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Aerostich Roadcrafter vs. Roadcrafter Light
« on: June 14, 2011, 02:17:41 pm »
I apologize if I have the wrong forum spot. Anyhow, I'm considering the purchase of a Roadcrafter and wanted to know if anyone has experience with the 'light' version. Should I just spring for the original? I'm in central Texas and the rideable weather extremes are lows of 40's and highs in the 100's. Light seems right but the Aerostich website is lacking in this info. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs. Roadcrafter Light
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2011, 03:58:28 pm »
Hi Joe,
I always wanted a stitch but figured they would be to warm around here.  I also would like to know something about the lite ones. 
Hey where are you located?  I am in Austin.
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Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs. Roadcrafter Light
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2011, 06:30:40 pm »
I apologize if I have the wrong forum spot. Anyhow, I'm considering the purchase of a Roadcrafter and wanted to know if anyone has experience with the 'light' version. Should I just spring for the original? I'm in central Texas and the rideable weather extremes are lows of 40's and highs in the 100's. Light seems right but the Aerostich website is lacking in this info. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Ride safe.
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  If the damn thing was made in the USA I could endorse it (I wear a roadcrafter) but I cannot.  I think as this is a "new" model perhaps give it a year or so and see then. But I've ridden in Oregon winters and Utah summers with my roadcrafter and all has been good.
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Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs. Roadcrafter Light
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2011, 10:30:03 pm »
I apologize if I have the wrong forum spot. Anyhow, I'm considering the purchase of a Roadcrafter and wanted to know if anyone has experience with the 'light' version. Should I just spring for the original? I'm in central Texas and the rideable weather extremes are lows of 40's and highs in the 100's. Light seems right but the Aerostich website is lacking in this info. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Ride safe.
SB
  If the damn thing was made in the USA I could endorse it (I wear a roadcrafter) but I cannot.  I think as this is a "new" model perhaps give it a year or so and see then. But I've ridden in Oregon winters and Utah summers with my roadcrafter and all has been good.

It sounds like Consumer reports answer to a new vehicle!  :))

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Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs. Roadcrafter Light
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2011, 10:59:00 pm »
Being as it's just been released, I doubt that many folks have tried one yet.  It's made from the same material as the Darien Light Jacket/Pants so it will definitely pack smaller than a "standard" 'stitch.  I would expect it to break in quicker too.  It also won't be quite as durable in a crash so there's always a trade off.  Being made off'shore makes it less desirable IMO but I already have a Roadcrafter so ... .   FWIW: I've ridden with my "standard" Roadcrafter in temps over 90* (93*-95*) coming across NB and KS for 8-10 hours at a time and I was (reasonably) comfortable so long as I was moving. Stuck in traffic jams or at lights was hot but it would have been hot no matter what I was wearing.
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Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs. Roadcrafter Light
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2011, 02:27:44 pm »
Just an option - no experience with either.
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Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs. Roadcrafter Light
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2011, 03:56:34 pm »

[/quote]  If the damn thing was made in the USA I could endorse it (I wear a roadcrafter) but I cannot. 
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Are you saying that the light version is made somewhere outside the US?  I don't know the answer, just wondering. I know the original Roadcrafter is made right there in Duluth. I have toured the place and seen all phases of construction.
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Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs. Roadcrafter Light
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2011, 04:13:19 pm »

  If the damn thing was made in the USA I could endorse it (I wear a roadcrafter) but I cannot. 
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Are you saying that the light version is made somewhere outside the US?  I don't know the answer, just wondering. I know the original Roadcrafter is made right there in Duluth. I have toured the place and seen all phases of construction.
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Yes, in their ads they have "imported" in relatively small print.  I applaud them for offering an update, but one of the big things for me about the Roadcrafter is that, at 6'-5", I had it tailored to my preferences.  Wonder if that is possible for the light?  Doesn't seem likely....

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Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs. Roadcrafter Light
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2011, 05:23:10 pm »
Thanks for the input.  I guess I'm looking for the holy grail of commuter suits; one-piece, light and airy enough for the summers and layered enough for the winters, all while providing decent crash protection just in case.  Teiz looks promising, especially the price point.  Motoport makes a nice Kevlar mesh suit but the cost is space shuttle like.  Would really like to hear from anyone else with experiences.  It's difficult to bash on imports because of the bike I'm riding, but obviously Duluth does make some good stuff and has a cult following.  More input is needed and greatly appreciated.

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Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs. Roadcrafter Light
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2011, 06:43:19 pm »
My current stich is in its tenth season and still in great shape.  It's a bit more expensive but worth every penny.  It can be a bit hot in extreme weather but it just plain works.  I (unfortunately) crash tested my first suit and walked away with some bruises, that was about it.  I can't comment on any others because I've been wearing one since '93, when it was pretty much the only game in town.  If you're a sporty rider I'd go for the Roadcrafter, commuting and relaxed riding the lite or the Darien.
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Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs. Roadcrafter Light
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2011, 08:59:20 pm »
My current stich is in its tenth season and still in great shape.
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Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs. Roadcrafter Light
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2011, 02:25:45 pm »
I have the original and I've enjoyed it for going on 11 years now. I don't think I'd opt for the light version (ESPECIALLY if it's imported Andy!  >:(). The original can be a bit warm in the summer, however if you'll open up the vents and sleeves and soak your clothes with warm water first, you'll have refrigerated air conditioning for about an hour.

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Re: Aerostich Roadcrafter vs. Roadcrafter Light
« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2011, 08:04:28 pm »
I've had an original one piece RoadCrafter since 1994. My loving wife bought me a Darien Light Jacket/Pants combo for my birthday about 3 years ago. It's a very nice combo; more waterproof than the RoadCrafter but not significantly cooler even though it's lighter weight. I also just bought a two piece RoadCrafter through their sale listings.  IMO, it's more versatile than the one piece but the advantages end there as it's more time consuming to don/doff and access to interior clothing is more cumbersome (that may become less of an issue with familiarity though).  There's not a single suit out there anywhere that's perfect. Everything is a compromise.  The Aerostitch line(s) have the advantage of being designed/tested by someone who rides.  I'm un-convinced that other manufacturers do that; if they did they wouldn't have things like leg zippers that don't come up to mid-thigh (at least) or pockets that you can't readily access.  The RoadCrafter Light is manufactured off-shore (Taiwan?) using Aerostitch's patterns.  It's probably a quality product but ... .  I live in an area of the USA that formerly was a center of textile manufacturing.  There's virtually none of that here anymore.  Lots or reasons for that but still ... . ???
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