Let us start off with the fact I am 23 years old. In the last 5 years I have owned every sort of riding gear known to man. Adventure, sport, track, supermoto etc and all the bikes to go along with the gear.
Now all of that said gear is in the attic or up for sale.
I have had my Roadcrafter for 3 months now. Since then It has seen everything from 100 degree mountain rides to 20 degree winter commutes. I have been comfortable every second! With the vents closed up and a few added layers on I am warm as can be. When the heat comes out throw on a T shirt and shorts. This is truly the last big piece of riding gear you will need to buy.
Did I mention that I bought it used 4th or 5th hand?! My suit is marked with a manufacture date of 1-31-1995! If that is not enough right there to buy a Roadcrafter right now, I don't know what is. (Posted on 11/29/13)
Over the years, I've bought pretty much every type of riding gear and never found anything that fitted well, until now.
Aerostich customer service were extremely helpful in getting me a basic suit in the right size to try on, then custom altering the sleeves and pant legs.
For the first time ever, I had elbow pads on my elbows instead of my wrists, and knee pads that didn't sit over my shins.
I believed that would be the last riding gear I'd ever buy, since I was so happy with it.
Then I broke it, or rather the medics broke it when they cut it off me. I went down on the freeway at about 60mph. The only damage to the suit was a scuff on the knee pad. I would have worn it again had it not needed to be cut off. I had no skin damage whatsoever. Underneath the suit, I was wearing cotton/polyester hospital scrubs and they were completely unmarked.
My beautiful gray and blue suit was replaced with a red and black one, as soon as I was well enough to ride again. It's my only riding gear, apart from a mesh jacket and pants for those uber hot days.
I commute daily in my suit, in temperatures from the high thirties to about 90 degrees. Underneath, I wear either hospital scrubs, casual pants or sometimes even a dress and hose.
Getting in and out of the suit is as quick and easy as promised.
If you're thinking about buying a Roadcrafter, go for it. The best riding gear I've ever owned. (Posted on 11/26/13)
I just bought my first brand new Roadcrafter suit. Let me say I was very happy to see they had added all the innovations from there Roadcrafter light to the regular Roadcrafter suit. It should be 100% waterproof now. This isn't my first Roadcrafter I have owned two different size and color used suits. I started with a used black 42S and fit me perfectly until I have to layer up for cold weather. I"m a 43" chest and 32 waist and 28" inseam. So I emailed Aerostich for a sizing and they suggested a 44S. So I got lucky and found a used once only 44S of ebay. It was kind of big for summer riding because I only wear shorts and tshirt under my stich in the summer but in cold weather with heated gear it fit better. Then I sold my bike and stich and took a break from motorcycling. Well my break only lasted 5 months. I got a great deal on a FZ1 and took my first ride with my old leather jacket,blue jeans and my boots. Something didn't feel right. Oh yeah I feel naked without my Roadcrafter on. So I started looking for a 42S because I didn't plan on riding when it gets really cool. Well I couldn't find a used one so I had to go for it and buy a new one. I always check Aerostich's website in the Sale section and long and behold a 42S on sale. The bonus is it had alterations that sounded like it was going to fit me perfectly even when I want to layer up for colder rides. The sleeves were rotated forward,Ellipse added and upper body gussets. I was right it fits me perfectly even with layers and my heated vest. I work for a powersports dealership. I'm a Gold certified Yamaha Technician and I could buy (at my cost) any brand riding gear we sell. I have been riding for 18 years and have tried two piece leathers and two piece textile gear but none of it compares to the Roadcrafter. Now I have owned a couple I wouldn't ride with any other riding gear. I love how it is weather protection,crash protection, and rain gear all in one suit. It's really nice to be able to buy something American made and such high quality. The first time I saw a Aerostich Roadcrafter suit was at a HSTA rally back in the 90's. I fell in love with it. But I couldn't afford one. Well several years later I finally can afford them. Dreams really do come true in America. On a different note it really dumbfounds me that I work in the motorcycle business and my coworkers laugh at me because I'm wearing a snowmobile suit or space suit. I just don't get it. Well I hope this review helps someone decide on buying the best riding gear made in America from Aerostich. (Posted on 9/4/13)
Great quality. Nice people. Good company. Roadcrafter.... not great. I've been wearing this suit for almost 1 year now with the hopes it will "break-in" as promised. I should have followed my gut and shipped it back when it arrived. I didn't like the fit when it arrived, called in with questions about fitment and return policy. The answer I got was to return it for custom alteration at additional charge (understandable) but it would then be unable to return it. It was a real catch-22. "break it in" and you'll like - not returnable. Or pay more for possibly unneeded alterations - not returnable. OR just return it. The general consensus is that this is as good as moto gear gets. I decided to shut up and ride.
