Gear of the Day: Aerostich Roadcrafter One Piece

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Gear of the Day: Aerostich Roadcrafter One Piece

Aerostich Roadcrafter One-Piece

Considering Mother Nature refuses to pull back her winter war machines, an Aerostich Roadcrafter One-Piece suit is one of the best pieces of gear you could ever own or give as a gift. Whether it is worn over a suit and tie to work, or touring through terrible weather, or even on an off-road adventure; it’s always the perfect item for the job. Waterproof, weatherproof, and about as close to crash proof as gear has evolved, it’s a bucket list item for any motorcyclists gear closet. Price: $747-$997

  • MichaelEhrgott

    I love mine. Did a Usal Beach ride last weekend and it poured on us all day Sunday. 6 hrs in the rain on dirt and asphalt and I stayed pretty dry and warm. Great piece of kit. This pic was from the day before. No rain on Sat, just wet roads.

    • IRS4

      As they say in Noway or one of those places, there is no bad weather, only bad clothing!

      • Hans

        That is indeed what we say. To bad we cant get the Roadcrafter here, becuase from what I read it would be ideal for the riding conditions here. We have to settle for the seccond best, ie Rukka. Ofcourese on could order from the US, but all the shipping would make it to expensive. Especially if you would have to send it back to be retrofitted.

        • paul

          actually youre very lucky – i have a one piece roadcrafter and a rukka merlin and the merlin is better in every way, other than price.

          • Stuki

            Isn’t the Merlin a 2 piece leather suit? More like the Transit than the Roadcrafter?

            For all day touring, I’d take take a 2 piece waterproof leather suit over a textile onesie as well; but the RC is just sooo much simpler for commuting type chores, while giving up very little in comfort.

    • Ely McElroy

      Dude so crazy. I’m pretty sure my girlfriend and I saw you. Were you part of a crew of like 8 or so bikes headed out there on Saturday afternoon? We were headed back to the highway in a silver Subaru Impreza and surprised everyone a little on some tight corners. It sure was awesome out there that day. Perfect weather all the way up the coast. In the process of putting new brake lines on the bike, so the car was a last resort…I’m going back out as soon as I can, even with the road closed.

      • MichaelEhrgott

        Yeah that was us! 8 riders. Small world man. I remember coming around a corner and seeing your Impreza and thinkin to myself, Dang, there are actual people here! Lol. We’re planning a lost coast ride up the entire way of Usal Rd etc.. as soon as it opens. It’s simply gorgeous out there

      • Parx400

        Lol that is so funny. I was the first bike to go by.

      • Rich

        That is too funny. Was also part of this crew and you’re right about the surprise! Great part of NoCal though.

      • Logan Smith

        Wow, that is too funny! Small world indeed.

        Nice pic Mike, you have a great photographer lol

  • IRS4

    Only ONE T in STICH. My first Roadcrafter was purchased in 1995, and I spent 14 years as a daily commuter with it. Only replaced it last year at the fitting event up in San Fran. By far the best $900 I ever spent in my life.

    • Chuck D

      Thumbs up for Lee Parks gloves. I own three pair. If it were socially acceptable, I’d wear deerskin underwear.

      • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

        ” I’d wear deerskin underwear.”
        YKINMK,BYKIOK,T. :)

  • Scott Otte

    I don’t think anyone who has ever owned one of these has ever regretted it. They are a great piece of gear.
    We can hope that someday we will be seen as looking good in one, until then… just enjoy the ride.

  • Piglet2010

    Best part about buying a Roadcrafter Light was the Mr. Happy hand puppet at no additional charge. ;)

    • HoldenL

      Whaaaat? Where’s my Mr. Happy?

      • Piglet2010

        You have to time it right.

  • zedro

    And if cost wasn’t an issue and only one choice, would it be the Roadcrafter or Transit 2 piece?

    • Piglet2010

      Do you like the black leather look or not?

      • zedro

        Yes, especially when I’m Breakin the Law…breakin the law….

        • Piglet2010

          Are you a Priest of Judas?

    • Justin McClintock

      Despite the Roadcrafter’s great reputation, leather is still the best protection out there. I think the end-all-be-all best suit for anybody on the street might very well be the Transit.

