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For those in the know:

I'm beginning to investigate getting a nice leather jacket, after the tip I got in another thread about finding good prices online.

It seems like most people tend to prefer Vanson or Dainese leather... is it just a matter of personal preference or is one clearly better than the other?

Also: are there any other good brands I should consider? I like classic, understated jackets... no flashy graphics for me.

Finally, when buying online, it helps to know how each brands' sizing tends to run: I've heard Vanson runs a bit small (I wear a 44R when I buy a suit or sportcoat).. What about Dainese? Do they tend to run small also?
 
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When it comes to getting a good fit there is nothing like trying on the jacket or pants for fit. I highly reccomend going to a local shop and try on the stuff. I also kinda feel bad if I went to someone's shop to try on the stuff and buy it online, so I buy my stuff from the shop.
IMHO the Vanson Jackets are a little tight and if you want to wear something under it (thermal, sweater ...) you might want to go a size larger.

Hey Herb, what Kermit doing there? Is that you side work, porno puppets ? ;D
 
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I prefer to support local shops as much as possible, but can't bring myself to shell out hundreds of extra dollars when I can find a bargain online.

That said, I never buy anything online that I've been helped with in a shop... that's just wrong, in my opinion.

Maybe I'll cruise on down to my local Bent Bike and see if they have any decent leather jackets for a good price...
 
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I probably should have asked if you had dealers for those brands before suggesting an online purchase. I couldn't buy ANYTHING remotely close to that quality locally, and sometimes assume others are in the same boat. I prefer to buy from the local guy, and do so whenever possible.
All my bike parts came from my local dealr, who gave me as good a price as I could get online. But he doesn't sell everything...and there really isn't any alternative, sometimes...
 

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I have a Vanson jacket and I love it. I have the rocket gloves too. It fits great and I feel like a knight when I'm wearing it. The people are super nice as well. I was going to order a custom fit, but they called me and said that they make a size that would do, and it did. Great company, great product. You can't put a price on safety either.
 

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i've had a vanson velociraptor and several dainese jackets. the fit can vary between different jackets of the same brand and whether they have hard or soft armor, zip-in liners, or adjustable/stretchy features.

if you're going to mailorder dainese, i'd talk to frans at www.dainese.be. he can help with proper sizing, has great prices, and fast service.

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I prefer to support local shops as much as possible, but can't bring myself to shell out hundreds of extra dollars when I can find a bargain online.

That said, I never buy anything online that I've been helped with in a shop... that's just wrong, in my opinion.

Maybe I'll cruise on down to my local Bent Bike and see if they have any decent leather jackets for a good price...
My local Cycle Gear will try and price match with the internet to a point, but you are right some of those prices can't be beat... I just got a Dianese Shard from the Cycle Gear, it was on clearance and the guy there gave me a 10% off clearance coupon... got a $599.00 jacket out the door for like $440.00 including tax!
 

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It seems like most people tend to prefer Vanson or Dainese leather... is it just a matter of personal preference or is one clearly better than the other?

Also: are there any other good brands I should consider? I like classic, understated jackets... no flashy graphics for me.

Finally, when buying online, it helps to know how each brands' sizing tends to run: I've heard Vanson runs a bit small (I wear a 44R when I buy a suit or sportcoat).. What about Dainese? Do they tend to run small also?
Off the rack Vansons and Dianese are cut differently even when they should be an equivalent size. Dainese just fits me better off the rack. Now having been through the Vanson custom sizing process, I'd say they can probably make you a jacket that's perfect for you and Dainese doesn't offer that service. Dianese seems to be a bit softer when new, but after just a couple of weeks, my new Vanson is breaking in nicely.

I think that from a safety standpoint, they'll both serve you well. I've crash tested my Dainese and they did their job.

If you like Dainese, you might want to check out Alpinestars also. My A-stars 1-piece seems to be exactly the same cut and quality as my Dainese 2-piece, but I got a great deal on the suit from newenough.com (less than the retail price of just a jacket from Dainese) and there seems to be more Alpinestars retailers in the US.

Sizing on sport riding leathers is a bit different than a sportcoat because that're made to be comfortable when in a crouch, so a similarly sized riding jacket might feel tight in the shoulders and chest when standing upright. Also, Dainese and Alpinestars jackets are usually labeled in European sizing which should be about 10 more than an equally sized US jacket (US 44 = Eur 54), BUT some on-line retailers in the US make that conversion for you, so be sure to ask if a site doesn't specify US or Euro.

I usually try to buy from http://www.newenough.com because I've had outstanding service from them, but they don't carry new Dainese leathers. Some good deals on Dainese can be found overseas at http://www.diavoletto.com and http://www.dainese.be

http://www.kneedraggers.com is usually my second choice for on-line gear in the US.

HTH,
--Fillmore
 
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