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One piece suit for street riding - January 15, 2014, 09:14 AM

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I am looking to get a one piece suit to wear while everyday street riding. I am looking for suggestions. I don't want pucks but would definitely want crash pads/ back protector. Just a good all around suit to keep me safer while doing everyday riding. I will not be taking it to the track. Any suggestions? I hear aerostich is good.
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January 15, 2014, 09:21 AM

If you mean for commuting then I, too, think aerostich is good. I have a regular roadcrafter one piece (for cooler weather) and an ultralight roadcrafter one piece (for warmer weather). I had a 2 piece roadcrafter back in the 90s. You can put them on very quickly, outfit them with complete armor (including spine, shoulder, hip, knee elbow, chest), they are pretty well water resistant (moreso if you're careful to avoid puddes forming around zippers), the vents work well when you're moving, excellent customer server, rebuildable/repairable, etc. I love 'em.
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January 15, 2014, 09:40 AM

Yep, my 1 piece Roadcrafter is 12 years old and still going strong. Just a couple of zipper pulls replaced (you can buy a kit and do this yourself).

They are not as good as leathers for crash protection, but are much easier to put on over your work clothes. In street commuting crashes, you are probably more at risk from colliding than sliding, so good armor under whatever you get would be the priority from a safety aspect. As stated above the Aerostitch suits are also good for lighter and/or shorter rains. For long heavy rains, only a true rain suit will do and even then they aren't 100%.


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January 15, 2014, 09:54 AM

+1 for Roadcrafter, I crash tested one with good results
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January 15, 2014, 09:54 AM

The newer roadcrafter suits have the "waterproof" riri zippers. I had my regular roadcrafter main zippers replaced with the riri zippers a couple years ago, they work and it was worth the cost. The light and ultralight roadcrafters have the "waterproof" zippers everywhere (hips, back, under arms, main). I don't know if the new regular roadcrafters have waterproof zippers everywhere but the main zips are for sure.
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January 15, 2014, 09:57 AM

What's a "commuter" suit cost?
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January 15, 2014, 10:15 AM

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What's a "commuter" suit cost?
You can find a Roadcrafter for 400-500 used off ebay or 1k new
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January 15, 2014, 10:24 AM

Also lots of used gear here: ADVrider
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January 15, 2014, 10:26 AM

Sounds great! I'm leaning towards the roadcrafter. I can't imagine buying a used one off eBay. Just for sizing and smell issues.
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January 15, 2014, 10:29 AM

At that price why not go leather?
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January 15, 2014, 10:30 AM

Outside of protection/ventilation leather has none of the qualities I mentioned the aerostich suits having. It is not waterproof, it doesn't go on quickly/easily, does not fit over your work clothes, etc.
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January 15, 2014, 10:43 AM

Outside of the qualities is has it doesn't have the qualities?
It looks choice. You'll be better protected. Change when you get to work.
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January 15, 2014, 11:13 AM

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At that price why not go leather?
Convenience mainly. I have some vented one-piece leathers for the track, a non-vented two piece for the street, and a roadcrafter. 70% of the time, I rock the roadcrafter because it's so much easier. You can throw it on in 30 seconds over the clothes you're wearing and get 80% of the protection of leathers, at least at street speeds, and then you don't have to change clothes if you need to look presentable. I used to wear a suit under mine all the time when I commuted in it. It's also more or less waterproof which is nice if you're actually riding everyday and likely to get caught in the rain occasionally.

Gear you're actually going to wear is a lot safer than gear that sits in the closet the majority of the time.
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January 15, 2014, 11:19 AM

It just the price seems so steep.
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January 15, 2014, 11:43 AM

To me the stuff pays for itself over time. 2blueyam's suit is 12 years old. My first 2 piece was ~10 years old when I outgrew it. My current 1 piece regular roadcrafter is close to 10 years old now. Leather provides a marginal improvement in safety at the cost of a monumental increase in inconvenience, IMO. With my current setup I can go to the store (e.g., grocery shopping), lock my suit in one of my panniers, lock my helmet in the other, and go shopping. Slip the gear back on when I'm done, fill the panniers with the groceries, and ride home.
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