It’s all about the gear for me, as you might be able to tell by now, and for a long time I’ve lusted after the Holy Grail of riding outfits. Really? Lust? Yes that’s exactly the emotion I feel when I’ve seen other riders wearing this gear or talking about it on forums. Maybe a little envy thrown in to boot. What I’m talking about is the Aerostich Roadcrafter suit. You can get these in one-piece or two, a whole host of colors and armor combos, and they will even custom tailor them for you at extremely reasonable prices.
I ordered mine in black, of course, but to make sure it is visible I ordered the shoulders in grey. Yeah, yeah I know – not very bright but aha – the brilliant folks at Aerostich were smart enough to put reflective piping in the suit so it still does stand out. They spent about a half hour with me on the phone, maybe more, talking about my measurements, riding habits, etc. . I got a one piece as well, although I would have been happy with a two. I chose it primarily because I think in cold weather the one piece really makes a difference. What I ended up getting was as close to custom as you can get without actually being there and I received a truly superior product. Cost on the suit, with all my options would be over $1,200, but like they say you get what you pay for. This suit with the right undergear is good for all four seasons, and was as comfy around 30 degrees in February as it was last week in 85 degree weather. They say you should be able to get into it in about 15 seconds – it’s true but just not for me, hehe. I took about a minute. The zipper system makes it a snap to get it and out. I got the basic armor, optional back protector and a really slick heated chest piece that gave me a little bit too much courage. First time I went out with just an undersuit, the vest and the ‘Stitch and I was fine to about 40 degrees but once the sun set I really felt it. Luckily I had a few more layers with me so on they went. Last week I rode it with just some shorts and a t-shirt on underneath and it was perfect. Now these are a little stiff right out of the box but after a few rides it really started to loosen up.
I’m thankful that I didn’t get a chance to test the abrasion or impact resistance but everything I’ve read about the suit on various forums like Advrider and others say that the protection is exceptional. To be specific according to the Aerostich website the suit is made from “500 Denier Cordura® GORE-TEX® outer fabric”. There is armor available as well, for the shoulders, elbows and even back. All in all the protection of this suit seems to be top-notch, and if you get one in bright enough colors should do a good job of letting cars know where you are before needing the protection.
This suit you need to buy from the manufacturer, Aerostich, and I would really suggest spending some time with their awesome sizing department to make sure you get the right fit for you. They say you get what you pay for, and with this suit I think that is definitely the case but I’m going to check out some other suits that are a little less expensive to see how they stack up. I should be able to share some more feedback in a few weeks.
Check out www.aerostich.com for information on all of their riding gear.
In the meantime enjoy yourselves and ride safely,