My last favorite jacket was a Belstaff Trialmaster, and before that a Barbour. (I've ridden full-time since 1965.)
When the Falstaff came, I was concerned that zipper overlaps would catch rain. They may, but rain does not get in. I'm on the southern Oregon coast. Eight months of the year rain and wind come as closely- coupled as newlyweds. The Falstaff does not leak.
Make sure it fits before you wear it.
My shirt size is 17 X 36/37. I'm 6 feet tall and weigh 225. I ordered the jacket in XL. I wore it a couple of months before I realized that the trunk fit well but the sleeves were too short. For a decent fee, the company added 2 inches to the sleeves. Now the cuff breaks on the back of my hand close to the knuckles when I stand, and perfectly when I ride. If you have fairly long arms, order the jacket with fairly long arms.
The company says you won't have to reproof for a long time. I've used Barbour, Belstaff, and now Aerostitch, so trust me:
ride a couple of months to get your own wrinkles into the fabric, then on a warm day reproof liberally with a paste wax and take a good ride.
Last: the other reviewers are right. The neck closure is uncertain. The Belstaff buckle provides a better one. But if you wear a scarf that doesn't wick and pair the jacket with a Darien trouser, you will stay dry, warm, and happy in the worst of rains -even ours.
p.s. The best scarf: slice a 6-inch strip off the bottom of an acrylic blanket, double it, wrap it around your neck, and tuck the tails into your suspenders. You'll still have plenty of blanket to crawl under when you get home. (Posted on 6/8/11)
Its a great jacket BUT...bought the Falstaff last spring to replace a very worn out old Belstaff wax jacket.I had experimented with a UK Ride Recommended Textile Jacket but found the pop in pop out liners plain awkward,the sleeve ending up inside out every time I took it off.The Falstaff appealed because it was a waterproof outer and I could add my own liner jackets to keep warm.
It is certainly an easy jacket to pull on and off and fits well over my Primaloft insulated jacket and has the feel and look of a quality garment.My main beef is with the fit and some of the functionality.I checked with AS as to the fit and they recommeneded a medium but I found it restricted my arm movements.Sending it back from the UK was more expensive than I care to remember.I am glad I chose the lighter armour but did not realise that I should also have chosen a longer arm length.The large gives more freedom but is definitely too long in the body and requires hitching up at the waist.
The bottom velcro tab struggles to stay closed,perhaps a popper would be more positive or ideally a reduction in the length at the front of the jacket-something most other manufactures already do.
Some of the better European brands seem to recognize that some bikers with longer legs need shorter jackets and I would say thet AS need to take this on board at some point.The other issue is that the trademark vented pit zips are useful occassionally but do compromise articulation and comfort.I suspect they may also pull the already short sleeve up and away from the wrist.If you are buying,you really need to get them to confirm elbow to wrist lenght as,as standard it is an inch or two short for a bike jacket.The velcro at the cuff also tends to tug the zip open,the rear reflector flutters , the sleeves really do need anti flutter tabs as standard and the neck is only airtight with a buff or scarf.
