Time for delivery? Aerostich Roadcrafter

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Noth, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    To be honest, I've already returned one set on my own dime. I ordered a 'test set' that they had in stock in the wrong colors. I knew they were wrong when I ordered them and I knew I'd have to pay for shipping to return them when they either fit or didn't fit (to get the right colors and/or sizes), but I only ordered these to get a correct size. The 'test' jacket I ordered was a 46. It fit a little bit baggy, but I have a 45" chest, so I wasn't sure whether to go with a 44 or a 46, since I was right in the middle of the two sizes.

    I called Aerostich and talked to them and they said they could send out another 44 for test fitting, but I'd have to wait for them to build it because they didn't have any in stock at the time (in any color). I hemmed and hawed for a little bit, and they then made the offer to make both a 44 and a 46 in the color I wanted and I could keep the one I wanted and return the other one and they would pay for shipping... The only catch was that I would have to pay for both of them and then get a full refund once I returned the one that didn't fit. It sucks to be charged an extra $450 (temporarily)... But this way I don't have to wait as long, I get to compare the two sizes side by side, and I save a few bucks in shipping in the long run. I'm not made of money, but this was worth it to me.
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  2. nhbubba

    nhbubba Internet Tough Guy

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    No, that's very awesome. I am with you in not being made of money; this is an an enormous purchase for me. But I would do that in a heartbeat if offered.

    I contemplated asking for them to send me a 48R as well as a 48S as I am convinced the S is just a touch too short for me. They insist I need an elipse (for a V-Strom! :scratch) and my height is definitely in the 'S' range. But I can't lean forward without getting a wedgie.

    We'll see I guess. Would hate to be back in the queue. But we will see.

    At the same time, I am not interested in going 500 rounds on this.
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  3. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    I got my Stich Onesie back from repairs and laundering last week and it looked so fantastic I thought they had sent me somebody else's by mistake! I guess the dull red that I took for fading was nothing more than dirt. :D

    They did great work!
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  4. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Wonder if the OP got his suit yet?
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  5. Tenni126

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    There was an 8 week wait on the RC light I ordered in the beginning of January. Showed up last week, and while it's a little long in the legs, I think it's going to be fine as I don't notice it on the bike. It's still breaking in obviously but the quality is as good (better, really) as I'd hoped it would be for the money. I live in San Diego, so my temp range is pretty mild by comparison, but I'm amazed how much air it flows with all the vents open. So far, I love it and feel like it was worth the wait.
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  6. max384

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    I just got my Dariens in the mail today, five weeks after originally placing the order.

    I don't think I'm going to keep them though. The pants fit right around my belly button. This is far higher than I wear any of my other pants. When standing I have about an inch of extra room. When I sit on my bike, they squeeze around my gut so bad that I can't ride. I rode about a quarter mile before having to turn around because the discomfort was so bad. I really wish they fit lower, because other than that I really like them. I'm pretty bummed about this.
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  7. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    I had the same problem with the long. The regular fits great, just need another 2 or so inches on the bottom for when I'm on the bike.

    I bought a long and found that the distance between the crotch and beltline is longer as well, meaning I can't wear them around my waist, I'm forced to wear them over my navel. WTF So I sold em.

    Half tempted to just send my well worn Dariens in for alteration. I bought a new pair, same size, this time without the velcro (I should have got the reflective delete while I was at it). Anyway, the new pair, also a 38R has it's armour 2inches higher than my old pair!

    ARGH!
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  8. max384

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    Hmmm. Well, the leg length on the longs are perfect for me, so if I went with the regular, I'd have to have them altered. I don't know what I'm going to do. Maybe I'll just keep the jacket and find a good pair of waterproof pants that don't sit so high. I'm really disappointed how the fit ended up being. Do any of Aerostich's other pants sit lower?
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  9. MtnRider2

    MtnRider2 Been here awhile

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    I'm not sure on the wait time but I ordered my frist suit from them. Got fitted in SF during their 2 week visit so no back and forth :clap
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  10. Noth

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    I got it yesterday :wings... so the time from order to delivery was 12/10 to 3/23.. It does fit perfectly (now) so when this purchase is made.. the reality of realistic delivery time should be considered. Now, I can't wait to get it broken in.. I discovered the zipperlube in the upper right chest pocket so will use that today as the zipper is hard to manuever in the crotch area where there is a bit of manuvering that has to be done..
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  11. max384

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    I decided that I would go with the AD1 pants instead of the Dariens, since the AD1s fit so low. I called to arrange a return and order the AD1s, and they told me they wouldn't be available to ship until the end of April. They're made in Vietnam (which is a big negative for me, since Aerostich being American made was a big part of the reason I went with them), and they get shipments in every so often, so I'll have to wait... Nothing they can do. I held off on ordering them. At this point, and with this new wait, I don't know about Aerostich. I'm thinking about looking into other brands...
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  12. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    If ya don't mind the made overseas bit I would highly suggest you go for the Roadgear Tierra Del Fuego pants. They are an almost exact copy of the Darien pants. Hell, they're also made in the same factory as the AD-1 pants.

