New Aerostich Roadcrafter city and tactical suits

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by HaChayalBoded, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    Has anyone heard more about these new suits? Aside from a quick blurb from Andy about them being shown in San Fran in a few weeks there isn't any info I can find.

    I think the tactical has 3 magazine pockets, 3 holsters and a scabbard across the back.

    And I'm hoping the city suit has a built in burger pocket with room for a 24oz drink (unless you're in NYC, then you get a 16oz drink holder).
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  2. Robert^

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  3. dwoodward

    dwoodward Long timer

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    That's a RoadCrafter "Stealth". These are, apparently, new.
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  4. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    They have them up on the site now: the tactical is the standard 500d without the 1000d ballistic patches, the "city" is a two-piece in the darien light 200d fabric, with a new tan color available.

    The stealth is still a separate option.
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  5. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Hmm. I was really hoping they were starting to feel the pinch and came up with something new and interesting. They definitely have a great product, and if it aint broke.... Still, I was hoping for more when I heard of these new options.
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  6. jbhawley

    jbhawley WTF- Gus?

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    I have an original RC onsey...I was really hoping Andy would bring the RC Light back to Duluth for mfg...instead of Vietnam. No luck. I was ready to dish out some coin for a RCL if US made...:cry

    I gotta admit...the RC look is "traditional" but it is so much more functional that the new radical designs. I have owned Scorpion, Fieldsheeer and First Gear and nothing comes close to the quality and overall functionality of the RC. I do think that every Scorpion product was made by a 24 year old with hack CAD software all jacked up on Mountain Dew and Red Bull. Gheesh...lets put one more pocket, one more strap, one more zipper, one more what ever....yeah...we definitely need another graphic here and here and here just for show.
    >>>Stepping off soapbox.

    Substance over style any day of the week.
    I am heavily anticipating the arrival of the 2013 Catalog.
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  7. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    It looks like the Roadcrafter city is made in the USA: http://www.aerostich.com/jackets-pants/roadcrafter/men-s-roadcrafter-city-jacket.html

    That probably also means alterations.


    So, there is a 2-piece RCL available, and it looks like you can match the RCL colors plus a couple other options.
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  8. nashopolis

    nashopolis Been here awhile

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    Two details that might be useful to some

    The new city suit is a two piece RC light with 500d ballistics so a bit better than the 200d on the RC light one piece plus it has a liner.
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    Most of the alterations can be done to the RClight one piece.
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  9. Garp

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    Yawn.

    I was hoping for something new and different, but these are just variations on a well worn theme. I like my 'stich, but I can't see these adding to their sales, they will just cannibalize other models in the line up.

    The beauty of the stich is that it is one suit that does it all. Adding so many variations just serves to confuse that message. Do I need the regular stich or the lightweight? Or maybe the Ultralightweight? Or the City? Or the Tactical?
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  10. fast4d

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    anyone know if the roadcrafter LIGHT can be bought with alterations such as forward rotate sleeve, extra knee room and extra inch in the back for forward lean riding postion?
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  11. nashopolis

    nashopolis Been here awhile

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    As it happens - I asked about most of those and they said yes - they are adding new alterations to the light line steadily. I'd say give them a call.
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  12. 10/10ths

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    ...how can more choices possibly be a BAD thing?
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  13. fast4d

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    I might go up to san francisco for their event.......get measured in person
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    I read this sentiment fairly often . . . . . and, am curious . . . . when you say you were wishing for more, what is it you were wishing to see?
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  15. Garp

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    Well, I wouldn't mind some real functional ventilation. The back zipper is okay, but the armpit vents don't do anything unless you adopt an Ape Hanger pose in order to get your pits in the wind.
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    ElTigre1 Been here awhile

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    I would like to see real vents on legs and chest with waterproof zippers.
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  17. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of Aerostich. I think they make great gear and they're clearly a successful American Co. I like to support (the catalog anymore). That said, I don't own any of their gear anymore. I find 500d cordura the absolute bare minimum in protection, i find the suits hot and clunky. They were great in their day, but its time to move on. RE-hashing a roadcrafter just seems so easy for them to do. I'd like to see them do a textile suit ala the Transit. I'm not a leather guy, but to me that's pretty awesome, out of the box thinking. 5 different versions of a roadcrafter? Seems like resting on your laurels. I just think they can do better is all.
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  18. ph0rk

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    Ventilation would be great, but they'd have to sacrifice waterproofing even more.

    If they found a good way that didn't compromise water resistance and or increase costs that would be great, but doesn't seem too likely.
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  19. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    If my $75 Tourmaster jacket can remain waterproof by zipping up the [semi] waterproof zippers and velcro flaps over them then Aerostich can do the same on a $600 jacket or a $1000 suit.
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  20. fast4d

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    I'm actually considering a return to roadcrafter.

    I had a roadcrafter but it was too bulky and not cut to fit me on a sport bike. I bought the suit used and it had the old zipper that gave me wet crotch.

    switched to an infinity suit which fit very well but had horrible pocket placement and it leaked at the upper arms/shoulders. got a replacement under warranty and a year later I got wet again.

    bought an olympia phantom. a bit difficult to get in. but it didn't leak at all. then I went down @ 25mph. good protection but I had holes in the leg where the suit was between my boot and road surface. this was accpetable but the shoulder stiching came apart with a bit of light abrasion.

    so I'm shopping again for a one piece. if I can get a RC light with the alterations I need I would probably get one. knowing they will be able to repair/update in the future. I commute in my one piece about 8 months a year (not summer/early fall).
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