So I'm in the market for a one piece suit for the track. My textile riding jacket and pants, while allowable, just don't feel right at the track. With a new 'bundle of joy' testing my patience, the wife suggested I pull the trigger on some track gear to make sure I stick around for the long haul... I even got the okay to pick up a cheap SV650 as a track whore as long as it doesn't affect our ability to make a mortgage payment.
TLDR; Looking at track suits.
So here is the question. I thought I remember @LDH
mentioning something a while back about a 'shelf life' of leather suits... Something like 10 years and the seams start to dry rot. I've got a line on a Teknic (Lightning?) track suit that fits me nearly perfect for $250 (but can probably talk the guy down). The guy bought the suit used off WERA and doesn't know the age, but if it's actually the Lightning suit, that probably dates it circa 2006ish. Not a high end suit, but I'm on a tight budget since I still need $$$ to actually go to the track.
I have however found that there a clearance on a Cortech track suit for $379 at SBTG... but none in my size online. Local shop said they would match the online price AND they have one in my size.
Both are cheap suits, and the price difference doesn't seem like much... but the used suit would allow me to also purchase a new set of gauntlet gloves and still be at or under what I would pay for the new suit.
New is great, but should the age (or uncertain age) of the used suit concern me? Used one has never been down, but does look used and worn in some places.