Aerostich’s Badass Transit Suit Is Back

The new Transit 3 waterproof leather riding gear is taking preorders.

Aerostich’s new waterproof leather Transit 3 riding jacket is new for 2019, and improved over version 1.
Aerostich’s new waterproof leather Transit 3 riding jacket is new for 2019, and improved over version 1.Courtesy Aerostich

Wearing leather in the rain sucks (and is also dumb, but that's another article). But if you live in the Pacific Northwest like we do, odds are you've done it more times than you care to count, simply because you're incredibly lazy or unbelievably vain, or both. So when Aerostich came out with the revolutionary waterproof leather Transit suit lo those many years ago, we pined for one. Like, hard. Riding buddies and work colleagues alike heaped praise on the moisture-managing wonder, saying it made all their other rain gear obsolete while providing excellent impact protection, was comfy to wear, plus they could still look cool in crappy weather. Mandatory, right?

The new Transit 3 uses 1.2mm micro-perforated seam-sealed leather with a membrane that’s breathable and a special sun-reflecting pigment to keep the suit cool.
The new Transit 3 uses 1.2mm micro-perforated seam-sealed leather with a membrane that’s breathable and a special sun-reflecting pigment to keep the suit cool.Courtesy Aerostich

Bottom line, the first-generation Transit gear earned a rep as some of the best leather riding gear available—waterproof or not—so you can see why we wanted to score one. So then, of course, it disappeared; the Transit was discontinued back in 2013 due to what Aerostich calls “supply chain complications.” Pffft.

But hope springs eternal. Aerostich tells us it’s bringing the old favorite back, this time calling it the Transit 3. After a six-year absence, Aerostich's waterproof all-leather Transit suit will be returning, and apparently better than before. The new Transit 3 jacket and pants combo will have the “same functional details and features as the original, and be just as waterproof” the press release says. So what’s new?

The back vent has a two-way zipper with a mondo reflective patch stretched over it to keep you visible.
The back vent has a two-way zipper with a mondo reflective patch stretched over it to keep you visible.Courtesy Aerostich

Seems the 1.2mm micro-perforated, waterproof seam-sealed leather used in this iteration is all-new, and Aerostich says it’s also a bit softer, more comfortable, and easier to break in than the first version’s. The new leather also contains a permanent impregnation to keep liquid out so it won’t become annoyingly heavy (and cold) during long wet rides, and, according to the PR, “After the rain ends it dries almost immediately.” A unique waterproof membrane also ensures the leather still breathes, and the Transit is supposed to feel cooler than traditional leather due to a special solar-reflective pigment which redirects the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them. Since this is an Aerostich garment, there’s way more other detailing than we have room to list, so we’ll finish by mentioning there’s also a full suite of protective, fitted TF5 armor within—with separate removable units for the elbow, shoulder, knee, hip, and back. Let’s just say our interest is piqued.

Both pieces of the Transit suit come with new low-profile TF5 armor that’s also removable.
Both pieces of the Transit suit come with new low-profile TF5 armor that’s also removable.Courtesy Aerostich

The company is taking preorders for the Transit 3 jacket and pants; the jacket alone costs $987, and the pants are $897. If you buy them together, total price $1,784 (a $100 savings); if preorder and prepay, you’ll save another $100. For more details, head over to aerostich.com or call (800) 222-1994.