My Roadcrafter is the most-useful single item of motorcycle gear I have ever purchased (new, September 2009). I have been riding since 1987 and do not shill for companies; in fact most moto gear bought over the years does not lived up to billing. The Roadcrafter is a significant exception: I'm sorry I waited this long to take the plunge, paying up-front only once vs. re-buying less-useful jackets and pants repeatedly across the decades. I ordered a custom color for the ballistics (black, with purple) and it looks interesting and different. Sizing and custom work were painless, between only a few phone calls and shipments.
At this writing, I have used my Roadcrafter about ten months. There wasn't much break-in time needed, an improvement on my Darien jacket experience ten years ago (another fantastic piece of equipment). So far, I'm weatherproof, including riding all day in driving rain during an IBA event last October.
Ups include: ease of entry and egress, obvious high quality, great ventilation, Aerostich customer service. A small nit is that a pant leg bottom snap cut loose shortly after arrival, but I'm sure customer service will address it quickly when I send my Roadcrafter in for service this coming winter. I find it a bit warm in the summer, but that is to be expected and the vents cool things down quite well. Thanks Aerostich! -=DRB=-, Seattle WA USA (Posted on 7/25/10)
I've had the suit for 5 years now and feel I can submit a review. Zero problems with the suit, keeps me dry, gets hot in anything over 80F, but what doesnt? Wish it were a little more stylish, I feel like I am wearing a 70s snowmobile suit, so I get alot of dumb questions about it at gas stops. I feel like I am ready for anything when I have it on. Great product, I think I am still finding pockets. (Posted on 7/7/10)
When I decided to get my Roadcrafter one piece suite, I would have had to wait to get my original choice of colours so I picked what was available. Hi Viz yellow/green with Grey Ballistics. I love it. I wanted the Hi Viz and was inspired and totally agree with a testimonial about how we don't question wearing a flying suit when we fly a combat fighter jet but get caught up in making fashion statements when choosing gear to wear on a bike. When I wear my Hi Viz suit I am making a statement that I am a responsible road user, want to be seen and wear my suit like a seat belt. Let’s not hear ever again the lame statement of ” I just didn’t see him”. It really is quick to get off and on and I can wear a “T” shirt underneath at 14 degrees Celsius and not feel cold. I recommend the Transit Back Pad Adapter Sleeve that gives just that little bit extra protection that could make all the difference.
Regards Brett from Australia
(Posted on 6/25/10)
I'm now coming to the end of life of my second one-piece Roadcrafter, after it has done daily year-round usage in Europe for about 80,000 miles in the last 2 years. All the velcro was worn out after 6 months, all the handles came off the zippers (after 6 months, replaced with paperclips) and now, despite the recommended re-weatherproofing with Scotchguard, leaks like a sieve after 10 minutes in the rain. Still the best commuter suit ever made, but in serious need of an upgrade with fit for purpose velcro, zipper handles and modern waterproof zips. (Posted on 5/27/10)
I was poor; a student trying to make it with only an old BMW. Both parents were ill. I did a computer job and got paid - with just enough to buy a Roadcrafter. It was new then, only out for a couple of years, but the reviews were stellar. I bought my suit.
I have been wearing now for nearly 20 years. It has been repaired. As my economic situation isn't stellar now, I will buy another when able. (Posted on 4/30/10)
I've never done this before, but was inspired to write today as the advertisement of the day looked like "Dave's Recipe for Happy Cycling." Roadcrafter suits, ER Gloves, CT boots, and MF camping seat bags all featured on the front page of the ad. All are with me every day. The Roadcrafter I wear for 400 miles a week of commuing in the Rockies from April to November is 15 years old now and in spite of looking pretty faded and a little threadbare, is still functining perfectly with about 50,000 miles on it's "clock". The other gear has been added along the way and like everything Aerostich sells, all can be counted on to perform flawlessly day in and day out, rain or shine, hot or cold. I suppose I should part with some more of my hard earned cash and replace this Roadcrafter with a new one, but I can't in good conscience because it still works perfectly. Thanks for your no-compromise aproach and impecable service to motorcyclists. (Posted on 4/29/10)
May 2000 - riding to work on my then 3 week old CBR929 in the right lane on a 6 lane major highway. Older woman in a Camry slowed down to between 30 and 40 mph in the far left lane and darted across all lanes of traffic to make the exit ramp that was right next to me. The ensuing collision totaled the bike, incapacitated the car, and almost gave the woman a heart attack since she thought she'd killed me. I narrowly missed hitting the car with my body and instead took a hard hit to my left hip as I hit the pavement and then slid for over 150 feet down the highway frantically waving at the traffic behind me to stop and not run me over.
The guy who called 911 couldn't believe I was alive and when we started checking me for blood or broken bones and I had neither, he was simply in awe. The tow truck driver gave me a ride to the tow facility. My father picked me up on his Valkyrie and brought me home where I got on my '97 VFR and went back to work - I didn't even have to change the clothes I was wearing.
Due to the damage my RoadCrafter received, it was quite obvious that had I not been wearing it I would have lost my left leg that day, it had gotten caught under my and took the brunt of the asphalt shredding.
The day of that accident I ordered two things - a replacement 929 and a replacement RoadCrafter - both were worth every penny. (Posted on 4/28/10)
I purchased my Roadcrafter shortly after 5 years ago and I could not be happier. I have worn the suit commuting to work, daily fun rides and week long trips. I have worn the suit in some serious downpours without complaint. Occasionally I have experienced dampness in the crotch area but believe that this is caused by water pooling in the crotch area of the seat. This however would not cause me to not recommend the suit as it has never been a significant amount.
I've heard other's mention heat, and it's a common question when wearing one. I have ridden in 90+ degree days regularly and as long as I'm not in stop and go traffic, I don't have an issue.
The Roadcrafter really provides maximum riding ability by allowing me to wear whatever I need to wear underneath, shorts, khakis or jeans, thus I ride more. I recommend it without hesitation. (Posted on 4/18/10)
I've owned 2 1/2 Roadcrafter riding suits over the last 20 years or so. The first one I, ahem, outgrew. I sold it through the BMWMOA website for about $100 less than I paid for it years earlier.
My second RC suit was another two-piece. I was wearing it when I had the only serious bike accident of my 45+ year riding career. In a wreck that could have killed me, I got off with a broken collar bone and four broken ribs. (Still hurts to think about breathing.) My RC suit -- and my BMW helmet -- saved my life. The EMS guy cut my jacket off, and when I got better I ordered another RC jacket to match the pants.
My third suit is a one-piece, and -- for touring -- I think I like it the best of all. I've ridden all day in the rain on my GS and stayed dry and comfy.
For long-distance riding it's all I'll ever need. My suits have all been the silver/grey color with black ballistics. It's a good choice for wear and not showing dirt, and not nearly as hot as a darker color would be.
I do find the RC suits a little warm much above 75 deg. F, but I'm thinking of wearing running shorts under my RC on this summer's tour to northeastern Canada. Bet that does the trick.
My only other piece of advice is to ride through Duluth on your next trip, and let Andy's staff measure you for the RC suit of your choice. They've got 'em in all sizes & colors to try on, and by the time you get home (well, if you're on a long trip), it'll be there waiting for you.
Now -- what are you waiting for? (Posted on 1/12/10)