3 Things I Learned At The Aerostich Pop-Up Event

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If you’ve been reading the site in the past week or two, you’ve noticed we’re giving away a different piece of Aerostitch gear a week until the end of December. If you’ve been reading the site longer, you know we here at RideApart we are huge fans of Aerostitch and the gear they produce. I got a chance to go to the first day of their SoCal pop-up shop event, and here’s a little bit about what I learned.

#1 You Meet the Nicest People
“You meet the nicest people on a Honda,” was a famous ad campaign that helped to launch Honda ahead of the pack in the early 1960’s. Honda is far too massive for that to remain true for them, but Aerostich has taken up the torch by being, and encouraging, general all-around goodness.

The moment I walked into the shop, I was greeted and told how the shop was divided, and that the bikes in the shop were there to sit on and to see how the suits moved in a riding position.

The other shoppers were nice as well. One told me about his experience with the two-piece suit when I picked it up (he was there to add the one piece to his collection), and another commented about the Roper Gloves when I picked up a pair. I was then greeted by a few people who read the RideApart website each day and they, instead of being of the YouTube variety, were actually young, smart and the kind of motorcyclists I’d actually want to ride and hang out with (I expect emails from you guys by the time this is posted.)

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#2 Aerostich People Ride Motorcycles
I was expecting a parking lot full of huge shiny BMW’s when I arrived in the parking lot. What I got was a parking lot full of the dirtiest hodgepodge of bikes I’ve ever seen…. and it was beautiful. I suppose it shouldn’t have been a surprise, if you’re going to invest in Aerostich gear you probably have good reason. It was nice to see a lot of variety in the kinds of riding everyone was doing and it created a unique atmosphere in the room, looking around at other people who I respected as peers.

#3 The Aerotich Team Are On Point
Aakash Desai, our Aether Moto Urban Adventure winner, met me down at the event to get fitted for a suit. After I got a chance to browse, I also spent some time speaking with some of the Aerostich team, and then I got to watch as they took Aakash through the whole process of fitting him for a riding suit.

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Aakash trying on a two-piece Roadcrafter.

Kyle Allen from Aerostich who was helping Aakash, guessed his size right off the bat. He then pulled the one and two-piece options from the rack and instructed Aakash how to put them on (it can be a bit confusing the first time). He then asked Aakash a series of questions, about multiple reference points, regarding how the suit fit. Kyle walked us over to a few different bikes, helped find the one that was most like Aakash’s Bonneville, and had him sit on it in his regular riding position where he asked additional questions about how the suit fit on the bike.

It was obvious, from the time that Aakash and Kyle shook hands until the time that he helped Aakash write down his order, that Kyle was a guy who’d ridden thousands of miles in the various Aerostich gear and could answer any real world question asked by rider. These are the same kind of questions or comments we here at RideApart answer when reviewing gear.

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Aakash fitting part 2: seeing how it fits on the bike.

With the event mostly over I rode home, only to find a new, custom fit Aerostich Roadcrafter Light waiting for me on my doorstep. I’ll be reviewing it in the coming weeks to correspond with our grand prize giveaway in December. We’ve worked with a lot of companies that provide a custom fit and almost all of them refuse to let us send them measurements out of a fear that it won’t turn out right, which will then show up in the review (understandably). Aerostich had no such fears and, now that I have seen the proof, I understand why. My Aerostich suit fit perfectly.

If you can’t attend an event like the one I did, just follow the instructions for ordering on the Aerostich website and get ready to enjoy one of the best pieces of gear you’ll ever own.

Do you have a custom Roadcrafter? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

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  • http://Rideapart.com/ Curtis

    It’s hard to stress to people that haven’t dealt with Aerostich just how good they really are. And how good their products are. The only thing my suit needs is more miles.

    • Aaron

      That ‘rideable days’ map makes Canadians cry.

      • Michael Love

        Not if you live in Vancouver.

