I bought the Roadcrafter 2 piece suit nearly 20 years ago. I've had many other riding suits, leather & textile but this continues to be hands-down the best by far. I use the jacket only for daily commuting and the full suit for 4 day trips through the Adirondacks & Vermont, where you're likely to hit every kind of weather variation. This suit even rode through 2 weeks in Tibet back in 2000 (including a 60mph lowside on a gravel road!) and is still going strong w/out a repair. The only caveat I've ever read was that water could seep through in places? I have to say, I've been in torrential downpours more than once and stayed bone dry! Just use the wash-in waterproofing stuff & silicone spray once a year. Buy this suit. (Posted on 9/22/11)
The Roadcrafter 2 piece suit is very comfortable while riding. I wish the jacket were a couple inches longer, but overall when it is zipped together it works great. A windproof fleece underneath makes the jacket versatile to 40 degrees or so. I don't have a heated vest, but I imagine with the electric vest and other accessories it would make the RC suit perfect for any type of cold or wet weather riding. I agree with other reviewers in that the neck closure could have a better design. It is always flapping loose.
Overall, I would never have any riding gear other than Aerostich! (Posted on 2/15/11)
I have had my two piece suit for over 5 years now. I commute with the suit on as well as recreational road trips. I'd say the suit has put in well over a 100,000 miles on it and still is in perfect nick. It is simple, has everything I need. I have travelled all over the US, Australia and New Zealand in my suit. I have slept on the side of the road in it. Did I say it is easy and comfortable? I'd recmmend the suit to any rider who is serious about protection and everyday usefullness. Enjoy! (Posted on 1/7/11)
Bought my two-piece in grey with silver ballistics in 1997. I ride every day, all year round. In the current rolling year I have ridden 21,000 miles, 16,000 of which were professional, govt. dept. riding, and the rest pleasure. Well, it's all a pleasure, especially if you're being paid to ride a motorcycle.... The suit is definitely waterproof, despite what is mentioned in some of these reviews. I live and work in Wales where it rains all the time, horizontally. I have worn it from 06:30 Sat to 19:30 Sunday during a competitive event in non-stop rain and it got a little damp on my breastbone by the second morning, that was all. It's best on a faired bike, as my work bikes are, as you would expect, but my own bike is an 1150 GS Adventure, and I don't get wet on that either. I wash and proof it with Nikwax products about every four months. I like the fact that I can ride 200 miles to a meeting then step out of the suit in seconds wearing office clothes underneath. Over the years I've bought and used other non-Aerostich gear, much of which has not been waterproof, and so I keep returning to this old faithful. It is now looking rather worn in places, a bit like its owner, but that gives it streed cred, and hopefully also its owner. I am just about to buy a new one, to present a smarter appearance for professional purposes, and will get black trousers, a hi-viz jacket and another jacket in a plain colour. Don't see many of these in the UK, but have twice arrived at the head of a traffic queue to find a fellow rider 'stich-clad and exclaiming pleasure with the product. (Posted on 10/29/10)
Thoroughly satisfied with my long-term one-piece Roadcrafter, I decided to order the Roadcrafter jacket only to wear in hotter weather with jeans. It became another favorite piece of riding apparel along-side my one piece suit. My wife surprised me on a birthday with the pants and explained how impressed she was with the service when she ordered them. The grey fabric had changed since I purchased the jacket and the sales person suggested that she order black pants with the new grey ballistic. I like the two-color combination and the difference in the grey between jacket and pants ballistics is barely noticeable. Interestingly, I now rarely wear the jacket without the pants and recently ordered the bib conversion for additional flexibility. A truly outstanding product! (Posted on 9/19/10)
I've had my blue 'stich for 11 years, it's really served me well. I had a spill a couple years ago and sent the suit in for repairs, got a new right arm and right leg. The damage wasn't bad but I guess that's the best way to bring the suit back up to snuff. The cost was very reasonable. The turn-around time was really quick as well. You can tell the suit was repaired only by the fading on the arms, but the blue is pretty fade resistant. I wash and waterproof twice per year, and yes, I get the crotch leak. Only for really heavy or extended rain storms though. My pads are starting to break down a bit I noticed on the spring wash.
