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)
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've had my Roadcrafter about a year now & have commuted & toured in it almost daily. It makes travelling to work in a smart suit & tie a breeze - very fast to unzip out of, change into my work shoes & I'm ready to go.
Thankfully not tested the crash-protection, but I feel secure with built-in knee / hip / back / elbow / shoulder protection & very unlikely to get my work suit wet on the way there or back - no problems at all since Nikwax & I started doing up velcro fastners correctly ...
Recent 500+ mile day across France also proved the suit to be all-day comfortable on a 10-hour ride.
Customer service also second to none - Aerostich are a pleasure to do business with, I wish you every success. Thanks! (Posted on 5/15/08)
Bought my roadcrafter about 1991 and it's still going strong. The roadcrafter for me has been the single must have ingredient for happy riding on all kinds of bikes from nakeds, to enduros to crotch rockets (sorry I just don't "get" cruisers) and my current Honda ST1100. The sole exception maybe was the '88 Goldwing and that was only due to the lack of wind and weather flying behind that barn door of a fairing.
Minor stuff like velcro has worn out on some of the pockets but I haven't bother fixing it because they still stay shut without the velcro due to proper design. Even the ultra-critical main zipper down the front and the right leg are still good to go every day.
Though it is grungy and in severe need of a bath after this long the only reason to get a new one is due to my expanding waistline. (Posted on 5/15/08)
I have read many good things about the one piece suit and most of it very good except long hours in the rain leaks in the groin area because of the zipper design of the one piece suit. I wondered what the maker of the suit had to say about that occasional comment and also wondered how the suit would handle cold temperatures day after day in Spring rides on the Alaska Highway.
I bought a like new second hand suit and I am glad I did. I low sided my R1150GS during and off road school and I was ejected from the motorcycle, thrown into the air, and landed exactly on the top of my left shoulder bone. I was wearing my one piece suit and the integrated shoulder pads distributed the impact, preventing serious shoulder injury. I was a 25 mile an hour lawn dart. My shoulder is sore but the xrays were negative. The shoulder pads did there job. (Posted on 3/5/08)
I started with a high viz jacket 6 years ago. Then got the pants. After 30K it was time for a replacement.
I did the same thing again, I ride every day in California, where this year it has been monsoon season. This high viz suit has over 30 K on it, I ordered it big for layering so no matter how cold it is, I am toasty with a BMW heated vest and hand grips. The suit is not that comfortable to go shopping in, but that is what it is made for. It is made for protection from cages and weather and it does the job. I arrive at work neat and safe.
The high viz and retro reflective tape make me a road warrior with a brain.
It has so much storage that it is like a suitcase you wear. I will never change and the customer service is not an oxymoron. Another benifit hey it is made in America by Americans and they had no problem putting a bunch of USMC patches on the back of my suit. :)