Originally Posted by lhendrick
The Aerostich one piece in black is great for scaring young children at McDonalds. I once walked into the bathroom with my helmet on and a youngster took one look and ran for daddy, freeing up the facilities for me.
That made my day, and I know what you mean.
I've been partial to my Santiago BMW stuff too. It just fits well and not as baggy as the Aerostitch or Motoport suit which are very heavy and not as compressible. The BMW gear packs tighter and fits better, but the sheer bulk of the other two tends to make me think I could bounce off a Frieghtliner's bumper and survive.
I've got the Comfortshell suit of BMW and it does seal out water very well (the Santiago inside liners are a pain to carry and install, especially if you need to take off the pants to put the liners in in public which could get you arrested). No liner worries with the Comfortshell and it's impossible for the crotch area to leak like the Aerostitch as the BMW Comfortshell pants use a large gusset rather than the typical jeans zipper thing. Problem is with all the rain-proof stuff (Comfortshell or Aerostich) is they get miserable when the temps hit 90+ degrees and they become a sauna to me. The Santiago has more venting and I don't get the Gore-Tex sauna effect as it doesn't have it in the outer shell.
I also have one of those Gerbing 4-season Cascade Extreme suits in the Seattle gray depressing color that I bought at one of the Cycle World shows. However, it isn't 4 seasons by a long shot. It's a sauna in the summer, but it does work in the wet and cold (heated liners!). The stuff is made in China and their loose sewing has come apart too which I've had to fix at times.
Add to my collection, a snowmobile one-piece (Polaris?). It works well for winter and I can avoid heated gear quite a while with it. They tend to be cheaper than motorcycle gear too. They are water-repellent but can leak in time much as the Aerostitch pants which necessitate finding a blow dryer to dry my regular pants at times once out of the suit. Snowmobile gloves are water tight and have a thinner palm as the snowmobiles have heated grips so you can leave the Gerbing's electric gloves at home. Also cheaper too.
I don't know, but I favor the Santiago most of all. Liners are a pain, but they do work if needed. The yellow color also tends to get people to pull over to allow me to pass for whatever reason (bright suit maybe?). I hated bright yellow when I got it coming off the black Harley stuff, but now I sort of like it. I got it sized so I can wear a Gerbing's thin heated jacket that I sprayed with ScotchGuard under it just in case. The leatherish pants inserts of the Santiagos around the knees tends to go easier on the side-panel's paint than the synthetics too which scruff it up a bit.
As yet, I don't think there is any true 4-seasons clothing gear, but for comfort and convenience, fit, not flapping bulk in the wind, drizzle, etc. I'd go seek out a BMW Comfortshell for the S.F. Bay area. Inland, I'd go for the Santiago. The BMW gear is very well sewn stuff, light-weight, and packable into a bag or case. The Aerostich and Motorport are huge, bulky suits and not as packable and I need to carry them from the bike (Large size). Either wears like iron though.