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post #1 of 10 Old Jan 6th, 2008, 9:47 am Thread Starter
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Roadcrafters who wears one????????

Like it?????

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post #2 of 10 Old Jan 6th, 2008, 10:44 am
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Not for me. I looked hard at these this last fall when I decided to get better protection than the polypropylene coated products I was wearing. I read a Dr.'s account of how he had witnessed polypropylene coated polyester products melt into crash victim's skin in the E.R.

Plus, people complain that Roadcrafters are hot above 85 degrees. I wanted something that I could wear year round without having 2 sets of jackets/pants or 2 separate suits.

I went with Motoport Ultra II Air Mesh Kevlar. I also had them send me a few samples of the material as well as their Kevlar stretch material. It's supposedly the only textile approved for FIM racing. I also purchased the winter & breathable waterproof liners.

The Air Mesh kevlar is significantly cooler than my polyester mesh gear because the air actually gets through the mesh, and the armor has holes drilled into it so it partially gets through it as well. I also bought a phase change vest from a company in FL, but it was too late in the season to use it by the time I received it.

What really made me decide on the Motoport Kevlar over Olympia, Rukka, or Aerostitch was the combination of better protection/coolness in the heat. I had also read testimonials of people who have crashed in their gear both on the track and on the street ( one guy at over 130mph). The guy who crashed at 130 was told by the police & EMTs that he wouldn't have survived had he not been wearing what he was. I'm sure you'll read similar testimonials on the other brands, but I don't believe their armor is as good as Motoports ( it exceeds CE standards) or they are as cool in the summer.

Motoport's website is way outdated, but I was very impressed with their customer service. They will do custom sizing and also custom colors, or little things like adding an extra zipper for a small fee.

I'm sure you'd be very happy with an Aerostitch Roadcrafter if you crashed in it, but living where you do, I think you're going to roast while wearing it.

If you'd like to read more about it here is a link to a thread in ADV Rider

Also, if you crash in a Motoport & they can't fix it, they will replace it for free.

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I got a 1 piece in gray/hi viz for a Christmas gift last year and I've been wearing it as much as I can.
Positives - high quality, comfortable, easy to put on and take off, lots of pockets, good protection in elbows, shoulders and knees, excellent customer service, no need to pack rain gear, hi viz really works!
Negatives - price(!!!), not really good in hot weather (it easily gets to 105 here and I don't wear it then), hi viz shows dirt easily.
There are some who say the 1 piece outfits leak in the crotch area while riding in the rain, but I have not experienced that. I have ridden my LT in day long rain several times and a few times with my K12S and remained dry. I did wash mine in Nikwax and maybe that helped. After a year now I can say I love the outfit and plan on wearing it for as long as it lasts.

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post #4 of 10 Old Jan 6th, 2008, 12:52 pm
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Like it?????
Yes! - Had mine for about 4 1/2 years now. Regarding the previous comments on warm-weather riding - I find as long as your are moving above 25 - 30 mph the suit is still tolerable above 90 degrees. However, during an extended heatwave 2 years ago (temps over 98+) I did buy the BMW Venting Machine jacket/pants - the Roadcrafter was just too unbearable. I have never had a problem with the crotch leaking, either.

It is great for commuting (wear your work clothes underneath).

Also, I have had no problems with the zippers or fabrics after 4 1/2 years. It has faded a bit, but that's it.

It is hard to find one suit or gear that will do everything. But, with just wearing normal street clothes underneath, the Roadcrafter suit is a good choice for virtually all conditions between 40 degrees and 90 degrees.

Hope this helps!

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Yes, been wearing mine since 1999. The red is a bit faded but that's typical of reds. Survived 105 deg. in the Black Hills on the way to and from MOA International rally last July. I use a water soaked neckerchief and/or pour water down the front and back of my T-shirt underneath when if gets to 90+.

All pockets/zippers,etc are functioning just like new. Only downside is having to take it off to go inside for meals. You get some strange looks from non-riders if you are wandering in a restaurant looking for a table. I might look at the two piece version if I were shopping today. Two piece owners tend to leave the pants on and just take the top off. Stitch quality can't be beat. I've never tested it on asphalt. I understand they repair at N/C if you do.

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I have the Darien jacket/pants combo, but I did try on the Roadcrafter -- both one-piece and two-piece versions. In addition to what other responders are saying, I would just reiterate that the one-piece suit is a great way to commute. Totally convenient, and yes -- you can take it off and put it on as quickly as they advertise.

I like the Darien concept (two pieces) better than the one-piece Roadcrafter because it's more versatile: walk into a restaurant and take off the jacket, leaving on the pants, for example. I can have both pieces on in under a minute.

The Darien is hot in the summer, and I switch to a mesh jacket then. That's a subjective thing, though.

If money was no object I'd have a Roadcrafter for commuting, a Darien for day trips and touring, and a BMW Venting Machine for warmer temperatures. The other BMW suits are nice, too. By the time you have a couple of mods made to an Aerostich they're the same cost as BMW.

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I have read alot about stitch suits and everything else out there.
My question..does anybody use the BMW streetguard 2 suit? From everything I read it seems to be the best overall for any conditions. They use Kevlar in the suit. I understand that it is very expensive...but...I only want to buy one.
Any feedback would be appreciated.

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My wife and I have had the Roadcrafter for 8 years. As others have said, it is very well made and feels safe. If nothing else, it will make it easier for the highway crews to clean up the road if I do go down.

We wear phase change vests under the Roadcrafter in 85+ temperatures and wet down our Slics. The vests keep us cool for about 2 hours and then have to be recharged by submersing them in cold water for 1/2 hour (good excuse for a break anyway). But the Slic's dry out and our heads get hot within 1/2 hour of wetting them.

We've never tried the mesh armor but might consider that next time if we can be convinced that it has the same safety factors as the Roadcrafter.

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Thank you.

I came to realize I need that suit in Florida like a hole in my head. It was one of those impulse things. I think that suit is great but not for me. I also own a Savanna Jacket 2. Thanks for all the inputs.

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It feels so friggin huge and heavy when I put it on -- then I get on the bike and barely know it is there - really nice in cold weather.
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