Aerostich just announced what is possibly the finest foul-weather suit ever made.
Minnesotans are known for their useful approach to things – a no-nonsense, down-to-earth practicality that puts a premium on getting stuff done without much fuss. It should come as no surprise then that Duluth-based Aerostich would offer up a Useful Rain Suit.
Aerostich calls the Useful Rain Suit, “the world’s most versatile and best coverall, onesie, jumper…whatever you call it, it’s good, and useful.” They also make the point that, while the suit offers what could be the highest level of foul weather protection a motorcyclist could ask for, it is also quite well suited for all manner of outdoor recreation activities. It should also come in handy for those who work outside in all conditions – linemen, construction workers, park rangers, etc.
The Useful features a unique two-zipper entry system that makes getting into and out of it quite simple.
“Simply step in with your right foot, pull it over your arms and shoulders, zip down the full-length zipper from the neck to the bottom of the left leg and lower the right leg zipper. Done. Instant durable, waterproof/breathable barrier to protect you from dirt, rain, mud or whatever might come your way,” the company stated in a recent press release.
The suit is available in two tough, lightweight, three-layer, breathable-waterproof nylon fabric options – A standard 70D fabric for more wear-strength or the 40D lighter weight ripstop fabric for aerobic-sport wearability and ultra-packability.
Useful features (I see what you did there. -Ed.) include a hidden hood, dual-height adjustable collar with secure overlapping hook & loop closure, two-way zippered underarm and back vents, wrist and ankle tab adjusters, an adjustable integrated waist belt, and hidden full-length zippered side gussets which add space for cool weather layers. Pockets include a zippered right forearm pocket, an outside right chest cargo pocket and an interior left-side zippered mesh pocket. Articulated knees and built-in forward rotated sleeves allow non-restrictive bending and reaching. Side entry zippers located at both hips give you quick, easy access to your pants pockets, too.
All these high-tech features do, of course, come at a price. Which is $457 for the 70D model, and $427 for the lightweight version. When asked about the price, and whether or not the suit might appeal to motorcyclists, Aerostich founder Andy Goldfine said,
"It would make a great motorcyclist’s rain suit if one could afford the price. Perfect for a wealthy rider with a $3K wardrobe of designer bespoke leathers to go with their everyday Hesketh. Do any of those guys actually ride in the rain?"