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Mar 14th 2017, 10:41 AM   #16
 mgfchapin's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Daytona 675R
Apparently I'm also in the market for an Aerostich. No way I can swing a new one so I'm curious about sizing if buying a used one sight-unseen. My race suit is a US size 40 and fits me like...a race suit. Would a size 40 Aerostich fit similarly or would there be enough room for jeans and a hoodie underneath too? Maybe I should look for a 42?
Mar 14th 2017, 02:50 PM   #17
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
i think they run small, so you'd probably want to size up for layering.
Mar 14th 2017, 05:32 PM   #18
 MarvTravis's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
Quote:
Originally Posted by mgfchapin
Apparently I'm also in the market for an Aerostich. No way I can swing a new one so I'm curious about sizing if buying a used one sight-unseen. My race suit is a US size 40 and fits me like...a race suit. Would a size 40 Aerostich fit similarly or would there be enough room for jeans and a hoodie underneath too? Maybe I should look for a 42?
The best way to determine the proper size is via the Aerostich sizing tool at Roadcrafter One Piece Sizing :: Aerostich Motorcycle Jackets, Suits, Clothing, & Gear.

Keep in mind that Roadcrafters are available in short, regular and long, and are tagged with the size and S, R or L. If you were to buy one off EBay that happens to be 'Custom', there will be an accompanying 'Custom' tag, and you'd want to determine what changes were made to a stock size that made it a 'Custom'.

When buying used, it's important to verify that the main and leg zippers are the updated version that better exclude rain, (2011 and newer). The Date-of-Birth is hand-lettered on the fabric inside the left breast pocket of the earlier Roadcrafters. The fabric of the earlier zippers is a heavy-duty woven material; the fabric of the updated zippers is a heavy-duty woven material with a glossy plastic coating. Riderwearhouse will install updated main and leg zippers on one-piece Roadcrafters for $100.
One Piece Roadcrafter (Main and Leg) #289 $100.00
Mar 14th 2017, 07:49 PM   #19
 Burphel's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla
I love my 'Stich for Fall/Winter/Spring riding. This is a Roadcrafter classic in black, btw. Below 70F, you can laugh at the weather. Above 70, the weather's laughing at you. If they'd just offer the option for more vents... I also wish they'd use mesh inside the armpit vents to keep wasps and hornets from infiltrating.

I've only had a low-speed drop in mud with mine. Bruised rib, but not much to be done about that. Suit was fine. Wore it in the shower to clean it off.
Mar 14th 2017, 09:03 PM   #20
 mgfchapin's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Daytona 675R
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
i think they run small, so you'd probably want to size up for layering.
Quote:
Originally Posted by MarvTravis
When buying used, it's important to verify that the main and leg zippers are the updated version that better exclude rain, (2011 and newer). The Date-of-Birth is hand-lettered on the fabric inside the left breast pocket of the earlier Roadcrafters. The fabric of the earlier zippers is a heavy-duty woven material; the fabric of the updated zippers is a heavy-duty woven material with a glossy plastic coating. Riderwearhouse will install updated main and leg zippers on one-piece Roadcrafters for $100.
One Piece Roadcrafter (Main and Leg) #289 $100.00
Thanks gents. I emailed Aerostich my dimensions and they'll get back to me with the recommended size, but it looks like I do need a 42. Hard to find used ones and it's such a common size, they get snatched up quickly at inflated prices. Maybe I just need to save up for a new one.

I found an older one that would definitely not have the increased rain protection, but I'm not sure how worried I am about that. I ride in the rain and my Sidis do a good job of keeping my feet dry, even with the shitty overpants I've been wearing. If I can get this old one cheaply enough, I could upgrade the zippers but I'd definitely test it first to see if that's even necessary.
Mar 14th 2017, 09:45 PM   #21
 MarvTravis's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
Quote:
Originally Posted by mgfchapin
Thanks gents. I emailed Aerostich my dimensions and they'll get back to me with the recommended size, but it looks like I do need a 42. Hard to find used ones and it's such a common size, they get snatched up quickly at inflated prices. Maybe I just need to save up for a new one.

I found an older one that would definitely not have the increased rain protection, but I'm not sure how worried I am about that. I ride in the rain and my Sidis do a good job of keeping my feet dry, even with the shitty overpants I've been wearing. If I can get this old one cheaply enough, I could upgrade the zippers but I'd definitely test it first to see if that's even necessary.
Have you seen this one? https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/mpo/6039435550.html

Issaquah is close enough to go try it on. You want to assure there is sufficient length in the torso, because there's no way to escape pressure if it's too short there. You want the back of the leg to nearly touch the ground while standing; it'll be the correct length when in the riding position.

