I've had my suit since around 2001 I think and unless things have changed since then I don't understand how "got wet" actually got wet. I rode mine non-stop from Dallas to Toronto and I swear a storm system must have been following me the whole way because it poured 15 out of the 22hrs I rode. And nowhere during the trip did I get wet at all. I have nothing but praise for this suit. - Dan (Posted on 11/28/09)
I've had mine for 2 years now. It is in exactly the same shape as when I bought it. Stays warm in the winter, cool in the summer. I use the hi-viz yellow and it has saved my hide on more than one day. Be prepared for more than a few 'fireman' comments in the store etc. It ironically doesn't get old....
I can honestly say this is the last honest company out there. They supply high quality items at good prices.
Also, for those of you reading the comments regarding rain entering the roadcrafter, ugh, that is what the waterproofing chemicals for sale are for. The suit does fine without any treatment in <2 hours in moderate rain. Beyond that just waterproof it--- no big deal. (Posted on 10/31/09)
I was playing chicken on Ebay by entering low ball bids that I was positive would not win. I bid one dollar higher than the staring bid. About a week later I get an email stating "You have won the auction!" What auction I asked and come to find out I'm the new-to-me owner of a two year old Hi-Viz Roadcrafter with about 8000 miles on it. The previous owner had crashed wearing this suit leaving streaks of embedded asphalt in the ballistics on the right side from the shoulder down to the ankle. An email from
Aerostich Customer Service suggested Dawn dishwashing liquid which worked very well to remove the stains but took a long, long time to rinse out.
The last 3 years I have been wearing a Fieldsheer Highlander II and the only similarity between the two suits is they are both made of textile and use two main zippers. Otherwise there is no comparison in the quality of the materials and the construction of the suits. While waitng for the suit to arrive I ordered a pair of the heavier duty hip pads. They make it a little more difficult to get my leg over the bike but I know from experience the importance of hip protection and being the old (55) fart that I am I don't heal as quick as I used to. The suit came with a Bohn Carbon-Kevlar back pad that velcrode right into the back. I have put about 800 miles on the suit so far and couldn't be happier with it. It has been leak free in a couple of frog strangling rain storms. (Posted on 10/23/09)
What a great product, the weather in the UK is good at the moment so I have not been able to try it out as yet but I'm sure it will change soon :(
The only issue I have is the legs are to long, does anyone know sowhere in the UK that can alter these suits?
15 seconds to get off, bit slow these days and I keep doing the zip down instead of up from the bottom of the left leg.
Going to sell my Rukka Armax as this is so damn good.
I just completed a 30 day, 10,000 mile cross country trip. Started everyday out in my Roadcrafter suit. If the temps stayed under 80, I left it on and was very comfortable. If it got much warmer, I took it off and bungeed it on top of my duffle bags. We only had two days of rain and the suit soaked me both times. Water got in somewhere around my midsection?? Cuffs were tight, neck was tight, all zippers fully up and velcro fully engaged but still got soaking wet. Say another rider in Montana, he asked about my suit and before I could tell him about my rain issues he said he had spoken to many folks who loved their Roadcrafters except for the this issue with rain. Not sure what I am going to take with me on my trip from Philly to Alaska next summer??? (Posted on 10/12/09)
My Roadcrafter onepiece kept me comfortable from the North Rim of the G. Canyon thru Colorado! I enjoy my suit with every ride! The staff were great to help with my order and the suit is just right! thank you! (Posted on 10/7/09)
On 10/3/09, I was waiting to make a left hand turn when a truck rearended me at 35mph. The impact threw me about 40', a combination of flying, tumbling and skidding. The Roadcrafter's tough hide protected me throughout, I was able to walk away from the incident with little more than a bruised hand and some very sore muscles. I fully believe the armor in the roadcrafter saved my joints from injury, as there is no way I tumbled and slid as far as I did without hitting something on the pavement. In the ambulance and at the ER, the design of the suit received praise from medical personnel who appreciated its easy off design. Though the ambulance crew did end up cutting one arm for access to start an IV and attach BP cuff, the full zipper allowed them to perform a thorough examination for injuries before removing the suit.
