Fitting Guides

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    How To Fit Motorcycle Gloves

    Measure the hand you normally write with, or if you know you have one slightly larger hand, measure that. Use a flexible tape measure, not a metal tape measure. Measure your hand in inches around its widest point i.e. pass the measuring tape around the circumference of your hand. This is usually just above the thumb joint.



    Round down to the nearest half or whole number e.g. 9 ½ or 10. This number will be your glove size. Some manufacturers make whole sizes only, therefore if your hand is c. 9 ¼ inches at its widest point, try a size 9 glove. If you hand is c. 9 ½ inches at its widest point, try a size 10 glove. Leather gloves should fit snugly, but not be tight, at first as they will slacken slightly with wear. For winter gloves, there should be a small amount of excess room, so warm air can circulate around the hand in cold conditions; summer gloves can be a closer fit.

    Motorcycle gloves usually come in whole numbers, generally manufactured between 8 and 13 for men and 6 and 8 for women, although there may be some available on the market that are smaller, or larger, than these sizes. Where gloves are Unisex sized e.g. S, M, L, XL etc., the following approximate guide applies (these numbers refer to your glove size, as calculated above):

    XS = 7,  S = 8,  M = 9,  L = 10,  XL = 11,  2XL = 12


    How To Fit A Motorcycle Helmet

    Measure the circumference in centimeters of the widest part of your head, the crown (just above the ears) using a flexible tape measure, not a metal tape measure. Measure from your forehead, all around the back, and to meet at the front again. Make sure to keep the tape firm while taking your measurements. Do not either pull the tape too tight, or have it too loose, as this will lead to incorrect measurement.



    Each helmet model, regardless of brand, will have small differences in its shape that affect the fit. 

    Your helmet should feel snug, but not too tight. Remember that helmet brands manufacture varying thicknesses of cheek pads; these can be used to create a more accurate fit. 

    In general terms, follow the size chart below to find your helmet size:








    53 - 54

    55 – 56

    57 – 58

    59 - 60

    61 - 62


    It is important to remember that different helmet brands, and even helmet styles, can fit differently. For example, a helmet built for track racing will generally fit tighter than a helmet designed for touring.


    How To Fit A One-Piece Leather Race Suit

    One-piece leathers should fit closely and feel a little more restrictive than your normal motorcycle clothing. Race leathers are designed to be close-fitting for safety reasons: they are designed not to slide around the body displacing the armour, or create friction-drag on impact.

    Remember that a one-piece leather suit should always have room to securely accommodate a back protector. Firecrest would always recommend a Level 2 back protector for road and track riding. This will ensure you have the best and highest level of protective armour available i.e. transmit the least damage possible in an accident. To ensure you are not restricted when trying on your one-piece suit; get into your normal ride position and check the suit is tight, but not restrictive i.e. still allows expected movements such as looking over your shoulder or raising and lowering your knees.

    One-piece suits need not be as long in the leg as other bike trousers, as nearly all one-piece leathers are designed to be worn with your boots fastened over the top of your suit. This also provides a level of comfort, as if the hem and zip of the suit were to cover your ankle, with boots fastened your suit may be uncomfortable on the ankle bone. If the leathers are too long, the excess leather will bunch up inside the boot.

    Suits from certain European brands are cut less generously than others, due primarily to create the desired close professional race-fit, but also to accommodate a slightly smaller frame. One-piece race leathers are created specifically for the track, but there are also styles suitable for road riding.


    How To Fit A Back Protector

    A back protector is essential for your safety.  Level 2 CE body armour is consistently shown to perform to the highest safety standards, and hold up to multiple impact.

    European Safety Standard EN1621-2 relates only to back protectors. The EU Safety Standard test for back protectors involves dropping an anvil weight from a set height onto the armour at considerable force. If the transmitted force recorded after impact is between 9 KiloNewtons and 18 KiloNewtons, it can be classified as a Level 1 Back protector or insert. If the transmitted force recorded is below 9 KiloNewtons, it can be classified as a Level 2 Back protector or insert. The lower the transmitted force in KiloNewtons, the more protective the product is, for example: Forcefield’s current 2012 Pro Sub 4 Back Protector transmits c.3.38 KiloNewtons, an outstanding level of protection.

    Fitting a harness back protector:  This type of full back protector should cover as much of your back as possible i.e. from the lower cervical vertebrae (at the base of your neck), over your thoracic vertebrae (main spinal area), to the lumbar vertebrae (lower back). The waist straps should fit securely around your waist, not too high or too low; ensure the Velcro panels are secure. Good waist positioning is essential to ensure your back protector covers as much of your spine as possible, and does not ride up when you are on the bike. The bottom end of the full back protector should reach at least your lower back, and in some people may extend to the coccyx (tailbone). Make sure you adjust the shoulder straps of your back protector to fit comfortably snug, but not too tight, to prevent excess movement of the protector.

    Fitting a jacket insert:  Many jackets have a pocket designed to accommodate a back protector. Please be aware that some new jackets may have a foam or sponge insert when purchased. This is not a CE approved back protector and should not be mistaken or worn as such, as these will not offer you the protection of a real Level 1 or Level 2 protector. Some new jackets may be supplied with a back protector, usually the less protective Level 1. However, manufacturers often do not supply a back protector in their jackets, as this would raise the cost of the jacket for consumers, and many people already like to wear a full strap-on back protector, or have purchased a separate Level 2 insert. When fitting your insert back protector, first ensure the back protector pocket is large enough to accommodate the insert, and the insert shape fits the your jacket’s existing pocket shape (modern inserts should be flexible enough to fold and ease into the majority of insert pockets). The back protector insert will feel stiff at first, but will become more flexible after a few minutes of wear.





    Please note:  This guide is for information purposes only. We cannot, and will not, be held liable if you do not measure correctly, purchase an incorrect size as a consequence, or injure yourself in any way while trying on or fitting a helmet or any other item of motorcycle clothing.