Aerostitch Roadcrafter

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Jeff B, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. xrcris

    xrcris Been here awhile

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    Thanks, just checked the website, $85 for the new zippers. Maybe next summer when I can get by with wearing jeans for a few days.
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  2. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

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    when I purchased my two piece RC... just assumed pants are designed to work separately... surprise.. not so.

    needs a set of suspenders which zip nicely into pants. then pants becomes stand alone.

    I've got the one piece RC too... which works better in nasty conditions especially with heated gear. much easier to run heated gear in. main drawback is ... harder to deal with one piece suit when in restaurants/stops.
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  3. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Jeff,

    I bought a 2 pc roadcrafter suit last year, used. I love the jacket, did not care for the pants due to wetnutz syndrome. So I sold the pants and bought 3 pairs of dariens to get the fit I wanted.

    I like that combo much better. You are welcome to check my gear out anytime if you want to swing over, or take it for a ride.
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  4. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    I've owned my one piece RC for over 10 years and with proper care (re-waterproofing) it has held up better than expected although I never have really liked the "space suit" look. I ordered the Darien pants but just don't like the "over-pant" fit. So, I bought some KLIM Traverse gear for everyday commuting and dualsport riding. It is all Gore-Tex, well vented and comfortable. Really nice technical gear and a more commentary look.
    However, when I hit the road for long distance travel the RC is my go-to outfit. I just feel more secure in the one piece.

    Oh yeah, a wet crotch after several hours of rain but no more than that. And always dry in "typical" thunderstorm weather.

    Made in America by Americans and top notch customer service that is hard to find now-a-days.
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  5. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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  6. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Hoping my skill exceeds my horsepower

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    I'm a big fan of a mis-matched set if you're trying to get what the OP requests. I've got a Roadcrafter jacket and a pair of Darien pants. They don't zip together, but they overlap nicely and I've never gotten wet when riding, even during 8 hour days in the rain.

    I also had them ship the pants with no velcro on the leg (I wouldn't use it) and wish I had done the same thing on the jacket (haven't used it). Aerostich makes an excellent product, as long as you buy what actually fits your needs. Good luck on your search!
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  7. Jeff B

    Jeff B Socially Awkward

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    Hey Pete, Actually I would like to take a look-see of those Dariens.

    U B round 2day?
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  8. bob393

    bob393 Been here awhile

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    I'm on my second season with a two piece, about 50,000 miles, and couldn't be happier.

    99% of the time I use them zipped together and yeah the zipper is a bit tough, the large back pad has to attach to the pants not the bottom of the jacket when you re-attach the pants so it gets a bit bulky to handle while zippering but I only do it once and a while so no big deal. And as far as waterproof. So far 100% waterproof. This fall I rode through the worst rain and wind I have ever seen. Just about every car had pulled off the road and the only water I got on me was a couple of drips from between the face shield and the helmet oh and the front of my feet. The storm came on so fast in the mountains that I didn't have time to stop to put on rain boots.

    Bottom line I couldn't be happier with the two piece suite!
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  9. Jeff B

    Jeff B Socially Awkward

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    Did they charge you extra for the no Velcro option? Is there an issue w/stuff sticking to it?

    In looking at the Darien pants on the website, the inside looks like my Simms Goretex waders. There's no liner, and no pockets for armor. It looks like you MR. Potato head the armor [in separate sleeves] in w/sewn in Velcro strips. What does this Velcro feel like next to your skin if worn w/o any pants or long underwear? It also looks like there's no ballistic added to the knee/shin area.
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  10. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Hoping my skill exceeds my horsepower

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    I just didn't like the look of the velcro, and it does tend to get wetted and soak up a little water on a long ride in the rain. It's really not a big deal either way, I just wasn't going to use it, so I didn't want it on my suit.

    Regarding the armor, I don't think you'd notice the velcro with any sort of liner layer on (I typically wear mine over jeans). Against bare skin you might, but I don't think it would bother you. For me, my Aerostich pants are worn when the weather is <60 degrees. Above 60 degrees I wear some BMW Summer pants (nothing underneath except boxers).

