After about 10k miles, (Daily commute and multi state tours) I'm liking this suit considerably more than my last suit (First Gear Expedition).
I've had it in weather up 110 (Nevada and Utah in August) and it was tolerable and no worse than any other gear I've had.
My only complaints are:
1. The collar is too big. I think they assume you'll have layers underneath. However, in a summer rain, I'm more concerned about keeping water out than keeping warm, so I found with a light shirt underneath, I can't seal my neck. I hope to have Aerostich customize mine once I can let go of it for a few days.
2. Their sizing is a bit large. I fit into a 46 Alpinestars leather jacket perfectly. However, even with Gerbings underneath, the 46 'Stich was far too large. I fit into a 44 much better and could probably squeeze into a 42 if I dropped the burritos.
3. It could really use some leg venting. My legs got quite stifled in August Utah/Nevada heat even with little on underneath.
4. The 'Stich Light will stick to your sweaty skin in the heat. I guess this is the compromise of not having a liner. I'm still happy I went with no liner though.
Now the parts I love:
1. Most waterproof suit I've ever worn. Can't wait for winter weather to really run it though.
2. Best armored textile suit I've ever worn. The TF3 Armor+Competition Backpad is seriously stout and much better than anything I've owned previously.
3. I've broken the zippers on every piece of gear I've ever owned, but 'Stich is the only company that I know who will repair it when it does. Considering how well built it is, I doubt that will happen for quite a while.
4. It's seriously reflective.
5. I laughed at the helmet hook when I first saw it, but I've used it quite a few times now while carrying my panniers into a Motel 6. (Posted on 9/26/12)
I love this suit. It's just about perfect for the conditions I ride in, gear that I tend to wear, and layers I like for day to day riding and commuting. The ease of putting it on simplifies my life, overall. Combined with the water resistance, the Light will be in use all year round, in almost all conditions.
Then I used it during a longer ride that took me from the cool northern California coast to the much hotter central valley. I went from cool 55-65°F temps to 100°F+. The ventilation was the primary thing on my mind. All vents open, and I couldn't get cool enough to feel comfortable, and for the first time I envied my buddy's perforated jacket. Even with just a t-shirt and shorts under the Roadcrafter Light, I still felt too hot. The interior felt muggy, and almost like 1pc kept the sweat in.
Overall, though, the Roadcrafter Light is an ideal fit in my riding gear. It protects, it has enough pocket to make just about anything kind of vanish from my keys to parking tickets, and the space I have under it to layer up when it gets cold. (Posted on 8/24/12)
This is the last thing I bought in the US before moving to the UK. A year on, many heavy showers later, day in, day out, in the midst of a record rain summer, I am definitely in love with that suit. Super easy to put on, great when it's dry, fantastic when it rains! (Posted on 8/2/12)
I bought another brand’s “onesie” around five years ago, but limited sizing options and a long-waisted build made for a less than optimal experience. When I tried to make a pass-through slot for an electric liner, I realized that $399 might not buy that much protection—the suit unravelled in my hands. Because it was always such a pain to get on and off, I was glad to have an excuse to toss it in the trash.
Over the past year or so, I’ve “made due” with a Falstaff jacket—which is brilliant. But like a naughty toddler bolting for freedom mid-diaper change, I usually left without my "bottoms," riding in a pair of blue jeans, boots, ‘Staff, gloves and helmet. Not bad, but not optimal for a guy with a family and a mortgage.
I perked-up when the Roadcrafter Light was announced. I had always wanted a Roadcrafter, but I knew the original would be too hot for most of my riding. I have no problem staying warm in the winter, but I’ll be damned if I don’t spend most of the summer damp in some intimate place or other.
The suit arrived three days ago when the high temp was 101°. How did it perform in that heat? I have no idea. But the following day, when the mercury topped-out in the low-90s, I was happy with my choice. The fit of a long is perfect. And like my Falstaff, everything makes sense. I basically moved the leg pads a bit and I was good to go. Easy on and off, just like the story we’ve all heard before. In a few short days and a few hundred miles, it’s become an integral piece of riding gear.
Gripes? None, really. I ordered gray and black, not to blend in, but in an effort to hide all of the bug guts and crap my old bike kicks up, and the gray was a bit of a surprise. It isn’t so much gray as a sort of faded, Soviet-submarine green. Not unappealing, just not what I was expecting. I’ve warmed up to the color—it adds to the suit’s form-follows-function attitude and becomes more pronounced with a smoke-tinted visor. I’m happy I picked one up. (Posted on 7/10/12)
Received my roadcrafter light today. It's another quality garment from the folks in Minnesota. The size is 42S but the fit is slightly different from the traditional Roadcrafter. The legs and crotch area are definitely more loose. Inseam is 1/2" longer than my Roadcrafter (which is a stock 42S and fits me like a glove). In spite of the differences, still excellent and I will definitely be able to stay cooler on warm days with this one on. Great combination to have the traditional Roadcrafter for the bulk of the year and the light one for warm days. Awesome! (Posted on 6/2/12)
Just received my custom Roadcrafter Light. . . "I just got my new 'Stich". Now that the cliche is out of the way, I have to say this suit exceeds my expectations in every way. The custom fit options, required for my bizarre proportions, are perfect: the suit looks great, sits great, and rides great. (Don't tell Rider Wearhouse the Roadcrafter Light is underpriced when compared to the full Roadcrafter and the Ultralight. . . we'll just keep that little tidbit between us!). Hi-viz plus custom fit made the deal for me. . . I can not imagine any other suit being this functional or well made. Thanks, Duluth!! (Posted on 5/30/12)
Only my 2nd day with my latest Roadcrafter (this is my 3rd or 4th - I've crashed in a couple of them :) and I can unequivocally say, I am truly impressed.
