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Men's R-3 One Piece Suit

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The R-3 (Roadcrafter 3) is the third-generation one piece Aerostich suit. It is 100% waterproof and unlined for maximum airflow, yet slips quickly and easily over your street clothes. Its full-length waterproof zipper entry system is fast, and it doesn’t flutter or flap in the wind. Without a lining it wears cooler, and with seam-sealed rainproof zippers you’ll also stay completely dry, even during the wettest conditions.

Each R-3 takes more than an hour longer to manufacture than previous Roadcrafters, but it’s worth it. You’ll enjoy higher levels of performance, comfort, and protection on every ride. And like its predecessor Roadcrafters, the R-3 is constructed of Aerostich’s exclusive American-made mil-spec 500d Cordura® GORE-TEX® fabric. It’s a strong, long-lasting and highly abrasion-resistant material ideal for this use. (Made-in-USA military gear is the other stuff to have this.)

For increased protection there’s a double layer of this fabric across the seat, and added 1000d abrasion-resistant layers covering the vital elbow/shoulder/knee areas. Beneath each of these is a superior energy absorbing system utilizing removable, oversized TF impact armor. Each armor attachment point is adjustable to allow fit to be fine-tuned for comfort and ensure it stays in place for best protection. Separately available hip, spine and chest armor options further increase the R-3’s capabilities.

With its oversize two-slider underarm vents, a two-slider back vent and magnetic clasps to hold open the fold-down dual-height collar, you ride cool and protected at the same time. As temps drop and when precipitation comes you’ll remain cozy and dry, too, because the adjustable Ultrasuede collar fits comfortably around your neck, even with varying base-layers.

Additional features include flap covered hip-side water resistant zippers for fast access to your street pants, a hidden pass-thru port for an electric liner power cord, nine strategically placed everyday-useful pockets, a mini-carabiner helmet holder at the upper chest pocket, a highly water-resistant inner wallet/phone/iPod pocket, fit-adjustable ankle and wrist tabs, articulated knees, fit-adjustable waist tabs and an integrated stretch panel across the lower back. There’s also oversize 3M Scotchlite® reflective areas across the back, chest and ankles to enhance conspicuity in low light conditions.

Over 30 standard color combinations give each R-3 a personalized style, and add-on options include Integrated Boot Raincovers, electrically heated and non-heated Chest Insulation and Impact Pads, an Emergency Medical Info Pocket, and detachable arm and thigh Map and Accessory Pockets.

Five standard body colors: black, grey, hi-viz lime yellow, orange, or tan. Six standard abrasion area colors: black, grey, hi-viz lime yellow, cobalt blue, red, or pink. Machine washable. Men’s sizes 34 regular, 36–54 short, regular or long. Women’s sizes 2-20 short, regular or long. Made in USA and Imported.

Getting the Perfect Fit

  • All Roadcrafters are available in more than sixty in-stock sizes, with a wide range optional fitting-alterations if needed. Men’s models are stocked by suit (chest) size in ‘short’, ‘regular’ and ‘tall’ versions. Women’s models are stocked by dress size in short, regular and tall versions, too. Inventoried stock sizes are shipped within 24 hours.
  • Roadcrafters are intended to fit nicely over a layer of street clothing, so if you wear a size 40R men's blazer or sport coat…or a size 8L women’s dress…select the same size Aerostich jacket or suit. If you’re unsure of your size, see the sizing chart guidelines, or contact us (218 722 1927, service@aerostich.com) and we’ll help you get the right fit. We will ask for information about your height, weight, chest/suit or dress size, and your jeans or pants ‘waist x inseam’ size.
  • Find detailed information about ordering optional alterations, non-stock colors and specialized features here. Fully custom made-to-measure garments are not available. Standard suit colors are mix & match Black, Grey, Tan, Hi-viz Lime Yellow and Orange body areas with your choice of Black, Grey, Red, Pink, Hi-Viz and Blue abrasion areas. Request free color swatches here.

Hassle Free Sizing Exchange

If you happen to need a different size, just return the suit and we'll ship out a replacement free of charge (domestic ground shipments only).

The ‘Ride More’ Guarantee
A Mix-and-Match Color Selector
Custom Alteration Options
Contrasting Color Thread Option
The Complete Size and Fit Guide
A Self-Fit Calculator
Hi-Viz 2.0 Guide
Verifying Fit after Try-on
The R-3 Owners Guide
TF Pad Removal and Replacement
Editorial Review, R-3, Motorcycle.com
Editorial, Dressing Up, Cycle World
Testimonial, Roadcrafter Light - I Am Riding A Lot More
Editorial Review, In 'Stiches: Aerostich R-3, City Bike
Editorial Review, Light The Way: Aerostich R-3 Light, Ultimate Motorcycling

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Between Sizes:

Overall length* difference is 1 14".

