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Men's R-3 One Piece Suit

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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.

Five standard body colors: black, grey, hi-viz lime yellow, orange, or tan. Six standard abrasion area colors: black, grey, hi-viz lime yellow, cobalt blue, red, or pink. Machine washable. Men’s sizes 34 regular, 36–54 short, regular or long. Women’s sizes 2-20 short, regular or long. Made in USA and Imported.

Getting the Perfect Fit

  • All Roadcrafters are available in more than sixty in-stock sizes, with a wide range optional fitting-alterations if needed. Men’s models are stocked by suit (chest) size in ‘short’, ‘regular’ and ‘tall’ versions. Women’s models are stocked by dress size in short, regular and tall versions, too. Inventoried stock sizes are shipped within 24 hours.
  • Roadcrafters are intended to fit nicely over a layer of street clothing, so if you wear a size 40R men's blazer or sport coat…or a size 8L women’s dress…select the same size Aerostich jacket or suit. If you’re unsure of your size, see the sizing chart guidelines, or contact us (218 722 1927, service@aerostich.com) and we’ll help you get the right fit. We will ask for information about your height, weight, chest/suit or dress size, and your jeans or pants ‘waist x inseam’ size.
  • Find detailed information about ordering optional alterations, non-stock colors and specialized features here. Fully custom made-to-measure garments are not available. Standard suit colors are mix & match Black, Grey and Hi-Viz Lime Yellow body areas with your choice of Black, Grey, Silver, Hi-Viz abrasion areas. Request free color swatches here.

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).

The ‘Ride More’ Guarantee
A Mix-and-Match Color Selector
Custom Alteration Options
Contrasting Color Thread Option
The Complete Size and Fit Guide
A Self-Fit Calculator
Hi-Viz 2.0 Guide
Verifying Fit after Try-on
The R-3 Owners Guide
TF Pad Removal and Replacement
Editorial Review, R-3, Motorcycle.com
Editorial, Dressing Up, Cycle World
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

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Between Sizes:

Overall length* difference is 1 14".

  • Example - 42 (S, R or L) suit is 1 14" longer (taller) overall than a size 40 (S, R or L) suit.

Short to Regular:

Overall length* difference is 3".

  • Example - A 42S is 3" shorter than a 42R.
  • Leg length difference is +1" above & +12" below the knee. The remaining 1 12" is in the Torso.
  • Sleeve difference is 1 14", shoulder to wrist.

Regular to Tall:

Overall length* difference is 2".

  • Example - A 42L is 2" longer (taller) than a 42R.
  • Leg length difference is +12" above knee & +12" below the knee. The remaining 1" is in the Torso.
  • Sleeve difference is 1".

* Overall length = collar to ankle

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.

- Mr. Subjective, 6-14


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Customer Reviews (25)

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My R3Review by Billy
I have about 10k miles on my R3 and I could not be happier with it. I was noticing some thunder clouds on the way in this morning and my only thought was " I may have to close my collar". I have ridden in rain and sun with temps from 17 degrees to 95 degress. I only have to make minor adjustments to my underlayers or cuff zips for all those extremes. Thanks for a great product. (Posted on 8/10/17)
What can I say?Review by 240KAR
Only have about 500 miles on this suit but so far I can say that I regret not having purchased this a long time ago. It was 92 degrees out and it wasn't too bad. When the temperatures drop the suit keeps you cozy. I'm very satisfied. (Posted on 6/21/17)
Simply AwesomeReview by Raj
I've always wanted one. I tried in the past and ended up in a set of Dariens it just seemed too much for AZ. The Dariens worked great but I always wanted the convenience of the one piece suit. I now live in CO and decided to give it another try. 2 important points, you have to try one size too small to know your perfect size and it's kind of like adopting a pet. There is a presence that you have to get used to. The only way to do it is to spend time with it. Wear it, pet it, gaze at it, ride in it. Once the energetic shift happens, you will never go back. I absolutely love this thing. It's truly a work of wearable, finely engineered, practicle art. (Posted on 4/18/17)
Wow - great improvements!Review by Pat B
I've had an original V1 Roadcrafter for more than 15 years and it was getting tired so I upgraded to the R3 and wow, so many improvements. More airflow and those magnets solve my biggest complaint with the V1 suit. I've seen 80 degree temps and heavy rain in the last week, plus 40's and it's great. I was worried about not having a liner but I really think this will be better with the improved airflow. Outstanding job Aerostitch! (Posted on 4/5/17)
The R3 is spectacularReview by Sam
The R3 is spectacular. I don't think I've ever owned a piece of kit – hell, anything – that has so thoroughly done what it said it would. We rode through some of the worst weather I've ever been through: constant, pouring rain, snow, and freezing fog, all in temperatures that stuck near or below freezing. The R3 kept me good and dry. I'm not kidding when I say I couldn't have done the ride without it. - Zach Bowman (with Sam Smith)
The ride was Seattle to Los Angeles, which we did in 32 hours, actual moving time of 29 hours, and Zach (my ride partner) and I were just blown away by the Roadcrafter. This probably isn't news to you, but man, that R-3 suit is a hell of a thing. Warm, dry, comfortable, breathable, the whole nine yards. Probably the only piece of gear I've ever tried that 100-percent lived up to the billing. Definitely the only piece of gear I've worn for 32 hours straight. Kind of fell in love with it. I'd heard good things for years but never expected to like it this much. - Sam Smith (with Zach Bowman) (Posted on 2/28/17)
Yes, it IS rainproof.Review by ran
I've had my R3 for about two months, it replaced my twenty-year-old Roadcrafter that was in decent shape, but I wanted to see if the R3 was more rain-proof than the old R1.