I've already tested it under the two conditions that I specifically got it for. Yesterday was in the high-80s. Today is raining cats and dogs.
Hot weather: In my "old" Roadcrafter, even with all vents open, I'd've been roasting, especially when not moving. I'd've taken the suit off and been very sweaty.
Not so with the Light... cool as a cucumber as the expression goes. It is much lighter, weight-wise, and it *wears* a lot lighter... it doesn't feel like you're wearing much of anything at all. The vents flow quite a bit of air, and something that really surprised me, the fold-down tabs and mag collar positioners make a *big* difference.
Rain: Soon after I got my first Roadcrafter, I got caught in a rainstorm and experienced the dreaded "'Stich crotch". I was very unhappy and sent a letter off to Rider Wearhouse expressing that. Andy Goldfine personally called me to talk about my concerns...
No such letter or call will be necessary with the Light. I was just in a similar rainstorm (100 ft visibility) and I am as dry as can be afterwards! Truly, truly impressed. I have to say, the Hi-Viz panels are amazingly bright - it's like they glow in a rainy overcast day. Of course, the suit is brand new, so I do wonder how well that'll hold up over time.
Another interesting thing, I'm not quite sure how to describe this... my "old" 'Stich was very... drafty I guess. In a serious rainstorm, not only would my crotch get wet; my armpits, sides, legs, back... everywhere there was a zipper would get some/a lot of water. The Light is completely tight (that's a nice advertising line there :) so no water gets in, but not only that, because it's far less air-leaky, it both manages to be warmer and cooler at the same time. Kinda works like a wet-suit, I think; the temp around your body remains more constant, unlike the old one where it was going up-and-down, feeling more uncomfortable.
And then there's all the little features. Like the phone pocket; I thought "BFD" when I saw it, but it's very handy. The way all the zippers are covered, the way the edge under the zippers is "turned in" so it doesn't bunch up like in the old suits... great attention to detail.
Anyway, now that I've managed to get bugs and rain on it, I don't think I can return it so I'm stuck with it. Oh darn :) (Posted on 3/24/12)
I've had the RoadCrafter Lite Suit for about a month now and, because of the early nice weather here in MA. I've already been commuting with the suit everyday. Got home one night and noticed 23 degrees! had my Gerbing heated jacket and I was comfortable! That's saying something, 40 mile commute, mostly highway. Today for example it was 80 plus? did I mention a whacky march here in the NE? Used the venting the suit employs and was very comfortable. Fit is excellent. Having used the sizing chart the person who sized me got it perfect very happy. Suit is not inexpensive, got mine with pads, and am incredibly happy it fits so well. It's an investment I'm glad I made and the only other thing, and time will tell, is that I have it it for a long long time. (Posted on 3/20/12)
This suit is lighter than the original Roadcrafter but still very substantial. It has a wide range of temps depending on your bike's fairing (or lack of). After a half dozen trial runs on and off it's getting easier! I chose a one piece to "force" me to wear lower protection as I'm always tempted to ride in just jeans if it's not too cold. Haven't had the opportunity to test it in the rain but the updated zippers and storm flaps certainly look to be up to it! I've had it for about 5 months and no buyer's remorse. Recommended! (Posted on 3/8/12)
Firstly, let me say that the customer service experience was extremely smooth - and I would highly recommend anyone who is unsure about sizing to contact the guys and gals at Aerostich to help you decide. I had originally been sized as a 40L - but living in Australia decided I wanted further confirmation before pulling the trigger and was sized up to 42L. I am so glad I did email, the suit fits like it has been tailored for me and the 40L would certainly have been too snug. To help, I am 6'1-6'2 athletic lean frame, 41" chest, 33" waist around 180lbs.
A note on the 'Not Made in America' argument that is doing the rounds on many of the bike forums. Are these people serious? Which made in America mobile phone are they using? Do they all ride American made bikes? Was their new flat screen made in America? Get real - this is the modern world - even Apple products are DESIGNED in California and MADE in China. Stop being so hypocritical. Most of the 'shoddy' production issues from the 80s and 90s are now a thing of the past. And that brings me to the suit itself.
This is one high quality piece of kit that has had some amazing thought put into its design. On my first try I got it on and had it zipped up and locked down in about 30 seconds. I wouldn't even care if it continued to take that long to get into, it's still quicker than my old gear and I don't have to change outfits when I get to the office! There are pockets galore, plenty of adjustability and
the armour (which came already positioned in the suit!) seems spot on (I opted for the hip pads also, and will be installing a back pad soon). It's pretty warm here in Sydney today, around 85F and the suit is fine with shorts and shirt on under it. The venting system works great.
Oh, by the way, the zippers work perfectly - another thing I have read a lot about - people can't seem to work the zippers! How can you operate a motorcycle if you can't work out a zipper? Baffling.
If you are ordering from outside America.... I live in Sydney, Australia - placed the order on Sunday night 12/02 (my time) - I got it this morning, Friday 17/02 - through FedEx. I tracked the parcel all the way. Just be sure to get the right size (through honest accurate measurements of your own body) and don't hesitate to buy one. Sure it seems like a lot of money in one hit - but spread it out over 10 years and it's less than a $100 a year on high quality gear.