Edited by MarvTravis on Mar 14th 2017 at 09:59 PM Reason: Added details
Mar 15th 2017, 06:20 AM   #22
 Burphel's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla
Oh... forgot to mention, mine has the old-school zippers and I've ridden through some serious crap without a leak. It sounds like this varies a lot by bike, though, depending on where you're protected and aerodynamics and whatnot.
Mar 15th 2017, 10:00 AM   #23
 mgfchapin's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Daytona 675R
Quote:
Originally Posted by MarvTravis
Have you seen this one? https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/mpo/6039435550.html

Issaquah is close enough to go try it on. You want to assure there is sufficient length in the torso, because there's no way to escape pressure if it's too short there. You want the back of the leg to nearly touch the ground while standing; it'll be the correct length when in the riding position.
I did see that one but it's likely too long and I need a Roadcrafter classic with a liner. I'm already set for a summer suit.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Burphel
Oh... forgot to mention, mine has the old-school zippers and I've ridden through some serious crap without a leak. It sounds like this varies a lot by bike, though, depending on where you're protected and aerodynamics and whatnot.
That's good to know, I'll go for this older one more aggressively. I commute on surface roads below 40 mph so aerodynamics don't really matter.
Mar 15th 2017, 10:19 AM   #24
 Burphel's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla
Quote:
Originally Posted by mgfchapin
I commute on surface roads below 40 mph so aerodynamics don't really matter.
I mean where the water gets blown around to. If the design of your bike causes air/water to funnel up both inner thighs to your crotch, a velcro'd storm flap isn't going to cut it (but your nuts probably feel sublime on a summer day). 40mph is plenty of wind to promote water ingress.
Mar 15th 2017, 12:59 PM   #25
 MarvTravis's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
[QUOTE=mgfchapin;32742]I did see that one but it's likely too long and I need a Roadcrafter classic with a liner. I'm already set for a summer suit.
QUOTE]

When I bought my first Roadcrafter Classic, the Riderwearhouse associate told me, based on my measurements and weight, I'd need a 48R, but I ordered a trial 48L instead, and then had 2" added to the sleeves when I had it constructed. I need a longer size than the Roadcrafter fitting chart recommends. So...do try before buying if possible.

The liner in the Roadcrafter Classic, rather than providing insulation, is a thin taffeta material that provides a smooth, slippery interface.
Mar 20th 2017, 02:21 PM   #26
 mgfchapin's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Daytona 675R
Thank you very much for the input, guys. Picked up a perfect 2012 model today for less than half the price of new. Pretty stoked, even though I am now officially an old man.

OP, if you haven't made up your mind already, you gotta go Aerostich, man. With the fit, quality and (hopefully not to be tested) level of protection, I don't think I can go back to pulling trash bags over my leathers ever again.
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Mar 22nd 2017, 01:50 PM   #27
 paradox206's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Des Moines

  690 SMC R, XR650R, M1200S, VFR800, & GSXR750
I own both (Roadcrafter and the Ultra Trek air mesh suit) suits and the suit I'd buy again would be the Motoport. They both have their pros and cons, but the big difference (in my opinion) is the level of protection; specifically the armor.

I always felt safe in my Roadcrafter and even took it to my first two track days. I follow Aerostich online and see the survivor testimonials (same with Motoport), so it has been verified that the suit protects as advertised. The armor coverage area though is substantially different.

In my Motoport I feel like a superhero; like I could go join the Phoenix Jones crew and fight crime in the city. I thought it felt super bulky when I picked it up out of the box, but it conformed to me impressively well. The images towards the bottom of this page will give you an idea of what I'm talking about (I have the full quad armor package).

Motoport: An Evolution | Motoport USA

When you compare this armor against the armor in the Roadcrafter, it's quite the difference. I feel almost naked when I put my Roadcrafter on now. Not everyone wants that superhero/padded up feeling though, so that's kind of a make or break deal for customers.

I like the versatility. I like how it can keep you cool/dry during the winter and with the addition of a liner, it becomes a great winter suit. Yup, I said a liner and liners do suck. This is the best liner I've dealt with (over Dainese, Revit, and A*gear I've owned), but it's still a liner. One up for the Roadcrafter here. The saving grace for Motoport is that the kevlar mesh is awesome in the summer.

The stories are correct, you can totally wear a Roadcrafter into the upper 90s without dying. I can do the same thing in my Motoport suit and not arrive dripping in sweat. The Roadcrafter can do that too if you're going at a decent clip, but I can stay dry in my Motoport (with maybe some dampness under my backpack)while sitting in traffic. That negates my slight frustrations with the liner and then some.

Last but not least (until I think of something else), I like the looks of my Motoport suit better than my Roadcrafter. This is my last comment because, when it comes down to it, looks don't matter compared to the level of protection the gear offers (though, I still won't wear a reflective vest when I ride).

I think they're both great suits and you'll be protected in either one. I'd suggest either, but I'm a Motoport guy.

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Edited by paradox206 on Mar 23rd 2017 at 06:06 AM
Mar 22nd 2017, 05:36 PM   #28
 ZXtasy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Great review. I find the lighter weight compared to leather, and even a Stich, seems to make me more refreshed at the end of a long ride.
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