me well.

    Make: Joe Rocket
    Model: Ballistic 7.0 Jacket
    Available Sizes: S-5XL and to 3XL Tall (4XL Purchased)
    Custom Alterations: None
    Buyer Info: 6'3", 300 lbs, 34" inseam, 46" waist, 52" chest, 34" sleeves
    Comments: I first tried the 3XL Tall but found it binding under the arms. This was a suprise since the Phoenix jacket is such a good fit. This jacket is a great fit right till the neck. For some reason they think people that buy a jacket this big have small necks. I cannot zip the jacket all the way up which makes it not that useful in wet conditions. Still very nice jacket but because of the neck not waterproof at least for me.

    Make: First Gear
    Model: Sierra Rain Jacket
    Available Sizes: S-5XL (4XL Purchased)
    Custom Alterations: None
    Buyer Info: 6'3", 300 lbs, 34" inseam, 46" waist, 52" chest, 34" sleeves
    Comments: I bought this jacket to carry along with me on long distance rides. I wanted something I could put on quickly and would fit over my other gear. The jacket works for its purpose and has held up in several heavy rain riding sessions. My only real complaints are that it is bulky when you aren't wearing it eating up precious cargo space and it doesn't breathe.

    Make: First Gear
    Model: Sierra Rain Pants
    Available Sizes: S-5XL (4XL Purchased)
    Custom Alterations: None
    Buyer Info: 6'3", 300 lbs, 34" inseam, 46" waist, 52" chest, 34" sleeves
    Comments: I bought these pants to carry along with me on long distance rides. I wanted something I could put on quickly and would fit over my other gear. These pants work their intended purpose and has held up in several heavy rain riding sessions. My only real complaints are that it is bulky when you aren't wearing it eating up precious cargo space and it doesn't breathe.

    Make: Frogg Toggs
    Model: Leep Frogg Rain Suit
    Available Sizes: S-3XL (3XL Purchased)
    Custom Alterations: None
    Buyer Info: 6'3", 300 lbs, 34" inseam, 46" waist, 52" chest, 34" sleeves
    Comments: This is now my default wet weather riding suit. It packs well, doesn't ballon up like other light weight rain gear and it breathes bought this jacket to carry along with me on long distance rides. I wanted something I could put on quickly and would fit over my other gear. It has held up very well but the material still feels wimpy compared to other rain suits. I don't expect this to have the life of other heavy duty jackets, but I feel it is worth it. I seriously doubt this will survive in a crash, but I don't think that is really a consideration for me either.

    Make: Z Custom
    Model: Carbon Fiber Jacket
    Available Sizes: Only Custom Sizes
    Custom Alterations: Completely Custom
    Buyer Info: 6'3", 300 lbs, 34" inseam, 46" waist, 52" chest, 34" sleeves
    Comments: If you have the cash for this jacket, I am a big fan. It is completely customized for your body and it uses the high grade materials. Being completely customized for the person wearing simply means everything works. The only two downsides to this jacket are cost and weight but that weight feels like it will protect more. I have been down in this jacket and it was a nasty one. Other than scuffing the jacket it held up incredibly well.

    Make: HJC
    Model: CL-SP Helmet
    Available Sizes: S-3XL (3XL Purchased)
    Custom Alterations: None
    Buyer Info: Round Earth Shaped Head, Large Jaw
    Comments: This helmet fits fairly well, but I find it heavy and the weight rides high on my head. After a few hours in it, I find it more uncomfortable which is odd at least for me.

    Make: Arai
    Model: Quantum 2 Helmet
    Available Sizes: S-2XL (2XL Purchased)
    Custom Alterations: None
    Buyer Info: Round Earth Shaped Head, Large Jaw
    Comments: This helmet fits about as good as it gets for me. The weight is great and feels very balanced. Also, I have a huge jaw line that makes most helmets virtually impossible to wear but this one has ample room in that area. This helmet is my daily driver.

    Make: GMax
    Model: 68S SPC Helmet
    Available Sizes: S-3XL (3XL Purchased)
    Custom Alterations: None
    Buyer Info: Round Earth Shaped Head, Large Jaw
    Comments: This helmet is tight fit going on and feels pretty good even though smaller than an Arai. I do have pressure on my forehead with this helmet which has kept me from enjoying it. My face also sits very close to the front of the helmet but nothing that makes me feel uncomfortable. The features to price on this helmet make it a winner if it fits your noggin. I haven't given up on it yet.