  • mms

    I sprang for the 2-piece, which was fortuitous as I usually just wear the trousers with the bib/suspenders with a Rev’it jacket (I’m a chick, what can i say. The shoulders on the Stich just don’t sit right on me). That said, down to the single digits and in heavy rain and up through some pretty darn hot weather, Aerostich has hung in there like a champ. The legs could have more pockets. It feels awkward on a sportbike (I do wear it anyway when the weather is sketchy) but is great on my standard any old time.

    • Piglet2010

      They can likely alter the suit to make it fit better. Adding gussets to mine was the best $75 I have ever spent on gear.

  • Nemosufu Namecheck

    I have one of these suits and it is almost perfect besides one point – the absolute ugliest piece of gear in my closet. I mean it covers all sections of the moto-geek spectrum. Baggy in weird places, over-pocketed and reflected, Not even a Ghostbuster can get action in a Stich.

  • Jason 1199

    Just bought a two piece transit suit yesterday can’t wait to use them touring. I already own darien pants and the 1 piece roadcrafter is still on my wish list. Best customer service with a product that’ll last over a decade or more

  • Joey Delgadillo

    I’ve been wanting one of these really badly since I started moto-commuting 5 days a week, putting on Knox knee armor, a jacket and overpants takes forever. Especially when it rains, adding another layer on top of all that makes it worse. I’ve been dreaming of having a Roadcrafter, step in, zip up and done…

    • Stuki

      For your use, you will not regret getting one, whatever it takes. I don’t agree they are quite the be-all-end-all of riderwear some like to claim, but for all weather commuting by bike, they’re pretty much unbeatable. And the quality makes them virtually everlasting.

    • NOCHnoch

      Start saving. It’s worth it.

      To paraphrase Kate Moss, nothing looks as good as dry feels.

  • D19

    The only question is: What color combination to get?

    • zedro

      Get the SpaceMan!

      • D19

        I have been debating between One-piece Red/Black, High-Viz/Silver, or the all Black with reflective panels. Choices!

        • Piglet2010

          Get dark colored ballistic panels, as they get the most grimy. I wish the whole last 6 inches or so of the sleeves and legs on mine were gray instead of hi-viz yellow.

          • D19

            Thanks Piglet, excellent advice (leaning towards red with black ballistics for this reason). I have also heard and seen faded hi-viz yellow and red RCs but I think that this sort of adds to their appeal.

            • Scott Otte

              The reds go pink after a couple of years which is a sign of someone with lots of miles…but not my favorite look. My next one will be all grey or all black. (currently black with red ballistics)

              • Michael Howard

                I came very close to ordering my 2-pc in black-on-red but then read somewhere about the red fading to pink. Since I plan on keeping my Roadcrafter for many years, I’m glad I got the black-on-black instead.

          • Davidabl2

            Felt pen would make the gray color more even ;-)

    • Stuki

      If you are a believer in “being seen is safer”, get HiViz at least somewhere. If you want to minimize the impression of being dirty, get black. As ugly as they may be, the all black ones do have a bit of a Prada-for-spec-ops aura.

      If neither, get whichever color suits your fancy.

    • NOCHnoch

      I love my black on grey. I thought about black on black but I can’t justify deleting the reflective panels (NYC rider) and the reflectors blend in far better with grey.

  • Frick

    May pull the trigger on a Transit suit when I get my bonus. Commuting in the rain lately has me wanting Gore-tex, and if I’m gonna spend a $G I might as well go all out on the only suit you could ever need!

    • Davidabl2

      Wes Siler, I believe has some experience with the Transit and wasn’t all that enchanted with it.

    • Stuki

      the 1 piece, 30 second on and off RC, is by far the most purpose designed all weather commuter suit out there. The Transit may be a better riding suit, but doesn’t come close to the 1pc RC in the ArmaniYuppie-to-Armored-Powerranger in 30 seconds, weather be damned, sweepstakes.

  • Davidabl2

    I have never,ever seen anyone in a ‘stitch riding a Harley. Probably not a Ducati either. They must feel that wearing one makes them look like janitors or something.

