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Old 10-01-2014, 08:55 PM   #1
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Aerostich Roadcrafter fit question

I've done a search on this issue and nothing comes up. I love my Roadcrafter except for one thing: the pleated fabric right at the shoulder blades, the part that is all tucked in when I hold my arms at my sides, tends to pop out when I reach forward for the bars. Not a big deal, but looks ridiculous. The suit is a 42L, I am 6'0" and 180lbs, and I normally wear a size 42 Vanson jacket. A 44 is generally a little big, although I have never worn an Aerostich garment in 44. The RC fits great in every other way and I suspect that the 44 would be kind of baggy; one of the things I love about this particular suit is the "slim" fit.

Does this happen to anyone else? Any solutions other than buy a bigger one? Thanks in advance for any replies.
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Old 10-01-2014, 08:59 PM   #2
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I'm the same height and weight as you and I bought a used suit that had this same problem. Try as I might, nothing could keep those pleats tucked in. The offending suit was a 44 and I eventually went to a 42R which doesn't have the 'bat wing' problem. Why, I don't know.
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:08 PM   #3
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I'm the same height and weight as you and I bought a used suit that had this same problem. Try as I might, nothing could keep those pleats tucked in. The offending suit was a 44 and I eventually went to a 42R which doesn't have the 'bat wing' problem. Why, I don't know.
Bat wing, that is exactly right.

I had an RC jacket prior to this that was a 42R, same problem. Thought the 42L might solve it and found a killer deal on ebay. Same issue. It fits great otherwise! Dangit. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 10-01-2014, 10:51 PM   #4
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but looks ridiculous.
I think this is just a feature of Roadcrafters.
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Old 10-02-2014, 12:20 AM   #5
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I think this is just a feature of Roadcrafters.
I'm fine with the onesie-fireman's-suit kind of ridiculous... but not the bat wings. No fireman/highway construction night crew worker would ever rock the bat wings.

Zipping up the old Crafter tonight and noticing once again how well it fits, I'm convinced i don't need a larger size. Someone has to have come up with a solution for this.
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:33 AM   #6
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For all us Visual learners- post a pic please.
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Old 10-02-2014, 04:13 PM   #7
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For all us Visual learners- post a pic please.
You know what makes me feel even dorkier than wearing my Roadcrafter? Taking pictures of myself in the Roadcrafter, in the bathroom, for some strangers on the internet.




Doesn't actually look too bad in these pics, its much more obvious in the riding position. On rides, friends will walk up and try to tuck in the batwing.
I actually just called the repair department at Aerostich to get their opinion, and the word was "if it fits in the length and width, it's just going to do that."
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Old 10-02-2014, 04:38 PM   #8
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It's hideous.
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Stitch?

If it were mine, I think I'd try sewing a stitch or two to hold down the offending pleat. If it works, a dab of seam sealer on the needle holes should restore the waterproof integrity.
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Duct tape?
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It's hideous.
Kind of an inverted vagina looking effect.
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Duct tape?
That would be the only waterproof part of the suit!
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Old 10-02-2014, 05:28 PM   #13
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If it were mine, I think I'd try sewing a stitch or two to hold down the offending pleat. If it works, a dab of seam sealer on the needle holes should restore the waterproof integrity.
This is what I'm thinking. Not much to stitch it to, except the inner lining which is probably not a good idea. I'm just surprised this isn't an issue with more folks, just me and dustin2.
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I'm 5' 7" and 175. In a 44S custom ( shorter legs ) RC one piece and I THINK my pleat stays tucked in. But I can's see it and never even thought about it. I didn't even realize there was a pleat there! Now I'm all worried about it! lol
F..k it, just enjoy the ride! and..........
ride safe. :-)
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I'm 5' 7" and 175. In a 44S custom ( shorter legs ) RC one piece and I THINK my pleat stays tucked in. But I can's see it and never even thought about it. I didn't even realize there was a pleat there! Now I'm all worried about it! lol
F..k it, just enjoy the ride! and..........
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Good advice right there! Thanks.
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