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Re: 5 Years With An Aerostich

I got my Stich 3 yrs aga. The only regret I have was not purchasing one sooner.

How much was the T Pro armor? is it CE? I would be interested in more info on it.
 

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Now that is a real world product review. Not a bunch of "seems like it would hold up in a crash" or "I didn't get to test it in the rain but I did stand in the shower for 30 seconds and it seems like it would hold out the water". Great that you pointed out the flaws you've encountered over the months and the conditions that you've ridden in it. Very nice!
 

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Re: 5 Years With An Aerostich

Gabe:

Thanks for not using "Living with . . . ." That was my headline for the VFR review, and Sean seems to have taken possession of it.

Excellent review of the 'Stitch. I have one of those puppies too, and my only real complaint is that I didn't get one sooner. Well written, by the way. Next time go for the fashionable HiViz Yellow.

Francis
 

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Re: 5 Years With An Aerostich

I'd like to read a similar review of Motoport's gear and customer service, then compare and contrast. I'd want the Kevlar Ultra II jacket + Kevlar Ultra pants + waterproof liners.

If I'm going to be shelling out $700, I don't want a wet crotch or to be soaked with sweat. The flipside, as the author mentions, is the ease of robing and disrobing.
 

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I got 5 years and 30k on mine with 0 complaints. It’s dirty and turning a lighter shade of red but all the zippers and seams are still tip top. I'm also one of the lucky 50% or so that doesn’t suffer from "Aerostich Crotch." Guess I just fill it out more so there is no room for the water to pool. ;) All joking aside most wet crotch sufferers that I’ve spoken to "fixed" the problem by making sure to tuck the crotch (of the suit, not their junk, I assume) on rainy days to where there is no place for the water to pool and subsequently leak through the zipper. From what I’ve heard on the 2 piece roadcrafters wet crotch is a non issue. The price you pay for convenience I guess.

On hot days leaving the sleeves loose and over your gloves gives a great ram air swamp cooling effect. Lifting up your elbows like doing the chicken dance now and then opens the pit vents a little wider and will cool all the way down to your waist.

Ironically I also purchased a Kilimanjaro prior to my stich. The stich is much cooler in the summer due to the stiffer cuffs allowing much more air up the sleeves. The pit vents catch much more air than the totally inadequate chest vents on the First Gear. Well when behind a faring, the chest vents may work well on a naked bike but I wouldn’t know. I did crash test the Kilimanjaro albeit off the bike. I was walking across the street after parking my bike and got scooped up by a red light runner and sent sliding across 3 lanes. I got up rather angry but for the most part unscathed, my helmet was a different story since it was in my hand at the time. Other than being sore and bruised the next few days I didn’t have a scratch, nor did the jacket.
 

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3 Years With An Aerostich

Got 3 years and only a few miles with mine.

Love it when it rains and when its cool which is not much of the year here.

Other wise hard to put on compared to jeans and a jacket, and the high vis yellow gets dirty fast.
 

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T-Pro

I purchased my T-Pro armor at Johnson Leathers in San Francisco. I don't know where else to get it. It's about $30 per piece, I don't know how much the back protector is. Check out Johnson's T-Pro Page. It exceeds the CE standard by a very wide margin.
 

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Re: 5 Years With An Aerostich

Very nicely done. Because the article is so detailed, it makes me want an Aerostich, even though I didn't know I needed one.

A suit like the Aerostich would have been perfect here in KY yesterday.
 

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I commute in Indiana, as well as tour ,wearing an Aerostich. The Niwax wash-in water treatment is very effective in keeping my suit waterproof. It even seems to help the zippers. If your suit bunches up at the waist be sure that the inner part of the fold is at the bottom, if it faces upward it will collect a pool of water and rapidly develope a leak.
 

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I hate to pee in everyones Cheerio's but $800 for a suit that leaks, breaks zippers, is hot in the summer and the armor rots away doesn't seem like a good deal to me

My Joe Rocket 4.0 Ballistic coat and pants was $350. delivered to my door, in 3 years of almost daily use it hasn't leaked a drop in some seriously crappy rain, is warm with just a fleece pullover underneath, the zipper hasn't broken is armored down the neck and back shoulders and elbows and doesn't flap and billow at speed.

About the only bad thing I can say about it is the knee armor is too narrow and it probably doesn't have the "cool" factor an Aerostich has.

I'm pretty happy with it anyway.
 

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I've had good service from my JR Ballisitic Jacket also. I have a pair of FirstGear pants that have been excellent, keeping me nice and toasty down to freezing temperatures... they both work well on the snowmobile too at well below freezing.
 

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Re: 5 Years With An Aerostich - Hot weather

I'm on my 2nd 'stich. I take issue with them not being good in hot weather. First off, they are much better than leathers if it's hot out. Second, you can turn on the air conditioning: Stuff the front pockets with ice. The Gortex under the pockets keep you dry as the ice melts. It works great. I've used it on several trips.
 

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Re: Cool vs Not Cool

Correct me if I'm wrong but other than the track day, you've worn jeans everytime we've ridden together.

I think my gear is cooler looking and offers just as much protection.

Got anything better racer boy?
 
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