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#657445 - 11/27/10 08:08 AM Aerostich Roadcrafter vs Leather?
old_farmer Offline
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Registered: 09/16/06
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Loc: northwest IL
Hi all. I'm considering a Roadcrafter 1 piece. Presently I use a Hein Gericke V-Pilot jacket and pants. Heavy black leather, ventilation is 2 10" long zipper vents front and rear. My main concern is heat. How do you suppose the Roadcrafter compares to what I'm presently wearing for warm weather? I ride a R1100RT.

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#657447 - 11/27/10 08:14 AM Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs Leather? [Re: old_farmer]
johnlt Offline
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Registered: 11/04/02
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I ride with a 2 piece Roadcrafter in the desert southwest with no problems. There is a 18" vent in the back and two huge zippered vents under each arm. I open up my cuffs, open all vents and unzip the front about 6" down fron the neck and it works fine.
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#657450 - 11/27/10 08:40 AM Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs Leather? [Re: johnlt]
G-Rex Offline
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Registered: 11/06/10
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Loc: Oklahoma City
I have a Roadcrafter 1 piece that I've had for a little over 5 years now. Pic of suit is in my avatar, standing in the middle of the Bonneville Salt Flats. laugh

Heat isn't a problem for me up to 90-95 degrees.

Last summer on my tour, I was in Phoenix and did about 6 hours in 115+ temps. That was brutal, but doable.

As Johnlt mentioned, there are plenty of vents to open and they do help alot.


Edited by G-Rex (11/27/10 08:40 AM)
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#657471 - 11/27/10 09:51 AM Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs Leather? [Re: G-Rex]
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Registered: 05/15/06
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Loc: So. Calif.
Is it OK to ride with any of the non-vent zippers partially open? In particular, it seems to me that the front zip might open too much in the event of a get-off - thus degrading the safety aspect. I do know about hot weather though.
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#657484 - 11/27/10 11:03 AM Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs Leather? [Re: Sailorlite]
elkroeger Offline
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Registered: 09/06/07
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Loc: Seattle
Originally Posted By: Sailorlite
Is it OK to ride with any of the non-vent zippers partially open?...


I can't find it anymore, but there was a guy that was selling a zip-in vent panel. It zipped in to your main jacket zipper. It was basically two zippers that mated to your jacket zip, and a 3" mesh panel in between.... maybe somebody here can find it or, just sew up your own....

I've found that closing up the armpit zippers most of the way is more effective because the air forced up the sleeve will move to the torso better. If I unzip the armpits, I get great cooling on my arms, but very little through the torso. give it a try and see if it works for you.

And for my money, the 2 piece roadcrafter is the better choice for hot climates.
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#657492 - 11/27/10 11:50 AM Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs Leather? [Re: old_farmer]
AdventurePoser Offline
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Registered: 06/06/01
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Loc: The Land of Freeways
I find the comfort levels similar between my leather and my one piece 'Stich. Like 'em both.

All things considered, after many years of wear, I am considering selling my
'Stich and going with a Darien jacket and pants. For my kind of riding a two piece seems more versatile...

Enjoy your new 'Stich! It's a great piece of gear.

Steve

Originally Posted By: old_farmer
Hi all. I'm considering a Roadcrafter 1 piece. Presently I use a Hein Gericke V-Pilot jacket and pants. Heavy black leather, ventilation is 2 10" long zipper vents front and rear. My main concern is heat. How do you suppose the Roadcrafter compares to what I'm presently wearing for warm weather? I ride a R1100RT.

Thanks

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#657515 - 11/27/10 02:08 PM Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs Leather? [Re: old_farmer]
JR356 Offline
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Registered: 05/23/01
Posts: 1436
Loc: Way out West
From my past Aerostich experience,I'd go with either the two piece
Roadcrafter or the Darien set.
Like the ability to easily take off the jacket.

JR356

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#657649 - 11/27/10 09:06 PM Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs Leather? [Re: JR356]
kmac Offline
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Registered: 09/23/10
Posts: 2101
Loc: South Riverside County Ca.
If you plan on crashing, go with the leather. If you want comfort and some protection just in case, the pic your poison based on comfort.

People who ride at the track know they will go down and they almost solely wear leather. Street riders who ride like they are at a track should wear leather, casual careful skilled and controlled riders will likely be fine in a textile suit. Decide who you are a pick what fits your needs.

I hear only good things about aerostitch and they are my short list of my next gear purchase.
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#657670 - 11/27/10 11:21 PM Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs Leather? [Re: kmac]
mig Offline
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Registered: 08/01/09
Posts: 144
Loc: Vallejo, California
Had aerostiches for the last 20 years. My first one lasted 15 years and I only replaced it because the color had faded and the velcro was worn. In super hot weather i wet a towel or my tee shirt and zip up. the arm pits and the back panel let the air in and circulate creating an air conditioned effect. lasts about 30minutes in 100+ degree weather. otherwise very confortable, easy to put on and off. lots of compartment too. I figure for $800 dollars and 15 years used, worth every penny. Also the two piece is the way to go in my opinion. If you need to get to your wallet, ( like at the BMW dealership ) a slight unzip at the waist and reach.
My 2 cents worth


Edited by mig (11/27/10 11:24 PM)
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#657677 - 11/28/10 01:43 AM Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs Leather? [Re: mig]
Slainte Offline
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Registered: 11/30/08
Posts: 82
Loc: Youjean, Oregon
Aerostich one piece summer and winter for me. It's comfortable from about 30 degrees to 90 degrees with some modifications (see previous posts). This will be my 20th year wearing Aerostich and the one I purchased in 1988 is still wearable albeit a bit faded.

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