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. :)
I put 20,000 miles on my one piece suit in one year with two crashes (one low speed turn in the pouring rain and one highside at about 50 mph). Each time I was able to get up and run back to the bike to get out of the road. I never suffered so much as a scratch, only a bruised shoulder on the high speed get off.
All the flack I took from people was worth it in that one minute of sliding down the highway on my back.
If my suit can't be repaired I'll be buying a hi-viz yellow one piece, which is a change from my current solid red.
That suit saved me thousands of dollars in medical bills and missed work. I can't say enough good things about the suit. 14 degrees was my coldest ride in to work (37 miles) with no electric fleece.
I will not even go down the street for a quart of milk without my roadcrafter suit.
(Posted on 11/20/07)
I received my Roadcrafter a month ago and I have to say that it is the single best investment I have made in 35 years of riding. Absolutely first class and worth every penny. I simply could not be happier. (Posted on 11/4/07)
I've had my 1-pc Roadcrafter for almost 20k miles and ridden in all kinds of weather. After walking away from two low-speed crashes with nary a scratch, I had the suit repaired by the Riderwarehouse. They stand behind their products and exhibit great customer care. The Roadcrafter is a good all-round suit and I feel very safe in it.
My only complaint is the leakage in the crotch area via the main zipper. I would be willing to sacrifice some of the convenience of the suit to have this addressed. It seems that Aerostich has been more upfront about this issue lately. On a naked bike in hard rain or serious road spray (think semis on the interstate), you will get wet in a very uncomfortable spot after 30 minutes or so. (Posted on 7/28/07)
I have had the distinct pleasure of owning a roadcrafter for the past year. As a member of the Royal Navy, I have to look smart at all times despite a 35 mile commute from home to work. Being able to step out of the protective shell and look fairly 'officer-like' is a great boon. Over the year the suit has eased in nicely and is like a second skin for me. Warm and waterproof in the depths of an English winter whilst cool enough to deal with global warming style temperatures and dry summers here! As a doctor, protection is important, and I feel confident enough that this suit will provide more protection than the average textile suit.
Congratulations chaps on a first class product with equally effective and helpful staff on the end of a telephone. They even managed to find a fit that worked first time.
As they say in the RN - BZ Chaps!
Royal Navy (Posted on 6/22/07)