  • Example - 42 (S, R or L) suit is 1 14" longer (taller) overall than a size 40 (S, R or L) suit.

Short to Regular:

Overall length* difference is 3".

  • Example - A 42S is 3" shorter than a 42R.
  • Leg length difference is +1" above & +12" below the knee. The remaining 1 12" is in the Torso.
  • Sleeve difference is 1 14", shoulder to wrist.

Regular to Tall:

Overall length* difference is 2".

  • Example - A 42L is 2" longer (taller) than a 42R.
  • Leg length difference is +12" above knee & +12" below the knee. The remaining 1" is in the Torso.
  • Sleeve difference is 1".

* Overall length = collar to ankle

We can adjust the sleeve lengths, elbow armor position, leg length, knee armor position, and many other variables, but we cannot change the body/torso length. For semi-custom fitted garments, we start with the body/torso size that is the closest and change the arms and legs as needed.

A great fit is critical to the long-term enjoyment and satisfaction of any garment. This is something we do better than anyone else with graded off the rack sizes. There are about 32 standard R-3 sizes vs. about 8 with typical S, M, L, XL grading. If the crotch in an R-3 is slightly binding, the garment will never have a chance to become your 'go to' riding gear, and I'd like it to have that chance.

One piece coveralls are the best gear for day-to-day short-hop utility riding because they work as a complete protection system all in one garment. But like mechanic's and trade-worker's coveralls, for comfort the crotch needs to be low enough to never bind.

- Mr. Subjective, 6-14


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R-3 OnePieceReview by Louis
I have had my R3 for about 2 weeks now so wanted to give a quick review, I will update after I get a few 1000 miles on it.
The info provided on AeroStich web site was very accurate. Suit is stiff and feels like cardboard for the first few days. After my first ride in heavy rain it started softening up. This is not a compliant just an observation. It was not uncomfortable to have on but did notice the stiffness.
The main reason I bought the suit was for rain protection although I have worn it almost every day for the 2 weeks I have had it. I commute to work daily on the bike, have about 30 mile ride each way. At first I thought it was a magic suit, the weather said rain almost every day but it never seemed to rain when I was out on the bike. Well no such luck not magic after all, was out in a downpour over the weekend. I road for about 2 hours in on again off again hard rain.
Of note I followed the instructions and made sure there was no fold in the lower part of the pants to catch rain and hold it, this would have allowed it to run through the zipper and soak me. I did not take the same care in the upper half and did get wet but only for a few minutes. As soon as I felt rain coming in I stopped to see what was wrong. Had a fold in the upper part of the chest that was catching rain and holding a pool there at the zipper. Once I folded that over to the rain would not pool no more leaks!
I could not be happier on the rain protection part.
Size, I am 220’ 6’1” so I went with the 46 long per the sizing sheet. The fit is very good. A little big in the chest but I wanted that so I can put on a heated gear under the suit in the winter. I ride all year as long as it is not snowing. It is not uncommon for me to be out in 20 degree weather. The extra room in the chest lead to the fold that was catching water. Again not an issue just need to make sure the fold is down so water cannot pool if it starts raining.
Weather has been cool except for 1 day in the upper 80s so I really have not had a chance to see how the venting works in summer weather, will update on that later but there are lots of vents so I think I should be ok.
Quality looks great! Time will tell but so far I am very pleased over all. I know it is a lot of money but when I think of all the jackets, rain suits and other protective gear I have had over the years and tossed out because of the low quality this is actually a good deal.
More updates to come as I get lots more miles in
So far highly recommend the R-3