Its a bit frustrating to buy a classic product only to find that there is a list of features that should be sorted but aren't.AS have a great website but more detailed information about sizing and making sure all the options had to be ticked or not ticked prior to sale would help. (Posted on 5/26/11)
I currently live in the Pacific Northwest. It is known to rain a bit here. Riding year round offers me the opportunity to field test the waterproof abilities of riding apparel. Even after a few hours of riding in the rain the jacket is waterproof and warm. Shake it out before you go inside or you end up with a puddle on the floor (trust me). After you shake out the jacket it is almost dry- very impressive. The only challenge I had was fit. I am 5'11" and weigh 175lbs (my shirt size is 16/33). I ordered a medium based on the reviews but it was too narrow in the shoulders and the sleeve length was too short. Customer service on the return was excellent (thanks aerostich!). The large fits great across the shoulders and sleeve length is perfect but it is a bit loose across the chest and waist. Not a big deal if you layer a fleece jacket or electric vest underneath. The jacket doesn't flap or get caught in the breeze due to the weight of the waxed cotton, even on a naked bike. Overall I am happy with the jacket- very comfortable. I like the "old school" look and comfort of waxed cotton. My textile jacket is spending more time in the closet. The Falstaff is more comfortable and just as waterproof. (Posted on 4/11/11)
Been riding over 30 years have owned two Road Crafter 2 piece suits, a Darien, and have had my Falstaff for about five years. Best MC jacket I've ever owned. It is totally waterproof, rugged and comfortable. You will not be dissapointed. (Posted on 4/7/11)
I've been drooling over the Falstaff pics for the past couple of years, and this winter I finally decided to pick one up. I wore it sans armor as an every day jacket while there was 4 feet plus of snow on the ground here in Jersey and very little riding to be had. The jacket is extremely comfortable and fit me perfectly. Once the temps headed into the 30s I was back out on the bike and the armor was back in the jacket. First thing I noticed was how comfortable the jacket is on the bike, but off the bike and walking around I don't like the feel of the shoulder armor. The jacket really fits nice, so I don't think it's a fitment issue, but when off the bike the shoulder armor really presses down on my shoulders. While it's not completely uncomfortable, it's an annoyance. Also, and I'm not super concerned with how I look while riding (I'll take safety over 'looking cool' anyday), but with the armor in the jacket it just looks very goofy on me. In profile view it gives me a very puffy looking hunchback and weirdly forward sloping shoulders. But like I said, looks are one thing, safety is another.
With my complaints aside, I do really like this jacket. The waxed cotton is a great material and the storage in this jacket is unparalleled. You'll never run out of pockets, and if you do you'll find another empty one that you forgot about. The inside of the collar is the most comfortable I've owned. And the double end zipper makes sitting crouched simple without the jacket riding up.
Like I said this is my first Aerostitch jacket and while I'm not blown away, I'm definitely a satisfied customer. (Posted on 3/20/11)
So, I've had my jacket since June 2010, and reading through these reviews I saw a comment or two wondering about the crash performance of this jacket. Well, I was taken out by an out of control car last night. I was accelerating through about 40 mph when a car skidded across two lanes at excessive speeds and side-swiped me. I was airborne and then sliding on the pavement for about twenty feet after landing. Long story short, the armor was awesome, and the abrasion resistance also good. The road burned through some of the waxed cotton, but it held up as good as the nylon cordura suits I've seen post crash. Any crash like that is going to cause damage to the jacket, so don't expect "man of steel" performance. The best thing I can say about this jacket is that after the insurance claims are settled, I'm either sending mine in for repair or getting another just like it. It saved my ass...period. (Posted on 2/13/11)
I've had mine about three years and it's the jacket I wear in town. (Not too keen about giving up the Roadcrafter protection on the country roads!).
Oddly, it never rains when I wear it; it's only been wet twice but did well.
In winter when there's no riding, I pull out the armor and use it as a winter coat.
I had the reflective and velco deleted for that reason; however, most of the unnecessary velcro was on the jacket anyway and I had to take it off myself.
The above comment about running large in the size is true: I'd figure to be an XL, and was advised so at the store. However, when we were there getting my wife's Roadcrafter measured, I tried a Large and it's just fine. (I'd normally be a 46 or 48).
I'd be curious to hear about crash results from some actual, if unfortunate, experience. (Posted on 10/12/10)
I purchased a Falstaff in early Spring this year to replace my 1-pc Roadcrafter. Far more comfortable than any other motorcycle jacket I've owned. I've worn it in a range of temperatures from 30s to 90s, rain or shine and it's superior to the Roadcrafter. I even had an opportunity to crash-test it last month and it did remarkably well (although the incident was perhaps 20-30mph) -nary a scuff and the armor did the job well.
I try to buy local whenever I can so the fact that it's made here in MN is a bonus and it's a stylish alternative to classic leather. My only complaint is that they don't make waxed cotton pants -I'd buy a pair based off the AD1s in a heartbeat. (Posted on 7/2/10)