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post #1 of 49 Old 04-30-2008, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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I am considering the purchase of the Roadcrafter one piece suit and have seen nothing but positive testimonials. As you know it's quite pricey and I wondered if anyone here has first hand experience with the Roadcrafter that they'd care to share. Also, are there any similar less pricey alternatives available?
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I own a one piece Roadcrafter and have to say that without a doubt it is the single best piece of gear I have ever owned. I love it. Do it.

The only thing close is the Olympia Phantom suit. Half the price, but too much velcro and the fit and service are no where near Aerostich.

Remember, the Roadcrafter will last 10 years plus......spread the cost out over time and it is a bargain.

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I don't have a one piece suit yet, but the Olympia Phantom will be on my Christmas list this year. However, the Roadcrafter is the gold standard for riding suits and I've never talked to an owner that didn't absolutely love them. I've also heard stories about how great the Aerostitch customer service is. I don't think you can go wrong either way. BTW, the Aerostitch can be customized to fit different body shapes, but the Phantom is small, med, large, etc.

You'll probably love either one.

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Consider a Fieldsheer Highlander suit. It may not be in the class of the roadcrafter, but at 1/4 the price it's very good. I've had mine for a year and love it.
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When I was doing my research, the only drawback I ever read about Roadcrafters was that they're not completely waterproof; direct comparisons with the Olympia Phantom almost all gave it the edge in that area.

But the Phantom is a little bit of a hassle with all the velcro - perhaps another minute to get in/out, and very noisy. I found it easier to put on the liner separately from the outer suit, and to put my boots on after getting the suit on so I don't have to un-velcro the legs all the way.


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I love my Roadcrafter, best piece of motorbike gear I've ever owned. (wife has one, too)

Received my one piece Olympia Stealth suit yesterday, perhaps the best piece of summertime gear I've owned. (wife got hers, too)

I'd be just as happy with the Olympia Phantom vs. the Roadcrafter, I think. Can't go wrong either way, IMO.
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I own a Spidi Admiral and a Roadcrafter.

The Spidi fits better because the armor is not as bulky and is totally water proof. Unfortunately the old style spidi like mine has drysuit style zippers and they are very delicate. Mine still close but it takes lots of patience to get them to close properly. The new Spidi Admiral comes with different zippers

The Roadcrafter is a battle tank of suits. The material is much more abrasion resistant and heat resistant than the Spidi. It has thick layers where needed, and the armor is thick. The fit is good and get better with time. It will leak at the crotch thats it, and if you take time to treat the crotch area with water replants it will be good for a while with no leaks.

My buddy has the Olypia phantom, and it is a nice suit. The velcro can be remedied by attaching a layer of velcro to keep it open unless needed closed for rain or cold. It is a bit thicker and from looking at my bud in 115F in Vegas I don't think it breaths as well as the Spidi or Roadcrafter.

I think the Olympia is a great compromise because of the price. If you are wiling to spend the money on the other suits, consider Motoport. My Brother in law just got a jacket and pants from them and it is very nice looking gear. Stiched 6 times at the seams, thick yet see through kevlar mesh. The motorport will be good in LA sauna summer heat, water proof with the liners and good in cold when layered.

When I consider buying another suit I will be looking really hard at Motorport. Its hard to consider for me now since I have 2k invested on the other 2 suits. Pluss all the money spend on all the other crap gear I tried before biting the bullet and getting a good suit.

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I am considering the purchase of the Roadcrafter one piece suit and have seen nothing but positive testimonials. As you know it's quite pricey and I wondered if anyone here has first hand experience with the Roadcrafter that they'd care to share. Also, are there any similar less pricey alternatives available?
I have had a Roadcrafter for about 5 years. Very crashworthy suit. I have tested it out in a head on collision with a Harley that totaled my BMW. The padding works great. No bruises where the padding was. Buy the back/spine protector also if you get the suit. It's fast to get on and out of. A matter of seconds. It's waterproof, but I still wear a rain jacket in downpours. It comes in lots of sizes--mine is a 44 Long and it fits great---I'm 6'2" and 180lbs. They use top notch fabric, zippers, pads, etc. I rode to Duluth to get mine fitted so it was easy. A couple of negatives: It is heavy, but most good suits are. It is hot above 90 degrees or so, even though it has pit zips and back venting. On a 3000 mi. ride to Glacier a summer ago I didn't take it along because the temps along the way were in the upper 90's. I wore my First Gear Kilimanjaro Air jacket and pants. The FG is great for hot weather, but the Roadcrafter is better protection in an accident. If you are leaning towards buying one, then don't mess with the cheaper stuff for one or two hundred dollars. You'll probably never wear that other stuff again once you get this suit.

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before my stitch shrunk I almost always wore my gear cause of the convenience, I haven't found anything you can get in and out of so quickly


even though I crash tested it a couple times , the most damage, a rasberry size rear in the elbow while sliding across a median of wet grass onto the pavment on the other side

the biggest injury it has saved me from wasn't even on my bike, I was walking back to my bike and tripped and took a relatively steep downhill header if I hadn't had the knee armor on, the boulder I landed on woulda capped my knee

soon as I shed the weight I gained while on antibiotics for lyme, I'll wear it once again





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