Luckily Aerostich opened a retail store for a couple days in my hometown of SF. I could finally try on a different size suit to see if I really need a different size. According to the sizing tools, I have the proper size suit. Unfortunately, the store was a mad house and after waiting for two hours to talk to someone I just left. Bummer.
I'm not rich. 1k was a good chunk of change and it pains me that I'm looking for something to replace this suit while it is now collecting dust. It also pains me to write a negative review. I hate whiners. I love American made anything.
CLIFF NOTES: if you don't like the fit when it arrives - RETURN IT!! (Posted on 7/4/13)
I bought this one-piece suit to replace a two-piece middle-of-the-road setup that was shredded in a crash in May. I live in Colorado and ride almost every month of the year, commute a long distance, and wanted something that would protect me in a crash, be warm and water-proof, and fit over my work clothes. This suit does all of the above perfectly. I got the hi-viz yellow to be conspicuous (I am not fashion-conscious) and have achieved the highest level of visual annoyance with my bright orange Schuberth C3. Anyway, the fit is perfect and I was kept warm and dry during a recent fifty minute slosh through in-the-shower type rain at highway speeds (waterproof gloves and boots from BMW). If you have the dinero, spend it on a suit from Aerostich. You will not be disappointed! (Posted on 9/24/12)
I have always been a fan of Aerostich - I guess I sort of share their philosophy regarding riding gear - simple, well made and functional. I just got my 2nd suit, this time a Roadcrafter one-piece. Currently have the Darien 2-pc and like it. Have about 40-50K miles on it.
Got the Roadcrafter for a couple of reasons. 1st, my Darien is a hi-viz yellow and is looking pretty cruddy, even after a few washings. Still fits well and functions well with lots of room for layers and heated gear to deal with the moderately cold PA winters. 2nd, I regularly commute on the highways near Philadelphia and want something I can get into and out of pretty quickly when visiting clients and attending meetings. Want the protection of the Aerostich on the Schuylkill Expressway and the Blue Route... feel much more comfortable with the 'Stich on.
My Roadcrafter now has about 20 miles on it. Fits well, but took a couple of tries. Strongly recommend getting to the Warehouse for a fitting - the folks there know what they are doing and can save lots of time and frustration. I stopped in this summer enroute to Alaska and am glad I did.
Can't wait to put another 50K on the bike with the Roadcrafter so it doesn't looks so new! Other than that, love the suit and strongly recommend it. Also, best company do deal with - professional and they listen! (Posted on 9/20/12)
I'm a huge fan of this suit, I owned one and similar to Adam below, I also found it to be too big. I have broad shoulders, a beefy chest, big legs and even bigger arms, but I find it seems like the bigger you go size wise, there's a "beer belly" cut. I sold mine because I wanted a black one with gray ballistics and the size issue so I'm looking into buying another one.
Adam, not sure if yours is black or a size 50 or 52, but email me, I may be able to take it off your hands. Inkedbeast@gmail.com
These suits are great for protection as well, I. A motor officer, but I have to ride my personal bike to commute. I hear some people say "only leather saves" but I have seen some serious accidents with riders wearing these suits and it really provides excellent protection in injury prone areas.
I bought my Aerostich suit last year and was very excited about it after reading all the reviews. Unfortunately, we could never get the sizing right. The first suit recommended for my measurements over the phone was waaaay too big. So we went smaller as I'd suggested the first time, but again, I'm a thickly built guy with a large chest and legs so the arms and legs were just too long and the waist was very baggy. So I asked Aerostich to send me another suit with about 4inches taken up from the legs.
