I received my Roadcrafter one-piece about one week before a major trip of 6,500 miles -- Seattle to Texas then up to Alaska. 2200 miles on Interstates and 4300 miles on two lane roads. Fourteen hours each day for 10 days. The hottest was 110F in West Texas and the coldest was 37F in Yukon.
I wore the suit religiously. Even in the high temperatures I could adjust the air flow enough to be almost comfortable. Through a three hour thunderstorm in Kansas, not a drop penetrated the suit.
The only failure was the zipper on the right wrist. I pulled too hard when adjusting while riding and snapped off the metal pulltab. It was my own fault and not the design. I juryrigged a fix that night that is still working.
I started with the optional hip pads but removed them within a few days as unnecessary and a bit uncomfortable.
As for size, I am an off-the-rack size 42 but ordered a 44 Roadcrafter. With a sweater or vest underneath, even the 44 was a bit tight but not restrictive.
I was very appreciative of being able to put on and remove the suit within 10 seconds to minimize the heat buildup when stopped.
After some experimentation, I found the perfect place for all essentials with the pockets. (Posted on 8/18/08)
I use the one-pc suite for more than 10 years. In 2004 I bought a new one a High-Viz yellow. I can tell you every body complains about it, WHY, beacuse I am so visible on the road.
Form em there is no other suite that the Aerostich. I drive more than 20 K a year in Europe most of the time in The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Also in the winter time and summer. In the summer I put my Airco on, all the zippers open en my back also and even in 32 C it is wearable.
It is a pitty that there is no Aerostisch shop in Europe maybe I going to ask the mannagement to open a shop here.
Greetz Peter van Heulen, Netherlands (Posted on 8/13/08)
I've had my one piece Roadcrafter for about 10 days and nearly 1000 miles now. My initial impression when I opened the box was very positive concerning the quality, but also that it was heavier than I expected. I was concerned about the heat when riding here in N. VA. I was pleasantly surprised that the suit flows a lot of air thru it and is no warmer than my mesh Vanson jacket. Standing still of course you are going to sweat but you would wearing most any jacket. I also got to test it's ability to resist rain in a very good hour-long ride. Some leakage but I had left the underarm vents open, so no complaints. Overall, I think I have found a new "best riding partner". Thank you. (Posted on 7/31/08)
I have two Roadcrafter suits. They are some of my best pieces of my motorcycle gear. I use them in the summer instead of a rain suit and I use them with a BMW heated vest the rest of the year. With a full face helmet and the Roadcrafter I stay comfortable and dry. I use them in temps from 20 deg. to 80 deg. I love them. (Posted on 6/2/08)
I have had my one piece suit for a week and a half. So far I have 1,500 miles on the suit in weather from mid 20's to mid 60's. My first ride in 40 degree rain was not happy as the suit leaked in just over 20 miles. However I have since applied wax to the zipper and it seems to have corrected the problem. I'm looking forward to a hard rain to test the suit further.
The color is a little off; more of a navy than black but road grime will soon make that moot point. I have had one low speed get off and the suit performed great although I did slide further than expected.
If this suit wears as well as my old combat touring boots I expect many happy miles of use. (Posted on 6/1/08)
Just had my maiden voyage of 1500 miles in my new roadcrafter that I bought out of existing stock online. I rode from northeastern Pennsylvania to Tennesee on the Blue Ridge Parkway and back again. The first day it rained the entire day. The last day it rained all the way home. The suit stayed bone dry and warm. Most mornings were 40F and by mid afternoon around 80F. It is true that if you open up the zips and sleeve cuffs , the breeze keeps everything quite cool. I was asked by several people if it was too hot in the suit. Honestly, it was perfect! I was surprised. I really like all the pockets and visibility and most of all the protection. One guy said that I looked like a walking advertisement for BMW. OH well, I have been called worse. Anyway, I am heading north to Americade on Sunday and it will be hot and wet as usual. The knowlege that the suit is additonal protection will bring addtional peace of mind to this sport touring adventure rider.
It was alot of money for me to spend, but the quality of this suit and the protection it provides speaks for the "investment" of a lifetime. Thanks for making a really awesome product.
Perry Hebard - Pocono Mountains of Penna. (Posted on 5/15/08)
I've had the Roadcrafter for a year now, and it is by far the most "all encompassing" suit around. Weather, abrasion, and impact protection are second to none. Style is unique, but still presentable and ease of on/off makes it a suit you will u (Posted on 5/15/08)
In January 2005,I drove to Duluth, MN from Mt. Gilead, OH, to be fitted for my one piece suit, as I am 5'11" and 275lbs. Three weeks later my suit arrived. I have worn it for about 45,000 miles. I have been comfortable in it from a low of 10F( with areostich heated jacket) to 105F (although I was on the freeway at the hotter temp with every vent open. I have the yellow HI VIZ, and would not get anything but. You get some looks, but hey, if you ride all year round, you are going to get looks any way. I have had two low speed get offs without a scratch. I have ridden in pouring rain all day on both a FLHTC and a CBR1000RR. No wet crotch, however a little on the right leg zipper lower, no big deal. Changes I would make:
1. Zip pocket on both sleeves, as you hold in the clutch you can pay tolls.
2. Removable velcroed in storm gators on the pant legs, to stop cold air when your feet are up on the hiway pegs.
3. More reflective strips on front, back, sleeves and legs, so if you are working on your bike on the side of the road, or helping someone, you are more visible.
4. MP3 or Cell phone pocket high on the left chest inside the suit.
5. Heated pants and boot inserts like the jacket.
I would pay additionally for these features.
Keep up the great work, as you have a great product. Would not even consider riding anywhere without it. (Posted on 5/15/08)
I bought mine 3 years ago, black with ballistic custom orange. Kinda pricey but worth every penny. I wear the one piece suit starting in fall when the rain & cold starts, thru spring when it starts to warm and it hits 80deg.F. Aerostich description is true in all counts, kept me dry in hard torrents til I'm almost at work then the zippers leaks where the knees bend, just like they describe(about an hours ride). Other than that in light to medium rains I'm bone dry(except where it drips down my neck opening). Custom made to fit, comfortable to wear all day on long trips. Now , if I could only figure out a way so that the rain doesn't run down my sleeves & into my rain gauntlets & down my neck it would be perfect but hey thats the adventure of extreme weather riding. Ape hangers on my Buell might solve the glove problem hahaha. Love all the pockets too. I give the one piece suit an Excellent rating well worth it. (Posted on 5/15/08)