From “J.S.” (4/09): “Your review of the items was spot-on.
I first tried out the jacket on Friday which was sunny and warm, and found it to be truly comfortable- the first jacket with armor I’ve worn that “sat” right.
I did notice that in the afternoon when the temps got up around 76 degrees that the vents are not as effective as they might be.
Although I do have a windshield on the bike which may have decreased the vents’ effectiveness.
It’s Sunday and I just got back from a 60+ mile ride in the pouring rain.
The temps are around 55 degrees, so I figured I’d keep the liner out and I’d try the pants as well. I wore a t-shirt and shorts under the suit and have to tell you that I stayed warm and dry the entire time.
There were a couple places on the upper arm that I thought may have seeped.
But they were bone-dry when I got home; there must’ve been a cool spot where the material laid right against the skin.
All the stuff in the exterior pockets stayed dry as well.
The only place that got wet was the sleeve cuffs, but that was because my over gloves proved to be worse than having none (water went right through and pooled at the elastic around the cuff).
In other words, it’s not the fault of the jacket.
The pants performed as well as the jacket. It would be good if there were a pocket or two on the pants, but it’s definitely not a show-stopper. Thanks again.”
From “T.U.”: “The Jacket is constructed of high quality material and parts. I like the flaps covering each pocket making them water tight.
This was tested recently in a long ride in pouring rain and snow and not a drop entered the pockets.
I also like the pocket snaps. They are very easy to open and close, even with a gloved hand.
The flap covering the main zipper, that is retained by full length of Velcro tape, also does its job in the rain. Not a drop entered the suit.
The full-length Velcro can be a problem in the summer heat though. It’s hard to leave the jacket unzipped a little to improve on airflow.
The ventilation system doesn’t seem to work well on a fully faired touring bike with temperatures above 70 degrees.
On a bike without a fairing, it works, but poorly. The two vertical front, and 2 vertical rear vent openings are just too small. (A better idea is the Joe Rocket Ballistic rear vent across the back of the jacket).
Unlike the recent XCaliber jackets, my jacket’s sleeves have a knitted cuff sewed to the jackets internal liner.
This really is a big bother in the summer heat. If I could remove the knitted cuff without damaging the sleeve, I would.
(Ed. Note: Roadgear has since improved the design so that the cuff is attached to the removable liner.)
There is a belt around the elbow, and for the life of me I can’t understand why its there. It bothers your arms after a short distance, and in the cold makes a cold spot around your arms.
I too think the belt is too short. I’ve taken the belt and looped it to the inside, upon itself and now the cold spot and bother are gone.
I would like to cut these belts off. They serve no purpose that I can detect. (Ed. Note: As noted in the review above, the belts are for keeping the loose material on the arms from flapping.)
Unlike you, I’ve never experienced the wind buffeting on the sleeves behind my Gold Wing’s fairing.
Basically this is a cold weather-riding jacket and riding in the summer is uncomfortable. The bulk also makes it hard to pack.
The CE armor doesn’t fold very well, although it is removable. For a trip this summer, I used it only on cool days, removed the armor and left it at home, so I could pack it.”
I also purchased the XCaliber over-pants. They are made of the same high-grade materials.
There are 2 small pockets in the front of the pants, but they are all but useless due to their small zippered opening.
There is a full-length zipper on both legs sealed with Velcro. It only zips from the bottom, up. This is a big problem for a rider trying to put on his boots with the over pants on. (Very hard for us fat, old guys).
The full-length liner is held in place by a zipper around your waist and just a few oddly placed Velcro strips down the pant legs. No zipper is uses to retain the liner in the legs.
This is a problem when your trying to zip the pant leg closed. The open side of the liner repeatedly gets caught in the zipper.
Very frustrating and not well thought out. Two LARGE pillows of Keprotec by Schoeller protect your knees.
This single feature is what I dislike most about the over pants.
The material is coarse and scratched the plastic side panels on my Goldwing. They are large and uncomfortable. I wish I could remove them completely.
Unfortunately they are sewed into place and can’t be removed. I did a temporary fix by stitching a pair of exercise knee protectors in place. It isn’t pretty, but it works.”
The complete riding suit is very watertight.
My first experience was a 3 hour ride in a driving summer rainstorm. I didn’t get wet at all.
This is the first time I rode in a weather suit that didn’t get my crotch wet.
Unfortunately the suit was so hot in this storm, (temperature was in the 80’s), I sweated very badly.
My Belstaff rain suit is a far better, and more comfortable solution for wet weather riding in the summer months.
My second experience was in late fall.
Temperature in the 30’s and there was a snow/rain mix. The suit performed flawlessly. No water seepage, and I was very comfortable.
All in all, I’m pleased with this suit.
It is heavy, (15 pounds for both pants and jacket), and bulky.
Keeping in mind that I feel this is a cold weather riding suit, I rate it 8 out of 10. The Jacket alone is good for a 9 out of 10. The over pants alone are a 7 out of 10.
If you’re looking for a all year riding suit, this one isn’t it. Its just too hot when the temperature climes over 70 degrees.”
Follow-Up: “I just got back from a ride and have to update you on the Roadgear XCaliber riding suit from the great winter wonderland of Michigan.
This morning when I left it was 21 degrees with bright sunshine. There is a 2 to 4 inch covering of snow on the ground.
There is also stiff wind of around 20 MPH from the North. The radio says there is a cold front moving down from Canada.
I left around 09:00 for a ride to a friends house in Marysville. 28 miles away. He lives in a home right on M-29 overlooking the St. Clair River.
(This is the river that connects Lake Huron to Lake St. Clair).
My route was along the rivers coast, on M-29, from New Baltimore to Maysville. The roads were salt covered and dry today. (Makes the cars and trucks through up a salty dust if you follow too close).
My gear consisted of the XCaliber pants and jacket, Cruiserworks Classic boots, Shoei RF900 helmet, and a pair of Roadgear Ultra gloves.
Underneath this I was wearing a cotton long sleeve shirt, t-shirt, blue jeans, cotton knee high socks and cotton briefs. (No long johns).
I was riding my Goldwing, with all the vents closed. To say I was comfortable is an understatement. Not once did I feel cold.
I was as comfortable when I arrived as I had been when I had left. The only place that felt cool was my fingers.
I just can’t say enough about the cold weather comfort that this suit gives me.
The last winter suit I had was a old Tour Rider suit I purchased from Sears in the 80’s. This thing is light years ahead of that one. On the way back I slipped on my Areostich triple digit rain covers.
This blocked the cold and my hand stayed toasty warm all the way home. (Of course I had a good tail wind coming home, instead of a stiff head wind like I had going up).
I really like this outfit now since it has extended my riding season. I would not have tried this run with my old Tour Rider. Even with the Eclipse heated vest I have. Ride Safe!”