(Posted on 6/5/18)
Good Job at Pop UpReview by Tom
My custom R-3 arrived yesterday, right on time for a cross-country trip. The modified fit (obtained by visiting the Oregon pop-up) appears to be perfectly done. Thanks very much for offering, and delivering, top-quality riding gear that actually fits! (Posted on 3/30/18)
At long last!Review by Mark
I've been longing for one of these for years and finally took the plunge. My R3 arrived this week and I've had it out 3 times so far, always right around the freezing point. Yesterday it was snowing and snow was accumulating on my knees but I didn't even feel it because of the insulating effect of the impact armour. An added bonus I hadn't anticipated. The suit fits even better than I had hoped and is super comfortable while seated on the bike. As expected the quality and attention to detail are impressive indeed. Looking forward to seeing how the ventilation works in hot weather, and but it'll be a while before that happens. Meanwhile it sure is doing an awesome job of keeping the wind and snow out! Couldn't be more pleased with this purchase. I only wish I hadn't waited ten years to get one! (Posted on 3/30/18)
So far so goodReview by Micah2074
I’ve had the R3 for a couple of weeks now and had the chance to ride 500 or so miles in it. We’ve been in the cold with snow on the sides of the road and rain coming down in buckets and I much prefer the R3 to my old setup. Easy to put on and keeps you dry.... if you close your flaps and vents. I did get a little wet but I think that’s because I didn’t have everything closed up so that’s on me. I hope we have many happy years and 1000’s upon 1000’s of miles of riding to come. (Posted on 3/26/18)
Up up and away!Review by Christopher
I’ve had my R3 suit for about 1k Miles in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are in the midst of the rainy season. I have been through torrential rain and come out on the other side dry. In the cool fog, which normal sucks the heat from your body, I feel comfortable. I installed the spin protector sold by Aerostich. It was easy peasy lemon squeasy. This suit has been everything I expected from it so far. I ordered the orange suit with gray ballistics for visibility for these crazy California drivers. I feel like an anstronaut every time I get into it. Like other reviews, I can confirm that at first getting in and out of the R3 seems a bit awkward, but once you do it a dozen times, it feels natural and quick. Thanks Aerostich! My wife also feels a sense of relief knowing I’m a giant orange astronaut on the road. I hope I never have to test the armor, but it feels great being protected. Cheers (Posted on 3/2/18)
My R3Review by Billy
I have about 10k miles on my R3 and I could not be happier with it. I was noticing some thunder clouds on the way in this morning and my only thought was " I may have to close my collar". I have ridden in rain and sun with temps from 17 degrees to 95 degress. I only have to make minor adjustments to my underlayers or cuff zips for all those extremes. Thanks for a great product. (Posted on 8/10/17)
What can I say?Review by 240KAR
Only have about 500 miles on this suit but so far I can say that I regret not having purchased this a long time ago. It was 92 degrees out and it wasn't too bad. When the temperatures drop the suit keeps you cozy. I'm very satisfied. (Posted on 6/21/17)
Simply AwesomeReview by Raj
I've always wanted one. I tried in the past and ended up in a set of Dariens it just seemed too much for AZ. The Dariens worked great but I always wanted the convenience of the one piece suit. I now live in CO and decided to give it another try. 2 important points, you have to try one size too small to know your perfect size and it's kind of like adopting a pet. There is a presence that you have to get used to. The only way to do it is to spend time with it. Wear it, pet it, gaze at it, ride in it. Once the energetic shift happens, you will never go back. I absolutely love this thing. It's truly a work of wearable, finely engineered, practicle art. (Posted on 4/18/17)
Wow - great improvements!Review by Pat B
I've had an original V1 Roadcrafter for more than 15 years and it was getting tired so I upgraded to the R3 and wow, so many improvements. More airflow and those magnets solve my biggest complaint with the V1 suit. I've seen 80 degree temps and heavy rain in the last week, plus 40's and it's great. I was worried about not having a liner but I really think this will be better with the improved airflow. Outstanding job Aerostitch! (Posted on 4/5/17)
The R3 is spectacularReview by Sam
The R3 is spectacular. I don't think I've ever owned a piece of kit – hell, anything – that has so thoroughly done what it said it would. We rode through some of the worst weather I've ever been through: constant, pouring rain, snow, and freezing fog, all in temperatures that stuck near or below freezing. The R3 kept me good and dry. I'm not kidding when I say I couldn't have done the ride without it. - Zach Bowman (with Sam Smith)
The ride was Seattle to Los Angeles, which we did in 32 hours, actual moving time of 29 hours, and Zach (my ride partner) and I were just blown away by the Roadcrafter. This probably isn't news to you, but man, that R-3 suit is a hell of a thing. Warm, dry, comfortable, breathable, the whole nine yards. Probably the only piece of gear I've ever tried that 100-percent lived up to the billing. Definitely the only piece of gear I've worn for 32 hours straight. Kind of fell in love with it. I'd heard good things for years but never expected to like it this much. - Sam Smith (with Zach Bowman) (Posted on 2/28/17)

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What is the Difference Between a Roadcrafter Classic and an R‑3?

