Roadcrafter Classic One Piece Suit
- Product Review (submitted on January 12, 2010):
I've owned 2 1/2 Roadcrafter riding suits over the last 20 years or so. The first one I, ahem, outgrew. I sold it through the BMWMOA website for about $100 less than I paid for it years earlier.
My second RC suit was another two-piece. I was wearing it when I had the only serious bike accident of my 45+ year riding career. In a wreck that could have killed me, I got off with a broken collar bone and four broken ribs. (Still hurts to think about breathing.) My RC suit -- and my BMW helmet -- saved my life. The EMS guy cut my jacket off, and when I got better I ordered another RC jacket to match the pants.
My third suit is a one-piece, and -- for touring -- I think I like it the best of all. I've ridden all day in the rain on my GS and stayed dry and comfy.
For long-distance riding it's all I'll ever need. My suits have all been the silver/grey color with black ballistics. It's a good choice for wear and not showing dirt, and not nearly as hot as a darker color would be.
I do find the RC suits a little warm much above 75 deg. F, but I'm thinking of wearing running shorts under my RC on this summer's tour to northeastern Canada. Bet that does the trick.
My only other piece of advice is to ride through Duluth on your next trip, and let Andy's staff measure you for the RC suit of your choice. They've got 'em in all sizes & colors to try on, and by the time you get home (well, if you're on a long trip), it'll be there waiting for you.
Now -- what are you waiting for?