Roadcrafter Classic One Piece Suit
- Product Review (submitted on June 30, 2011):
...Or maybe sliced bread is the best thing since the Roadcrafter since they've been around for so long.
I was very hesitant about spending the cost of a new RC 1 piece, but it really is the best piece of riding gear I have ever used. I found it to be pretty stiff initially, but after a few good rides it will loosen up and feel more comfortable. I was also nervous about sizing, but Aerostich's personalized sizing was right on the money. What amazes me is that there literally is no extra bulk - nothing flaps in the breeze while riding (except the collar a little when rolled down, although that appears to be fixed since the new versions have snaps). I've found that I don't really feel comfortable riding in jeans and a plain riding jacket anymore, both because of the lack of total protection and the loose fit.
A few other points... I've ridden about 3k miles now since I got mine and it has not leaked, period. I find that it actually isn't that warm in colder weather, which isn't a huge deal when wearing layers and/or using heated gear. It is tolerable up to about 95 degrees with lightweight wicking clothing underneath and moves air pretty well. There are many pockets, but they are all a bit on the small/tight side, which is okay for me since I generally only like carrying my wallet, cell phone, maps and garage door opener while riding. Sometimes I wish I had gone with the 2 piece suit when stopping, but overall I like the 1 piece suit for most riding situations. It forces you to ATGATT, which in my opinion, trumps the ability to separate the top and bottom.
Overall, I'm very impressed with the Roadcrafter. I wish I had bought one years ago instead of trying several jacket & pants combos that never came close to working as well as the RC1P. Sometimes you get what you pay for, and in this case, that is certainly true.