This past weekend I rode to Death Valley from Richmond, CA during one of the strongest storms in many years, and I was riding in rain for several hundred miles. I am happy to report that the R3 kept me dry.

The quibbles: you pay over $1K for the suit, and some of the zippers have zipper pulls, and other zippers don't. Customer Service sent me free zipper pulls when I called them about it, but for the price, all the zippers should have the handy pulls. And IMO there should be two "ports" for heated gear cables; my heated vest has the power cable on the right side, so I have to wear the vest inside-out to use the suit's left-side cable port. Not a big deal.

Also, I had to call Customer Service to find out the magic secret to actually open and USE the well-hidden cable port.

But, yes, it IS rainproof, and I was very glad to find that out.
(Posted on 2/20/17)
R3 One Piece - WOWReview by kbikerider
Should have made this purchase two jackets and a pair of riding pants ago. If you are seriously considering a one piece don't waste any more of your valuable time! I purchased this using the sizing chart and the online sizing system (you must be honest with yourself to get the sizing right).

The suit arrived mid Jan, I tried it on with my normal riding layers and then with my heated suit as well. I have not worn any of my other gear at all. The suits fits perfectly. Did I say it fits perfectly?

What I mean to say is this suit is frigin awesome! (Posted on 2/10/17)
I love it!Review by Rory
My suit arrived nearly two weeks ago; I love it. As former military, professional sailmaker and currently a Master Ducati technician I value quality, ease of use and engineering which ultimately leads to function.
Once zipped up the feeling of security is comparable to my full leather but with no pockets and way easier to get into. The gear just makes me want to get on my Gran Canyon and go someplace i’ve never been. Once I get a break from the boss at Houston Superbikes that’s what I intend to do. My exposure to customers is an everyday occurrence and the R3 is an interesting talking point…even the Dianese rep admitted there is nothing better; he also said they’re pricey and coming from a bloke who administers that line his words carry some weight. As a wise Southern Belle said to me “Buy once, cry once.”
I really do appreciate what y’all have done and my sailmakers eye can’t find fault with construction.
Thanks for the work and please convey my thanks to all involved……especially the ones sitting behind machines sewing and cutting……full marks!

Rory (Posted on 11/15/16)
Am l happy, you bet!Review by Hume
Well I finally have an Aerostich R-3 suit. It has only taken three years for me to order and what happens the uk pound dives in value, great timing!!
Am I happy ..you bet..
A beautiful product . I have only had it for a week and 500miles of use, yes it is stiff
As Aerostich say " after a few hundred miles your new suit will begin to relax and soften ".
I can see I will use myR-3 for all motorcycling trips short or long.
A big thank you to all of you who made my R-3 suit and the ease of purchasing
from here in UK . Hume
(Posted on 11/2/16)
Have I Told You How Much I Love My Aerostitch Suit?Review by Dave St.
41 miles each way. That's my commute here in Seattle. It includes a lot of 70mph traffic on I-90, a mountain pass and Expert Levels of congestion. I could never talk myself into year round commuting until I Finally invested in my R3 one-piece (in Hi-Viz of course!) suit. After one year with it the only time I don't commute on the bike is when the temps drop enough for black ice to form. (Seriously, that is some scary stuff!)

In the dark, in the rain, in the traffic I am there. Warm with my heated jacket set at 2 and on the worse days a neck gaiter. The R1200GSA's heated grips keeping my digits toasty.

Life is good when you ride more.

Two points to consider:
1.) Hi-Viz shows dirt the first day you ride it. Just consider it a proper patina.

2.) If you are self conscious about walking around in a big one piece suit - GET OVER IT! Just enjoy the ride.

Oh, and one more thing, the custom alterations they offer can truly tailor your suit to your physique and make the suit just that much more comfy.

Get this suit: Ride More. Arrive warm and dry. You won't regret it. (Posted on 11/2/16)

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Product Videos


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R-3, R-3 Light Water Testing

Emergency Rain Boot Covers

What is the Difference Between a Roadcrafter Classic and an R‑3?

The RC Classic is the original Aerostich suit, updated and refined. It’s fully lined and was created to be a rider’s armored coverall constructed along the lines of a leather rider’s suit but in textiles. For this reason (how it is stitched together in several places) it is not perfectly waterproof. It is pretty good, using about 30 meters of waterproof seam-sealing tape per garment, and modern waterproof zippers, but since it’s primary original focus was on commuting, and for ease-of-use, the RC Classic can leak slightly in areas which are not seam-tapeable due to it’s ‘leather suit’ patterning.

In most rain situations this suit is good for about 30 minutes on an unfaired bike. Riders with fairings and windshields often think it is totally waterproof after all-day rain rides. It has been in production for over thirty years, which is maybe ten or fifteen years before the Gore Tex company introduced their waterproofness certification programs, so it’s grandfathered. It’s a great suit, still popular, and works and wears very well.

The R-3 is a third-generation Aerostich one piece coverall. It’s unlined like a lot of today’s most technical lightweight waterproof gear, and it does pass the Gore Tex’s rigorous certification for rainwear. We sometimes think of it as an armored and abrasion-resistant rain suit. The impact armor is attached to the inside with adhesively bonded hook-and-loop. This suit wears slightly cooler in really hot conditions absent a separate inner lining. There are numerous other small refinements the RC Classic does not have.

In summary, the RC Classic is an actual classic same as the ‘Levi’s 501’ denim jean (and many other long-popular products). This means we cannot mess with it’s design much because so many riders like it the way it is. The R-3 one piece suit is what we make today for the same intended use applications, with the technology and experience we have now.

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.