Make sure the sleeves are the appropriate length.
And for most, the jacket will taper in size from the chest down to a smaller size in the lower part of the torso around your belly. On the site, we give you an estimate of chest and belly for every size. So once you pick the ideal size jacket based on your chest, check to make sure the belly of the jacket is big enough for your belly. If you have a significant belly, you may find that a larger size will be required. Measuring your waist for motorcycle pants is a bit different than measuring for jeans.
The exception to this is armored motorcycle jeans that will fit more like regular jeans, in which case you can measure a bit lower down. To measure, the same advice applies to measuring for pants as with jackets…. Inseam is the measurement from the crotch seam in pants to the end of the leg.
Pick a GOOD friend to help. Grab the end of the tape and lightly hold it right where the seams of your pants come together just below the bottom of the zipper the spot where all four seams collide. Then your friend can lightly pull the tape snug to the point where you want the bottom of your pants to end. For most, this will be about the floor if you are bare foot or to the top of the sole of your shoe.
Hopefully the pants you want will have a standard inseam that will work for you. If the pants are much too long or short for you, it is likely the the position of the knee armor will be wrong too which may need to be moved and there are typically zippers, snaps, etc at the pant end that also become a problem for an alteration, so alterations are not advisable. Since motorcycle pants fit a bit higher on the waist, those with a bigger belly might face some challenges keeping the pants up.
If that is your situation, I have a few suggestions…. Sleeve length is HARD to quantify for motorcycle jackets. There are a couple issues that make accurate measuring problematic. My best advice is this: If you commonly have to buy tall clothing, then look for jackets and pants with a tall size selection, because regular jackets will likely be too short.
We have search functions on our site that will show you all the products that come in tall, shorts, etc. You have no items in your cart. Start from the end of the shoulder and measure straight down in front of your body until you reach the desired jacket length. Do the same with the inner part of your shoulder, where it meets your neck, as the starting point. In the back, start from the middle of your neck, at the lower seam of your shirt collar, and measure straight down your back to the desired length.
Wrap the tape measure around the fullest part of your stomach or just below your rib cage. Use whichever measurement is larger. Wrap the tape measure around your hips, being careful not to pull the tape measure too tight, to get a hip measurement. Measure across your chest from where one arm joins the torso to where the other arm joins the torso.
Measure across your back from the same spots. You can do these measurements yourself, but it is easier and will probably be more accurate to have someone else do them for you. Tamara Runzel has been writing parenting, family and relationship articles since Runzel started in television news, followed by education before deciding to be a stay at home mom.
She is now a mom of three and home schools her two oldest children. Runzel holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from University of the Pacific. Tips You can do these measurements yourself, but it is easier and will probably be more accurate to have someone else do them for you.
Chest measurement: The chest is the most important body part for jacket measurement. Please stand up straight and relax your arms. Optimally, you can ask another person to wrap a tape measure around your chest. Make sure it has a little room (max. an inch) to move. For casual jackets, you can add an . In general the tagged size refers to the chest measurement of the individual. So if your chest measures 42” you likely wear a size 42 jacket. It is a common misconception that a . A well fitting jacket is a good looking jacket, and your chest size is usually the most important and useful measurement when selecting a new jacket, sportcoat, or blazer. This guide is for both men and women and it will help you to easily determine your chest size in just a few minutes.