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Got my Custom Syed Leathers - reviewed

Old 04-23-2008, 05:04 PM
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Got my Custom Syed Leathers - reviewed

My custom Syed leathers arrived 2 days ago - YIPPIE !
All I can say is WOW !
Why did I wait so long to purchase leathers that fit correctly ?????
I'll never be able to wear off the rack leathers again !

So I got this question from by buddy....
So what's the leather quality feel like ? Any comparisons ?


The answer & more....

These are very well vented & flow air better than any other leathers I have had - even better than the 10 year old vented Syeds I had.
The new Syed vent option has more airflow holes than the older one.
Proper sizing helps too - my old Syeds were too tight & some air holes were plugged.
The new Syed has just a little room that allows air to pass thru the holes & cool me better
The built in back protector allows more air in the belly/sides areas.
My old Dainese back protector has a pair of wide belly straps that inhibit air flow/cooling on the lower chest, stomach, & sides.

I had a 10 year old used Syed suit that had been crashed several times.
I was impressed with it's durability.
The old leather, altho well broken in, was much stiffer than this new Syed leather.
I sold the old suit cause I got too big (fat) to wear it.
The guy that bought it had the crash damage repaired by Syed for a very reasonable price - like $60-$80.
Several people in the CMRA have Syed suits & all I have talked to speak very highly of them.

Leather quality....
Actually I am very impressed with the leather Syed uses now....very supple!
Seems better quality than the older Syed suits.
It is very supple & reminds me of the leather in a Dainese suit I once had ....seems like very high quality stuff.

There is not too much break-in so far...minor stiffness at 1st but nothing like other suits I've used.
It lets me move around pretty easily already & is better after a 3 hour 'twistys' ride.
I bet it will get even better as I wear it more.
It's really nice to be able to move around on the bike easily & feel well protected - inspires more confidence in my meager abilities!
It could be an illusion but it seems to promote proper form on the bike....the suit 'cut' makes it easy to position my body correctly on the bike and resists improper positions.
At least that's my impression so far.
The built in back protector is really nice - no more belly/ shoulder straps to mess with like my Dainese BP
I want to get out to Oak Hill ASAP & really try them out
(I won't 'push the envelope' on public roads - too dangerous & irresponsible)
Wish I knew more CMRA people in Dallas that could go to the Hill with me during the week when I have days off
(ah... the glamor of the airline business- great days off! - ya right!)

I like this Syed better than all the other leathers I have tried.
They seem higher quality than the all others and equal to or a little better the dainese suit I had.
Previous suits:
Komodo FX (now my backup suit) 48 too long/loose in legs & arms
Dainese 2 pc
Spidi Scott Russell replica
Teknic Sport pants / Lightning jacket
Syed - 10 year old well worn/crashed - new one has better leather
Cortech mesh/leather summer touring 2 pc. suit (doesn't really count as a track suit)

No one has asked about the cost yet....so....
The basic Syed custom suit is $985
That's one color, full ventilation, & full armor including knee pucks (except no back protector - add $65 for BP) .
The way mine is cost $1480 shipped

I looked into a custom Komodo & it was gonna cost over $2000 & be sewn in Pakistan - at least a 6-8 weeks wait to get them

Syed is made in the USA (Orlando, FL)
They estimated 4-6 week to complete.
Actual time was a little over 3 weeks + 5 days to UPS it to Dallas.
Good service I'd say !

If you have any questions just ask !



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Old 04-23-2008, 05:19 PM
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They look great! If I were to get a 1pc I would likely want to go the custom route as off the rack ones don't fit quite right - you can't beat a proper fitting suit!

Lets hope you don't have to give us a crash report on these
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Old 04-23-2008, 05:53 PM
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Wow! Those are very very nice!
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aarp racing made me chuckle
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Radiaoktiv View Post
aarp racing made me chuckle

Ah yes.... AARP Racing !!
Maybe when those youngsters see that they might give me a little extra room when they pass me on the track !!!
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Originally Posted by RickB View Post
They look great! If I were to get a 1pc I would likely want to go the custom route as off the rack ones don't fit quite right - you can't beat a proper fitting suit!

Lets hope you don't have to give us a crash report on these

They also make 2 piece custom suits !

I plan to get a 2 pc. made for fall/winter/spring riding that are cut a little larger to fit some wind-proof fleece underneath.
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Hey, you aren't eligible for AARP until you are 55.
A former endurance road racer named Lee Parks recommends Syed leathers in his book, "Total Performance". Yours look great.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:37 PM
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You will actually start receiving the inviations to join AARP right around your 50th big day. (at least that's what I hear)
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Originally Posted by VTRsurfer View Post
Hey, you aren't eligible for AARP until you are 55.
A former endurance road racer named Lee Parks recommends Syed leathers in his book, "Total Performance". Yours look great.
Originally Posted by trackdayhawk View Post
You will actually start receiving the inviations to join AARP right around your 50th big day. (at least that's what I hear)
Yep - he's right....got my AARP card several years ago
Doesn't really matter tho....gonna roll over 55 in August

Here's an action pic of the old man trying to go fast
I get to go again this Sunday - Yippie !
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are you going to cresson? if so I'll see you there. what level are you taking? I'm not sure if I'll be teaching 1 or 2
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Originally Posted by gssbmm View Post
are you going to cresson? if so I'll see you there. what level are you taking? I'm not sure if I'll be teaching 1 or 2
I'll be there Sunday Morning to ride Level 2
Already signed up & paid
Let me know what you are teaching.
I need help getting my lap times down to race pace
(running 1:45 CW now)
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Hey, I'm 61 so I guess "old timers" is taking over. Yeah, I guess I did get my first AARP solicitation over 10 years ago.

Still cool leathers though.
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28yrs old ...............hope I'll still be riding when i get that age.

2 thumbs up......AARP mad made me chuckle....hahah
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