    They are lined, which is very nice, the rear pocket is on the right instead of the left. The zipper stops just short of the waist. But who actually opens the Darien ALL the way?

    Plus they're nearly half the price.
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  13. nhbubba

    nhbubba Internet Tough Guy

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    I just got my shipping notification.

    Ordered 2/27
    Shipped 4/11
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  14. Noth

    Noth Been here awhile

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    :happay
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  15. nhbubba

    nhbubba Internet Tough Guy

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    Arrived 4/16

    Fit isn't perfect, but it is close enough.

    Maiden voyage commuting this AM. I think I will keep it.
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  16. Noth

    Noth Been here awhile

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    My fit is perfect... Cold wind does go up the legs & I can't figure out how to stop that... Thinking of some sort of Bungi or something.. There doesn't seem to be velco there to tighten that down (??)..
    Problem with the zipper when I got it.. the long zipper bottom was stuck @ the left ankle.. Finally, when I had it on, I jiggled with it a bunch and suddenly it became engaged.. and now works.. so I guess be careful you don't bring the bottom car down too low .. The zipper lube supplied (upper right chest pocket) really helped the zipper ..
    All in all.. very pleased.. Given the number of posts & views.. delay is worth being aware of.. My experience is that Aerostich doesn't do a great job of controlling expectations or at least creating realistic ones.. Not criticism, just my observation..
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  17. nhbubba

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    Actually, their quote for ship time was very slightly pessimistic. I was told 8 weeks. I expected it to ship this Friday. So it basically shipped 8 days early.

    So in that respect, they did a great job of managing expectations.

    I would prefer to try a 48R jacket (I have a 48S). But they assure me it will be cut way too long. The 50S I had was definitely too baggy, especially in the shoulders and arms. And ultimately I would rather ride than ship back'n forth for the rest of my days. Being able to go to their showroom and try stuff on seems like the optimal solution.

    A zip in elipse may be in my future. Nice thing about the 2-piece suit.
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  18. Stkmkt1

    Stkmkt1 Been here awhile

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    Guys. I drove (in my truck) to Aeorstich on December 2008 and was custom fitted for my Darian pants and jacket. Lady ask me if i rode my bike. It was something like 24 below with about 4 feet of snow outside piled up everywhere. Seriously. Anyway, they sat me on a "bike" and two women came in an measured me up. About two weeks later I received the suit in the mail. I got a 10% discount for purchasing at the store, (most people don't know about this) and free shipping to my house.

    The place is in an old run-down building and all the sewing is done on the second floor. They are the nicest people you could meet. And they had a copule of nice racks of suits already made up. We checked them, but none fit properly.

    The stressed the importance of having the suit fir properly while your riding and in the case of an accident. This is not the same way it fits when you just walk around. The new suit was stiff as a board for about a month. But it is nice an comfy now.

    But it is time to replace it as I have worn it out. I have slid down the interstate with my GSA on top of me (black ice) and have ridden in hail storms, extremely heavy rain and wind. I wear it year round regardless of the weather. I have gone across the desert in 115 degree heat and I ride in the winter when it is below freezing and down around zero.

    I have looked at other kits, but so far, I have not found any that fit me like the Darian. So maybe during my trip to Alaska in June, I will swing by and have them make me another Darian kit. It sure seems bombproof to me.
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  19. nhbubba

    nhbubba Internet Tough Guy

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    Since we are discussing fit.

    I am a little disappointed with the fit. And I'm not sure it can be fixed. They definitely do not cut these things for sport-bike crowd. I'm on a V-Strom 650. There is barely any forward lean and the reach from the seat to the pegs is pretty generous. Definitely not sport bike ergos.

    But the suit actually feels much better standing than it does on the bike. On the bike everything tightens up. The knees get tight and the shoulders/back too. My posture is not the best and I tend to slouch a little. I feel a bit horse-collared unless my posture is perfect. I had the pants shortened as the pads were way too low. Now they are perfect.

    A coworker (and long-time 'stich user) is urging me to return the jacket and go for a 48R instead of a 48S.

    But these suits definitely need a bunch of $$ spent on alterations for sportier use.
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  20. max384

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    I ordered two jackets, plus I test fit a third one. I kept the two jackets at my house for about a week and half. I tried them on, walked in them, sat on the bike, and tried them on some more. All the time I kept trying to convince myself that the fit wasn't so bad and that I would get used to it. Eventually I came to the realization that I just don't want to have to get used to gear. I want something that fits and is reasonably comfortable without having to wash it a few times and ride in it for a year first. To be honest, I'm not sure that it would have ever fit me right, even after breaking it in. I ended up returning both jackets, and am going to try AD1 pants.
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