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Old 01-28-2014, 05:23 AM   #1
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Lifespan of Aerostich Roadcrafter

I'm wondering what the expected lifespan of an Aerostich Roadcrafter suit is? I ask this because my suit 5 year old two piece started leaking this past season in the front of the jacket and pants and the pants seat. Sent it in over the holidays for inspection, repair and cleaning. Just got notification back from Aerostich that there was gross delamination of the Gortex fabric in both the coat and pants areas where I was experiencing the leaking. Aerostich said that it was not economical to repair my suit but they would give me a 50 % discount on a new suit. My suit was worn maybe a good 2-3 years out of the 5 years. The other time was spent trying BMW suits which also failed.
Inmates, how long are your Roadcrafters lasting? I would have thought that my suit would have lasted longer?
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Old 01-28-2014, 05:36 AM   #2
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My 1pc is currently about 8 years old and no leaks.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:08 AM   #3
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Mine made it about 3 years and better than 100k miles before the leaks became overwhelming. I still wear it, but I don't count on it keeping me dry. I'd gladly replace mine if that was the deal they offered me.

Mine suit survived a LOT of hard abuse before finally submitting. Everything from months of salt spray to engine oil salt spray to crashing repeatedly in the dirt and mud.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:22 AM   #4
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Well goretex has warranty.

gore-tex.com/remote/Satellite/content/customer-service/warranty-registration

If the goretex delaminated then goretex says they will fix or replace.. I think that's what they say.

Worth a call..
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:27 AM   #5
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mine is, er, carry the three . . . . . . .just shy of 20 years old . . . no delamination . . . . .

I'd jump on a 50% discount, but YMMV.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:36 AM   #6
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I saw the Gortex warranty also and was planning on giving them a call.
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Old 01-28-2014, 04:01 PM   #7
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I saw the Gortex warranty also and was planning on giving them a call.
I hear Gore-Tex is either great or not terribly fond of warranty claims. I would think if the maker (Aerostich) has given you the cause of the failure then Gore-tex might be more inclined to act.

There is always that "normal wear and tear" and "lifetime of the garment" to consider however it does not sound like it was heavily used.

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Old 01-28-2014, 06:36 PM   #8
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My first on lasted from 92 'til 2004. I wore it commuting and touring. Well over 100,000 miles. I decided I wanted a 1 piece so I sold the first one to a friend and bought a one piece. I wore that to AK and touring and commuting until 2010 or so. Now I use the Darien jacket and pants. I had the one piece let out a bit and some zippers replaced but no leaks. I still use it ocasionally. As far as I know that vintage '92 2 piece is still going strong.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:47 AM   #9
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Thanks for the input everyone. FYI...I'm working with Andy Goldfine on a generous solution to my fabric failure in my R/C. Thanks Aerostich!
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:21 AM   #10
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Thanks for the input everyone. FYI...I'm working with Andy Goldfine on a generous solution to my fabric failure in my R/C. Thanks Aerostich!
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Andy is great. Glad its getting taken care of... Just wanted to put my two cents in for a guy who has always had the motorcyclists interest at heart (even way back in the CompuServe days).

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Old 06-26-2014, 05:40 PM   #11
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Hmmmm...

This thread is a bit dated, but then we are talking about lifespan after all

I just picked up a used 1 piece

Red, with grey ballistics...and I mean RED (not pink etc)



Must've been sitting in a closet for 20 years

Why?

Cause the build date is Sept of 93



Thing looks new...feels new(ish - as in "comfortable") and the original (I suspect) armor is still supple and not crumbly as some folks have experienced.

Point of the story?

I suspect that age is a relative term, given that not much changed with these suits for the first 27 odd years they were produced, so if you are lucky enough to find an old version in pristine condition like I was, I think they are as close to ageless as one can get...
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:42 AM   #12
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I'm still using one I bought in '97. It has LOTS of miles on it, in all weather conditions.
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:40 AM   #13
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Hmmmm...

This thread is a bit dated, but then we are talking about lifespan after all

I just picked up a used 1 piece

Red, with grey ballistics...and I mean RED (not pink etc)



Must've been sitting in a closet for 20 years

Why?

Cause the build date is Sept of 93



Thing looks new...feels new(ish - as in "comfortable") and the original (I suspect) armor is still supple and not crumbly as some folks have experienced.

Point of the story?

I suspect that age is a relative term, given that not much changed with these suits for the first 27 odd years they were produced, so if you are lucky enough to find an old version in pristine condition like I was, I think they are as close to ageless as one can get...
Thanks for posting this, I just figured out how old my two piece suit is. 22 years (12-23-1991) for the jacket and 21 (04-20-1993) years for the pants. I bought it on Ebay three years ago in the dead of winter and had completely forgotten I owned it until the the zipper on my one piece (also bought on Ebay) failed as I was about to leave my house for my club's annual rally.
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Old 09-13-2014, 10:28 AM   #14
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Must've been sitting in a closet for 20 years

Why?

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I'm sure the colour has nothing to do with why it's been in the closet for so long! :)

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