The RC Classic is the original Aerostich suit, updated and refined. It’s fully lined and was created to be an armored coverall constructed along the lines of a leather rider’s suit but in textiles. For this reason (the ‘leather’s’ way it is put together) it isn’t perfectly waterproof. It is pretty good, using about 30 meters of waterproof seam-sealing tape per garment, and modern waterproof zippers everywhere, but since its original and primary focus was commuting and ease-of-use, RC Classic can leak slightly in areas which are not seam-tapeable.

In most rain situations this suit is good for about 30 minutes on an unfaired bike. Then it may leak a little in the crotch because water pools when sitting (depending on how the fabric folds) and may drip through the zipper-attaching stitch holes. Riders with fairings and windshields often think it is totally waterproof even after all-day rain rides. This suit has been in production for over thirty years, which is fifteen years before the Gore-Tex company introduced waterproofness certification programs, so it’s grandfathered. It’s still great gear, still popular, and works and wears very well in almost all situations.

The R-3 is the third-generation Aerostich one piece coverall. It’s unlined like a lot of today’s most technical and lightweight waterproof outdoor gear, and it does pass the rigorous certification for rainwear. We sometimes think of it as an armored and highly abrasion-resistant rain suit. Its impact armor is attached to the inside with adhesively bonded hook-and-loop. This suit wears slightly cooler in really hot conditions absent a separate inner lining. There are numerous other small refinements the RC Classic does not have.

In summary, the RC Classic has become an actual classic just as ‘Levi’s 501’ denim jeans and many other long-popular products. Many riders like it exactly the way it is. The R-3 waterproof one piece suit is what we make today for the same intended applications, but incorporating the technology and experience we now have.

How to Get a Functional, Comfortable One-Piece Suit Fit:

Start with your height and body length…For a person’s given overall height, some will have longer-bodies-with-shorter-legs, and others have shorter-bodies-with-longer-legs. After a suit is sewn and completed there is no simple or cost-effective way to then make the garment’s torso length (the distance from crotch to collar) shorter or longer. A few specialized alterations can help slightly (see 'ellipse' below), but they are imperfect Band-Aids.

Garage mechanics and others who wear coveralls for a living know a lowish crotch and baggy seat means they’ll be able to raise their arms upward fully and comfortably. When one does this arm-raising to horizontal, the entire torso section of a one-piece suit slides upwards about 1.5". The suit’s bulky shoulder impact armor move it that way. And when you lower your arms, the suit body area should slide back downward smoothly.

Aerostich gear is graded by chest size (38, 40, 42, 44, etc) and each is available in short (S), regular (R) and long (L) versions. If you are borderline height-wise, part-way between an ‘S’ and an ‘R’, go with the longer body length of the ‘R’. And if you are somewhere between an ‘R’ and an ‘L’, go with the longer body of the ‘L’. The extra body length in each size is about 1.3" greater. And if you ride a sport bike, or are an especially active rider and want maximum freedom-of-movement, a slightly longer body sometimes works and feels a bit better.

Leg and sleeve lengths should be adjusted as needed after your body/torso length has been determined. For a comfortable and correct fit with your raised arms out to your side horizontally (both at the same time), you should still have very slight room at the crotch.

The suit’s body, sleeve and leg diameters are exactly the same for each ‘S’, ‘R’ and ‘L’ version of a particular size. For example, the dimensions around your body of the 38S, 38L and 38R are identical. The circumferences are exactly the same.

A riding suit’s leg lengths are correct if, when standing normally, the hem breaks (wrinkles) slightly against the front of your riding boot just above the foot’s arch, and the top edge of the TF knee impact armor cup is positioned near the center of your kneecap. Then, as you sit on your bike, the hem will rise about 1.5” and the knee armor cup will slide upward and center itself over your bent knee.

A riding suit’s sleeves are the correct length if, when standing normally with your arms hanging loosely by your sides, they end about mid-way between your knuckles and your wrist, measured at the center back of your hand. The center of the TF impact armor elbow cup should also be centered on, or very slightly below, your elbow.

Specialized Motorcycle Configuration Considerations:

For comfort with low handle bars and higher positioned rear-set footrests, all one-piece riding suits will fit better with the ‘Extra Forward Rotated Sleeve’ alterations, and may also benefit from an ‘ellipse’ added to the center of the back. In addition, an ‘expanded knee’ alteration is available which provides slightly more space for knee armor when knees are bent more sharply.

For active off-road riding requiring maximum freedom-of-movement and upper-arm ease, underarm ‘V’ gussets may be added to increase upper sleeve diameter and provide extra room across upper chest and shoulder areas.