Big Gear for Big Riders Buyers Guide
January 11, 2012
Filed under Motorcycle Gear Buyers Guides
[This Big Gear for Big Riders Buyers Guide was originally published in the September 2010 issue of Rider magazine]
The more of you there is to protect, the more important it is to protect it! Our readers come in all sizes, and that’s just fine with us. One of the most common requests we get from them, in fact, is where to find riding gear in extra-big sizes. The following is a pretty good list of helmets, jackets, pants and boots for our riding friends who are livin’ large. It’s a great starting point in a hunt to get properly attired when nothing seems to fit.
For this guide we started well north of the commonly found sizes. Although most are available in punier versions, too, here we list helmets in 3XL and higher that are DOT approved. Jackets are at least 3XL for men, and a plus size or 2XL for women, and include armor. Pant sizes are trickier based on how the manufacturers classify them; here you’ll find some larger sizes for both men and women. Pants include knee armor, and some have hip armor, too. When it comes to boots, we found that anything over a size 13 men’s in regular width is hard to find, so we’ve listed companies that offer boots in at least a 14 men’s and 11 women’s and/or wide sizes.
Staying cool in summer when you’re naturally well insulated is not that hard anymore. These days there’s good summer apparel available, like mesh jackets, that offer much more protection than a T-shirt in hot weather. Those available in big sizes with elbow and shoulder (and in most cases, back) armor are listed here.
Aerostich RiderWearhouse • (800) 222-1994 • www.aerostich.com
Aerostich is best known for its high-end 500-denier Cordura/Gore-Tex Roadcrafter suit. It’s available in both one- and two-piece ($847 and $897) up to size 52 Long (363⁄4-inch inseam). The one-piece has an optional gusset alteration to add another 4 inches to the chest and waist girth. If you prefer leather, the company’s waterproof $1,497 Transit Two Piece Suit (Jacket up to size 52 Long; Pants up to size 44 Long, 35-inch inseam) has stretch panels. For a variety-pack of weather conditions the looser-fitting Darien Jacket ($427, up to size 54) is waterproof, and liners are optional. Matching $297 500-denier unlined Darien Pants (up to size 46 Long, 38-inch inseam) have full-length zippers. Two boots are offered up to size 14: The 11-inch leather Combat Lites ($277) have a wider shaft to fit extra-large calf muscles, and the Combat Touring Boots are $327.
AFX Helmets • www.afxhelmets.com
The ECE-approved FX-Magnus full-face helmet is available in 3XL-4XL in Gloss Black. The 4XL fits head circumferences 263⁄4-271⁄8 inches, and has a claimed weight of 3.60 pounds. Retail price for the Magnus is $109.95.
Alpinestars • (310) 891-0222 • www.alpinestars.com
Alpinestars offers touring boots sized up to 14 (European size 50) men’s and 11 (European size 43) women’s. In the men’s lineup are three waterproof all-weather boots. The Tech Touring Gore-Tex ($349.95) feature dual-density ankle protection. The Web Gore-Tex Boots ($239.95) have calf adjustments. The Ridge Boots ($129.95) are a shorter boot with double-width adjustable hook-and-loop straps. For women, the stylish Stella Armada WP ($329.95) and Stella Torre ($299.95) are waterproof. The seemingly lace-up retro Armadas have a full-length zipper for fast exit and entry, and the midheight Citta Boots ($259.95) have a steel shank for support.
Arai Helmets • www.araiamericas.com
Each Snell-certified Arai helmet is handmade and goes through three separate quality control departments. A whole new shell is created for the full-face 3XL (65-66cm) helmets it offers in its Profile line. These are offered in four color choices: White or Pearl Black for $534.95 and Aluminum Silver or Black Frost for $10 more. The 3XL in our lead photo weighed in at 60 ounces, just 4 more than an XL.
Firstgear • www.firstgear-usa.com
Firstgear carries a variety of warm- and cool-weather riding gear in larger sizes for men and women. The two jackets featured here are sized up to men’s 4XL and 2XL Tall, and 3XL for women. The Kilimanjaro ($299.95) three-season jacket has a waterproof outer shell made of high-density 600-denier polyester, and its zip-in liner can be worn as a stand-alone jacket. For warm-weather riding the Mesh-Tex Jacket’s ($129.95) outer shell is made of 250-denier polyester mesh for total ventilation. Also check out the TPG Escape Pants ($249.95) with lots of pockets, and sized up to 48 men’s and 18 women’s. For the ladies, the TPG Monarch Jacket ($469.95) is sized up to 2XL.
Forma Boots • www.formaboots.com
Forma boots are Italian designed and waterproof. The Street Evo ($199) touring boots fit men up to size 14 (European size 50) and women up to size 15. The ladies’ riding boot, the Diamond ($219), fits up to size 101⁄2 (European size 42) and has a 11⁄2-inch heel.
Fulmer Helmets • www.fulmerhelmets.com
Fulmer offers the M1 Modus ($149.95) that has a flip-up chinbar with a button release in 3XL. Fulmer also offers a 4XL offroad helmet, the X6, for $99.95 in black with gray graphics.
