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!
I got 5 years and 30k on mine with 0 complaints. Its 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 doesnt 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 Ive 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 Ive 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 wouldnt 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 didnt have a scratch, nor did the jacket.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.