    Make: AlpineStars
    Model: S-MX 6 Gloves
    Available Sizes: S-3XL (3XL Purchased)
    Custom Alterations: None
    Buyer Info: 6'3", 300 lbs, Very Wide Hands with Normal Length Fingers
    Comments: These gloves are mana from heaven in the summer. My hands usually end up busting the stitches out of most other gloves but these are down right roomy. They work great in cool to hot weater and have held up incredibly well. One of the few pieces of gear I have zero complaints with. Well it would be nice to have a silver color to relfect some of that hot sun in the summers but very minor nitpick.
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  9. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    Great! Got them in the list. :clap

    Thanks!


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  10. KKop

    KKop ...and proud of it!

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    Excellent!

    This thread keeps getting better!
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  11. nada

    nada Been here awhile

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    Great thread. I'm not particularly big nor tall, but I am tough to fit. I have a slim build with very long arms and legs.

    Here's what I'm currently wearing.

    Make: Tour Master
    Model: Transition Series 2 Textile Jacket
    Available Sizes: XS-XXXXL and Talls in M-XXXL (Med-Tall purchased)
    Custom Alterations: None
    Buyer Info: 6'0", 170 lbs, 34" inseam (over boots), 33" waist, 40" chest, 34" sleeves
    Comments: Sleeve-length is ample, shoulders fit well. Chest is a bit roomy, but no so much that it flaps in the wind. Neck is big, but I can easily wear a high-collared vest or neck gaitor. Great venting. I never use the liner. This jacket seems to be a good value for the money.

    Make: Tour Master
    Model: Caliber Textile Overpants
    Available Sizes: XS-XXXXL and Talls in M-XXXL (Med-Tall purchased)
    Custom Alterations: None
    Buyer Info: 6'0", 170 lbs, 34" inseam, 33" waist, 40" chest, 34" sleeves
    Comments: Waist is ample and very adjustable; I can easily slip these over jeans. I wish the legs were an inch longer. Overall, I'm happy with the purchase.
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  12. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    Thank ya-Nada!

    ps. That's two people in a row that used the correct format without having to be told! It's a miracle! :D

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  13. nada

    nada Been here awhile

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    You betcha.

    Here's the latest addition to the ever increasing quiver of "skinny guy with long arms" gear:

    Make: Gerbing's
    Model: Heated Jacket Liner
    Available Sizes: 38-66 "Gerbing's" Chest Size (I bought a Gerbing's size 44/36)
    Custom Alterations: None
    Buyer Info: 6'0", 170 lbs, 34" inseam (over boots), 33" waist, 40" chest, 34" sleeves
    Comments: Sleeve-length is ample, shoulders and torso fit well. Neck is roomy, but fits well underneath my Tour Master Transition Jacket. This thing is GREAT. It feels like the sun is shining on you and warming you up. I should have bought one years ago. Price is staggering, but I think I'll have it for a long time.
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  14. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    The thread lives on!!! :freaky

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  15. stretch71

    stretch71 n00b

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    Location:
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    Make: Weise
    Model: DynastarII jacket
    Available Sizes: 38-52 UK/USA Chest Size (I bought a size 46)
    Custom Alterations: None
    Buyer Info: 6'6", 215 lbs, 38" waist, 44" chest, 32" sleeves
    Comments: Sleeve-length is fine, shoulders and chest fit well. Neck is snug, but I use a thin snood to avoid friction. Removable thermal liner. Long enough from neck to waist. MAIN THING - waterproof, and I've tested them in Ireland! £210.

    Make: Weise
    Model: Pschyo trousers
    Available Sizes: 28-42 UK/USA Waist Size (I bought a size 38)
    Custom Alterations: 4" added (2" above and 2" below the knee)
    Buyer Info: 6'6", 215 lbs, 36" inseam (over boots), 38" waist.
    Comments: Fowlers (shop in Bristol) sent the trousers directly to a specialist alteration company, had the extra length added in the original material (Cordura), and then posted to me. Great fit. End result a 36" inseam. Again, WATERPROOF!!! £180.
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  16. Frontiersman

    Frontiersman Been here awhile

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    Jwalters, this is a great idea, thanks for doing it. Here's my contribution.


    Frontiersman.