      • Daniel

        :’-( It’s even worse specifically in the province of Quebec (Montreal)…it’s against the law for any vehicle to ride/drive on the street from Dec 15 to Mar 15 without winter tires regardless of the conditions. And no “Mud + Snow” tires aren’t allowed…has to be “Snow” or “Winter” with a snowflake emblem.So bikes are out. I should move to Toronto.

      • Mark D

        San Francisco! 365 rideable days! I hope you like 50 degree fog storms!

        • Aaron

          that’s what we call summer! hahaha JK.

          • Mark D

            Sadly, that is exactly summer in SF! The fall and spring are much warmer. Its a weird place.

  • Aaron

    Does this mean that the new ‘hipster’ trend is using the right tool for the job? Hahaha

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      If you’re saying we set all hipster trends, then yes.

      • Aaron

        I say take credit for the good ones.

    • Davidabl2

      I’ll believe it when I see it. Like, for example, is PBR an appropriate “tool’ for anything at all?

      • Aaron

        I like PBR….:(

        • Davidabl2

          “It’s an acquired taste”–and then you lose it if you drink anything else for awhile ;-)

      • mjc_iv

        PBR cans make great shim stock.

  • http://www.motopraxis.com/ Aakash

    I’m like a brown Optimus Prime.

  • Guzzto

    Got any opinions on the aerostich combat lites ? would be good to hear how they stack up as a general everyday / touring boot.

  • BillW

    I’m probably not really in RideApart’s target market, but I’m gonna throw my two cents in anyway (of course).

    I bought a one-piece Roadcrafter back in 2001, I think it was. It’s a very well made and well-thought out piece of kit, for the most part. Only a few people have asked me why I was wearing a snowmobile suit on a nice day. As a commuting suit, it’s great. No gear to full gear and back in seconds. As a touring suit, I’d rather have a two-piece, especially because it’s a pain to try to use an electric liner with the one-piece, and you have to wear pants under it, which makes it hotter and less comfortable. Also, I found that, especially on a bike with a fairing, the Roadcrafter was both too hot when the weather was warm (over 75-80), and flowed too much air when the weather was cold (below 50). The armpit vents are great as EXIT vents if your bike allows you to risk scooping up insects by having the sleeve cuffs somewhat open and exposed. As ventilation ENTRY points, they suck. Maybe I just keep my arms too close to my torso. On a naked bike, the fabric itself flows enough air that it’s not a problem. You may have a greater tolerance for heat than I do. I sweat a lot just standing around in street clothes in anything over about 78 degrees F. At any rate, I’m far happier in gear that has more vents. Other than the lack of vents, I think Aerostich gear is great. I’ve bought a lot of other stuff from them over the years, too.

  • Jason 1199

    I went to the Seattle fitting last summer and my experience echod seans. The aerostich people even gave me american change for the parking meter as it didn accept my canadian money lol. Great product and peace of mind knowing they’ll look after you!

  • Piglet2010

    The person I talked to at Aerostich was very good at fixing the fix issue with my Roadcrafter Light, as well as correcting some stitching issues (mine was one of the first Light suits sold).

  • Brian

    I have a 25th Anniversary Roadcrafter jacket and later bought the matching pants, but I dearly need to send my pants in for repair, but I have been just plain lazy( and a lil broke too as of late). I can honestly say though, people refer to that outfit as my snowmobiling suit or ski suit. Despite that it has been the most tactical and best piece of kit I have ever purchased.

  • Tony Dyb

    I’ve had a custom Roadcrafter for 10+ years. It’s my “go-to” riding gear for commuting, canyon carving or Long Distance trips. I’ve yet to find anything that offers the same level of protection, comfort and convenience for anywhere near the price. I attended the pop-up event on the first day so that they could take my old 1-Piece roadcrafter in for some minor zipper repairs and try on the new “light” and “ultra-light” suits. The folks who attended and the Aerostich staff working the event were very friendly. It was just like hanging out with your favorite riding buddies, talking bikes, rides, farkles and tall tales. I can only hope that they open a “West Coast” mini-store permanently!

