Roadcrafter Classic One Piece Suit
- Product Review (submitted on March 19, 2009):
I crashed a 1-piece Roadcrafter in hi-viz yellow on grooved concrete at 80 mph. The suit had already been lightly crashed a few times, and had a few small holes and abrasions here and there. The suit let me get up and walk away without a scratch. And the hi-viz yellow works; in fairly heavy traffic on a 10-lane freeway, people a quarter of a mile back saw me fall off. When I finally slid to a halt, I looked back and saw the entire freeway had stopped dead. The nearest car was well over a hundred yards behind me.
After going home, I noticed that I mist have fallen on something in the road; a bolt perhaps. There was a hole on the outside of my left forearm (I fell to the left) that went through BOTH layers of ballistic, the regular Cordura, and the armor... And it stopped at the inner lining. I didn't even know that had happened until examining the suit later. Any less protection would have had me at the hospital getting whatever removed from my arm...
I sent the suit back to Andy Goldfine and the fine Rider Wearhouse folks. Andy told me that I had totalled the suit; not a single panel on the whole thing was unscathed. I had him send it back to me, and I keep it as a reminder of why we need to wear good gear. It has convinced more than one rider to upgrade their gear substantially.
I look forward to getting another Roadcrafter 1-piece -- soon!