Harley-Davidson • www.harley-davidsonfootwear.com
H-D’s collection of riding boots include women’s sizes up to 11, like the 5-inch lace-up Shawnee ($110); waterproof, 7-inch, lace-up Hennie ($135); and 9-inch zip-up Mia ($130). In men’s boots the lace-up Stealth ($126) is sized up to 18 and 13 wide. Classic riding boots such as the 11-inch Harness ($164) and 10-inch Flash Steel Toe ($142) are sized up to 15 wide. The lace-up Faded Glory ($125) combat-style and Interstate Zip ($110) are available up to size 15.
Helmet House • HJC Helmets: www.hjchelmets.com / Tourmaster and Cortech: www.tourmaster.com
Helmet House has you covered from head to toe with several HJC helmets sized up to size 3XL (hat size 81⁄8-81⁄4, head circumference 255⁄8-26 inches), Tourmaster 4XL jackets and pants, and size 14 boots. There are a variety of colors in the CL-16 helmet for $129.99-$144.99. The three-season Tour Master Transition Jacket (men’s and women’s sizes) is offered in seven color choices for $189.99. TM’s 600-denier polyester Intake Air mesh jacket offers all-over airflow in large and tall sizes. The Cortech LNX leather jacket is designed specifically for women, and is available up to Plus Large sizes for $239.99 in black. Check out Tourmaster’s website for textile pants including the Quest ($74.99) and the Tracker Air ($119.99) in 4XL. The latter has zip-off lower legs and even comes in Short 4XL. Four styles of boots are available up to size 14.
Icon • www.rideicon.com
Icon’s got your 3XL head covered with many of its ECE-approved Airframe ($360) helmets available in a variety of designs, even pink if you like! The 3XL fits hat sizes 81⁄8-81⁄4 and 251⁄2-26-inch heads. The company also has women’s 3XL (bust size 45) jackets such as the nylon/textile Hella Street Angel ($240). For men, the Hooligan 2 Etched ($185) mesh jacket offers full venting and stretch panels and sizes up to 4XL (chest size 52-54). The nylon/textile Contra jacket ($195, up to 4XL) has mesh panels and ratchet closure waist adjusters.
Joe Rocket • www.joerocket.com • www.power-trip.com
All Joe Rocket textile jackets are sized up to at least a 3XL, and five—Ballistic 8.0, Reactor 2.0, Phoenix 2.0, Atomic 4.0 and UFO 2.0—offer up to 5XL in black. Prices vary from $149.99-$269.99. The Ballistic and Atomic are waterproof while the other three have lots of mesh for warm-weather riding. The women’s line has some cool feminine-looking jackets —that aren’t over-the-top girly—like the Heartbreaker 2.0 ($214.99) and longer-cut, exquisitely detailed Ballistic 7.0 ($254.99), mesh Cleo ($174.99) and textile Luna ($194.99) sized up to 2 Diva.
Joe’s sister company Power Trip has the Jet Black II ($149.99) and waterproof Dakota II ($189.99) with a front mesh panel in men’s and women’s styles in the same 3XL sizes. The tailor-cut lambskin Scarlet ($299.99) is offered in 2 Diva. The men’s 5XL classically tailored 1.2mm leather PowerGlide jacket retails for $319.99.
Marshall Distributing • www.marshalldistributing.com
This company makes Gmax and Zoan full-face helmets up to 3XL. The GM2X ($59.95) open-face helmet goes up to 4XL. The 3XL helmets are sized 81⁄4-83⁄8 inches and fit head sizes 26-263⁄8 inches or 66-67cm.
The GM68S ($134.95) full-face is available in a variety of colors and graphics and has a patented L.E.D. light incorporated into the rear vent. The GM44S ($149.95) is a modular flip-up. ECE-approved Zoan helmets include the full-face Z990 Defender ($149.95) in solids and graphics. The Z933 Runner ($169.95) modular helmet is available in several solid colors and has a dark tint inner sun shield.
Motonation • www.motonation.com
Motonation carries two styles of Sidi boots that are offered in EE width in up to 13-131⁄2 (European size 48). The waterproof Vertigo Mega Gore-Tex ($395) boots have an adjustable calf system and an elastic panel adjacent to the entry zipper. The Way Mega Rain ($225) has a zipper and hook-and-loop closure, a toe shift pad and an internally padded shin plate. The company offers the textile and mesh AGV Sport Solare ($99) jacket in five color choices in sizes up to 3XL.
Olympia MOTO SPORTS • www.olympiamotosports.com
Olympia has a large range of men’s and women’s apparel for all conditions, with adjustable stretch waistbands, hip stretch panels and EZ hem bottoms. Men’s jackets are available up to 4XL and ladies up to 3XL. For your bottom half, the Airglide 3 Mesh Over Pant ($199.99) is available in 18 women’s and 44 men’s. The matching Airglide Jacket ($249.99) is constructed of 500-denier Cordura with ballistic airflow mesh panels. The company also carries cold-weather riding jackets in 4XL, which includes the all-season AST Touring Jacket for $299.99.
