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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, 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
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The Complete Size and Fit Guide
A Self-Fit Calculator
Hi-Viz 3.0 Guide
Verifying Fit after Try-on
The R-3 Owners Guide
TF Pad Removal and Replacement
Editorial Review, R-3,
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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Customer Reviews (35)

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Roadcrafter, Craft-road, repeat Review by Laddie
This is my second Roadcrafter. Used the first one for 7 years (or approximately 110K miles).
I ride all the time in rainy northwest, put around 15 K miles a year and thanks to roadcrafter to make it easier to gear-up. Best piece of gear I have ever owned. The new one is supposed to be 100% waterproof (haven't tested it yet) the old one kept me dry for about 30 minutes. (Posted on 3/18/19)
Best piece of gear I ownReview by John
I’ve had my R3 for 6 months and 10,000 miles of commuting in weather ranging from 25-102F, sunshine and rain.

It took a some back and forth and custom alterations, but I have a suit that makes my daily 110 mile round trip commute something to look forward to.

Here are a couple of highlights: 3 hours of driving rain, and I was totally dry underneath.

Lowside in the rain, 30mph on a concrete exit ramp. I have all of the optional armor and landed hard on my right hip and slid for probably 30 feet. The only damage to the suit was where a zipper pull ground through a small covering flap. A few embroidery stitches fixed it, although Aerostich did immediately (shipping confirmation came through minutes after I called) send me seam sealing tape in case I found a leak. I was totally unhurt and finished my ride to work. The hardest part was calling my wife to say that I had crashed.

It’s amazing to me that a single garment can cover an 80 degree temperature range. Yes, it’s hot in Washington DC summer, and I use an electric jacket and fleece pants in winter. But it’s incredible how versatile this thing is. It’s the single best motorcycle purchase I’ve made, probably including the bikes themselves. (Posted on 12/10/18)
Thanks for a great productReview by Jeff
Hi Folks,
I rode my bike from NJ to California this past June, and endured the cool Monterey mornings, and the heat of the Mojave in my R3. Also stayed completely dry through 6 days of rain, on a spring trip with Backroads magazine. Love my suit, and it was well worth every penny spent !!
Thanks for a great product. (Posted on 12/5/18)
GREATReview by David
I got my R3 early July but did not want to post a review until I put some miles on it so lets get to it now.
I've never thought the Roadcrafter looked "uncool" I thought from the first time I saw it it looked like serious riding gear. It was definitely not for the 15 miles on Saturday riders. Last year took a ride to Sturgis on my Vulcan Voyager and in the summer heat the leathers were so bad I rode without them and had a mental image of wiping out at70 mph. This year I bit the bullet and decided to buy the R3.
Out of the box it was a bit stiff but honestly not as bad as some said. It fit almost like a second skin and on hot (90 deg) days allowed me to wear shorts underneath so I could be cool when I got where I was going. Airflow even behind a full fairing was good specially the way air blew up legs when using hiway pegs. At all times I felt mentally comfortable that I had protection.
2 weeks in I did an Iron Butt ride from home to Nova Scotia. A long ride like that and no feeling of I have to get this off me.. Even comfortable enough for a 2 hr nap on a park bench. When the sun set just zipped up and roll on.
I never hit much rain but the half hr I did hit I stayed dry. Also never wiped out so can't comment on protection but I sure felt safe.
Only 1 thing I REALLY must try. I want to meet up with wife at fancy event so I can try the whole 007 thing. You know unzip the R3 and have a suit and tie underneath. I'm betting this suit can pull it off. (Posted on 9/21/18)
Some Euro Summer Testing of R3Review by DaveinBerlin
I found it hard to find a comprehensive review of the R3 when I was looking for protective clothing for touring. Of course, there are a lot of endorsements out there for Aerostich, but they tend to be broad comments that didn't help me make my decision with facts, so I took a leap of faith. I'm very glad I did and thought I would share some thoughts here to help other buyers doing similar research.

First, the protection. Lots of ink has been spilled on the AS armor versus CE armor, etc. I haven't had a crash, yet, but I can tell you that it feels very substantial. I fitted the extra chest piece, Transit back, and hips. They never annoy and never get in the way. I love the velcro fittings that allowed me to get them right where they need to be. I also feel like the mould slowly to your body as they warm up and get used. I knelt down once when practicing U Turns in a parking lot and tipped the bike. Went hard down on my knee and except for a black scuff on the Cordura, no damage, and more importantly didn't even feel it on my knee. If I ever go down I feel confident that I will be as protected as one could be.

I was really worried about ventilation. I don't deal with heat well. I have been driving around in the European Heat Wave that has been 35-40 out on the road all day. I can honestly say the ventilation works really well. When it's hot air, there is nothing one can do...but the back panel and underarms do move air and I feel like the Cordura does breathe well. Even in a T Shirt it's you can't be remotely protected and not sweat..but the R3 makes the best of it.

I love, love, love the little engineering tweaks on this. From the magnet on the collar, to the exceptional pocket placement and zippers in just the right places. I've forgotten to close an outside pocket and driven for hundreds of km's before realizing it, and everything still safe inside. It's really make to work with gloves, too. I love the hook in the breast pocket that fastens a helmet, keys, earplugs, whatever. It's just so darn practical.

Looks: hey, it's kind of odd. It will never beat the Aero Leather pants and jacket I had made. But see above on protection, and functionality. That is second to none.

With the back armor and hips you are not rolling this up. It's a big unit. I did buy the roll up straps and without the extra armor the video that demonstrates getting it into a nice roll is accurate. But if you want full protection you either wear this sucker, or lock it to your bike. I can recommend the LockStrap that AS sells. It's hardy, and the right size for one piece R3 and helmet. I also bought a Hero Hook from REI which I carry and it holds the suit easily and hangs from any hotel room door, cupboard, whatever. Essential to lug this around. It never feels heavy when wearing it, this R3. I love that it feels substantial, but once you're on the bike it's just there as an afterthought.

The waterproofing hasn't had major testing from my end. I have had some showers which it shrugs off with aplomb. A massive thunderstorm? Probably the Gore Tex will hold up. I've read about 'Stich crotch and I have looked down and certain that I would experience that too. It does create a place for a puddle to manifest itself.

I've touched my exhaust a couple of times and could feel the heat but I didn't burn my skin and the suit was okay. I loved that.

The zipping on and off took some practice, but I do it in no time, now.

I hope some of these impressions from my Germany to Nice with Alps, Austria, Italy, and France, in between - trip, help.

There are maybe other suits that are protective, but none of them fit over street clothes like the R3 (I used shorts in the heat) and they don't have the engineering applied to it. I love my Aero Leather, and Dyneema jeans and armor shirt. But the R3 is incomparable when on a tour or commuting with street clothes. A caveat is I think all protective motorcycle clothes look awful outside of Dyneema jeans like Panda Motos. And you need to put knee pads and hips in too, or you're just saving skin whilst nursing broken bones...but if you think looks trump all the R3 isn't for you. But I think the look is specific enough that it will grow on you and no one has laughed at me yet and I do see the journey as the destination and not a fashion show. So, the R3 meets my goals. (Posted on 7/31/18)
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)

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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.