During our Wrong Way Down 2011 trip I gained an appreciation for the Aerostitch Roadcrafter one-piece suit that Dropatrotter wore. Compared to full leathers, it was lighter, warmer, and offered better rain protection (although it is not waterproof). It also appeared to be more comfortable, and had an added bonus of being able to wear it over your street clothes. Whenever we stopped for lunch, in the time it took for me to pull the helmet and gloves off, Brian was standing in his street clothes, with his suit hanging on his bike. Sweet! Gotta get me one of those.
For early and late season riding, as well as tours like the WWD, I figured it would be an nice alternative. I knew I was going to need a custom size plus alterations, so when better to do this than over the winter. I had 6 months to figure this out.
So, off to http://www.aerostich.com/ where I entered my measurements, and had a call with one of their staff, who sized me up to a 48 Long. I really can't explain how good their on-phone customer service is, it truly stands out. Ten days later, and the suit is in my hands. Try it on over jeans, T-shirt, and my heated Gerbings jacket, and bummer........too big.
Ship it back (my expense) and order a 46L. Again, it was too big. They recommend you sit on the bike when testing the fitting, and this proved to be sound advice as the suit may feel rather big just standing in it, but because 300 and 500 denier nylon does not stretch like leather, it fits better when in the crouch.
Rather then send it back, I ordered a second suit in 44L, and that way be able to try both suits on. Ten days later, in my hands, it was clear the 44L was the way to go. Measured up the alterations I needed (2" shorter in arms, 1" shorter above knee, plus 1" shorter below knee) and ordered teh competition back pad, hip pads, forward rotated sleeves and lower back gusset (both recommended for sport bike riding position), and shipped both suits back to them (at their expense this time).
During this time, approximately 6 weeks, they had a one day sale of 11% off everything on 11/11/11. I already had one suit in hand, and ordered the second suit prior to that date. Called them up, and asked about the discount. No problem, they would give me 11% off anything I ordered, even if it was a month later. Saweet!
Can't say enough about how accomodating and patient they were with me. Never felt rushed on the phone, and they take calls on Saturdays and well into the early evening.
Warned that the suit would be quite stiff at first, it still fits like a glove, with plenty of back, shoulder, and elbow protection. Pit zip vents, back vent, high lined collar, and pockets galore.
After it was all said and done, my Xmas present to me cost just under $1300. For a custom suit that gets raves from anyone who owns them, I'm pretty pleased with the results.
Thanks to Dropatrotter for answering all my stupid questions and recommending the right modifications to the suit.
I'll still wear my leathers the majority of the time, and don the Roadcrafter whenever the weather is variable, temps are low, or when going on tour.