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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-06-2016, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Bought a new A* Atem suit

Hello everyone! Just joined this thread after having visited it a few times and have a question for you all. I just bought a new set of "proper" leathers to replace my last suit that is now 25 (!!!) years old. It is a new A* Atem suit and I must say I am very impressed with it's construction and its level of protection. I just received it and tried it on with the back protector and find it fits very snug. I have been told by the seller (613 Motorsports in Ottawa-who were fantastic BTW) that it will stretch a bit after a few uses. I understand that it must fit on the tight side in order for the suit to protect you properly in case of a fall but I don't think my 52 year old body is willing to spend the whole day at the track in a suit that is squeezing the life out of me! I am exaggerating a bit-but it does feel a little too tight.
All the protection is in the right place so going with a bigger suit size will make it too long. Also, if I remove the back protector (A* KR-R) the suit is significantly more tolerable.
So the question is basically this: if I keep the suit will it stretch the equivalence of that back protector? Don't know if I am being clear enough, but, if it does I think I will keep it. If not, I think I will be investigating another suit and returning this one.
Any suggestions or opinions?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-07-2016, 01:04 PM
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What size suit, how tall are you, and how much do you weigh?


For comparison, I've got the same suit (last years model though)
I'm 6'-3", 220 lbs (without suit) and I wear a 56/46.

It was a little snug initially, but it's broken in just fine and fits really well.

If it's restricting your motion uncomfortably, then you'll probably be better off with a larger size. My first 2 piece leathers, the pants were a size too small and bending my legs really caused my quads to burn after 20 minutes of riding.
If the suit is just a little tight around the midsection, but your arms/shoulders and legs/hips feel okay, then the suit is probably the right size.

Kinda a vague response, but I hope this helps.

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I also have the same suit and mine was super tight to begin with especially in the chest but broke in pretty well after a few days.

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Thanks for the input guys.

I am 5'6" and weigh 150 lbs. I purchased a size 50 which is what worked best based on the Alpinestars sizing chart.

The suit feels tight on my arms, chest, and thighs. I have an athletic build but am no muscle man! I guess I was hoping for a more relaxed fit. I just hope it will stretch enough to just relieve that tightness that might get tiresome after a day at the track. When I remove the back protector the chest area is fine.

What I am understanding from your answers is that it does break-in and stretch. If it feels after break-in the way it feels now when I do not use the back protector then I will keep it. Effectively, it has to stretch the equivalent of the "thickness of that back protector. Do you guys think it will stretch that much? I hope I am making sense and describing myself clearly.

Thanks!
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I really think it'll break in that much. You want it slightly tight rather than loose so the armor stays where it's supposed to be and cuts down on friction burns between skin and inside of the leathers if the unfortunate occurs.

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Thank you Tigerblade. I guess I will keep it then. Hope I won't have to test its crash-worthiness!
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It will stretch. A couple hot track days with sweat and hopping around during your session and she will brake loose and conform to you.
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Krumpdancer is absolutely right. You wear that suit to one track day and get all sweaty in it and moving around on the bike then struggling to get half out if it in between sessions then putting it back on for the next session. At the end of that first day you'll be glad you got it tight.

Look, IMHO OPINION this also all hinges on the chance you have a proper undergarment to wear under the leathers. I got Rev'It! Excellerator Race Undersuit - Sportbike Track Gear
this one and couldn't be happier.

These undersuits REALLY make it so much easier to get the track leathers on and off. They allow the leathers to slip around a bit on your man parts and other tighter places with no binding. Excellent purchase. I'll never wear leathers again without a proper undersuit. This particular brand has ankle and wrist straps to keep the undersuit pulled down tight so it doesn't ride up your legs or bunch up in your arms. Very well made, washable and breathable.
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Bought a new A* Atem suit

I bought an Atem suit last year as well. Had to lose 10 lbs to fit though. It was tight at first but it has broken in and it feels right . I also wear a force field back protector under .
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Now that's a way to get in shape. FORCE SHAPE!!!! Everyone should buy a suit a size to small cause after going a few times to the track and seeing what a workout it is makes u almost have to workout just to even make your trakedays fun. A lot of people loose 10-20lbs it seems like if they start getting serious with it.

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Any comments on how well it allows air to flow through the perforations? Can you feel the airflow?
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Mine aren't really perforated, at least not like my Spidi suit. Had some pretty hot days in it last year and did all right. The undersuits help with that too.

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I had to break mine in as well, I feel like this same rule applies to all leather products when purchased new.

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Well gentlemen (and any ladies!), I want to thank you again for the advice you all gave me earlier this year when I bought my Atem and questioned if I had chosen the right size. It ends up that after three track days the suit was fitting just right-even with the back protector. Snug but not restrictive. I was happy!

Why "WAS happy" and not "AM happy"? Because I ended up testing it at a 95mph spill.

All I can say is that it pays to get good equipment. The best you can afford to anyone who is reading this post and wondering how much to spend. I lost control and went down on on one side-landed on my left side and hit my shoulder and left forearm, rolled over onto my back and slid on the grass since I ran out of asphalt and eventually stopped on the gravel at the first turn at Calabogie race track near Ottawa , Canada.

Only some bruised ribs, shoulder, and right hand. Some road rash on my left forearm. The suit bruins through only on the left forearm flexible panel, a couple of loose seams but NO leather panel was perforated. I can't say how happy I am with its performance. Now I have to repair it because I plan to do it again next year! Except the falling part. I guess the fact that it fit so well played a role.

Thanks again and kudos to Alpinestar.

BTW, the Atem vents very well once you are underway.


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Sorry about your off but glad to hear the suit (and you) held up well!

There is a grey blur, and a green blur. I try to stay on the grey one. -Joey Dunlop
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