When it comes time to replace the suit, the only question is what color the ballistics on the Roadcrafter will be. (Posted on 10/5/09)
I live in Australia and came across roadcrafter suits being worn by many of my fellow competitors in the Iron Butt Rally. The suits have a stong following amongst the long distance riding community for good reason. The suit is cooler in hot weather, warmer in cold weather and waterproof compared to my leathers that I wore previously. How much do I like it, well my wife and I took a trip to Duluth just so that she could also get one. That may not sound very passionate, but we live in Melbourne Australia! (Posted on 9/1/09)
I bought my first, and so far only Roadcrafter, a one-piece in Grey, in about 1997. It is late 2009, and it is still fine.
I have slept on my back in the woods in the rain for four hours without getting wet, (tilting slightly to the right). I have ridden fifteen hours at temps below 35 degrees, without undue discomfort (with a good windscreen, a Kanetsu vest and appropriate layering). I have ridden three days straight with temps between 102-106F and midwestern humidity and full sun, and as long as I was moving, it was about as comfy as you could get (not very). I have ridden two days through the southwestern desert, with temps around 108 degrees, and I was cool as I could get, and water consumption was down to a quart every three hours, compared to a quart every half hour with a leather jacket and jeans. I commute around Minneapolis in temps as low as 8 degrees F, and the problem areas are the neck and hands, not the suit. I have seen four thunderstorms in a day, nearly gotten hit by lightning (felt a shock in my left hand), and above the belt, I was dry. I have hit a car and not broken anything.
Around 12 years, 120,000 miles, all those adventures, and still the same suit. It has been repaired maybe three times. They are incredibly good about it. There was even an occasion where I showed them a problem I was having, ten years after I bought it, and they told me it was a manufacturing defect and fixed it free! What planet is this?
You can be wearing a three piece suit on a customer call (which I have done a lot) or just be in your undies (which I have not) and you can just pull it on over your biggest shit-kickin' boots and zip it up. An absolute must for commuting/ grocery getting, and darn handy otherwise.
Only bad point: My old model allows water in right over the zipper of my pants, so after a half hour of heavy rain, I look incontinent when I take it off. I hear the new ones are better. But if you keep riding, it does sort of breathe and dry out.
Hidden advantage: You look like some kind of road worker or lineman or other professional- the style is understated, and above all, you don't look like you're showing off. I credit this with the sudden cessation of speeding tickets upon starting to wear it. Silent grey fellows are just less noticeable to cops.
Is there anything better? Not for utility, durability and efficiency. Is there a better value? I doubt it. Is there greener? Not much. They last long, they are repairable, and they are almost entirely domestic, parts and labor.
Trust me, if you ride, you need one. Save the extra money it costs by riding a cheaper bike. Enjoying your bike has more to do with wardrobe than you think. Ride to Duluth (a good idea for countless reasons) get one. (Posted on 8/25/09)
I bought this suit (black/high vis yellow) about 3 years ago and use it almost every time I get on my bike. I use other gear for trips to the market.
Last September I used it for 14 days and 4500 miles on a trip from Southern CA to Eastern WA and back.
The first 5 days we had morning temps in the 60's and afternoon temps in the high 90's. I was hot sometimes but I zipped the front open part way and I was comfortable enough. I was never cold even as we encountered 60 degrees and rain for 7 hours from eastern WA to Portland, OR.
I now consider my suit "broken-in" and comfortable.
I wouldn't consider any trip on the freeway or in the mountains without wearing this gear.
When this suit finally wears out i will definitely order another; i look forward to that day.
BTW, Sean did a great job getting me size properly into my one-piece, Thanks Sean (hope he still works there) (Posted on 8/20/09)