Roadcrafter One Piece Suit
- Product Review (submitted on August 20, 2009):
I've had the one-piece roadcrafter suit for almost a full season now. I am very pleased with the craftsmanship, materials and the people at Aerostich. The suit is made from excellent materials and assembled with skill. It will take you quite a bit of practice to get in and out of the suit easily. I used to get very frustrated with getting my boot through the right pant hole, but now it's easy.
I do have some complaints about the suit: First is that a one-piece suit is very hard to size properly. I had to send one back because it was too short in the torso. The next size up was so big it looked like a clown suit. Plus the knee pads hang too low now. I got bad advice from the sizing professional at Aerostich who recommended a size that would not have solved my problem. I ended up with a suit that works, but I am not at all satisfied with the fit. I'll be taking it to a local tailor for alterations. I don't blame Aerostich- it's just that body part ratios are so different from person to person.
The other gripe I have is about the pockets. The left breast pocket is tiny and difficult to access. And the pass-through back of it is a pretty useless gimmick. They should have made the left breast pocket just like the right one which is cavernous and useful. The front leg pockets are also difficult to access because the tops of them are horizontal instead of ergonomically slanted. The hook and loop closure on those pockets is unacceptable in this day and age and should be replaced with zippers. And one final rant is that the neck closure sucks. That is one very important feature as any rider knows. The zipper should go all the way up instead of ending 5 inches short. The velcro neck closure stinks.
I really like the suit despite the complaints. This is a ton of money for a suit with some flaws and it might not fit your body type. Another thing to consider is the bulk of the suit. It's heavy and not very compactable. My 46L can be compacted down to about the size of a 5 gallon bucket if you really cram it. I find the suit useful for just about any weather- rain or shine, and temps from 25 to 100 F. Of course it's hot when you're not moving, but the vents work well in the heat. The easy on/off makes it great for rest stops on long summer tours.