This is the first Roadcrafter suit i've owned, so admittedly my experience with them is limited. Living in Southeast Virginia, I felt that the original Roadcrafter would be limited to a cool/cold weather piece of gear. The Light might be my four season piece of gear. I've ridden in low to mid 90's temps and with the pit and wrist zips open and the bike moving, I felt as comfortable as I do in my mesh ridding gear. When in city traffic, the heat does build up (would in any type of protective gear). I purchased the suit with hip and backpads. They fit and feel great. The staff at Aerostich was very helpful with getting the right fit at will also allow my heated gear to be worn beneath the suit. I have not tried the suit in the rain yet, but the construction and Areostich's reputation for quality gear, don't give me a reason for concern. My only slight grip is that the suit area in the right leg between the zipper top and the main zipper is a little snug when slipping the suit on and off with my ridding boots on. (Size 9-1/2) (Posted on 8/31/11)
What a great summer, a 6000+ mile ride on my GS leaving WA.... to and thru AK, BC, SK, ND and then beautiful Minnesota. I had been wanting to try on a Roadcrafter for a couple years now and being so close to Duluth had to visit Aerostich. Was warmly welcomed at their building and really surprized to see that they build most of their garments "in-house". A tour of the operation indicated a well run operation.. clearly they have been doing this for a while.
I tried on the standard RC and then the new RC Lite, customer service was extrordinary, answering questions and solving fit issues on the spot. An hour later i rode away with a new RC Lite and had a few miles to "test" the suit on my way back to Seattle. Just south of Minneapolis and into middle of SD I had huge summer rain/thunderstorm.. not a drop of H20 past the suit. Getting out to Rapid City and eastern WY got into some 90 deg temps, the suit vented well, I think the RC Lite was a god choice the standard Rc would have been very warm. Finished the tour thru ID, OR and back home. The bugs and road grim washed out adn after a few Aug showers here in the PNW see that the water repellancy still there. I'll be using the suit as my daily commuting attire thru the winter, wearing my heated stuff under. Really like the adjustablility if the padding too! If you are looking at a high performing one piece.. go for it. you will not be dissappointed!! (Posted on 8/24/11)
Nice suit, plenty of cool features, feel very protected, and more confident wearing it. I've only wore it twice so far, and the only issue i have is that for a "lightweight version" its still very warm. I live in warmer climes (Carolinas) and its find for the commute in the morning, but in the afternoon on the way home its really warm when i am not moving. I guess this can be expected when its 87 degrees outside, however, the suit could benefit from more ventilation zippers. At least two in the chest area and one in each leg. The only other issue is that the pants legs are cut a little slim. i am by no means a heavy person, in fact, i am slim and i found that over a pair of kackis the legs were a little tight, this added to the hot factor. when i got off the bike, my kackis were sticking to my legs.
you should consider this, because it is billed as a "cooler wearing suit for warmer climates." oh, the zippers are a little tricky too.
other than that, its a well made and durable looking suit. I think i will enjoy it much more when it cools off (fall riding).
other than that, its a well made suit (Posted on 7/22/11)
I haven't bought one (yet), but I think this lightweight Roadcrafter is something I could, well, "get into". I rarely place looks over function, but this one embraces everything Roadcrafter always has in weather protection, etc., while looking not so much like it's designed for orbital re-entry.
And a bonus: I got to see Andy G. for the first time! (Posted on 6/30/11)