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Customer Reviews (15)
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- Great Suit, Small IssuesReview by Scott
I've had the R3 for a bit over a year now; it replaced my 12 year old Roadcrafter that's perfectly serviceable, but getting tight on an older body. First off, overall, I like the suit and it's lived up to the quality of its predecessor so far. I just returned from a 5900 mile road trip in the heat and it did well (soaking undergarments for evaporative cooling).
The main problem I'm finding with the suit lies with the collar magnets and the little pockets that hold them (the ones on the inside of the suit). Within a few months of getting the suit, the right collar pocket showed signs of the edges coming unglued; it eventually fell off. It was replaced when I installed the upgraded zipper pull kit; the replacement is already peeling back at the corners after only a month. It's a bit disappointing that a $1200 suit doesn't have a better solution and it makes me wonder if the suit will last as long as my class Roadcrafter has. (Posted on 8/10/16)
- Pleased? Yes!Review by Dave
This isn't so much of a review; it’s mostly my opinions. After about a month of riding........
1) I haven't ridden any more than normal as their Ride More Guarantee states. Being fair to them, I am already a year-round rider and it would be somewhat difficult and/or impractical to ride much more.
2) The suit is VERY WELL BUILT and there is an apparent level of craftsmanship that goes into this thing. The attention to detail is simply amazing.
3) I do agree with another reviewer. I thought the wait time was a bit excessive and they may lose some business because of that. After finding out there would be a 3 month wait (and that’s about how long it was), I almost said “Forget this” and went elsewhere. The other side of that is you are getting a handmade quality USA product. I’m glad I waited.
4) Customer Service; I can’t say enough good things about them. They seriously put the Service in Customer Service!
5) Their sizing chart was dead on accurate for me. To hedge my bets, I also took my measurements and sent them in for their review. They confirmed what the sizing chart listed. The suit fits like a glove.
6) Yes, the suit is stiff, but after only a month of riding, it has loosened up nicely. It never caused me any discomfort and I think it will only get better with time.
7) I’m not entirely sold on the “Helmet Holder” as a helmet holder, but it makes a great place to hang you key(s) when they’re not in the bike.
8) I haven't mastered putting it on in 20 seconds yet. I can get it down to about 30 seconds with socks only. With a motorcycle boot (US 11 ½) it takes me a bit longer. I wish that right foot opening was just a bit larger.
9) If you're wearing something with a hood, it's difficult to keep the hood on the inside while putting the suit on as the suit slides up your back while you're getting into it.
10) It's nice only having to deal with 2 zippers instead of 6. I came from a Kevlar mesh 2-piece with liners that had 6 total zippers and a lot of Velcro.
11) So far, it is at least 3 hour waterproof.
12) If I ride with the suit partially unzipped, the right side collar magnet sticks to my flip-up helmet. This is due to the metal latching mechanism for the chin bar. It won’t or shouldn’t be an issue with non-modular helmets. This is only a slight annoyance and I could easily remove the magnets if I really wanted.
13) With the back/armpit vents open and the suit partially unzipped, the suit does vent very well. I'm a cool weather rider who typically sets my upper limit at about 80 degrees. On a few 80 degree days, I did okay; still a little bit too warm for me, but okay. I can ride comfortably at 50 degrees with only a tee shirt and hoodie under the suit. I think when Pacific Northwest winter rolls around and temperatures start getting down into the 40’s & 30’s, simply adding a good wool sweater or fleece will do the job.
14) I don’t know if it’s covered in the owner’s manual (because what self-respecting man actually reads those things), but the little hang up loop is on the outside instead of the inside like most things. I hate when a co-worker has to point out the obvious.
15) I did get the competition back armor and the hip armor. They seem like they’ll both do the job if ever called upon. The back armor makes me look like a Rhodesian Ridgeback (not a bad thing) and the hip armor makes me look fat (maybe that’s got something to do with being 6” to short for my ideal weight).
16) All in all, I’m extremely pleased with the purchase. Yes it’s expensive, but no more so than other quality gear on the market. You’re buying something to keep you comfortable and more importantly…..SAFE in many different conditions. What’s that worth?
