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Oct 23rd 2017, 01:52 PM   #1
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Bilt Women's Gear

Anyone have experience with Cycle Gear/Bilt Women's gear? I've owned some of their (men's) gloves and tried on their leather jackets. Thought it was pretty decent budget gear. But holy shit, the leather jacket I just ordered for my girlfriend is unbelievably thin. It's less than half the weight of my current Shift jacket or my old Alpinestars. She's hard to fit, or she would already be in name brand gear.
Oct 23rd 2017, 02:54 PM   #2
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '12 Concours14, '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750
Therein lies the problem with budget gear. You get what you pay for and Built is definitely on the bottom end of the spectrum. I had a pair of their boots and they didn't prevent a dislocated and fractured toe in a slow speed low side where my foot got caught under the bike. I've never personally worn any of their jackets but have plenty of friends and riding buddies who do and the most common failure is zippers and seams. The stuff just pulls apart. If it fails just from regular use, I wouldn't want to test that while sliding down the road.

I'd say Built is really only good for maybe one get off and not a big one either. Their gear is also not good for longevity. If your lady is looking to either ride with you or on her own for a while I'd go with something a bit more substantial. If it's her entry jacket that will be worn on the occasional ride and it's not yet clear if she really like the motorcycling world you might be ok.

My riding longevity has taught me the value of getting quality gear and I'm now wearing Klim stuff on the street and will be getting a good set of leathers to replace my thrashed A-stars.
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Oct 23rd 2017, 04:02 PM   #3
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Oh she wants her own, and is planning to take the MSF course in the spring.

I already had her try on Alpinestars, Dainese, Cortech, Rev'it, etc. Most of their large and XL look like kid's sizes, and their men's jackets fit horribly. As much as I dread it... I might have to get her into an HD jacket. They seem to offer a lot more variety in sizes. Like "tall" which you wouldn't think is such an odd thing.
Oct 23rd 2017, 05:21 PM   #4
 
  Feb 2016
  Spokane

  Vstrom 1000, DRZ 400 XR600 and way to many vintage mxers to list
I would encourage you to look at the FLY street apparel for women.

When I was a dealer, I sold a great deal of Ladies FLY gear. They have a wide range of sizes. They don't assume that all lady riders are all size 2-7.

FLY is an internal brand from Western Power Sports with their corporate headquarters in Boise Idaho.

It is good gear and I have found that they stand behind their gear pretty well.
Oct 23rd 2017, 05:41 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '12 Concours14, '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750
Look at Fieldsheer as well. My wife's first jacket is one of their textile ones with a removable liner, elbow padding and a back pad. She wore that a while then lost a bunch of weight and got an A-stars.

I had a 2 piece leathers set that were crazy old (they didn't ven have velcro patches on the knees for pucks cuz nobody was dragging knees when they were made I guess ) when I got them in like 2003 and they worked really well when my buddy went down in them in 2015.
Oct 23rd 2017, 06:07 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
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Originally Posted by HalcyonSon
...As much as I dread it... I might have to get her into an HD jacket. They seem to offer a lot more variety in sizes. Like "tall" which you wouldn't think is such an odd thing. ...
The fit and protective capability is a check of a lot more important than considering just the brand. I have a great Alpinestars jacket. The reason I bought this particular jacket is because my previous jacket had to be cut off after a serious crash (a truck ran a stop sign and hit me). The brand of my previous jacket? Harley-Davidson; and it did a great job. Exactly what it was supposed to do.
Oct 23rd 2017, 07:14 PM   #7
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

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Originally Posted by 307T
The fit and protective capability is a check of a lot more important than considering just the brand. I have a great Alpinestars jacket. The reason I bought this particular jacket is because my previous jacket had to be cut off after a serious crash (a truck ran a stop sign and hit me). The brand of my previous jacket? Harley-Davidson; and it did a great job. Exactly what it was supposed to do.
I've looked at Harley jackets before, and they do have nice leather. It's the godawful branding, the fact that they only come in black, the flames and skulls and fringe, and the prevalence of "gear" lacking fingers, sleeves, and asses that had steered me away from it. As long as my three requirements are met (leather, always wear it, and a good fit), she has her own list of requirements that I don't have to agree with lol.
Oct 23rd 2017, 07:15 PM   #8
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

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Originally Posted by dstevens
I would encourage you to look at the FLY street apparel for women.

