The R-3 (Roadcrafter 3) is the third-generation one piece Aerostich suit. It is 100% waterproof and unlined for maximum airflow, yet slips quickly and easily over your street clothes. Its full-length waterproof zipper entry system is fast, and it doesn’t flutter or flap in the wind. Without a lining it wears cooler, and with seam-sealed rainproof zippers you’ll also stay completely dry, even during the wettest conditions.
Each R-3 takes more than an hour longer to manufacture than previous Roadcrafters, but it’s worth it. You’ll enjoy higher levels of performance, comfort, and protection on every ride. And like its predecessor Roadcrafters, the R-3 is constructed of Aerostich’s exclusive American-made mil-spec 500d Cordura® GORE-TEX® fabric. It’s a strong, long-lasting and highly abrasion-resistant material ideal for this use. (Made-in-USA military gear is the other stuff to have this.)
For increased protection there’s a double layer of this fabric across the seat, and added 1000d abrasion-resistant layers covering the vital elbow/shoulder/knee areas. Beneath each of these is a superior energy absorbing system utilizing removable, oversized TF impact armor. Each armor attachment point is adjustable to allow fit to be fine-tuned for comfort and ensure it stays in place for best protection. Separately available hip, spine and chest armor options further increase the R-3’s capabilities.
With its oversize two-slider underarm vents, a two-slider back vent and magnetic clasps to hold open the fold-down dual-height collar, you ride cool and protected at the same time. As temps drop and when precipitation comes you’ll remain cozy and dry, too, because the adjustable Ultrasuede collar fits comfortably around your neck, even with varying base-layers.
Additional features include flap covered hip-side water resistant zippers for fast access to your street pants, a hidden pass-thru port for an electric liner power cord, nine strategically placed everyday-useful pockets, a mini-carabiner helmet holder at the upper chest pocket, a highly water-resistant inner wallet/phone/iPod pocket, fit-adjustable ankle and wrist tabs, articulated knees, fit-adjustable waist tabs and an integrated stretch panel across the lower back. There’s also oversize 3M Scotchlite® reflective areas across the back, chest and ankles to enhance conspicuity in low light conditions.
Over 30 standard color combinations give each R-3 a personalized style, and add-on options include Integrated Boot Raincovers, electrically heated and non-heated Chest Insulation and Impact Pads, an Emergency Medical Info Pocket, and detachable arm and thigh Map and Accessory Pockets.
Six available body colors: black, grey, red, hi-viz lime yellow, tan, or cobalt blue. Six standard abrasion area colors: black, grey, red, hi-viz lime yellow, cobalt blue, or pink. Machine washable. Men’s sizes 34 regular, 36–54 short, regular or long. Women’s sizes 2-20. and Imported.
- ‘Ride More’ Guarantee
- Flash-animated Color Combination Selector
- Custom Alteration Options
- Contrasting Color Thread Option
- Guaranteed-Better-Fit Size Chart
- Accu-Fit Automatic Size Calculator
- Hi-Viz 2.0 Guide
- R-3 Owners Guide
- TF Pad Removal and Replacement
- Editorial Review, R-3, Motorcycle.com
- Testimonial, Roadcrafter Light - I Am Riding A Lot More
- Editorial Review, In 'Stiches: Aerostich R-3, City Bike
- Editorial Review, Light The Way: Aerostich R-3 Light, Ultimate Motorcycling
Hassle Free Sizing Exchange
If you happen to need a different size, just return the suit and we'll ship out a replacement free of charge (domestic ground shipments only).
We can adjust the sleeve lengths, elbow armor position, leg length, knee armor position, and many other variables, but we cannot change the body/torso length. For semi-custom fitted garments, we start with the body/torso size that is the closest and change the arms and legs as needed.
A great fit is critical to the long-term enjoyment and satisfaction of any garment. This is something we do better than anyone else with graded off the rack sizes. There are about 32 standard R-3 sizes vs. about 8 with typical S, M, L, XL grading. If the crotch in an R-3 is slightly binding, the garment will never have a chance to become your 'go to' riding gear, and I'd like it to have that chance.
One piece coveralls are the best gear for day-to-day short-hop utility riding because they work as a complete protection system all in one garment. But like mechanic's and trade-worker's coveralls, for comfort the crotch needs to be low enough to never bind.
