There is no question of the benefits of leather clothing on the bike – its highly durable and abrasion resistant but what is better a 1-piece or a 2-piece?
Firstly when buying leathers you should choose your gear wisely…it’s the only thing between you and a skin graft. Buy the best that you can afford, without breaking the bank, to save your skin and protect vital areas.
There is not one steadfast rule to buying kit because its such a personal decision. This depends on the bike, the style you like, bike usage etc. If you’re using your leathers for commuting you may not want a racing 1 piece suit, but similarly if you go on a lot of track days you may want something that can be used as both a racing protective suit but also a touring option, but if you’re just using the bike for track days then you will most likely just want a one-piece race suit.
Motorcycle suits are set for a sports bike riding position. They will feel strange when stood straight or just sitting as they are made shorter at the front and longer in the back so when in the riding position everything is positioned perfectly. Suits are also constructed for competition use and are ideal for track days – so remember this when trying a suit on and its always best to sit on a bike when buying a suit.
So which is better for you?
Two-piece suits tend to be better for touring/adventure bikes due to the riding position being more upright plus these are more versatile to zip to a textile jacket instead etc.
One piece suits tend to be perforated around chest and stomach to try to keep upper body cool. This is because they are more likely to be used as race suits so won’t need to be as versatile for commuting etc. Amazing for summer riding as well as track days and racing.
Two-piece suits have zipped vents throughout so also have the cooling abilities for summer – whilst these vents are good they aren’t as effective as full perforation.
A one-piece suit is harder to get into and remove than a two-piece so simple things like going to the toilet are easier in a two-piece.
2-pieces work with sports bikes and some two piece items sold seperately are designed to look like suits making these more versatile but obviously a 1-piece is designed for sports riding so you know this is fully suited to that. If you’ve also got a sports bike a lot of people like to go for the full effect. Another thing that 2-pieces offer is that they often have pockets that 1-piece suits don’t with the obvious benefits (change, keys, phones etc.)
On two piece suits the jacket detaches which obviously makes this more comfortable when off the bike so you can take the jacket off when you get to destination. With a 1-piece you don’t have this option aside from half undressing which can be constricting to walk around all day….but does this matter to you? A lot of people feel safer in a one-piece suit and would rather have this peace of mind.
Another thing to consider about suits is can you get in one? Suits are sized solely from the chest size with the waist measurements being around 8-10 inches smaller than the chest size ie. a suit with a 46” chest will have a waist of 36-38” – a one piece suit doesnt neccessarily fit all people. If you’re tall you may find it “drags you down” as the ergonimic design can be uncofmortable and on the shorter side. Similarly if you’re skinny or rather rotund you may find that, again, a one-piece won’t be for you.
Two-pieces can be a jacket and jean combination (sold seperately) or a 2 piece suit which is sized as a one piece. For a 2 piece combination jacket and jeans you can, by definition, match top and bottoms which could be of differing sizes, so it is more forgiving and may be better for your shape. Plus you have the option, for example, if you have long legs to get a longer length in the trouser with a regular jacket etc. To suit the shape of your body’s idosyncrasies. Fit is important – it shouldn’t be baggy as this will always get bigger with time and wear (like your leather shoes do!) There’s no point having armoured inserts if there’s room for them to twist round to where they’re not needed and then not offer the protection you need where you need it in a crash.
Suits sizes vary by style/manufacturer – one brand and model may fit you perfectly yet you couldn’t squeeze yourself into another in the same size by a different manufacturer. This is definitely worth keeping in mind. You may drool over the latest Alpinestars suit but it may just not fit you. This is another reason why you should have a good try on. We have 30 stores nationwide open 7 days a week with a great range so why not? Suits ideally should be fitted professionally we have an instore ditty “shoulders, forearm, elbow, hips and knees”. Click Here…