    • Scott Otte

      No need to make assumptions. You just need to get out more. I ride daily on my Monster in my stich, and personally know 2 other Ducati Riders who commute in theirs.

      • Davidabl2

        I stand corrected (and not for the first time)… You guys commute to S.F. from the Peninsula or Marin,right? Rather than the drier parts of the ‘bay? And wear ‘stitch on the weekends? (saying this at the risk of getting corrected again?)

        ..That said, Alpinestars do seem to more popular than Aerostitich for Ducatisti? If so, the”janitor look” hypothesis seems reasonable

        • http://motocynic.wordpress.com/ Scott Otte

          I ride up and down the Penisula, Friend comes over the Bay Bridge Daily. The aerostich isn’t just for rainy days. It’s comfy 365 around here.

          • Davidabl2

            I probably should have typed in ” the hotter and drier parts of the ‘bay” I’m in mesh by May in Contra Costa ..soon after that most of the Harley guys are out in ‘beaters and black t-shirts..plus leather vests on cooler mornings ;-) And some of the younger guys in those Icon “squid vests” with the back protectors. Honestly, few ‘Stitches around here in the summer.

            • http://motocynic.wordpress.com/ Scott Otte

              I do get some looks when I’m out in the hotter weather. But it’s not that bad up to 90ish as long as I’m moving. Red lights suck in the summer, but they suck on any really sunny day.

              • Davidabl2

                Yep. And red lights suck, just because they are red lights. In full summer,anytime between 9am and 6;30 pm i try not to go anywhere where I’m going to have to wait thru more than 1 or two lights.. because of the heat-induced suffering.Even in mesh.

    • Justin McClintock

      They might be wearing Transits. Those wouldn’t stand out as much, and if you’re dropping Ducati money (or any Harley big twin), you probably aren’t afraid of the extra expense.

    • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

      Buddy of mine has a black on black one to go with his Streetglide. In his defense, he also uses it on his r/60 and his ZXR.

    • Stuki

      Plenty of Multistrada pilots in Roadcrafters. Of course, it seems like half of MS pilots come from either a ‘Strom or a BMW, both of which are ‘Stich central. I see a good number of EGlide riders in Roadcrafters as well. Perhaps not so much on the more styled Harleys. Even with max extensionpanels in knees, shoulders and back, the Roadcrafter is still a bit on the tight side for a full on Superbike, Ducati or otherwise.

      • Davidabl2

        Stuki, EGliders in ‘Stitches must be a regional fashion..where in the country,(or in what country?) are you?

        • Stuki

          I’m in Cali. In SoCal, ‘Stiches seem rare outside of the core BMW demographic, but the further up the coast you get, the more they start to show up. I specifically noticed a Couple on an EGlide, both wearing what looked like Darien outfits, in Canada last summer, on the way to Alaska. And another guy in a Roadcrafter, at the start of the Dalton.

          There’s just so darned many Egliders everywhere, that some of them are bound to ride in almost anything. Even amongst Iron Butt riders, the Eglide is probably one of the most popular bikes; even if not amongst the absolute most hardcore who ride the actual rally. So, compared to the more insular cultures of their purer cruisers, many Egliders are much more exposed to other ways of doing things. Like, for example not riding around in soaking wet fringe for 1000 mile rides…. Or mudding it up the Dempster.

  • http://www.bikeexif.com/ Chris Hunter

    I’m sorry, but Aerostich stuff is so ugly you may as well just cut holes in a couple of dustbin bags and ride in those. You’ll stay warm and dry and save yourself $746.

    • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

      It’d be a good fight to determine which is more divisive amongst riders; Harleys or Aerostich.

      As as aide, I love Bike Exif. I hit there every day after I roll through RideApart during my morning coffee and compiler. Thanks for scratching my photo & moto itch.

      • Piglet2010

        Aerostich – Function over form.

        Harley-Davidson – Form over function.

        • Davidabl2

          Lets just say there’s a function v. form spectrum..and they’re not anywhere near each other on the spectrum;-)

          But Aerostitch does build, say a Bonneville suit..

          http://www.aerostich.com/falstaff-motorcycle-jacket.html

          http://www.aerostich.com/falstaff-pants.html

          But it’s nowhere as cool looking as as Barbour International or something like that :-(

          • Piglet2010

            I have been thinking a Falstaff jacket and pants and Bell Bullitt lid would go well with my Bonnie.

