Roadcrafter Light One Piece Suit
- Product Review (submitted on March 24, 2012):
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 :)