My Review of the Aerostich Transit Suit

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  1. Yermo

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  2. firebrick

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    Nice extensive review. Had a transit jacket for a few short days...
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    Dress for the Ride, or dress for the Slide.

    I've crashed Twice in my 2pc 'stich with only minor injuries...the second crash would've been Major Trauma had I not been wearing the suit.

    $1400 is quite reasonable when you consider the "real estate" i.e. your skin that it is protecting.

    After 200,000 miles, my 'stich is worn out (been refurbished twice...try that with TourMaster!) and I'm seriously considering the Transit Suit.

    BTW, most major insurance companies reimburse the price of moto gear in case of a mishap.

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  4. SpaceManSpiff

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    Yermo,
    thanks so much! :D I have (not kidding) spent hours scouring the web for a long-term review of the transit, not just an initial impression. This is a great review! :clap In fact, it is the only long-term review.

    I have the same SAS-tec armor in my cayenne pro suit and find it to be extremely comfortable.

    Do you have any pictures of you sitting on the bike with the Transit. I am curious to see how the pants and sleeves "ride up" when in riding position.

    Thanks again,
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  5. Yermo

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    @SpaceManSpiff I'm not sure if you'll be able to see these photos but here are a few moonshine shots of me in Deals Gap, of course wearing the Transit.

    http://www.photoreflect.com/store/ViewAlbum.aspx?a=763143

    If you can't see these photos, let me know.

    There aren't many shots of me from my trip because i was travelling alone, but here's a pick of me on the bike:

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  6. MacNoob

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    Nice review. Suit looks great.

    Is the arrow through the head optional with Transit?

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  7. SpaceManSpiff

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    Yermo,

    the link worked and the pics look good. The suit looks like it works when in attack position....:D

    Trouble brewing...
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  8. Benjava

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    Then don't

    everytime a review shows up of some expensive gear somebody has to make sure we know they wouldn't buy it. Gee thanks for that usefull information.

    I'm broke and cheap but I buy the best gear I can afford. Sometimes the gear that costs four times as much as the cheap stuff lasts four times as long and you get to enjoy having better stuff for the same price in the end.:deal
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    how about for a non custom riding suit? - I know the technology is cool and support the idea in concept but that price puts it right on the edge of bespoke gear.

    good gear is worth paying $ for no doubt

    that's my internal argument at the moment

    not hating though
    I say hooray for early adopters - without whom we cheapskates would never get cooler stuff

    thanks for the awesome review
    I have been waiting to here some real world experiences
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  10. GB

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    Be it this suit, or Klim or Rukka or anything else that costs more than a pair of jeans, telling us you won't spend that much money on a suit isn't contributing anything positive to the discussion.. We're here to learn about good riding gear.. No one needs to justify why they spend a bit or a lot on a suit.. it's your body and your skin, ride anyway you want.. just keep this thread about the suit and it's features.. not about you and how much money you want to spend or not spend.. start a new thread if that's what you want to talk about.

    To the OP, thanks for the link to your review.. I'll probably have a question or two later when I'm done reading it all.
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    What "he"said...then don't! So you don't like the price. Guess your work here is finished.

    I bought the Klim Adventure jacket early this year. Worked great in a rocky get-off. Totally waterproof. Worth every penny...to me. I don't think Andy lives on a mansion on a hill in Duluth. Seems to me he prices his merchandise where he can afford to sell it, and then backs it up. There is a market for waterproof leather. I live in the Seattle area. It happens to be one. And the size range (including Talls) means I get enough of a 'bespoke" fit to be happy.
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  12. BikerGeek99

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    Nice write-up. Thanks for taking the time to put that together.

    I have a Transit Suit as well. I bought mine in September 2009. So far I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 25,000 miles on it.

    A few thoughs based on my experience with it:

    You're 100% right - that sucker is definitely waterproof. I've ridden several thousand miles in the rain wearing it and I've only found one chink in it's waterproofness: sometimes water will come down my neck and inside the collar. I've found that if I kind of hunker down / shrug my shoulders just a little bit, my helmet will keep the water out. Other than that? Yep - TOTALLY waterproof.

    It ain't cheap. But you get what you pay for.

    In high temps, that thing sucks. Now I know what a turkey feels like when it's in the oven in one of those roasting bag thingies. If you live in the south or in an area with high ambient temps, I don't think this is the gear for you. The wife and I took a 3-week ride this past July and rode to the west coast. On our way back, we rode through Redding, CA, and it was something like 109*. I was dying. More vents - hell, ANY vents! - would be GREATLY appreciated!

