276 miles of pounding rain and not a drop got through. It does have to dry out after a wet ride, but I made it through the event, including a few rainy days, and the ride home with not a drop getting in. I really didn't expect it to perform like my textile coats, but I am glad I was wrong. Sizing chart said I was a large. Had to return it for the medium. (5'8" 190lbs) (Posted on 6/14/10)
I bought my Falstaff in 2005 and it's till going strong! I wear it winter and summer, and never worry about precip getting in. Waxed cotton works GREAT!
It's heavy and the collar won't stay closed, but I rarely zip all the way up to my chin anyhow so I usually don't care. Big secure pockets and good venting - it's nice inside!
If you live in a dusty place, get the waxing kit. It'll give you something to do when the snows get deep. (Posted on 6/3/10)
When it came time to replace my Roadcrafter jacket, I wanted another 'Stitch. The Falstaff is all that and more. Huge pockets, great fit, super comfortable. The venting works quite well, though the heavier fabric and lining make it warmer than the Roadcrafter. I love the 3/4 length - no more riding up in back. I've only been in light rain so far, but it beaded up and rolled off. My only complaint is that the sleeve cuffs are little too wide, and bunch up when cinched down. (Posted on 5/20/10)
The Falstaff is a great coat. I have been wearing it over the past couple of weeks and it is more windproof than my other Stich. Lots of pockets! I will use this coat quite a bit in the Spring/Winter. I must warn you about sizing though. I ordered a large after talking to the folks at Aerostich twice, they agreed a large would be the size for me… No way! I wear a 44 Short Roadcrafter suit and a Medium Falstaff fits me almost perfectly. They do not mention on the website or on the phone that the Falstaff is cut larger than other coats. So if you don't like returning things be forewarned. (Posted on 4/22/10)
Nothing hacks me off than paying a premium price and the product is made in China. I don't mind paying for a quilty but when I pay for it I want it. This jacket is very well made as you would expect for the price. It is a bargin. I will be riding around the world wearing this jacket this summer. If you can swing the price do yourself a favor and don't buy anything else. (Posted on 2/6/10)
great jacket, highly recommended. I bought mine about 4 years ago and wear it just about year round. Layering underneath is easy and comfortable. I'm smaller stature, so the pads didn't sit well on me and were uncomfortable. I bought a Bohn spandex armored thing and this works well and easily under the Falstaff. I've ridden in absolute downpours for hours (during a rally) and I got damp around the collar and the wrists, but that's it. Impressive jacket, I would buy another one if I needed to. (Posted on 1/15/10)
Though it is a little warm in Louisiana's mid-summer conditions, this is my favorite riding jacket. It is comfortable over a wide range of temperatures, accepts the accessories from my DarienLight jacket, is well armored, and looks very classy. A superior product... (Posted on 9/24/09)
I think that it is a shame that more folks aren't aware of the virtues of waxed cotton! I wore a Belstaff Trailmaster for many a mile and it served me very well in wet and dry weather. I could simply layer up underneath and was usually comfy. The Falstaff is everything that my old Belstaff was and much more. I was sorry to see that Aerostitch didn't make pants to go with the jacket, but no worries, as they sold me the materials and my wife made me a nice pair. Over mitts are next! The Falstaff is extreemly comfortable, and dry in the rain. I can highly recommend it. (Posted on 10/7/08)