Sadly, though I recognize it's a fantastic suit, it still fits me like a large clown costume and so I don't use it which was kind of a waste off lot of money for me. I tried to resolve it a bit later but was told that I'd have to buy a new suit, which was disappointing after having paid for the suit and alterations.
What I'd recommend is to go to the store if you can, and have them measure you. Otherwise, stick with your local motorcycle shop to find equipment that fits your body type.
Having said all this, the suit really is a great one, well-made but just too baggy for me to ride comfortably. :-( (Posted on 8/13/12)
My wife and I have had Roadcrafter suits for a year now. We had them fitted while visiting Duluth, so the fit is good. While there we also received good instructions on such things as how to keep lakes from forming in our laps while riding, and how to make on and off easy. Construction is excellent, with outstanding attention to detail. Fortunately we have not been forced to see how good the standard equipment crash protection is.
These suits do ventilate nicely whether zipped open or closed. Getting rid of internal moisture is as simple as being in moving air -- even in a downpour -- and rain protection by the suit itself is excellent, though I sometimes wish there were an attached hood to keep the back of my neck completely dry.
Compared to my expectations, there has been one distinct downside in that temperature range is suprisingly limited. For example, my $25 suede jacket is warmer in weather below 50 F., and my Sliders jacket is downright sweltering by comparison, as I can ride comfortably in it down to zero F. With this Roadcrafter suit, I now understand the need for Kanetsu electric vests and hope to obtain the optional zip-on sleeves for mine that I didn't think I'd ever need -- before this coming Winter hits, anyway.
Note that these comments come from riding behind a full fairing. I have no experience with the suit on a naked bike.
As for protection, if you order one of these suits, don't skimp on it. I wish I had gotten both the optional back protector and the optional hip protectors, since my Slider jacket and Quest pants leave me feeling much better padded. All in all, though, it's a good suit, and I do not regret the purchase. (Posted on 8/1/12)
I just want you to know how much I appreciate the benefits of your Roadcrafter one piece suit. I road to and back from Anamosa IA, for an open house, some 1500 miles round trip. Temps ranged from 60-104 degrees outside for the trip. No rain was encountered but much hot and wilting sun bore down on me on the trip home. I rode the 650 miles home with nothing but a light shirt and shorts on under the Roadcrafter suit and was comfortable the whole time. The suit was warm enough when it was cool out, and cool enough when it was hot out. I also had a camelback water backpack filled with ice and water on under the suit so I could stay hydrated and cool. The suit ventilated through the arms and legs and chest enough that I didn't sweat out or even dampen my shirt or shorts. The arm pit holes and back vent really work well to circulate air. The cold from the camelback pack kept my back cool and the inside of the suit comfortable. My buddies with me thought I was nuts for wearing the big outfit. Yet they had to put sunscreen on, and douse themselves with water at each stop, about 2 hours intervals. I didn't expect the insulating value of the suit from the road surface though. The highway was radiating tremendous heat up as you can imagine, so I zipped the pant legs closed around my boots and I didn't feel the heat much at all. Yep I consumed 140 ozs of water during the ride home, but didn't feel dehydrated or that thirsty. I also found out that when stopped for gas, I would start to sweat because the lack of air flow, but when I got back on the road, my how cool I felt as the sweat evaporated from inside the suit. I kidded my buddies that I rode in the "Shade" all day in my suit. I needed no sunscreen for sun protection or wind protection. I was ready for any rain that might come. I was insulated from the excessive road heat and bike heat. I also believe I lost less of my body fluids because of the "containment" properties of the suit vs riding with only light shirt and jeans, like my friends were wearing. I have not mentioned the excellent protection I was wearing, the main reason I wear the Roadcrafter, because the other riders didn't think it was a valid reason to wear such a suit because they were not planning on having an accident and going down on the pavement. No one ever plans on going down do they.????
So I just wanted to congratulate you for making what many believe is the finest rider wear for motorcycles in the world, myself included. I didn't realize their were so many other benefits to wearing a Roadcrafter besides protection in an accident and I wanted others to know what I learned about your product. (Posted on 7/9/12)