    The cuffs on the sleeves bug me for 2 reasons: 1. They fit nice and snug around my wrists, which is nice, but I wear a watch on my left wrist. If you're wearing shorty gloves and try to snug 'em inside your sleeve and zip up your wrists, it can get overly snug around your wrists. 2. On the tops of the wrists are little leather tab thingies to snug up the wrists tighter. If you're wearing gauntlet-style gloves, the snugger-upper tabs make it difficult to get the gauntlet over the outside of the jacket.

    Did I mention it's waterproof?

    Fit. For me, it fits as good as anything 'off-the-rack' EVER could. I'm a very manly 44 chest and the 44 jacket fits perfect for me. The 34 waist pants fit as good as jeans. I have absolutely no complaints with how the transit suit fits me.

    Weight. One thing is for sure: this sucker is HEAVY! Sometimes at a restaurant someone will hand me my jacket and the reaction is about the same everytime - "Holy shit that jacket is HEAVY!" Guess I'm used to it by now. My usual reply is, "Yeah, well, it's armored, waterproof leather. It's gonna be heavy."

    The 'cool' factor. Hell if I know - I'm a geek, fer cryin' out loud, but I do get a lot of comments on it.

    For SpaceManSpiff - here's a picture from the Dragon when I was down there in September. Hopefully it will give you an idea of how it fits while riding.



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    And another action shot for ya.
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  13. GB

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    My one concern with this suit is that the pants are not overpants. I like wearing a light pair of pants under my Roadcrafter overpants so I can remove the overpants when I'm stopped for lunch.

    Compared to say the Rukka or the Klim jacket which cost about $1400 just for the jacket, the Transit waterproof leather suit is a bargain. Compared to Joe Rocket stuff, it ain't, but then again, you spend $200 on a riding jacket, you get what you paid for.

    Do you wear the pants right over your underwear and your skin's right up against the linining? Do the pants get hot and sweaty when stopped for a break? :ear
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  14. SpaceManSpiff

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    Thank you for your input BikerGeek99!

    Appreciate the pictures too. The fit looks good --sleeves aren't riding up, armor looks like it is in the right position etc. I really appreciate that Aerostich does give me the options (now) of short, regular, and long sizes, btw.

    I can see how the suit can be hot, especially behind a large fairing and a big tank bag. How does it do in the cold? Being waterproof and with only the rear vent I would imagine that it isn't drafty (unlike the roadcrafter which is) at least. Given that leather seems to conduct heat better than textiles I assume you would have to layer up sooner.

    In both BikerGeeks pics it the transit looks a little...brownish...has it faded, or is it dirt/bug splatter? Street cred is ok, street crud eh, not so much. :lol3
    How much wear is it showing otherwise--at the price it will be a long-term investment for SpaceMan. Zippers still work, etc?

    Can you fit the jacket into one of the side cases, or is it too bulky?

    Do you find that the suit after 25k miles still doesn't absorb water? Or does it get soaked now that it has some miles on it.

    Yeah, i have read alot about the cuffs being problematic for some and not for others.I am hoping it is a matter of preference and be dealt with by the choice gloves.

    I hope the collar leak can be dealt with via a neck gaiter/balaklava type garment.

    GB: yeah, neither of the similar Alpinestars jacket and Rukka jackets (Merlin and Lancelot) have any venting and both are much more expensive. I would hope that you could wear a thin (hiking/rockclimbing) type shorts under the pants for that sought after dork-in-motorcycle-boots-white-legs-and-shorts-at-that-gas-station-in-Kayenta-look. YMMV, of course. :)
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  15. BikerGeek99

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    Yes. Typically LD Comfort unmentionables, shorts when it's warm and full-length tights when it's cooler out. It's not uncomfortable at all. Compared to my other riding pants (TourMaster Air Something-or-other mesh and Aerostitich AD1's), these are the most all-around comfortable.

    I have ridden with a pair of microfiber convertible pants (the ones Aerostitch sells - the legs unzip and turn into shorts) with no real problem, although with a belt on the convertible pants, the waist was kinda snug.

    When it's warm / hot, yes, very much so. When we stopped for fuel and water when riding through Redding when it so gawd-awful hot, I unzipped the sides of the legs about halfway up to get some air in there. Ya, I looked dorky, but it wasn't because of my skinny little glow-in-the-dark-white legs being exposed.

    Oh - and while we were on our trip out west (3 weeks on the road!) I lost 15 pounds and the pants are quite a bit less snug around the waist now, so I always make sure that I zip the jacket and pants together. Wouldn't wanna lose me drawers or anything...
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    You're welcome!

    It fits snug enough to not be drafty at all. When it's cooler out, I typically feel the coolness on my inner elbows. That part of the arm is not covered in leather - I guess it's Cordura or something. Back in the spring I headed out for a weekend in Tennessee and when I left it was 24 degrees. Under my suit I had the LD comfort base layer, and I added a long-sleeve cotton t-shirt and a fleece pull-over and was perfectly comfortable.

