Some R-3 Light / Roadcrafter Light differences:
- All TF Impact Armor Systems were/are optional on Roadcrafter Light suits. A set of six TF3 Elbow, Shoulder and Knee impact armor pad sets are included as standard with all R-3 Light suits.
- Most Roadcrafter Light's were manufactured in Viet Nam. The R-3 Light suits are manufactured both in Viet Nam and in the United States.
- The six removable impact armor holding pockets used in R-3 Lights are an improved design which is based on the Roadcrafter Light’s removable impact armor holding pockets.
- R-3 Lights use a stronger and more secure type of hook and loop to mount their TF impact armor holding pockets.
- R-3 Lights use a stronger, more reliable and (about 2x) even more water resistant main and right leg zipper than the highly water-resistant zippers which were used in Roadcrafter Lights.
- Numerous other smaller refinements in patterning and sewing techniques also help all R-3 suits provide the utmost in comfort, fit, and performance for the most demanding riders and situations.
Summary: The ‘Original’ Roadcrafter Light design was the basis for all R-3 riding suit designs. When introduced in 2010, Roadcrafter Light's' represented an all-new Roadcrafter type. They are cooler-wearing, much lighter weight and a lot more water-resistant than the Roadcrafter Classic (which was the only other model at that that time). Roadcrafter Light suits were manufactured from 2010-2013, and all of the R-3 versions, including the R-3 Light, were introduced in 2014.
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.