One benefit of the two-piece that nobody has mentioned is the ability to add venting by unzipping the lower portion of the jacket while riding (two way zipper). Also good for heavy lunches. Can't do that with the one-piece.
I warn people now that if they tour with me they'll end up buying a 'stich. I think I'm up to seven converts now. (Posted on 9/3/10)
My wife and I have owned our two piece Roadcrafter suits for seven years. Although they have not been crash tested, there is no doubt that they would perform almost as good as a pair of race leathers. The qualify of the construction is excellent. And it is easy to remove the protection for washing. In heavy rain, there is no need to pull over and put on a rain suit; these suits keep the water out! They are warm in 100 degree weather; but much cooler than leathers. They include zippers to increase ventilation. Excellent product at a reasonable price. (Posted on 8/20/10)
Where to start? The suit is not waterproof. Having said that I have to say that I have logged many hours in torrential downpours at speed and remained reasonable dry. I bought my 2 piece in 1995 and have worn it religiously for about 300,000 kms. (200,000 miles) If the weather looks like it will be getting really ugly I will put on my rain gear, but on shorter rides, (2 or 3 hours) I won't bother. Most of the rain will get through the lap zippers, but it takes a long time to get really wet. When I first put the suit on I felt like I was in a cocoon, very protected and after 15 years it still feels the same. I have had all the major zippers replace, some twice and the service from Aerostich has been exemplary. This isn't really a complaint but I think there are too many pockets. It takes quite a while to get into a routine as to where you have put stuff. The velcro closures on the other hand are a constant issue in that they require frequent replacement, this is not a major problem, just an irritant as the velcro fills up with threads and fluff and whatever and becomes ineffective. I have only been down at low speed (25 mph) with absolutely no signs of abrasion. High heat at slow speeds are an issue with any riding gear and I'll take the Roadcrafter over leather anyday. The venting is very effective as long as you are moving. The reality is that there is cooler gear out there but it does not afford the protection or the features that the stich offers. My stich is badly fade and fairly well grundged out and looking very long in the tooth. I have researched various other products and found that some have good attributes, but nothing that would change my mind about buying another Stich. PS: They are not expensive. $1000 Cdn for 15 years seems pretty cheap to me. Ride Safe and Secure and Long!! (Posted on 5/28/10)
The reason why you do not see more reviews is eeryone is out riding and has no time to comment. Let me just say I have riden on the street & track. Long distance short distance, the two peice suit has far exceeded my every need. Use the jacket only in the summer, change the patch colors, upgrade you pads, what ever! After 10 years I have the same suit and it still looks great. Great customer service too. When you think about safety and how long they last it's worth the $90 a year for me so far... (Posted on 4/30/10)
I bought my black two-piece in the spring of 1997. Since then it's accumulated a lot of miles--how many, I'm not certain, but when black fabric fades noticeably, it's a lot of 'em.
In general it's held up well. True, most of the zipper pulls have fallen off, but paper clips or key rings replace them easily enough. The fabric's getting a bit frayed in places, and the Ultrasuede collar's looking a bit sad, but otherwise the material's holding up well.
I've found the suit to be waterproof, to the point where I don't even own a conventional rainsuit--provided I remember to give it a once-a-year treatment with the "TX Direct" DWR stuff. One rain-related peculiarity I've found, though: if you've got a US-style sidecar (mounted on the right), you may find the bow wave of the hack lifting the rain flap on the RC jacket and forcing water in.
One of the problems I have faced is that because the suit's so durable (and expensive), I've had to find a way to deal with my inevitable weight gain. Here's the trick I used: sew a second zipper-half on the end of the rain flap. This will zip to the matching half of the existing zipper, and give an extra 1.5 inches of gut room. And no, it doesn't seem to compromise watertightness.
The suit is perfect for touring, especially on a sporty bike with limited cargo space. I often take off with only shorts and t-shirts in the saddlebags, and just wear the suit over 'em when I'm riding. And when I get to a hiking trail, a few seconds to get the suit off and I'm properly dressed for a walk in the woods--something you just can't do with jeans and leather jackets!
I'll cheerfully confess that I haven't crash-tested the suit, and don't plan to. In all fairness, I didn't buy the suit for crash protection, though that's a nice bonus. It's just a really convenient thing to wear while riding. (Posted on 2/21/10)