So haven’t had a real get off since I raced in the 70’s but yesterday I hit a deer at about 50 or 55 mph on a straight stretch of hard pack dirt road. Ripped the handle bar out of my hand and unseated me. I managed to get back on the bike and grab the handle bar but I was already off the road and in the ditch. Soooo I locked up the rear and tried to lay it down by sliding it flat track style back into the road. I did get a lot of speed scrubbed off but it was to late to save it. I was going down it was just a matter of where and what I was going to hit, guardrail, bridge abutment and big trees where coming fast. In the process of the slide which I think was working the rear tire grabbed and flicked me over the high side. All I can say is aerostich saved me from really getting messed up and the helmet saved my life. I landed on my back smacking my head hard enough that I still have a headache as I write and my shoulder and hip feel like well a 50 year old man after a high side. Best money I ever spent on protective gear? Aerostch suit.
ALL THE GEAR ALL THE TIME.
(Posted on 4/2/11)
I have owned a Roadcrafter jacket for 8 years. I've always liked it, but it does ride up a bit at the waist. Bought the one piece this year. I prefer the fit of the one-piece suit and the comfort. I can swing my leg over the R1200RT easier in the one-piece Roadcrafter then I can in jeans and it is very comfortable on the bike (also better than jeans). I have the new Roadcrafter with the rubber zippers for increased waterproofness. I still sealed the seams -- NEVER leaks. (Posted on 3/27/11)
Back in 2001 I bit the bullet and bought my Roadcrafter One Piece Suit. Choose the red with hi viz yellow for shoulder pad and shin areas. Initially, the "weight" of the suit and "reduced mobility" concerned me. But, after a month or so, it became more pliable and I got used to the weight and/or security it provided - i.e piece of mind. To date, I've probably logged over 50K miles in the suit - across the US etc. Several points are worth mentioning:
1. Visibility with the yellow patches - outstanding!!! I have people say they can see me a mile away.
2. Water resistant is all you can expect. I wear rain gear over top of the suit - which can be a bit muggy in the summer - but, under pouring rain conditions, the added security of knowing I have the stich, helps.
3. Snaps, zippers - everything works as it did back in 01.
4. With the venting - close when you are cold. Open when you are warm. Excellent. AND for those really HOT scorchers...stop in a convenience store and ask how much for ice. They will look at you crazy, explain what you want to do - and you may get the ice for free. Fill the generous thigh pockets and chest pocket with scoops of the ice. Enjoy the next several hours in cool comfort. The ice will melt, you will get some wetness - but - you also have the best AC. ( I generally wear running shorts and a T shirt under the stich. If they get wet, they dry really fast.)
Hope this helps any and all considering this Great Suit. Great Value. (Posted on 3/22/11)
Extremely pleased with my roadcrafter. Bought mine with alterations to fit my slightly larger frame and they came out perfect for me. I have several of my riding buddies who are jealous of me now, so maybe there will be a couple more being sold in my neck of the woods now. Superb craftsmanship with signatures of each person who touched it in the "building process" to show the pride put into the suit. (This suit was BUILT, not made for the purpose of which it was created for) It has performed as expected and advertised, and then some. I am looking forward to many years with this product. (Posted on 3/16/11)
I've ridden a long time, 400,000 miles by my calculations. In the summer I always went without gear for years for fear of being "too hot", then got into the mesh leather gear which worked relatively well. I've had my roadcrafter for nearly 2 yrs now and wear it every day from riding to work to a 1500 mile in 24hr BBG ride and it has worked fabulous for me. I have hit very little rain to test this part, but what I have encountered I have had no problems. I have ridden in temps ranging from around 10 degrees to 110 degrees amd have had no problem. I add an extra layer in cold weather. In hot weather it has not been a problem. I rode through Kansas for several hours at over 100 degrees and yes I was warm, but better than my prior days of mesh leather and 10x better than going with shirt sleeves. I've got around 20,000 miles on my roadcrafter and recently took a 30mph dump. Obviously 30mph is not a huge test, but the suit came out basically without a noticable blemish, and I came out likewise. The only trouble I have had is the snaps down at the legs have gone bad. Zippers work fine. The suit is fine and I look forward to wearing it, unlike prior things.
