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Old 12-25-2012, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I've been doing a lot of research into one piece suits as I am into the market for one. I'm trying to decide between a Alpinestars Atem vs. a Pilot Power Custom Evo on sale. Which one would you go for? Are there any other suits you would prefer at that price point?

It seems like the Atem has better patella/knee protection with the integrated gripper and is quite comfortable. I'm not very familiar with the pilot power, but it seems many racers and pros wear them; i don't know if it offers the same level of knee protection or general protection than the Astars.

Thanks for any input or feedback.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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For what it's worth - just took delivery of my new Pilot suit and I LOVE IT. Granted, it's winter here so I haven't had a chance to ride with it but moving forward, can't see myself going any other way than "custom" in the future. I had a Tecknic Kangeroo suit in 44 (bought it before I started wearing chest, thigh, hip and spine protectors and once I did, it was way to constricting). STG had a killer sale on it's newer model and ordered it in 46 to fit all the gear I wear underneath - had to send it back because it was still too tight and the sleeves and legs were too long. Decided to give Pilot a shot - the fit is PERFECT - besides having full mobility, it's the little things - like having the legs end above the ankle and tapered to my calves so literally, zip up the bottom, slide into the boot - no having to perfectly position my leathers, having them fold over inside the boot and creating pressure points - just fits like a second skin. Here's the caveat though - if you can find a suit that fits you off the rack - go with the one you like, if you're like me where every one you try has something just a little off - so worth it to get one made just for you. As an added bonus - you get to design your own suit - what ever colors you want, where you want them and they'll throw in your name and sponsor patches as part of the deal (I even had them put the flags of my parents birth countries on my sleeves - and they did it for free!!!!!). Haven't crashed in it but the armor seems just as good as my previous suits (feel completely confident that my knees are protected).

Here's the rendering and the end product - couldn't be more happier!!!!!!!(as you can see in the "attention" box - all the custom measurements that went into it



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Old 12-26-2012, 02:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you're near orlando, Syedleathers does very nice custom work.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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IMHO... you should ck out Sport Bike Track Gear ... they are a vendor
on this forum ... they have all kinds of riding gear ... I have been doing
business with them for yrs. they know their stuff, if they don't have it ..
you don't need it .......
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you for the replies and the additional insights. I am probably leaning to go for an alpinestars because the Atem is one of the first suits that is entirely CE rated, whereas the pilot power and most of the other suits (save for race replicas) only have CE rated armor.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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For what it's worth - just took delivery of my new Pilot suit and I LOVE IT. Granted, it's winter here so I haven't had a chance to ride with it but moving forward, can't see myself going any other way than "custom" in the future. I had a Tecknic Kangeroo suit in 44 (bought it before I started wearing chest, thigh, hip and spine protectors and once I did, it was way to constricting). STG had a killer sale on it's newer model and ordered it in 46 to fit all the gear I wear underneath - had to send it back because it was still too tight and the sleeves and legs were too long. Decided to give Pilot a shot - the fit is PERFECT - besides having full mobility, it's the little things - like having the legs end above the ankle and tapered to my calves so literally, zip up the bottom, slide into the boot - no having to perfectly position my leathers, having them fold over inside the boot and creating pressure points - just fits like a second skin. Here's the caveat though - if you can find a suit that fits you off the rack - go with the one you like, if you're like me where every one you try has something just a little off - so worth it to get one made just for you. As an added bonus - you get to design your own suit - what ever colors you want, where you want them and they'll throw in your name and sponsor patches as part of the deal (I even had them put the flags of my parents birth countries on my sleeves - and they did it for free!!!!!). Haven't crashed in it but the armor seems just as good as my previous suits (feel completely confident that my knees are protected).

Here's the rendering and the end product - couldn't be more happier!!!!!!!(as you can see in the "attention" box - all the custom measurements that went into it



Great info, I'm in the market for a new suit.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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There is also the BMW leathers as well

DoubleR Suit - Leather Suits
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Recently purchased a Dainese Aspide. Great suit. Lots of stretch panels.

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Old 12-31-2012, 12:52 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hey socal, thanks for the feedback, the aspide is a great suit but I am just worried about not having the flexibility to drag elbow; I feel like it would tear and wear the suit. That's why I also like the atem, it has elbow sliders. Although I am not entirely convinced by the quality, as the sliders are made of plastic. Which is why perhaps the Dainese team race suit could be an option because of its aluminum sliders? but it is kind of out of my budget lol

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I have the Atem. I've tried alot of different brands and the Atem by far was the best fit and looks really good. I get lots of compliments on the fit. From guys mostly My luck!!!
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