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Old 03-05-2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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Question What is going on with Aerostich Roadcrafter suits?

Lately, Aerostich has been introducing all sorts of variations on their traditional Roadcrafter suits, and it's not clear to me what the real difference is between some of them.

Right now, by my count, they have the following types of Roadcrafters (I'm not including the Steath, since that is really just a color option):

Roadcrafter 1 or 2 piece
Roadcrafter Light 1 piece
Roadcrafter Ultralight 1 piece
Roadcrafter Tactical 1 or 2 piece
Roadcrafter City 2 piece

Then you have the Darien jacket and pants, which sound like they might be pretty much the same as the Roadcrafter Tactical or Light, and the Darien Light, which sounds similar to the Roadcrafter City.

As a good old-fashioned Roadcrafter 1-piece owner, it's all too confusing for me and my crotchety old ways. What's the deal with all these newfangled suits?
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:18 AM   #2
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Likely the same as is going on with any for-profit company . . . . trying to serve more customers and generate more revenue ;-}

I plan on using my 15 year old two piece stich as long as it doesn't fall apart from UV exposure . . . . and will then likely replace with, wait for it, another two-piece stich ;-}
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:22 AM   #3
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I will be buying a roadcrafter soon... luckily for me I can just pop up to Duluth, try stuff on in person and get fitted all at once. When there are so many options its nice to be able to put hands on them.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:42 AM   #4
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Lately, Aerostich has been introducing all sorts of variations on their traditional Roadcrafter suits, and it's not clear to me what the real difference is between some of them.

Right now, by my count, they have the following types of Roadcrafters (I'm not including the Steath, since that is really just a color option):

Roadcrafter 1 or 2 piece
Roadcrafter Light 1 piece
Roadcrafter Ultralight 1 piece
Roadcrafter Tactical 1 or 2 piece
Roadcrafter City 2 piece

Then you have the Darien jacket and pants, which sound like they might be pretty much the same as the Roadcrafter Tactical or Light, and the Darien Light, which sounds similar to the Roadcrafter City.

As a good old-fashioned Roadcrafter 1-piece owner, it's all too confusing for me and my crotchety old ways. What's the deal with all these newfangled suits?
roadcrafter light doesn't have the lining. and it has the goretex guaranteed to keep you dry warranty. i've used mine for a year now commuting and not gotten one drop inside of it.

roadcrafter ultralight is like the light but thinner, lighter material.

darien jacket is a shell. you can zip in a fleece liner. also goretex. not sure if the roadcrafter 2 piece is guarenteed waterproof.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:52 AM   #5
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More choices is good but I'll stick with my standard one piece R/C.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:03 AM   #6
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darien jacket is a shell. you can zip in a fleece liner. also goretex. not sure if the roadcrafter 2 piece is guarenteed waterproof.
I beleive that the Darien Jackets are goretex lined . . . . . .
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:18 AM   #7
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I beleive that the Darien Jackets are goretex lined . . . . . .
Not so.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:25 AM   #8
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Lately, Aerostich has been introducing all sorts of variations on their traditional Roadcrafter suits, and it's not clear to me what the real difference is between some of them.
Not knocking 'stich (I have a RC light, Darien jacket, gloves, helmet, scarf's, straps, etc) but they found someone over-seas to build suits, thus allowing them to produce more. To my understanding, the Darien stuff and the RC are the only suits now made in Duluth, correct?

FWIW, my light has been awesome for the first 10k miles. I feel its hardly broken in.
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Was that the Red see or the China sees ?
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:49 AM   #10
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awesome auto-correct.
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:56 AM   #11
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Aerostich, yesterdays technology for tomorrow's problems:

Why are they introducing lots of variants?

Lippenstift auf dem Schwein
rouge à lèvres sur le porc
lápiz labial en el cerdo

Or, in plain old USA: lipstick on the pig
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:03 AM   #12
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Aerostich, yesterdays technology for tomorrow's problems:

Why are they introducing lots of variants?

Lippenstift auf dem Schwein
rouge à lèvres sur le porc
lápiz labial en el cerdo

Or, in plain old USA: lipstick on the pig
I wouldn't say that. There is no lipstick on a stich suit and yesterdays technology is still curing tomorrows problems.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:33 AM   #13
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Agreed. No lipstick on a Stich. Lots of lipstick here though. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...EcntP-HLePxQXg
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:50 PM   #14
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Not knocking 'stich (I have a RC light, Darien jacket, gloves, helmet, scarf's, straps, etc) but they found someone over-seas to build suits, thus allowing them to produce more. To my understanding, the Darien stuff and the RC are the only suits now made in Duluth, correct?

FWIW, my light has been awesome for the first 10k miles. I feel its hardly broken in.
The city and tactical are made in-house, or so says the website, as is the RC ultralight.

The RC light is imported, as are the AD-1 pants and transit stuff.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:39 PM   #15
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I ordered a Darien jacket/pants about a month ago. I definitely wanted a two piece, as opposed to a one piece suit. Waterproofness (word?) was very important to me as well, and nearly unanimously the Darien got better reviews for holding out water than the two piece RC. Plus, I like the 3/4 length jacket better than the shorter jacket of the two piece RC, so the choice was easy for me.
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