I got my aerostich early 2008, since then I’ve ridden easily over 100,000 miles in it. I have other gear, I almost never wear it. The Roadcrafter is just too easy to wear and is generally more comfortable than other options. Which means I wear it on average five times a week. Which means I’ve worn it for over 2,000 rides (or twice that if you count going to and from work).
It’s weathered a couple of minor incidents with the pavement with no complaint, and when I really needed it in 2010 it did it’s job, keeping my skin intact and leaving me with only impact injuries.
The miles have taken their toll though. The only good thing is that I look like I’ve ridden tons of miles since the suit is nicely faded. The red ballistics are now pinkish and orange. However, it’s showing it’s age in some less cool ways. The stitching in some areas is beginning to come out and the fabric is worn in many high use areas. I’ve had to replace the zipper pulls on the main zipper two or three times, and the leg zipper at least once. They just wear out with daily use. The snap on the cuff of the right leg finally gave up a month ago.
I’ve been talking about getting a new suit for ages, and as silly as it might sound the snap breaking was something of the last straw.
A new suit would be nice for many reasons. It will fit better for one, I’ve lost about 20lbs or so since I got the first one and I ordered it with hip pads which needed extra room to make fit. Those hip pads though were super annoying though, so I haven’t used them in years, without them in the suit is very baggy. A new suit would also be more waterproof, not only have they improved the design, the Gore-Tex and waterproofing have simply aged to the point that it just doesn’t shed water like it used to.
With all that being said, I have decided to actually get a new Roadcrafter Suit. I bit the bullet and ordered a new Aerostich R3. I went for a more durable and classic look with black on black. Not the most visible but what can I say I’m a slave to fashion.
Ordering a custom suit is a bit of a process, once I’m all done and get the new suit I’ll post pictures of it and talk about how it went.