            • Davidabl2

              The same thought had crossed my mind,actually.
              As I am constantly saying at work “Great minds think alike–and so do ours” :-)

              • Piglet2010

                On the other hand, a hi-viz Roadcrafter clashes with everything equally. :D

                • Davidabl2

                  They should make one in Kawasaki screaming green, then. Problem solved, if your bike is Kawasaki screaming green.

              • Campisi

                Oh my, but that Oildale is tempting…

        • NOCHnoch

          Harley-Davidson – Baubles and accessories over form and function

      • Davidabl2

        ” have never,ever seen anyone in a ‘stitch riding a Harley”

        • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

          “Buddy of mine has a black on black one to go with his Streetglide.”

          It does seem to be a rare combination, though.

        • Dennis Newman

          I have a blue stich and an orange and black Sportster. I also ride a Buell S3. I get double and triple takes as I make my way through the bay.

          • Davidabl2

            If I see you’ll wave. Even if I’m in the pickup truck…

    • MichaelEhrgott

      Function over form any day dude.

      • Heath Collins

        I wish:

        • MichaelEhrgott

          It’s kinda hard to get any sort of sexy with a onsie. Even race leathers look stupid IMO. Safety first though!

          • Heath Collins

            I disagree… the Stig looks pretty awesome in his onesie.

            • NOCHnoch

              His onesie isn’t armored. Or waterproof.

    • Davidabl2

      Chris ,,,You sound like a candidate for the Transit. (as I am). Being a very traditional guy I’d like some white or red contrast stripes on the jacket of mine ;-)

      • http://www.bikeexif.com/ Chris Hunter

        Hmmm … if I am in need of heavy-duty waterproof protection, I reach for my Icon 1000 Akorp trench jacket, or the Aether Canyon. Plenty of brands out there proving that function doesn’t have to come at the expense of form. I’ve heard many folks swear by Rukka too.

        • Davidabl2

          Akorp seems cool, just saw yet another candidate in their Lookbook/cat; A waxed canvas jacket called an “Oildale”(their take on the traditional “Bedale” heh,heh) It’d be appropriate because one of my bikes is a so-called “Royal Oilfield’ If I need heavy-duty waterproof protection I throw a Froggtogs over whatever i’m wearing. the low-viz conditions require a hi-viz solution ;-)

          However in the RC ‘made in USA” world there’s another solution, albeit, kinda “old man looking” the “Falstaff” stuff. In the wet I’d still throw some waterproof hi-viz over the top of it ;-)

        • BMW_rider

          Plenty of brands indeed. Personally, when it comes to ATGATT, I enjoy both form and function with my Held Carese jacket and Torno pants. If the rain is coming down any harder than this gear will perform in, I don’t need to be on the road.

    • scottdc

      I guess that’d be ok if the dustbin bags were abrasion resistant, armored and you could get in and out of them in under a minute while wearing street clothes underneath. Yeah the ‘Stich isn’t for posing but for functional, practical gear it works well. Divide that $746 across the number of years the Roadcrafter will last and it’s not bad at all.

  • RandomGRK

    What about airflow? The last thing I want is to get to work in my slacks, shirt and tie and everything is creased and I’m sweaty. And commuting in a busy city is at an average speed of 40kmph so not much ability to get airflow through limited vents. This is where I opt for mesh.

    • Stuki

      It’s waterproof, and with very few vents. Comes in handy when caught by a surprise shower, but will never be ideal in hot weather. At least for us normal folk, who don’t specifically prefer to sleep in vapor barrier bags.

    • scottdc

      It’s actually not too bad. There is a zipper vent in each armpit and one big vent across the back. I’ve ridden in mine in temps up to 105F on a trip and as long as I was moving it was fine. For commuting anything 75-80+ starts getting a bit bad especially if you are stuck in traffic much.

    • NOCHnoch

      I bought the Light for a reason. But even then, at some point you’re gonna have to switch to mesh.

