Aerostich Roadcrafter: Now in Women's Sizes

| 11/26/2012 1:27:06 PM

It's 7 am on a fall morning. The sun is not quite up and a front is blowing through, spitting a few drops of rain as it goes. You have gathered what you need for work in a messenger bag. One foot into the right leg of your Aerostich Roadcrafter suit, pull the suit around, zip the left leg, zip the right leg, jacket on and zipped, messenger bag over the shoulder and you are walking out to the garage, pulling on your helmet as you go.

It's 7:05 am and you are riding to work, warm, dry and comfortable.

Classic bikes have always been accompanied by classic motorcycle riding gear, and the Roadcrafter is a true classic. For the last 25 years, THE sign of the hardcore commuter or long distance traveler has been an Aerostich fabric suit, preferably faded with age and sporting grease stains on the knees. The Aerostich catalog features photographs of Roadcrafter-wearing riders waving hello from the Yukon Territory, Cape Town, South Africa, and all points in between.

Aerostitch Roadcrafter
Margie Siegal wearing the new Aerostich Roadcrafter suit, now sized for women. Photo courtesy Michael Lichter 

Andy Goldfine started selling the Roadcrafter in 1983. "I had some 'Aerostich' letterhead printed, opened a checking account in the same name, and rented some space to start working in. Why is because I personally wanted:  A) self-employment and B) a type of riding coverall for commuting to a regular job in street clothing that did not exist." He started a Roadcrafter factory in Minnesota, and there it has stayed while most other motorcycle gear manufacturers have moved production to Asia.

The Roadcrafter has been updated over the years, but the basic idea hasn't changed much, although two-piece suits have been available for some time and there are now two lighter-weight versions, one made (horrors!) overseas. The suit is shaped like a mechanic's coverall. There are zippers in both legs. The right leg zipper stops about hip level, and the left-leg zipper opens the suit all the way up.