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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-15-2020, 10:53 PM
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I've never owned a Tourmaster jacket or suit but I did own an Aerostitch R-3 one piece suit for about 2 weeks. Despite attending the factory to be fitted, it fit like painter's overalls and leaked in several places. The good folks at Aerostitch refunded my money without hesitation.

I also own an Aerostitch Transit 2-piece waterproof leather suit and a 2-piece Klim Badlander suit. Both very expensive and they also both (eventually) leak.

I prefer "waterproof" suits over rain suits (which also leak). I don't like packing a rain suit or having to put it on at the side of the road.

It has been my experience that given enough rain (intensity/duration) every suit/jacket will leak. Buy what fits and what you like. It doesn't matter.

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Rain gear that NEVER leaks is the type you see on the deadliest Catch .. ( I used to be a fisherman ).
On one of my trips across the country I swear 5000 of the 7000 mile round trip was rain .. the only rain that ever hit my skin was when I didnt have the jacket buttoned just outside of Atlanta waiting at a stop light when BOOOm a 40 mph wind rs the jacket up to the side and buckets of water were thrown on me before I got it back in place

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Had several Stitch Darien jackets which were fine. Now have an Alpinestars 3 season hi-vz & a Klim Latitude summer also in hi-viz. As others have mentioned, Astars XL is considerably tighter than Stitch. Had to upsize to XXL but not so with the Klim. Klim by the way uses T30 armor which I prefer.

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Rain gear that NEVER leaks is the type you see on the deadliest Catch .. ( I used to be a fisherman ).
Yup, Reality TV is probably the only place you'll find leak-proof rain wear.
Bet it would if you drove 100km/h wind at it for a few hours!

Waterproof, or more specifically leak-proof motorcycle gear may exist however despite spending thousands of dollars I've never found it. Never found a Unicorn either.

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Aerostitch is awesome just purchased my second Darian the first lasted 21 years. Had some repairs done to the first one and it will be a back-up jacket. During the summer I wear a Joe Rocket mesh a lot, but if doing any long rides into heavy traffic areas I will donn the Aerostitch as eventually I will go down again and I don't bounce/ heal like I used to.
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I haven't ever been able to afford a Stich. At the same time, I've heard MANY reports about how "Security Squad Sized" riders were left to languish with Goldfine pretty much snubbing all but a very limited list of mods to help them fit.

With that option set aside, I have tried Tormentor [their black die always bleeds and dies hands (gloves) and such (other stuff)]. I also had other issues that I can no longer remember because it's been so long since I bothered. I tried a Joe Rocket mesh jacket and it's choice of "short waist" design (think Patton's battle tunic) made it unacceptable for any real protection (along with it's sub-part construction).

Once I tried First Gear 3/4 length jackets, I found something I could afford and was better made than the other ones I tried. For mesh I use Fieldsheer 3/4 length because it was so much better than the Joe Rocket in every way.
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I wear rev’it mesh in the summer. Stich fall/winter/spring.

Rode to the office in torrential rain this morning. I mean pouring, with high winds. So much water it was hard to see. Wrecks every few miles from hydroplaning. No matter what I was wearing, I should have been wet. Only a magic spell or a car would reasonably be expected to keep someone dry in those conditions.

Arrived at work absolutely bone dry. As usual. Dariens and triple digit glove covers FTW.
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I haven't ever been able to afford a Stich. At the same time, I've heard MANY reports about how "Security Squad Sized" riders were left to languish with Goldfine pretty much snubbing all but a very limited list of mods to help them fit.

With that option set aside, I have tried Tormentor [their black die always bleeds and dies hands (gloves) and such (other stuff)]. I also had other issues that I can no longer remember because it's been so long since I bothered. I tried a Joe Rocket mesh jacket and it's choice of "short waist" design (think Patton's battle tunic) made it unacceptable for any real protection (along with it's sub-part construction).

Once I tried First Gear 3/4 length jackets, I found something I could afford and was better made than the other ones I tried. For mesh I use Fieldsheer 3/4 length because it was so much better than the Joe Rocket in every way.
I have to disagree. I have always found Andy Goldfine both very accommodating and a pleasure to work with. He and his company (Aerostich) are all about customer service. At 5’7” 180 lbs my Roadcrafter 46 Short jacket fit me great. They were happy to make the non standard mods I asked for when I ordered my jacket.

Seems everyone I know that uses First Gear has good things to say about the product. Wish there was someplace I could try one of their jackets on.
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I have to disagree. I have always found Andy Goldfine both very accommodating and a pleasure to work with. He and his company (Aerostich) are all about customer service. At 5’7” 180 lbs my Roadcrafter 46 Short jacket fit me great. They were happy to make the non standard mods I asked for when I ordered my jacket.

Seems everyone I know that uses First Gear has good things to say about the product. Wish there was someplace I could try one of their jackets on.

I'm not saying he doesn't make "some" changes for "some" people. Larger people can take a hike as far as getting fitted though. Heard it too many times from too many different people who hit that wall and saw that it wasn't budging.

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I wear rev’it mesh in the summer. Stich fall/winter/spring.

Rode to the office in torrential rain this morning. I mean pouring, with high winds. So much water it was hard to see. Wrecks every few miles from hydroplaning. No matter what I was wearing, I should have been wet. Only a magic spell or a car would reasonably be expected to keep someone dry in those conditions.

Arrived at work absolutely bone dry. As usual. Dariens and triple digit glove covers FTW.
Being intimately familiar with Florida downpours that’s saying something. What type of pants were you wearing and were they riding pants or Overpants? I’ve been thinking hard about a pair of Aerostich Utility pants.

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Being intimately familiar with Florida downpours that’s saying something. What type of pants were you wearing and were they riding pants or Overpants? I’ve been thinking hard about a pair of Aerostich Utility pants.

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