    After having done some miles in this gear, I really like the flexibility of the 2 piece, and the durability of the Darien pants. If the weather is in-between, I can always wear just the warmer Aerostich jacket (and open some vents) with my BMW Summer pants and I'm comfortable.
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  11. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Uh, yeah I was sitting on my ass all day, sorry just saw this lol:lol3

    PM me if you want to come over, I should be around tomorrow too but will be at storage unit taking apart a Ninja 650. I'm probably a no go on the Johnstown ride Sunday I was hoping to use today to work on bike but was watching kiddos instead.
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  12. Jeff B

    Jeff B Socially Awkward

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    PM sent.
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  13. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    Sorry about my lack of decorum when responding to that other guy.

    Anyway, I've had a one piece RC for years, two things that always bugged me about it
    Was that it was too short in the torso and if I was touring super-light I left me with out a jacket.
    Where a two piece would give you the jacket.

    I now use a Darien jacket and pants. For my long torso'd short legged body it works out very well
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  14. Jeff B

    Jeff B Socially Awkward

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    I for the life of me can't figure why some RC's leak and some don't. :scratch

    Bob, Can you confirm that yours has the new style zipper? This might be the pivotal factor.

    I visited Sailah today and checked out his Darien Pants. They don't have the thru zipper and therefore more water resistant. But they have no interior lining and no ballistic on the knees/shins. Not the same level of protection, and they do not zip to the Jacket.

    To get what he wanted he went w/the RC top/Darien Bottom combo like some others here.
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  15. F.P.

    F.P. Clown who is sick

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    I've had the 2 piece RC since 2007 and fuggin love it. 99.9% I wear it as 1 piece, in fact the only time I split the set was riding through Death Valley (too HOT) and maybe one or two other times. I wore pants alone and the times I have done that it was without suspenders and had no problem, even when standing for long periods of time on the pegs (off road riding). I could probably get by with the 1 piece RC but like having the option to split the set. The only time it leaked at the crotch it was on a long rain ride (4+ hours of downpour) through the mountains and it was likely my fault as I didn't have the jacket secured at the bottom where it sits on my lap. One leak in 5 years and quit a few hours in the rain is pretty good in my opinion. Of course one leak is one too many but overall I am happy with the suit. Not too often do I hear/read a bad review of the RC.
    FP
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  16. Dave2

    Dave2 Long timer

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    Never any problems with my Roadcrafter. Avg 10k a year. Had it since about 2006. Many hours + rides in the rain. Dry as a bone.

    Also have the Darien Light jacket and pants. Same quality. Same rain resistance. Have had it since about 2010. Many downpoures. Many driy rides.
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  17. kluoto

    kluoto Adventurer

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    I recently sold my 1PC roadcrafter (lost weight) and was gifted a very old 2PC RC. I washed and treated it and it worked great (no leaks) until I f$cked up the pant zipper. Maybe a good wash and retreat will help the wet crotch issues??? Use some of the spray on as well in that area........
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  18. 568V8

    568V8 Ontario Vstrommer

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    I was custom measured at the store and have a perfect fit. I wear it in all weather and am happy with it. The fabric is softer and fits better and is more weather proof if your wash it at least yearly as per their instructions. My zippers do not leak.
    Most or the extra protection pieces hold in ok with velco, but the hip protectors are a bit of a nuisance; but they did work in a slide on gavel to protect my hips so I'm not complaining.
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  19. Jeff B

    Jeff B Socially Awkward

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    Well I ordered the Two pc RC and they said 4-6wks.

    I ordered it w/o Velcro on both top and bottom. [Suggested by IndyChizzle] I did this w/risk, cause it's now considered a custom and non returnable.

    This purchase for me is risky. Bottom line is the folks who posted that their RC's leaked at the crotch are telling the truth. So are the ones that said theirs didn't. Mine will come w/the latest Riri zippers, and I'm hoping this will make the difference. I also realized that the Darien bottoms were by design less prone to leakage, but I wanted the zip to jacket, extra protection, and sewn in liner the RC's provide.

    Thanks everyone for the responses.
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  20. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    Suggest you seam seal the stiching that secures the zippers to the suit (though I've not seen the new generration zip, and this may no longer be necessary), and, when you see rain on teh horizon, adjust the folds of fabric to eliminate the "soup bowl" that will likely naturally form in your lap.

    After a few months, ScotchGuard may be necessary . . . .
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