I've ridden a long time, 400,000 miles by my calculations. In the summer I always went without gear for years for fear of being "too hot", then got into the mesh leather gear which worked relatively well. I've had my roadcrafter for nearly 2 yrs now and wear it every day from riding to work to a 1500 mile in 24hr BBG ride and it has worked fabulous for me. I have hit very little rain o test this part, but have ridden in temps rnging from around 10 degrees to 110 degrees amd have had no problem. I add an extra layer in cold weather. In hot weather it ha not been a problem. I rode through Kansas for several hours at over 100 degrees and yes I ws warm, but better than my pryor days of mesh leather an 10x better than going with shirt sleeves. I've got around 20,000 miles on my roadcrafter and recently took a 30mph dump. Obviously 30mph is not a huge test, but the suit came out basically without a noticable blemish, and I came out likewise. The only trouble I have had is the wnaps down at the legs have gon bad. Zipper work fine. The suit is fine and I look forward to wearing it, unlike prior things. (Posted on 3/8/11)
(Response to a buddy looking for riding gear advice)
Why I wear a AeroStich Roadcrafter
1. Ease of use:
-Quickly put on / taken off, 10-20 seconds
-Plenty of easily accessible pockets
2. Quality construction:
-Best zippers, velcro, available
-Made in USA, 'nuff said!
-Real Velcro, not "Hook and Loop"
-Real Gore-Tex, not imitation
3. Protection equal to an other suit:
-Shoulder, elbow, knee protection standard
-hip and back protection available (very good idea)
-Extra heavy Cordura material at shoulders, knees
-TF2 and TF3 pads, soft normally, stiffen when shocked
4. Weather protection:
-Keep the sun off of you in summer;plenty of vents to allow airlow
-Keep the wind off of you in summer and winter; ever had wind-burn?
-Rain and cold; I rode 450 miles in 38 deg rain in January of '07 dry and warm
(with heated vest and grips!)
-As of April of 2011, will have had mine for 6 years; ~30,000 miles on the '82
Yamaha XJ750; 43,000 miles on the '06 Kawasaki Concours; 11,000 miles on the '05
Kawasaki KLR 650; ~1000 miles on the Honda 230L; ~ 1000 miles on the '85 XJ700;
That's about 86,000 miles. About 14,000 miles per year... and counting!
-There are many other options, and they all have their strong points; but for me,
the money I spent for my 'Stich was well spent, and even though I haven't needed
the crash-protection, it has always provided much peace of mind over the years.
If you think you will be riding for any length of time, it should be high on your
list of riding gear. There are literally thousands of testimonials to the quality,
durability, and effectiveness of this suit... and for damn good reason! Do your
research, compare, and decide whats best for you... (Posted on 1/24/11)
I bought my 2nd RoadCrafter suit in 1995 after many great years with the first.
It's survived countless commutes and trips, and it also survived a spectacular 45 mph t-bone into a left-turner. Actually, the suit may have been the only item to emerge that day unscathed (counting the car which was totalled). I dusted the suit off, replaced the pads, and kept using it for 13 more years.
It's time for my 3rd RoadCrafter now.
But I have 2 requests. which you will see recur in the other reviews. Aerostich, the zipper tabs are not up to the standard of the suit. They break off in a few months, usually leaving you stuck in the suit looking for a pair of pliers. Please, show us you're paying attention and fix them. I guess the good news is that once they broke, I replaced them with circular key rings that make far superior tabs when you have gloves.
The second request is for a better neck closure. Put on even one extra sweater, suit up, and you will have a cold neck for want of just another couple inches of strap and velcro. Almost everytime I check it, the velcro tab has let go and is flapping in the wind. I know you guys ride in cold weather, right? Show us you care and give us a neck that will close and stay closed over bulky under layers.
It's a fantastic suit. Why not finish the job and make it perfect?
(Posted on 12/19/10)
I bought the Roadcrafter suit in March of 2010, after measurements and alterations my suit was ready at the end of april. The fit allowed me to stay warmer than with my previous riding gear; a plus for me since I commute year round on the bike rain or shine.
The suit was quite waterproof at the beginning, but after about 6 months and about 8000 miles the suit started leaking. Recently I was in the rain (very light and drizzling) for 5 hours and the suit ended up leaking. Considering that I only rode a total of 20 minutes in those 5 hours made me less than satisfied. I have done the same activity in similar conditions for 10 hours with my previous gear and gotten home dry. I expect better from this top of the line gear.
Again, great service, great fitting over the phone for custom alterations, and once again great customer service. The suit's fit is excellent thought I would like it to be more waterproof. (Posted on 10/29/10)
The absolute best money I have ever spent for motorcycling. Have owned my "stich" for over 10 years, it is used in daily commuting and touring. Basically anytime I'm on the bike I'm in the suite. It has stood me well in temps from 13 to 110 degrees. Rain, shine, sleet, and snow. I absolutely love this piece of gear. The zipper pulls could be better, I've replaced almost everyone of them atleast twice. The zippers are still working great, as is the velcro. Some of the stiching is starting to fail (on the liner) and there are a couple of small holes (two slow speed get-offs) but it still functions beautifully. When I decide to replace it, it will be with a new "stich". (Posted on 10/25/10)