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Customer Reviews (7)
- My first one-piece.Review by Dan
- My new R-3 is working great. I've been wearing it for four or five months now. After about 15 years of two-piece Roadcrafters, I've managed to adjust to the different way of getting in/out of the one-piece suit. ;-) We've had a really hot/dry spring and summer in Portland, so I've appreciated the fact that it runs cooler than my old suits (the snap-down collar is great in the heat). I've only had one decent rain test, when we had an advanced motor officer class get rained out in the spring (I only took it out on fairly decent days over the winter...to preserve the spanky newness, you know). The go-kart track we use is quite slick when it's wet, so we don't run there unless it's dry. I ended up riding back home to Portland in about 30 minutes of steady/moderate rain. Zero leakage! - Dan Batz, instructor, Team Oregon (rider training program), 7-31-15 (Posted on 8/1/15)
- R-3 ReviewReview by Warren
- All I can say is wow what a great piece of gear. Such a well thought out and constructed suit. I ordered my R-3 in a 38R, all black, and it arrived in a couple of days. I have a closet full of other riding gear including two piece and single piece suits and they just became obsolete. I have commuted in the R-3 for a couple of weeks now and it has performed great. Days in the high 90's along with rain and I have been comfortable through it all. It is extremely easy to put on and take off and there is a pocket for everything I carry including my 6 plus phone. I am looking forward to taking some longer trips and it should be perfect for my winter commutes. Best buy ever. Thanks (Posted on 7/30/15)
- Aerostich Customer ServiceReview by customerservice
- John, thanks for your patience when buying your R-3. The delivery time you experienced was not our usual level of servce. Delivery waits for R-3’s are much shorter now. Your R-3 was made a only couple of months after the R-3 was introduced. We were not able to keep up with orders then, while we were learing how to make them. There have been only three generations of Roadcrafters, and each time during our internal transitional learning-to-make-the-new-version period there were some too-long delivery waits. Fortunately delivery waits now are either nonexistent for in-stock sizes and colors, or much shorter than you experienced for made-to-order garments. I hope your R-3 has exceeded your expectations and will meet your requirements for many years and thousands of miles. (Posted on 1/23/15)
- Convert to the RoadcrafterReview by Motozeke
I've gone through three different iterations of riding gear coming into 2014: leather, textile, back and forth. One thing that I found regularly frustrating about motorcycle gear was having to wear it off the bike, especially the riding pants. Another annoyance was having to carry (and put on, and wear) an external rain suit because believe me, you don't want to ride in a downpour in that gear with the "waterproof inner liner" because that outer layer is going to get soaked and drain right into your gloves. Only the Roadcrafter fit the bill of being a single article of motorcycle clothing that could potentially do it all--hot, cold, rainy, dry.
I ordered a R3 when they first came out, and boy did I have to wait long to get it--10 weeks if memory serves (they were working out some manufacturing issues early on). But I'm glad I did, because it's exceeded my expectations in almost every way.
Fit was true to size; I wear a 42S suit jacket and when the R3 came the fit was snug, but just loose enough to accommodate the armor and my heated liner. With motorcycle gear you want it to fit *just right*--too loose and it will bunch, blouse, be too breezy, and just generally be uncomfortable (not to mention look unattractive). Too tight speaks for itself. But my R3 fits *just right*.
Convenience: Lots of pockets, pass through access to my pants pockets, can even reach through to my back pocket for my wallet. Nice.
Protection: Haven't had to test this but I ride with confidence knowing the track record (no pun intended) of this product.
Comfort: So far I've ridden in temps as low as the upper 40s and as high as 108 (at which point I pulled over and got out of the heat). The Stich flows air better than any suit I've had except for my perforated Dainese leather jacket, but zip it up and you can block most drafts into the suit (the pants leg is my biggest challenge on a cool day). Finally, there is nothing--NOTHING--like being able to zip entirely out of the suit and being in your comfy street clothes in just a few seconds. I LOVE that feature of the Stich. Love, love, love it.
Watertightness: Do I've been in just a couple of rain events, neither one too bad, and yes I did experience the damp crotch phenomenon once. I think the key is not letting water pool anywhere, because once it does it will truly put watertightness to the test.
Value: You know, in motorcycle gear you pretty much get what you pay for. I doubt that anyone could deliver this kind of quality and functionality for less, so you pays your price and gets what you get.