Rev’It • www.revitusa.com
Rev’It’s Sand Jacket ($429) and Trousers ($299)—up to size 4XL with short and long lengths available in the trousers—are designed for any temperature, any terrain and have plenty of pockets and good ventilation. The Air Ladies Jacket ($189) is a combination of Cordura and free-flowing mesh, with a wide range of colors up to size 46. The men’s version comes in up to size 4XL. The Rotor Trousers ($179) have ventilation panels, slit pockets and calf zippers and are offered up to 2XL Long.
River Road • (866) 212-2389 or (817) 258-9008 • www.riverroadgear.com
If you’re into black leather, the Cruiser Leather Jacket ($239.95) has lots of vents and is sized up to men’s 54 and women’s 3XL. The shorter-cut Race Leather Jacket ($174.95-$204.95) is offered up to men’s 64 and women’s 3XL. The company offers several textile (black with gray) jackets in 3XL for both men and women. The three-quarter-length Taos ($179.95) is a waterproof, heavy-duty nylon jacket. Matching Taos Pants ($119.95) in men’s 46 and women’s 18 have side pockets and large, reflective piping.
Roadgear • (800) 854-4327 • www.roadgear.com
Roadgear has some rugged riding gear in plus sizes; the textile, three-quarter-length Xcaliber Jacket ($319.90), for example, in red-and-black or yellow-and-black are sized up to 58. Also available in size 58 is the textile Xtreme Jacket (same price) that is more black than bold. The 1.2mm drum-dyed cowhide Timbuktu Overpants ($269.90) have full-length two-way side zippers and elasticized waist panels in men’s 48. The waterproof Cordura Tierra del Fuego Overpants ($189.90), slightly tighter fitting than the Timbuktus because of added hip armor, are sized up to 46.
Scorpion • www.scorpionusa.com
Scorpion has a unique helmet in 3XL (81⁄8-81⁄4 hat size, 65-66cm head circumference), the EXO-900 Transformer ($279.95) in six solid colors. The chinbar on this full-face helmet can be flipped up, or removed to transform the 900 into a three-quarter helmet. Scorpion also offers some great-looking women’s jackets in size 2XL, such as the Fiore, Jewel, Diamond and Empress jackets, ranging in price from $169.95-$189.95. Options for men are 3XL and 3XL Tall jackets in Scorpion’s XDR line. Check out the mesh Master ($314.95), the heavy-duty Commander ($364.95) with a storm collar and the waist-length Assault ($254.95). The waterproof, textured leather Shock ($404.95) jacket is made for the extreme rider. XDR Awe Pants ($264) are sized up to 3XL.
Shift • www.shiftracing.com
Shift offers multiple jackets (in black) ranging from lightweight to heavy-duty sized up to men’s 3XL. The water-resistant Backdraft (149.95) is a combination of two premium grades of mesh. For touring types who want a versatile jacket for a variety of weather conditions, the Trifecta Storm Series Mesh ($299.95) could be just what you’re looking for. The outer shell is mesh and the jacket has two liners—one’s windproof and waterproof, and the other adds another layer of warmth for chilly days. Check out the website for other 3XL jackets.
Shoei Helmets • (714) 730-0941 • www.shoei-helmets.com
A separate shell size is created for the largest Shoei helmet, a 3XL in the full-face RF-1100. The “sport-touring” helmet is Snell 2010 approved and comes in five solid colors for $399.99-$454.99.
Vanson • (508) 678-2000 • www.vansonleathers.com
Vanson offers leather and textile jackets sized up to 62 men’s (chest size) and 20 women’s. Riding pants are offered in 44 men’s and 20 women’s waist sizes. The company also offers made-to-measure custom- fitted riding gear for an additional $200-$350. Some of the apparel available in extra-large sizing include the cowhide 4XL Drifter ($527.90) and size 62 Model A ($648.90) hip-length jackets, the classic biker style women’s Zephyr ($499) and Technical Sport Rider Pants ($599) in men’s 44 and women’s 20.
Vega Helmets • (800) 728-4898 • www.vegahelmet.com
Vega’s Altura full-face helmet ($119.99) and NT200 open-face come in sizes up to 5XL (hat size 85⁄8, head size 69-70cm or 27-27.5 inches) in black only for sizes 3XL-5XL. Vega also offers a selection of jackets in up to size 4XL.
Wesco Boots • www.westcoastshoe.com
Boot maker Wesco makes several motorcycle boots up to size 13EE. Wesco can also build a boot for you up to 16EEE at no extra cost. Some of the boots available in these long and wide sizes include the lace-up Jobmaster ($404) and similar Highliner ($418), the 11-inch pull-on Boss ($448) and Harness ($474) boots. Wesco also offers custom fitting (for a fee) and can create a boot specifically for you—for instance, if you’ve had foot surgery and need special sizing.
Z1R Helmets • www.z1rhelmets.com
This company’s three-quarter helmets come up to 3XL sizes, fitting hat sizes 81⁄4-81⁄2. The Ace Transit Solid ($129.95) has an interchangeable shield and visor combinations. For a retro style check out the Jimmy Retro ($74.95). The Ace Solid ($99.95) has an extra-long face shield. Click on the Part Numbers section on the website to bring up the 3XL sizes.