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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-15-2017, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Sux,
Twice I have had to return a pair of Dainaise Leather Pants overseas.
Using the sizing charts [conversions are difficult ] .
Even using the tape measure.
Recommend always going to the next size. Mainly Euro Manufacturers.
Same with Knox Handroid Gloves.
The first pair [ pants ], I was never refunded. They got held in customs and I could not get the seller to respond.
Definatly save money, but if you have to return, you lose what you save in shipping return.
US POSTAL 63.00
UPS 410.00
FEDEX 350.00
TO GERMANY

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-15-2017, 12:12 PM
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Gear would be the last thing I would buy online whether it be in the USA or overseas.
Unless I tried it on and knew exactly what I needed. But the money savings better be substantial
I must have tried on a half dozen Dainese jackets at Cycle Gear before I found one that fit.
I'll pay the extra money and support my local store especially since they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
I've returned things past the warranty period and without a receipt and CG has always taken care of me.
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u make a good point, buy local
but , the pants were about 275 compared to 410
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we have the same issues over here in the UK, funnily enough it's cheaper to buy from The States of Hong Kong than it is the UK.

in the past if i have need stuff from America i've had it posted to my cousin in CA and then he has sent it over. you don't get the hiked postage charge plus the import tax doesn't figure as much as the package may not strictly list what the value is.
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Dainese sizes tend to run even smaller. Pretty good deals right here in the states i.e. sportbiketrackgear has some good sales. Purchased a full suit on sale for a pretty good price.



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yeah, next time I'm over with you lot I'll be getting myself a new one piece suit. They charge a fortune over here.
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Dainese changed their sizing a few years ago, and also the fitment. I still have my older full Dainese suit in a 52 and it fits great. I then looked at a new one that was on closeout super cheap, jumped up all the way to a size 56. I don't know who the new sizes are made for, because it cannot be made for humans. I am just a normal shaped guy, but I still could not get my shoulders and chest into the 56 and it looked like I could pack a kid around the waist. Maybe I have been turning into Arnold or something.

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Ha,
yea, I mean, if you use the tape measure as they specify, how could you get it wrong,, 110 cm = 110 cm right.
I did try the usual US suppliers but none of them had the size I was ordering
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Buy Vanson, great gear made in the USA and same price as the Asstars and Dianeware

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yea, I mean, if you use the tape measure as they specify, how could you get it wrong,, 110 cm = 110 cm right.
I did try the usual US suppliers but none of them had the size I was ordering
Yeah I basically took the measurements then went with their next size up and suit fits perfecto. Fitting a suit is not easy because it also depends on build. I almost went with a custom suit company until I gave AGV and Alpinestars a shot. In the past I had J.R. (not the best fit) and Moto GP suit years ago (grew out of that one).



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I tried to buy a tank bag last year from an outfit in the UK, but it never got here and they had to refund my money.

Personal gear like helmets, boots, gloves an jackets and suits should be fitted before purchase unless you are purchasing replacement gear for something crash-damaged and you know the exact size you need.

I was in Kansas City last fall on business and stopped by Motorcycle Closeouts. First impression was that they are like Cycle Gear but a little higher-end and have a larger selection. I actually found a pair of AXO waterproof touring boots that fit me for $70. Most motorcycle-specific boots (other than engineer boots or clodhoppers) don''t fit my wide feet, so I was looking to replace the 8-year-old SIDI Mega Way rain boots with another pair of the same. The AXOs fit great, but are not advertised as 'wide width, so it was a stroke of luck I found them.

Try before you buy!

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Motorcycle Closeouts is another place where they have super deals too.



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