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Aerostich Factory Visit?

My wife and I are zeroing in on Aerostich as our "final" riding gear. With the large number of options they have, and the customizing they can do to their suits, it seems like the way to go.

They have no retail outlets, but their web site says you can visit them in their Duluth, MN facilities. Anyone ever done that? If so, is it just a factory tour or will they do a "fitting" while you're there -- like some of the custom seat makers? It would be awesome to get a professional fitting as opposed to sending suits back and forth, trying to get just the right fit.

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Smile Yes thay will do thae fitting

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My wife and I are zeroing in on Aerostich as our "final" riding gear. With the large number of options they have, and the customizing they can do to their suits, it seems like the way to go.

They have no retail outlets, but their web site says you can visit them in their Duluth, MN facilities. Anyone ever done that? If so, is it just a factory tour or will they do a "fitting" while you're there -- like some of the custom seat makers? It would be awesome to get a professional fitting as opposed to sending suits back and forth, trying to get just the right fit.

TIA.

I've ridden there six times in the past ten years and each visit has been a wonderful experience. Yes they will fit custom fit you usually by having you fit on several sample suits and sit on their "static" motorcycle. By doing this you can feel where the suit binds and where it is too loose while in your customary riding position. After that you can select your suit colors and view the array of standard and ballistic colours. All in all it is a fun visit and the staff are incredibly knowledgeable in tailoring a perfect fit.

I believe a visit to their factory is essential , as riding gear costs so much and comfort and fit is critical, plus I believe they still offer a discount for visiting.

Aerostich has been my daily riding gear for 20+ and I could not imagine riding in anything else today. I've sampled several other products over the years , but none come close to the quality of the "stich" , so I think you are in for a treat.
Plan on spending some time in Duluth it is a fun town with lots of sights and happening.

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Patrick, thanks for the feedback. Good to know that this trip -- which is a real journey from Ohio -- is worthwhile.

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They do in fact have a retail showroom, though it's small and a bit "rustic". Everything in their catalog is available in the showroom.

As Patrick said, they do custom fitting and you can choose your own fabric colors from the samples they have on display. Finally, and this is no small thing, everything is 10% off the catalog price, including the suit you're going to have them customize!

In the off season they're not always open on Saturdays so call ahead if you're planing to visit before about the middle of April.

For lodging, there are several nice places right on Lake Superior in the "Canal Park" district. Or, on the west side of Duluth, right on Interstate 35, the Spirit Mountain Inn is hard to beat for convenience and value.
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I second the "Canal Park" area for lodging and then complete your trip back to Ohio by taking in the Michigan upper peninsula ( Da U.P.). After that cross into Canada at the Soo and continue East around the lakes till your home in Ohio. It's a great way to go.
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Wife and I did two years ago. We stayed in Minneapolis, did the Ice Festival, then drove up to Duluth for the day. As stated you get a 10% on site factory discount. If you have their catalog it's on the contents page. If you are buying two suits, plus additional gear as we did, it's a nice savings. They took all the measurements, had us try on a number of suits and sit on a mock motorcycle just to ensure a perfect fit. Doing it in person beats having to ship it back in the event we measured something wrong on our end. I travel a lot so our airfare and hotel was free, due to travel membership programs, so we did not have to figure in that cost. Had a great weekend! The custom suits made to our specifications, and other items we bought, were shipped to us about two weeks later once they were completed. No regrets.

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A visit to the factory is a great idea! They have a lot of goodies. The 10% is good on anything in the store. On the riding suits you also benefit from the lack of sales tax in the State of Minnesota on "clothing" This isn't brought up much but it does add another good percentage.
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A visit to the factory is a great idea! They have a lot of goodies. The 10% is good on anything in the store. On the riding suits you also benefit from the lack of sales tax in the State of Minnesota on "clothing" This isn't brought up much but it does add another good percentage.
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Bob (and others): this is all good info -- thanks. I knew they did retail at their production facility in Duluth, but did not know about the factory discount and sales tax issue. That makes it about 16% cheaper; of course ,there are $$ involved in traveling there but that's half the fun, eh? (practicing my northern MN/Canadian language usage...)

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I highly recommend the visit Duluth option. Custom fit the first time and the folks are first rate!

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