    **JACKET**


    MAKE: <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City><st1:place>Olympia</st1:place></st1:City>
    MODEL: AST<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    AVAILABLE SIZES: S-4XL<o:p></o:p>
    CUSTOM ALTERATIONS: No<o:p></o:p>
    BUYER INFO: 6’7”, 51” chest, 52” waist, 37” sleeve<o:p></o:p>
    COMMENTS: Water proof breathable 500 cordura with CE armor in the shoulders, back and elbows. At the time I bought the 4XL for the extra room in the waist which made the chest a little baggy, I however have lost over 40 lbs and now the whole jacket is a little baggy. The jacket comes with a liner and I have worn this thing on short trips in temps as low as 36 deg. With a second fleece liner I have ridden as low as 19 deg.
    <o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    <o:p>**BOOTS**</o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    MAKE: Aerostitch
    MODEL: Combat touring boots (lites)<o:p></o:p>
    AVAILABLE SIZES: 7 to 14 (euro 41-50)<o:p></o:p>
    CUSTOM ALTERATIONS: No<o:p></o:p>
    BUYER INFO: Every day shoe size 14<o:p></o:p>
    COMMENTS: These boots are made for Aerostitch by Sidi. I found Aerostitch’s Euro sizing chart to be on the big side. They had Euro 50 listed as 14’s. I had tried on a pair of Sidi on roads and found euro 49 fit best. I went with the Euro 49 CBT’s and they fit perfectly. These boots are very well made.
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    <o:p></o:p>
    <o:p>**GLOVES**</o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    <o:p></o:p>
    MAKE: Lee Parks design
    MODEL: Deersports<o:p></o:p>
    AVAILABLE SIZES: xxs-3xl<o:p></o:p>
    CUSTOM ALTERATIONS: Unknown<o:p></o:p>
    BUYER INFO: Long fingers.<o:p></o:p>
    COMMENTS: I have a problem with gloves. It would seem that all gloves are made for people with short fat fingers. I bought the Lee Parks because they actually provide a sizing chart on their web sit that you can down load and compare your hand and finger size to the different glove sizes. Most other glove manufactures just want you to measure around your palm. I bought the 2xl and they seem to fit pretty well, however they are a little tight in the thumbs but I hope they will break-in with time.

    **CAMPING**

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    MAKE: Big Agnes
    MODEL: <st1:place><st1:placeName>Buffalo</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType>Park</st1:placeType></st1:place><o:p></o:p>
    AVAILABLE SIZES: One size 40X78<o:p></o:p>
    CUSTOM ALTERATIONS: No<o:p></o:p>
    BUYER INFO: 6’7” 315 lbs
    COMMENTS: 40 deg. Synthetic bag. I like the park series bags because they have a large girth. Most bags have length but are to narrow for me. These bags are nice and roomy. Big Agnes also uses a design that removes the bottom insulation of the bag and is replaced with a sleeping pad that fits in a sleeve on the bag. This is nice because it cuts down on weight and makes it impossible to slide of your mat.
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  17. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    Got it stretch! Thanks!

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  18. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    Done and done! :clap

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  19. bump

    bump COLOR ME GONE

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    Man,

    Warning - I'm a BRP rider so this is Dirt Bike Specific!

    I just went through this. I'm about the same size. I went to Chaparral in San Berbardino and tried on everything. I mean everything! I took a whole to off to go there and buy new gear. It took me three hours to find new pants, vest / flak jacket, underwear (I broke my hip years ago when a nice old couple used me for traction on a mountain road above LA), and boots. I learned a lot there too.
    Most manufacturers make three levels of riding pants and jerseys. Naturally there are three different price ranges. I found it consistent that the most expensive in any brand fit the best. That said, I don't wear knee braces and ride mostly in the dirt. I found the No Fear brand was by far the best fitting and seemed to offer the best protection.
    I tried every boot in my size. The last one was the best and it was almost an afterthought by the sales staff. It's an Italian brand named Gaerne. Unbelieveable great fit. Best I've ever had. I was intent not to complain if I ended up with 00 boots to be comfortable in the attack position and also if I had to walk out in them. The Gaerne's we a lot cheaper than the Sidi boots and are great.

    Good luck all - great thread.


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  20. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    Bump,
    If you give me the details like Stretch and Frontiersman did above, I'll add the boots to the list.
    Thanks
    Jesse

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