      • Jai S.

        What do you ride? I’m starting to find people with less air protection are more comfortable with the Roadcrafter.

        • NOCHnoch

          Viffer 800, 5th gen. But I remove the windscreen in the summer when it gets super gnarly.

          • Jai S.

            Hmm. I’m a Strom 650, in SoCal. What temp’s do you run into?

            • NOCHnoch

              I’m in NYC. So below freezing to high 90s and nearly 100% humidity. Call them up and they’ll help you figure out what you need. They’re pretty knowledgeable and so far they’ve never tried to upsell me on anything.

              • Jai S.

                We are pretty dry, so I don’t think humidity will be a problem.

        • Piglet2010

          In hot weather when wearing the Roadcrafter Light I put the windshield all the way down on my Deauville, unless the bug swarms are really thick.

  • Chuck D

    I would love one of these in black. I have a pair of their “AD 1″ pants that I use almost daily. It’s a beautifully made garment for real world riding. Their stuff exudes quality inside and out.

  • scstarkey

    I ordered a Roadcrafter Light and wasn’t impressed, here’s why: (1) the inside of the leg had little burn holes caused by (I guess) heat from my engine even though I was just sitting on it while it idled; I could not have touched the exhaust. You’d think motorcycle pants at this price would be heat resistant on the inside of your leg. (2) The knee area is very tight so there is a lot of pressure on your kneecap from the armor pad when sitting and pressure on your shin when standing. This pressure on your knee gets uncomfortable after 20 min., enough to take some hair off your leg. (3) Pads don’t come with it and if you order the pads separately no install instructions come with them. You need to call to find out which side of the elbow/knee pad goes up and how they should be placed for proper protection. (4) The thigh is very baggy like jodhpurs and everyone hears a loud swish when you walk. (5) A silly number of pockets which are mostly unusable especially while sitting on your bike or have gloves on. Also, even though these pockets are sizable you can’t put much in there because they aren’t pleated (like camo pant pockets).

    On the good side, it is easy and quick to put on and take off and the customer service department is great!

    • Stuki

      I think the fit model they use for their standard sizes, is shaped like a big Idaho potato, with short matches stuck in it for legs and arms. Even in the the “long” sizes, it fits bigger than a Dainese presumably would if sized Stocky and Obese. If you get the ‘Stich custom, and have them do 2″ extensions both above and below the knee, things make more sense for non beer keg shaped people. Makes you look even more sloppy off bike, but if you care about that, you wouldn’t be shopping for a ‘stich to begin with.

      • Davidabl2

        Dainese=designed for Italians (itialian Gen-X’ers?) Roadcrafter=designed for midwesterners? Middleaged Midwesterners?

  • scottdc

    It may not be the best looking gear out there but a having a suit you can get in and out of in a minute and works well for year round riding makes such a huge difference for daily riders. Not to be melodramatic but buying a Roadcrafter changed motorcycling for me, I now ride everywhere vs. driving a car without having to make compromises.

  • Campisi

    Everyone who has ever complained about the cost of a Roadcrafter has likely spent ~80% of its price on a single jacket soon after. Tack on the cost of the oft-neglected armoured riding pants, and a Onesie becomes good value.

    I wish they sold one in white. I’d have NASA patches on mine in a heartbeat.

    • isaac salas

      all blue still kind of looks kinds of astronautish

  • Reid

    Has anybody on here had experience with Aerostich’s jeans or their Transit suit/jacket/pants? I’d like to support a US company if I could, but most of the stuff on their website is “applicable” for me since I don’t do any kind of touring riding or much wet-weather commuting, for that matter.

  • fletchty

    I wish someone made this but in actual protective material such as cordura.

    http://elsolitariomc.com/shop/the-bonneville-red-selvedge-denim-off-white/

  • fletchty

    I replied to this earlier but apparently someone didn’t like my reply. Lets try this again.

    Roadcrafter has all the safety features I want, but I wish there was something that looked a bit more retro or streamlined for vintage bikes.

    Something with a similar look to this style would be cool:

    Does anyone know of anything similar?

    On a more related note, can anyone post photos of their roadcrafter tactical?