When I was a dealer, I sold a great deal of Ladies FLY gear. They have a wide range of sizes. They don't assume that all lady riders are all size 2-7.

FLY is an internal brand from Western Power Sports with their corporate headquarters in Boise Idaho.

It is good gear and I have found that they stand behind their gear pretty well.
I've never heard of them, except maybe for dirt gear. Anywhere around Seattle to try it on?
Oct 23rd 2017, 08:09 PM   #9
 
  Feb 2016
  Oregon

My wife loves her Olympia gear also. After trying all the big names she felt like it was the best fit for her.


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Oct 23rd 2017, 09:45 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
probably the best leather gear you can find...I doubt size would be a problem...

Langlitz Leather | World's Finest Motorcycle Leathers | Custom Leather Garments
Oct 24th 2017, 12:41 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Rome

  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
I was going to say Vanson or Langlitz. I wear Dainese (and swear by them) but the zipper pulls break after many years of use and I switched them over to keychain loops. I would buy them again, but as a tall, I'm interested in getting custom leathers next time...
Oct 24th 2017, 08:05 AM   #12
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

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Originally Posted by chadams66
probably the best leather gear you can find...I doubt size would be a problem...

Langlitz Leather | World's Finest Motorcycle Leathers | Custom Leather Garments
The Cascade and Crescent look like possibilities. I'm curious about the Timberline though... who wears a pullover leather shirt? Especially one that (I assume) is 1.3mm thick? That would be a bitch to get on and off. And what the fuck is going on with their Rangers pants?!
Oct 24th 2017, 08:29 AM   #13
 
  Jan 2016
  Woodland, WA

Zipper failures are common with Built gear, but then that is true with any Pakistani leather products and a lot of brand's stuff is made there. I have a Built leather jacket that the zipper failed, but the local Vancouver shop paid to have it replaced. The jacket fits better than any I have had, and has now lasted past their 5 year warranty.
Oct 25th 2017, 11:03 AM   #14
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  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CB77, CB750K, CB750F
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thumperpilot
I was going to say Vanson or Langlitz. I wear Dainese (and swear by them) but the zipper pulls break after many years of use and I switched them over to keychain loops. I would buy them again, but as a tall, I'm interested in getting custom leathers next time...
Yes, Dainese is great stuff but the fine plastic Opti zippers are prone to wearing out. My Vanson uses YKK metal zips, which are pretty much the gold standard. I've also had very good luck replacing the Dainese Optis with heavy YKK nylon zippers that are similar in construction to the heavy duty ones they make for boat tops. I've seen those used on older HJC and Teknic jackets, too. They usually look and work like new.

As an interesting aside, the way the zipper is attached to the leather is equally important. I read a while back of someone's two piece suit being rejected by a tech inspector at Bonneville because the 360 zippers were not sewn directly onto the leather, but rather onto a fabric strip that was then attached to the leather. Unfortunately I don't remember the brand.
Oct 25th 2017, 02:11 PM   #15
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

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Originally Posted by DocB
As an interesting aside, the way the zipper is attached to the leather is equally important. I read a while back of someone's two piece suit being rejected by a tech inspector at Bonneville because the 360 zippers were not sewn directly onto the leather, but rather onto a fabric strip that was then attached to the leather. Unfortunately I don't remember the brand.
Every two-piece I can recall looking at had the zip attached using a stretch panel up under the leather so the jacket overlapped the pants. Attaching leather to leather would be a real contortionist act.
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