Thumbs up! (Posted on 12/26/14)
- Excellent GearReview by Nathan
- My first riding gear was from the bargain rack. It was all I could afford at the time. It was better than nothing, but I like to buy quality gear, less often whenever possible. I've been riding with my R-3 suit for several months. 94 degrees, 98% humidity, all the way to 17 degrees. In the rain, in the sun, and in the wind, this suit has impressed me. Be sure to talk to a customer service rep, and/or use the "sizing tool" link below the product description to get the proper fit. The chart in the back of the catalog would have had me select an ill-fitting suit. Doing field testing and listening to customer feedback are the treads used to stitch this suit. Not literally, that wouldn't work. Ride safe compadres! (Posted on 11/20/14)
- My new R-3Review by John
- I received my new R-3 Tactical yesterday and it's the quality product I expected. It's also my third Roadcrafter (they keep shrinking in the waist!) and I also have numerous Dariens, Combat boots, etc. My major disappointment is the time it takes to get it. I originally ordered it on July 27 and even after the known custom alterations it still took almost 22 weeks to receive it. Aerostich is losing the battle for customers when the motorcycle apparel industry is now so competitive and so customer oriented that Aerostich's old-fashioned approach is simply going to cost them business. I truly hope this does not happen but there are fewer and fewer consumers willing to wait nearly five months for anything let alone a motorcycle outfit that is shipped to them overnight. Good luck to a fine company! (Posted on 11/7/14)
- Commuting BlissReview by Ken
- Bought this suit to commute 50 miles into and out of London. Have not had it long, but am really enjoying it. Took a couple of times to get to the point where I can put it on and take it off reasonably effortlessly. Rode through heavy rain last week for about 40 miles. Had not fastened the the collar correctly I think and was damp on the front of my shirt, bone dry everywhere else. Can't wait for the colder days. (Posted on 9/29/14)
How to Get a Functional, Comfortable One-Piece Suit Fit:
Start with your height and body length…For a person’s given overall height, some will have longer-bodies-with-shorter-legs, and others have shorter-bodies-with-longer-legs. After a suit is sewn and completed there is no simple or cost-effective way to then make the garment’s torso length (the distance from crotch to collar) shorter or longer. A few specialized alterations can help slightly (see 'ellipse' below), but they are imperfect Band-Aids.
Garage mechanics and others who wear coveralls for a living know a lowish crotch and baggy seat means they’ll be able to raise their arms upward fully and comfortably. When one does this arm-raising to horizontal, the entire torso section of a one-piece suit slides upwards about 1.5". The suit’s bulky shoulder impact armor move it that way. And when you lower your arms, the suit body area should slide back downward smoothly.
Aerostich gear is graded by chest size (38, 40, 42, 44, etc) and each is available in short (S), regular (R) and long (L) versions. If you are borderline height-wise, part-way between an ‘S’ and an ‘R’, go with the longer body length of the ‘R’. And if you are somewhere between an ‘R’ and an ‘L’, go with the longer body of the ‘L’. The extra body length in each size is about 1.3" greater. And if you ride a sport bike, or are an especially active rider and want maximum freedom-of-movement, a slightly longer body sometimes works and feels a bit better.
Leg and sleeve lengths should be adjusted as needed after your body/torso length has been determined. For a comfortable and correct fit with your raised arms out to your side horizontally (both at the same time), you should still have very slight room at the crotch.
The suit’s body, sleeve and leg diameters are exactly the same for each ‘S’, ‘R’ and ‘L’ version of a particular size. For example, the dimensions around your body of the 38S, 38L and 38R are identical. The circumferences are exactly the same.
A riding suit’s leg lengths are correct if, when standing normally, the hem breaks (wrinkles) slightly against the front of your riding boot just above the foot’s arch, and the top edge of the TF knee impact armor cup is positioned near the center of your kneecap. Then, as you sit on your bike, the hem will rise about 1.5” and the knee armor cup will slide upward and center itself over your bent knee.
A riding suit’s sleeves are the correct length if, when standing normally with your arms hanging loosely by your sides, they end about mid-way between your knuckles and your wrist, measured at the center back of your hand. The center of the TF impact armor elbow cup should also be centered on, or very slightly below, your elbow.
