Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:20 AM
Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:48 AM
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:58 AM
You will, however, have more flexibility with a 2-pc than a 1-pc, if that works better for your body shape.
Posted 07 April 2012 - 06:09 AM
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 07:56 AM
"Men do not quit playing because they grow old, they grow old because they quit playing" Oliver Wendell Holmes
Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:13 AM
An Aerostich of either kind is on my wish list, & because it's a major investment (and you're within a relatively short distance from Duluth, MN ), I recommend taking a road trip up to get custom fitted. That way you eliminate any problems, plus you'll see some beautiful country.
Got to agree with Gramps, ride there.
The Aerostich warehouse has racks full of suits for you to try for sizing plus if you ride in they give you a 10% discount on any thing you buy.
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 01:06 PM
Posted 07 April 2012 - 01:06 PM
As a wise person once told me: "Ya gotta save yer ass man - that's where the skin grafts come from!"
Griff (Canucklehead) '06 FJR1300AEV, '08 KLR650E
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Posted 07 April 2012 - 01:25 PM
Posted 07 April 2012 - 04:38 PM
However, two years ago, I replaced the old One-Piece with a Two-Piece because........ I wanted a Hi-Viz Yellow jacket with Black pants. Also, I now needed a 46S jacket and 42 pants.
I have never ridden with the jacket and not the pants but... it is nice to be able to completely remove the jacket when I'm in a restaurant and it's nice to just wear the jacket with jeans when I'm not riding the bike.
The convenience of mixing or matching colors, mixing or matching sizes, removing the jacket or pants separately will always keep me wearing a Two-Piece Roadcrafter.
2013 Hayabusa Limited Edition
2010 GL1800 Level 3
Posted 07 April 2012 - 04:58 PM
It was just too much of a hassle off the bike to suit me. Two piece Dainese and carry a rain suit.
Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:32 PM
Now that is a classy looking outfit, am I right?
I can see where the the one-piece is marginally easier to put on and take off with the single zipper from ankle to neck. But the 2-piece has to be the second fastest suit to get on and off.
Spent some time with Wayne Boyer of Motoport at WeSTOC in Nelson last summer where he went off on Aerostich, and how it's merely the best of a bad lot and nothing, but nothing compares to the mighty Kevlar Motoport gear. Nearly turned me off of the whole Motoport story, because for every testimonial for Motoport there is one for Aerostich too. They have good gear no doubt, but I still like and prefer the look and feel of the Aerostich.
I did buy a pair of Motoport kevlar summer gloves and they are excellent gloves!
All this being said, though, just like with tires, oil, bikes, Gen I vs Gen II, and a whole bunch of other stuff - to each their own, and YMMV.
Just my opinion!
2014 FJR1300 ES Black - the Lady
2008 VStrom 1000 Silver - the Mule
Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:32 PM
Can be zipped together to use as a one piece and I bought ellipse for when I do that. In colder weather, I use the overall converter. After 12 years of usage had them add gussets in jacket to deal with a slight(?) weight gain. I sometimes use the jacket with leather riding pants, instead of Aerostich RC pants. Aerostich is not the most stylish, perhaps, but the workmanship is great (not a stitch out of place). Customer service is the best.
Two piece gives you many options. YMMV.
Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:33 AM
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 05:02 AM
If you do go, you will be able to get just what you want, and 10% off also. Even if they have to make a suit just for you, and ship it later, you will get that 10% off. Their "showroom" is not fancy, but down to earth, just like the rest of the company.
I have been riding in an Aerostich Darien jacket and pants for many years. It has always worked great for me and I can say with experience now, that I can't imagine owning anything else. There are many nice, textile outfits out there. Many are quite worthy. But my 'stich stuff has worked so incredibly well for me, I am a believer. Dry through many full day trips in the rain. Able to trancend any weather and condition. And if I only had a nickle for everytiime I heard "mommy! A fireman!"
I battled with the Roadcrafter/Darien question quite a bit when I initially got into it. I ended up with the Darien because I didn't want a lined jacket and I liked the added length. I also wanted the option to ride with just the jacket. That is funny to me now, as I never ride with just the jacket (ATTGAT guy hardcore) I have owned 2 pairs of the Darien pants and 2 Darien jackets. None are worn out. I only got an additional jacket because I wanted my Hiviz yellow to be brighter again. There is over 100k miles on the first jacket with nothing really wrong but a bit of fade to the color.
Enjoy the decision making.
mr.paul, from Minnesota
Posted 08 April 2012 - 06:43 AM
So, if you are taller in the upper body and shorter in the legs, you might have an issue with the one-piece RC, but you'll have success with the 2-piece RC or a Darien suit. Aerostich customer service is wonderful, a phone call to them will help a lot. Or take a ride in to Duluth and get in-person service. The 10% in-store savings (and no clothing sales tax in MN) will help pay for a good part of your trip gas. Heck, you could even incorporate a near full-circle trip of Lake Superior if you plan it right.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:47 AM
I have never worn just the Roadcrafter jacket without the pants - the notion that you're better off with a one-piece because you "won't be tempted" to wear just the jacket seems silly to me. You're either an ATGATT type or not. The two-piece gives you the option to wear the bib converter, which makes for a warmer winter package than the suit alone. There is also anecdotal evidence that the two-piece is less likely to leak than the one-piece.
BUT - the one thing that no one has mentioned is that if you go with the two-piece, you can have different colors for the jacket and pants! Yes, fashionistas, it's true (or at least it was when I bought my last Roadcrafter). My jacket is hi-viz with gray ballistics and the pants are gray/gray. You could go with a red jacket with black ballistics and black/black pants.
So ponder that additional bit of Aerostich complexity and whether it might fit your style or not.
I would add that I actually find myself wearing the Darien jacket and pants more than I wear the Roadcrafter these days. You can mix and match the Darien jacket with Darien pants or other pants (I have a couple pairs of BMW pants that see a lot of use). The Darien outfit has proven to be more waterproof than the Roadcrafter, is cooler in the summer and can be layered up to be warmer in the winter. Take a ride up to Duluth and try on some different stuff. I love the Roadcrafter, but more and more find myself reaching for the Darien when I go riding.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:26 AM
That being said, my wife wears a two piece RC with the optional mid section that zips on plus a separate Dianese spin protector (in addition to the one built into the RC jacket). That provides the protection that is lacking as described above. She wears a 2 piece for restroom breaks. One piece suits end up on the floor for her trying to use the restroom and she did not want that to happen.
While the RC is a very good suit and most believe Aerostitch is the standard for rain suits, I personally prefer leather and wear my Dianese two piece suit and always zip it togther with and additional separate spine protector worn underneath. I have a good set of REI gortex rain gear that i put on over the Dianese if I encounter rain. I just find the leather more comfortable than the aerostitch for me.
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