About time I chime in here... I purchased my Roadcrafter one piece suit back in 1992, yes, 20 years ago. I wear it daily to commute and on weekend romps. Only had the suite in for repairs (zippers) once in 20 years. I've never had to "crash test" my suite, but I'm sure it will protect me should I ever need it to. To say my Roadcrafter was a good investment would be an under statement. TINK photosbytink.com (Posted on 2/9/12)
I rode to work this morning it was 16 degrees F according to the FJR thermometer. I had added a layer, a fleece jacket and FirstGear heated gloves. The only difference between today and July in the 90’s is in July the vents are open, no fleece and lightweight gloves. This is an amazing suit, fits like a glove. I got mine in the fall of 2010, and have been through most weather in it. I found another pocket after almost a year of using it, there are probably more to find. I have the clear velcro forearm pocket that I use for notes and shopping lists. Walking through the supermarket I was consulting the list, a Dad with a young son remarked “Wow, Cool”
The reflective panels do a great job of lighting up at a distance and getting you noticed. The comments I’ve received show that someone who has made the investment in the suit and themselves definitely “knows where his towel is!” (Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy). I think the Men in Black had the right phrase “Let’s Put it on, the last suit you’ll ever wear.”
The workmanship is fist class and great value. Thanks for a great piece of gear.
I've had this suit for about 3 months now and am overall extremely pleased with it, and would 100% recommend it to anyone.
Quality is outstanding
Great protection from the elements
Pocket engineering is great (folder over pokcet tops keep elements out and your stuff from fall out.
Easy to get on and off (with a little practice)
Neck collar can be fully closed with no discomfort (soft lining on the neck is great)
Able to run gerbing electric cables out of the side vent with no noticeable issues
Fit could be improved if the company offered half-sizes. They can make quite a few alterations, but if you fall between sizes you either have to adapt to a product that's a bit too big or a bit too small. In my case I needed the torso to be a bit taller and the width of the arms and legs to bit a bit wider, leaving the rest of the dimensions the same. This was not possible without going up to the next whole suit size which which just too big. As it is, I went with the smaller size and am mindful about not wearing bulky clothing.
Areas of Improvement
-I would like to see the side vents zip from top to down instead of the current way (down to up) I run the cables from my heated clothing out through the side vent (so I can plug them in to the bike) and with the zipper going from down to up, this means my cables are sort of held into place by the force of the zipper at the top of the vent. I'm afraid that across time this downward pressure on the zipper is going to cause it to unzip or weaken the zipper. If the zipper went from top to down, the cables would be resting at the bottom of the vent opening and would not be putting any pressure on the zipper.
-I would like to see velcro on the collar tabs so when you don't need the collar up (ie in warmer weather) you can velcro it "open" and not have it in the way. You can manually roll it back now but I have to do that every time I put on the suit (it seems to work its way back up again after taking off and putting on the suit)
- I would like to see a better way to tuck in the top zipper pull when the suit is completely zipped up. It's a little bit in the way when you try to pull the upper part of the suit across to the other side in order to engage the velcro and fully close the suit.
- There need to be vents in the leg area , preferably the lower leg area. With the knee pads in place, a lot of heat gets trapped into the legs and there's no air movement down there. This time of year (fall/early winter) this is a good thing. It wont be so good when the temps soar this summer.
- The higher end hips pads only come in one size - large, and for us smaller guys (I'm 5'5) these are way too tall. When on the bike, they poke into my ribs. Aerostitch doesn't offer any alternative here. This is not a problem with the suit, but does lessen your overall ability to get a whole suit-package (pads and all) from one vendor (Aerostitch)
- Would like some more velcro strips sewed into other areas of the suit. There are currently strips sewed onto the left leg (apparently for the map holder) and I LOVE these (I velcro on my temp-controller for my heated clothes here) but there are some other things I'd like to veclro on to the suit, if there were just a few more velcro strips here and there that would be great (suggest somewhere on the torso)
- All these improvements are minor and in no way would deter me from buying this suit again.
I live in NC and have not yet had the chance to ride in really hot temps (got the suit in fall) but have ridden it up to 85 with no problem. The vents work better than expected. I love that most of the vents can be opened whle sitting on the bike (don't have to take the suit off). Of course, this is not possible with the back vent.
The truth is that I like this suit so well I will probably just suffer through the hotter temps next summer. I don't really want to ride without it now. I would say it's an outstanding suit for at least 9 months of the year down here, and I'm hoping to make it work the other 3 months (July, Aug, Sep, when it's really hot)
Recently I took a trip to Michigan and back. I had little choice but to drive back through some pretty nasty weather. It was in the 30's, raining and super windy, for two days straight. The suit kept me dry (even in the crotch, even though some people say they have had moisture enter there) and with the wind stopping abilities of the suit, my inner heated gear was able to keep me toasty the whole way.