    Yes, it has faded a bit, and there are some bugs and stuff on the sleeves. I think it's more cred than crud, though. I didn't really realize how much it had faded until I rode with another fella on an FJR who had just gotten a Transit Suit.

    If you search around in Ride Reports for my report titled "Milestones" there are more pictures of me off the bike wearing it. Figure I'm a hair under 6" and weigh about 185 or so.

    All in all, it's wearing great for me. All the zippers are fine, no issues. All I've had was 1 thread pop up outta somewhere on my right leg. Snipped that off and there hasn't been anything else.

    It was a long-term investment for me as well. I figure that I can wear it on both bikes and it'll look OK.

    Dunno. Haven't tried. The armor is flexible enought that I imagine I could stuff it into a side bag on the FJR or on the Harley.

    Hmm... Good question. To be honest I don't really pay any attention! I figure that so long as I'm dry things are fine.

    FWIW - on the last leg of our big trip, we rode from Indianapolis to Columbus in non-stop steady to heavy rain. The last couple of miles were dry. When we got home and I de-geared, I don't recall the suit being soaked at all.

    Couldn't agree more. I recently got a pair of RevIt gloves that are short and they fit fine with the cuffs. My FXRG gauntlets ... well, not so much.
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    In response... I certainly don't go gearless; I'm a firm believer in ATGATT. I wear full leathers when that's appropriate, but most of the time I wear my Darien jacket and pants. Sometimes I wear mesh.

    I like the looks of that suit, but it's black (not very visible to others), and I don't think it can do everything quite as well as having two or three suits (for about the same price). One suit is, however, nice when you're touring.

    Looks like a great suit, but at that price... hmm?
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    This stuff is expensive, no doubt. But with Aerostich, IMHO, you get what you pay for --bonding actual goretex to an outer shell ain't cheap, neither is creating a waterproof vent, proving innovative armor, zippers that work.... Why am I talking about this...you have the gear, you know what i am talking about.

    I wasn't truly considering the Transit until they came out with the "Long" sizes. I am tall with a "European" build and the less expensive gear (Joe Rocket, Tourmaster, etc) just doesn't fit --by the time the sleeves are barely long enough (even in the tall sizes) the dang jacket looks like a tent on me. This Transit suit has the potential to be a good fit. The onluy other choices for a good fit are either a full custom two piece leathers or a custom Motoport --both are at least as much money.

    Why I am interested in the Transit?
    1. I ride a bunch, sometimes just around the corner other times pretty far and get caught in when having an all-weather type garment comes in handy...

    2. I love riding in leather --nothing like the feel of a leather jacket and I hate (that skinny thing again) the flapping of textiles on a long ride.

    3. I hate having my leathers get wet --they stay wet for long time and don't dry out very well. Not to mention, the fit changes when it finally dries out too.

    4. I don't like to have to stop to put on raingear.

    5. The lesser dry-tech and hydratex waterproof membranes I have in my other pieces of kit may be waterproof but they sure ain't breathable.

    6. I like the basic black (I got hit in intersection in my old smurf blue roadcrafter by a Ford Focus --the lady just wasn't paying attention) --I don't think it makes a bunch of difference.
    7. I trust Aerostich. Their gear has protected me (:clap see above) and I can see how this would do the same but with improved abrasion resistance of leather. I believe they did not to cut ANY corners with this suit. We all roll the dice and take our chances, on every ride. I suppose I have a lower risk tolerance than some/most.

    8. My "waterproof" commuter suit (Alpinestars 365 drytech) ain't so waterproof anymore :cry.

    9. If the Transit is a tough as their Roadcrafter (and I can't see why it wouldn't be), I think I can get 5-10 years worth of heavy use out of it. To me this represents a good value. Having to research gear and look (usually in vain) for that magical combination of a good fit, function, and protection is a big time suck.
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    Thanks for taking the time BikerGeek99!

    Looks like the suit would work for me, now I need to decide if I really can afford it....

    Looked at your RR --how did you lose 10 lbs on that trip? --you ate like a (road) king! :lol3
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    I was home visiting family this past summer and stopped by Aerostich and tried on the Transit jacket (since it now comes in tall sizes). Like a previous poster said, the cheaper gear that rarely comes in "tall" sizes, generally doesn't fit even with a "tall" label--still too short and too wide (e.g.: First Gear). But, the 44L Transit jacket fit like it was made for me. I wear a 17.5 x 36/37 dress shirt for reference. I'd already put out for a BMW Rallye Pro 2 (sz 114) jacket last spring, so the Transit was a no-go, but good to know it fits for future reference. The materials and construction were impressively nice. Try finding something like that at Cycle Gear...
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