Specialized Motorcycle Configuration Considerations:
For comfort with low handle bars and higher positioned rear-set footrests, all one-piece riding suits will fit better with the ‘Extra Forward Rotated Sleeve’ alterations, and may also benefit from an ‘ellipse’ added to the center of the back. In addition, an ‘expanded knee’ alteration is available which provides slightly more space for knee armor when knees are bent more sharply.
For active off-road riding requiring maximum freedom-of-movement and upper-arm ease, underarm ‘V’ gussets may be added to increase upper sleeve diameter and provide extra room across upper chest and shoulder areas.
Learning Your New Roadcrafter Classic or R 3 Suit: Tips and Helpful Hints.
Yes, there is a break in period…Your new suit may feel stiff compared to most other types of clothing. Some experience improvements in terms of comfort, fit and function the longer and farther they ride. (In only a few miles, to several thousand miles.)
The best way to put on an R-3 or Roadcrafter Classic suit is to hold it in front of you by its ‘chest’, one hand on each side of the fully separated main zipper. Then, lower the garment slightly while moving it slightly to the right. Raise your right leg and put it into the right leg of the suit. Next, pull the entire garment upward, then release your right hand from the front of the suit and put it into the right sleeve, exactly as you would pull on a jacket. Lastly, your left arm goes (just where you’d expect) into the left sleeve and you are ready to start zipping things.
That does take a bit of practice, but it quickly becomes natural, fast and easy. It’s the best way to get into a one-piece coverall, with the least amount of bending and contorting, and the garment also spends the least amount of time dragging on the ground. That’s why its two main entry zippers are on the 'inside', instead of the outside (as on work coveralls, where the zippers are on the outside of the legs and the front zipper only goes to the crotch). This extra ease is important because your suit's intended purpose is as an ‘all-in-one’ protection and comfort solution for daily riding, commuting and short-hop riding errands. Distances involving maybe thirty minutes or less get somewhere. For when you want better protection than your street clothing provides, with far less rigmarole than changing into conventional rider’s gear.
To learn the suit’s unusual main zipper, which starts nearly under one's chin, practice in front of a mirror a few times to help you memorize how to hold and engage the two main zipper sliders. These slider ‘handles’ are captured close together between the knuckles of the first three fingers of your right hand. Your opposite (left) hand then slides the other side of the zipper end into both sliders. After it has been fully inserted, release the two slider handles from between your knuckles and grasp only the lower slider’s handle. Then zip it downward to about your knee. At that point either lift and bend your left leg slightly and complete the zip, or bend over slightly and zip to the bottom. Most suit wearers seldom (or never) use the snap at the bottom of the zipper.
The removable collar hold-open magnets make it easier to ventilate the suit in hot conditions and are especially useful if you ride a motorcycle with a fairing or windshield, but they do have some limitations. If your local climate isn't warm, remove and put the magnets on the side of your tool box or refrigerator. Otherwise you might sometimes end up fighting with them as they try to keep the collar open when you wish to keep it closed.
This new Aerostich will wear perfectly when the weather is nice, and will feel even better when the weather is lousy. You may discover that riding in bad weather, when nobody else is out riding, is fun. It can be a little extra-satisfying to be on two wheels when everyone else on the road has no idea why you are out there in the first place…much less that you are quite comfortable. And if you’ve occasionally thought some non-riders maybe considered you slightly ‘off’ because you enjoyed riding in the first place, wait until you walk into a work place or a grocery store wearing your dripping Aerostich suit after riding there thru a severe rainstorm. No amount of nice friendly smiling on your part will be enough. So enjoy the ride.
Details Make a Difference: Heated Gear Power Cord Port
This hidden cord port is part of all one piece Roadcrafter Classic's and R-3's. It's a pass-thru for a short wire that connects any electrically heated clothing to the outside of the garment. The other side of this pass-thru is behind the lower flapped pocket that is on the left side.
How it works is you position either a coily power cord (#172) or jumper cord (#162) so the end of the cord that connects to the electric garment is dangling out of this port on the inside of the suit. The other end is 'stored' in the pocket that forms behind the lower left flapped pocket on the outside of the suit.
When you are ready to ride somewhere with an electric garment beneath the suit, you first put on the electric garment. Then you put on the suit. Then you connect the power cord or jumper cord to the electric garment. Then you zip the suit closed around you. Then you get on the motorcycle (or stand close to it) and remove the other end of the cord from behind the flapped pocket and plug it into the power on the motorcycle. Then you ride away warm and comfortable.