I wear this suit every time I'm on the bike and regularly to the gym (my bike is my main source of transportation unless the weather completely disallows it) and I have learned to fold the suit and two and put it into the bottom of a locker. No problems there.
I can't say enough good things about this suit and count it among the best money I have spent on gear.
(Posted on 12/4/11)
Got it a few months ago. I was quite worried about the sizing. But with great help on the phone "what is your European size suit that fits you well", plus some others details was all that was needed to get a perfect fit. Amazing!
Easy to get on and off. Didn´t ride in lots of rain, but am quite happy even in cooler temperatures with my heated Gerbing gear underneath. (Posted on 12/1/11)
After a couple years deliberation, I bought a used one off Craigslist to make sure the investment was going to be worth it. This suit is fantastic. Two weeks ago, I bounced off the back of a Jetta that decided to back out without looking. My Versys, $2600 damage. Me, sprained thumb. 'Nuff said.
It does get hot on the 90+ days, but only when you are standing still, a very small price to pay in my book for this level of protection. Mine leaks very slightly from the crotch when riding for EXTENDED periods of time in the POURING rain (. Only the most severe weather makes it do this, and I think I may have cured it by adjusting the way the fabric bunches at the crotch so that the water cannot pool, but I've only been in one severe storm since this discovery, so I want to ride a bit more before I declare this foiled.
Please keep in mind I have been as SEVERLY CRITICAL as I could of this suit, these are the only negatives that I can find. I could write for pages about the positives of this suit, but I'm sure I wouldn't hit many points that havent already been hit. I'll wear this one til it wears out, and then I'll buy a new one to replace it. If you ride alot, this will please you. (Posted on 11/3/11)
Considered buying a Roadcrafter for at least 10 years before I ever got one. Went through a bunch of lesser gear that always failed me in one way or another. Easily spent the equivalent price of the 'stich on the lesser gear. Finally bit the bullet and got a custom sized Roadcrafter. The folks at Aerostich made the custom process easy and, in hindsight, quick. (It does seem like forever when you are waiting) With well over 20K miles on mine now, I can honestly say it was a great purchase.
If you're thinking of getting the hi-viz, be warned - it gets dirty easily and is not as bright as some to the other hi-viz on the market. It does clean up pretty well and still gets the attention of many of the cagers.
Folks will tell you it's not comfortable over 90f and below 50f. What is? Colder temps are easier as layering and heated gear can make you quite snug. I've plowed my driveway (walk behind snowblower) many times wearing my 'stich, much to the entertainment of my neighbors.
I have been curious about the suit for many years and been told how great it really is by all those people I meet that own them. They aren't cheap to buy, so I put off the gamble for many years. By chance, a good friend offered up the chance to try one he had bought, as a spare,off e-bay. It was the middle of summer here in Georgia and I thought it would never work in the 90% heat,but guess what, with all the vents open, I was getting as much air as I with all my vented jackets and pants. That was the first revelation. Getting it on and off was a snap and I felt totally protected padding wise. OK, so I want one. Hardest part was figuring out the color. I felt very confident in the help I received about sizing and went and placed the order. Short story after long, I really love the suit! It fits perfectly and is so well crafted that it reminds you that there are still people out there that take a great deal of pride in what they do. The forming and the stitching is perfect.Wished I hadn't waited so long. Thanks for a fabulous product. (Posted on 10/12/11)
Like many folk no doubt , thought about this suit for a while and read , read many reviews. Took the plunge a couple of years ago and ordered . The fit was perfect and that says a great deal for the help I received on line and by phone, as I was wee bit wary ordering from USA without trying on , or getting a normal fitting done. The suit was hard to start with , but after a few months soon became softer without ever "feeling" soft or thin.
Easy to on and off and the design is great , and as for the number of useful pockets...still finding new ones..hee , hee. A LOT of thought went into this suit and design , and for someone who has ridden for 40 years and continues to do fairly high mileage it is by far the best purchase I have made in motorcycle clothing bar NONE.
Quality build , really comfortable on the bike , ( have done 1200+ mile days ) and the protection pads are exactly where the should be placed...perfect. I have had no issues with leakage , and living in a damp , wet UK that is superb...( always making sure overflap is secure ) I have machine washed the suit several times now with NIKWAX and this keeps both the suit looking like new and performing great in the rain.
Have worn in temperatures of nearly 100* whilst in France and with vents fully open it is OK on the bike , but with its protective weight it's a wee bit warm when off the bike..but that has to be expected in that heat.
Only issues after a few years and 40,000 miles has been the loss of a few zip pullers , and a little less "stickiness" of the velcro on the collar tap and main overlap.
Both easily sorted.
Overall , I fantastic suit , well worth the money , and when I wear it on the bike..FEEL SAFE !!! (Posted on 10/11/11)