  • CruisingTroll

    I made a point during my RideAboot to go to the store in Duluth. June 1st, 2004, riding across the north shore of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in a miserable rain, temps in the low 40s, with the wind blowing right off Lake Superior, I pulled into their parking lot semi-soaking wet. I was riding in leather riding pants and a textile jacket.

    I left with a Darien Jacket, Kanetsu Electric Jacket and Darien Pants (light??), while they were kind enough to box my other gear up and ship home for me. The service was superb, and the gear has held up over the last 9 years, some additional pounds, one crash, rain, snow, temps below what my bike’s temperature gauge will display, etc. For moderate to cold temps, it’s great gear. For heat, not for me.

    Some pointers for anybody who picks up a ‘Stich or Darien. Either get the hangar they sell, or swing by a store that sells SCUBA gear and get a wetsuit hangar. A standard hangar, even a run of the mill suit hangar, can (and in my case did) rub through the Gore-Tex layer on the inside at the shoulder.

    Second, long sleeve shirts. Perhaps this is just me, but I cannot abide the feeling of the Gore-Tex on my skin. I MUST wear both pants and a long sleeve shirt with the gear, which impacts the upper temp ranges I can comfortably use it. (Note, I’ve used the gear in triple digit temps.) REI’s Sahara shirts and similar are quite good for this application.

    Third, a yellow Darien jacket will get you mistaken for a firefighter.

  • phoebegoesvroom

    My Roadcrafter pants are “custom” in that they are all black like the new stealth suits are, but I bought mine years before they started offering the stealth option. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one doing this if they’re offering it now. Anyway, as I’ve said, I’ve had those pants for a few years now, and they’ve only taken one spill (low-speed, on gravel-on-asphalt) with them. They were undamaged, and so was I. I pair those pants with a Power Trip Dakota women’s jacket.
    I decided I wanted a one piece or two piece Roadcrafter mainly to use for winter protection, so last year I ended up getting a very good deal on a gray two piece Roadcrafter one size up from my other pants (so I could fit heated gear underneath). Turns out I fell in love with the suit and just started wearing it all the time when I rode. Now, I’m not sure I’d want to wear it for hours on a 95º day, but other than that, it’s great! And I don’t have to carry rain gear with me either, at least not for commuting anyway.

  • socalutilityrider

    Pretty funny my gf’s dog photobombed one of your pics Sean!

    I have tried finding your email address, it’s probably something simple I’m missing & someone will call me out on here, but I can’t find it. Great to meet you up there and thanks again for all the great content you guys put out-I read this site almost daily and I don’t think your guys’ hard work gets recognized enough.

    I finalized my order of a Roadcrafter Two Piece that day, can’t wait to use it for commuting duty.

    • Davidabl2

      “Photobombed?”Come on,man, the dog’s not looking at the camera.

      • socalutilityrider

        That was a lighthearted joke, not meant to be taken seriously. People like you make me hate the internet.

        • Davidabl2

          So was my reply,actually.

  • Thatmanstu

    Their print catalog is killer(you can check it out online,by specifically clicking “catalog” or have a it sent to you..Great tank bag addition…..Humor,tons of information,essays,pics etc. that are not found in the standard category shopping…..

  • ticticticboom

    I’ve got a black and grey two pc. Aerostich. I’ve probably ridden 70k miles in that thing. Absolutely no one who sees it can believe I’ve had it since 1993. Best $670 I ever spent on riding gear.

  • Jai S.

    I went to this event on Wednesday night, and I agree that everyone was great. Totally worth the hour ride back with my wife in the rain. It was her first time riding in the rain, and I could hear her yelling through her helmet “Hey, wouldn’t it be great if we had a Roadcrafter?”

    One question though, does any one have issues with the knee armor shifting greatly on the one-piece when switching bikes? I was fitted on my V-Strom, knee armor prefect, but when I got onto a R1200GS and the Super Ténéré the knee armor was completely bellow my knee. The gentleman fitting me said alterations could be done when I get a new bike, but it would be $125 and a trip back to Aerostich.

    Any possible other solutions? I’d like one suit that I can use on multiple bikes.I thought about a two-price and just have multiple pants, but I really wanted the one-piece.

    Thank you!