(Posted on 6/29/16)
- First impressionsReview by Jeff
- Have had the suit for a week. 1200 km of riding, mostly mild weather with one 20 minute deluge. I'm very happy with its comfort level (light, easy to move, easy to get on and off ). It's kept me cool and warm when required. The deluge would have left me soaked within minutes old gear, but only got the slightest dampn we on my butt with this suit (Posted on 6/23/16)
- BrilliantReview by Howard
- Got the suit early in winter & have just started using it. When I realized i was going to need a way to express how perfectly conceived it is, I started trying to think of other perfect inventions, things that couldn't really be improved. The one that keeps coming to mind is the Swing-Away can opener. That's how good this suit is. It just isn't for opening cans. (Posted on 5/14/16)
- Love my R3Review by Ryan
I've been wanting a Roadcrafter for about 3 years now. I requested a catalog back in 2013 and it's been on my nightstand and I've probably looked through it just about weekly ever since. Due to being short on funds I ended up ordering other motogear. I try to commute on my bike as often as possible, it puts me in a good mood and the gas mileage is better but I've always had to skip rainy days and drive the car. Despite most of my other gear having zip in rain liners, I always ended up wet and sweaty, plus I my gear would be completely soaked full of water and it took forever to zip in the liners and meant carry extra gear. So I always hoped I'd own a Roadcrafter and could avoid all my issues. Finally I decided I couldn't deal with my other gear letting me down anymore and purchased an R3, I got it for a great price on Holiday sale but I gladly would have paid full price.
Winter is finally over and the fear of icy roads gone and I've finally been able to wear the R3 for some commutes (50 miles one way). This week was my first week hitting rain. A couple light showers and one good heavy storm and I am absolutely in love. I rode through a heavy downpour for about 30 minutes and came away with a damp collar and a tiny little damp spot on my pants (I attribute this to the zipper flap getting pushed to the side and my cotton pants wicking moisture through the zipper). I didn't feel clammy under the suit like I usually do with a plastic liner, it breathed well. I stayed warm, dry and comfortable. The suit was soaked but didn't feel water logged and I hung it up at home and it probably dried out in a couple hours. My previous gear sometimes took days to dry.
I'm sold, I can't imagine using any other suit for riding or commuting. (Posted on 3/17/16)
- 1000 mile reviewReview by Gene in CT
- Ok, I have put just over 1000 miles on this suit and have reached some conclusions. First - this suit fits like a glove, but that is the problem. It is so heavy and stiff that it really limits movement. There are edges that cut into my neck and shoulder area and the armor is so large it feels too bulky. The right side opening where you have to insert your right foot is too narrow and gets stuck most of the time to where I need to remove my boot to get into the suit comfortably which means for the most part I usually have to be sitting down. The collar, even when folded down interferes with helmet movement especially when trying to look up or side to side. Any ride of 50 or more miles results in a stiff neck from fighting this interference. I thought the stiffness would have softened by now but not so. Now, having said all that, I really like the quality and feature set of this suit. Unfortunately in my case the negatives far outweigh the positives and I think my suit is headed for Ebay. (Posted on 3/14/16)
- HappyReview by Dan
Just wanted to let you know how happy I am with my R3 suit. We've had mild weather on the east coast ,but a few Sub 35 degrees days. Stayed warm ,l also got caught in a rain storm today. Stayed Nice and dry. I'm impressed and pleased with your product. Not suprised given the reviews of my fellow NJSBMW RIDERS who own your suits.
Btw..great customer service. I had one small issue with collor magnets missing. You nice folks resolved it immediately.
Dan T (Posted on 1/12/16)
- My first Aerostitch.Review by Sam
My first R3 suit has exceeded my expectations for its functionality. First the concept of a riding suit that zips over your street clothes reminds me of the James Bond film Goldfinger where the secret agent gets out of a wetsuit dressed in tails. The R3 kept me totally dry through a steady medium rain lasting hours. This was on my way the the Falling Leaf Rally in Missouri.
The R3 functions as a great rain suit, except you never have to stop in traffic or under a bridge to change into rain gear. You are already wearing it and that relieves lots of possible stress in having to change gear in hazardess conditions.
I am thankful for all the pockets on this gear. I was intrigued with the additional visual pockets you can add you your arm and leg. The zippers are also heavy-duty. I only have to get used to zipping closed in a new direction. The only flaw I see with the zippers us that the packet of lubricant was not enough. I could not control the liquid flow onto the zipper very well and am not sure I got it all.
(Posted on 11/2/15)
- 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)
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