“The Ultra-Light Roadcrafter is in some ways more than the sum-of-it's-parts. It's not simply about being waterproof or breathable or whatever. It's about the blend of attributes that changes the way one thinks and how (also where and how often) one rides.
Last night at 9:45 we reached Chicago. A few miles from our final stop we pulled into the parking lot of a very large gourmet-type ‘destination’ grocery store. One of us was dressed in regular clothing because they’d been driving a car all the way (with two bicycles in the back). I was dressed in my tan one piece Ultra-Light Roadcrafter (with the little Go-Pro camera still Velcro’d to the front right above the logo-pocket flap), because I’d been riding there.
It was pretty cool to look at the people inside the store nearby, looking at me dressed in that thing. Maybe this is how John Ryan feels sometimes? My tan Ultra-Light is finally getting broken-in enough to drape and hang on me a little better. I’ve been wearing it most of the summer now. So I imagine I’m looking like I know what-the-F I am doing a little more than when it was brand new -- but nobody in the grocery store can quite figure out whatever that might be. It’s in their eyes as I pass them. Questions unanswered.
They don't quite connect the tech-looking coverall to riding a motorcycle because it's such an unconventional solution to riding comfortably. And nobody knows I've just walked into the store after riding 500 miles and it's as if I had been driving a car the whole time. This is entirely outside of any frame of reference…that I simply chose to ride here because it felt much better and also was a lot less expensive than coming here by car.
It’s a cool feeling to have this secret on all these late-night bystanders in the grocery store. They look at me and almost don't quite know if they should be afraid, even. Perhaps this is how a sociopath feels sometimes, but here in the warmth of the Chicago night it's just delicious fun. So I walk through the store pretty tall in my Combat Lites, simply picking out our groceries.”
-- Mr. Subjective 10-13
Abrasion Protection Considerations: What's inside?
The Ultralight Roadcrafter is a little less abrasion-protective than the standard Roadcrafter due to its lighter fabric. It was designed for commuting and urban speeds and applications. But inside an Ultralight Roadcrafter is a hidden layer of tough 500D Cordura fabric at each abrasion/impact area. This fabric is located on the 'outside' facing part of each optional hook-and-loop-attached TF armor-holding bag.
There are eight layers at the shoulder, elbow and knee areas, moving from the outside inward:
- 200D Cordura-like HT Nylon fabric
- (HT is 'High Tenacity' Nylon. It's a lighterweight but otherwise very close copy of original Cordura with similar performance and wear characteristics).
- 60D Tricot knit
- (bonded to the backside of the 200D.)
- Adhesive loop
- (bonded to the knit that is on the backside of the 200D.)
- (sewn to the outside fabric of the optional internal impact armor holding bag)
- 500D PU Cordura
- (PU stands for Polyurethane coated, and it is the outer part of the impact armor holding bags)
- TF armor hard shell
- (glued over the TF foam)
- TF armor visco-elastic foam
- (slow-recovery foam of a particular type)
- Supernyl lining fabric
- (Same nylon lining fabric as in the lining of a regular Roadcrafter, on the side of the bag that is against the wearer).