After many years of purchasing Textile gear, I finally stepped up and purchased the 1 piece Roadcrafter in Hi-Viz and Grey. I had been coveting this suit for numerous years and my wife finally got tired of me showing her the suit and told me to "just get it"!. Well not to argue I immediately placed my order. I received my suit mid February after only one alteration. I must admit it is a little stiff, but it fits perfectly!. Well last week moving the bike out of winter storage, I hit a patch of ice, and down I went with be bike. Damn that hurts, not only my pride but scuffs on the bags of my FJR. Only a little dirt on my suit, no rips, tears, or abrasions. It's now crashed tested, but for certain rider approved. Right Knee, Right shoulder pad did their job! Love this suit! (Posted on 3/17/14)
I keep hearing (reading) two chief complaints about the Roadcrafter. It's said to be too expensive and unattractive. The suit would be a lot cheaper if it weren't for all the gear in my closet I no longer need. My leathers, rain, mesh and insulated apparel, about $2000.00 in all, stay in the closet in favor of the Roadcrafter. As for the look, I ordered mine in all black and requested a 4 inch American flag sewn on the left shoulder. The flag adds that sort of astronaut / Steve McQueen race driver detail. I get compliments on the look everywhere I go. My 18 year old daughter says I look hansom in it... (From the neck down, I'm sure.) It's the best piece of riding gear I have ever owned. (Posted on 12/23/13)
When I ordered my Roadcrafter One Piece Suit back in October I expected a lot. The suit is a lot of money and Aerostich has a reputation that puts them at the top of the pile of manufacturers of riding gear that works in real world conditions. So my expectations were very high and I was a bit worried that the suit wouldn't live up to those expectations and I would be disappointed. After receiving my new Roadcrafter in November and after commuting nearly every day on my bike since then, I am writing this review to say that I am not one bit disappointed and that the Roadcrafter is worth every penny! I am required to dress "business casual" for my job. That is, no jeans. No boots. No sweat shirts, etc. I needed an all weather riding garment that I could put on over Khaki pants and a button down shirt and maybe a sweater or sport coat, and KNOW that I would get to work dry and warm. The Roadcrafter is the first riding garment that claimed it could do that, and actually followed through on the claim. On top of that I'll never have to worry about abrasion resistance or visibility, and believe me, visibility is a big issue during our wet, gloomy Fall and Winter months. Even though I bought a "black on black" Roadcrafter, I will never have to worry about being seen! I live near Portland, Oregon. We have cold, wet Autumns and Winters (not to mention Springs) that are the stuff of legend. We don't get a ton of snow around here, but we get oceans of rain and lots of 35 degree days. The Roadcrafter One Piece Suit has so far kept me COMPLETELY dry and is warm enough that I can make my 45 minute commute with my regular work clothes on under it, and perhaps a sweater or fleece jacket over my shirt, and be dry and comfortable when I get to work. I step out of my Roadcrafter, change my shoes, and sit down at my desk. That's all there is to it. It is nothing short of perfect. When I was ordering my Roadcrafter the service team at Aerostich was always there when I had questions. After I used the sizing tool online they promptly sent me a suit to try on so that we could determine what changes needed to be made so that my suit would be a perfect fit. And once that was determined, I sent back the "test suit" and they made me my suit, all in just about a month! My suit fits perfectly! I ride a Triumph Thruxton with clubman bars, so my riding posture is pretty aggressive. But the suit has just the right amount of length in the arms and legs, and the torso fits just right. When I am just standing around the legs look a bit long, and the butt looks a bit baggy, but when I am on the bike riding it fits like a glove, and that's when the fit is important. I have said enough here. The only additional thing that I would say is, if you are on the fence trying to decide if the Roadcrafter One Piece Suit is worth the investment, stop deciding and order the suit. If you take the time to carefully talk through the sizing and fitting with the service people, you really can't go wrong. Once you have the Aerostich Roadcrafter on, the suit will speak for itself. (Posted on 12/14/13)
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.