When it comes to rider safety and satisfaction, OMS gear can’t be beat. But don’t just take our word for it. This unbiased rider feedback is a true testament to the value, quality and function of our gear. This section opens with general comments followed by product specific testimonials. Ride with OMS and you’ll always stay “Ahead of the Curve”.
I own several different Olympia Moto Sports products. Airglide jacket and pants, An AST jacket and Moto Quest Pants and now a Ranger jacket and the Ranger 3 pants. In mid October 2014 I was riding in heavy traffic on a two lane 55 mph road. A situation occurred where the line cars in front of me came to a complete halt when I went to stop my brakes lock at about 40 mph and my front end washed out putting the bike on its left side. I hit the pavement with my left arm, shoulder, left knee and shin. My helmet also scrapped along the pavement. I slide somewhere around 75 feet. My bike slide about 150 feet.
Thanks to my Olympia Moto Sport gear the AST Jacket and the Moto Quest pants I walked away with literally no injuries. The paramedics and the police were amazed that I was walking and talking with no injuries. Because the jacket and pants did there job very well they unfortunately did not fair as well as I did. The jacket sustained no burn through areas but the vent zipper in the left arm is no longer functional. The pants had two minor quarter size burn through areas on the knee and shin. Both could still be used.
I am convinced that the AST Jacket and the Moto Quest pants save me from serious injury. Hence the reason for my third set of Olympia gear the Ranger Jacket and Ranger 3 pants.
Brad G., Castle Rock, CO
I just wanted to write to say Thank You. I recently purchased a Nomad jacket and MotoQuest Guide pants, along with a Horizon rain jacket, as an upgrade to my previous Air Glide jacket and pants. I am loving the new gear. I recently completed a trip out through Colorado, from Wisconsin, and rode through all kinds of weather. 40 – 90 degree temps, sun, clouds, rain, and hail. My Olympia gear performed flawlessly in every condition.
Merle C, Waukesha, WI
I have owned your Stealth and Phantom one-piece suits for about 3 years. I just purchased your Renegade pant as well as your rain gear. I have been riding for 48 years. Your products are the best. Flexibility of fit,form,function and finish are all top notch. I have spoken with you guys on the phone 2 or 3 times with questions and your customer service is exemplary. You truly stand out among your competitors. Thank You
Fred R – Cullman AL
Being a safety conscious rider, I own a number of your products. Every one of them has impressed me with their quality, function, and details. I’m a big fan in particular of your hi-viz gear and your commitment to making it. No company could make stuff this good without a great deal of thought and care. There are no howevers or on-the-other-hands in this message – just straightforward thanks for making the finest collection of affordable, high-quality and well-thought out rider gear on the planet.
Don F. – Houston TX
I just wanted to thank you for making some of the best motorcycle gear I have ever seen. My father in law was in an accident this weekend, (of all things he hit a black bear) an if he wasn’t wearing your gear he wouldn’t be with us today. He cut the bear in half and flew 463 feet before sliding to a stop He’s banged up but alive and it’s due to the fact he had his gear on. The police, doctors, EMT’s all said he wouldn’t have made it if he wasn’t wearing the gear. He does plan on riding again – can’t seem to keep him down. You make a great product, please keep it up. Thanks again for all you do.
I own AST and Airglide jackets, Ranger and Mesh-Tech pants, and even Olympia gloves. I have obviously found Olympia Moto Sport products to be topnotch in comfort, protection, and quality, and their sales and customer service is outstanding. I can’t wait to see what innovation in rider gear they come up with next. In short, when it comes to Olympia Moto Sports, I’m a believer!
Contributing Editor, BMW Owners News
Just a note to say thanks for making such useful products. My background as an early field tester for specialty outwear companies (Marmot, North Face and Patagonia) makes me unusually picky about what I spend my money on. To date, my wife and I have AST jackets and Promax /Ranger pants, Airglide jackets and pants and I also have the Bushwhacker Jacket. All jackets are in the Hi Viz color and have saved us from close encounters on numerous occasions. I have to comment on the overall excellent quality and workmanship I find in all the pieces of Olympia gear we own. All are well made and on par with the quality workmanship of the previous mentioned brands. Here in Western Colorado the summers are blazing hot and the winters are typically cold and drizzly with some snow. With the two suits we have from Olympia, we are covered for our year round excursions in attractive, protective and functional riding gear – all at a reasonable price that makes having the right gear for the expected temperatures right at hand. Thanks for your commitment to the sport and to keeping us safe while out having fun using your products.
Michael and Tammie S
Hello, Both my summer and winter gear are Olympia, and after a crash this weekend I’m taking the time to write you and thank you for making wonderful and protective gear. My life appreciates it. Because of your gear I rode away with only bruises and no cuts or road rash of any sort. I cannot thank you enough and look forward to getting my next set of gear which I’ll be ordering this week. Again, I cannot thank you enough. Still riding (although will be on a new motorcycle)
Men’s Switchback Mesh Tech Jacket
Just back from a 7,600mi, 4 week motorcycle trip and wanted to let all of you know that the Switchback Mesh Tech Jacket and Airglide Pants were real game changers. Only wish I had bought this gear years earlier. It handled just about everything that came up – super hot weather in New Mexico, rain in Oregon and cold weather over the Cascade Highway in Washington. The liners came in handy when I camped out in the Northwest. And I must say that the venting in the Mesh Tech gear is phenomenal. In fact I was surprised at how much more air went through the jacket compared to my BMW Airflow Jacket. I can tell a lot of thought and design went into this gear and it really shows when you’re on the road. I’d like to pass on a new product idea – Mesh Tech Chaps. Something like the pants but designed as a chap. I live in Atlanta and usually walk around with short pants. When it’s time to make a quick run to the store it would be nice to slip into some chaps instead of the over pants. Thanks again for designing such a wonderful product. It’s very much appreciated.
Greg G, Atlanta GA
Men’s Airglide Mesh Tech Jacket
Can ya freekin’see me now? After over 40 years of leather,(the good stuff, Bates, Lesco, Champlain) on all makes of bike, I retired my over 600 buck ultra cool hand made black leather jacket for an Airglide jacket, a high tech neon glow hi-viz wonder. Back in the day drivers would run you off the road for sport or simply because, “If yer ridin’ on one of them there moter-sickles,(sp) yer probably ’bout to tear up the town and run off with my daughter”. (OK,ok in all fairness the part about the daughter? Could happen I suppose.) Nowadays the drivers are just plain dumb and distracted. Fine! If I have to resemble Haley’s comet or a star just gone supernova, maybe the next idiot fighting with their boy/girl friend via text won’t cream me with their lifted 3/4 ton “I didn’t see him” duramax pickup. This happened to me on my R75/5 a while back. I’m fixed (not like fixed-fixed like a neutered dog, you wooden heads),I mean repaired, OK?. Bike replaced too. Wearing a loose fitting rain coat over leather on top of 16 layers of fleece and looking like a black lab who just climbed out of a fetid pond sucks too. This multi season jacket is the real deal for heat, wet, cold and sliding on asphalt. Yea, it’s a little embarrassing after 40 years of looking like Billy Badass Biker, but screw ‘em if they can’t take a joke. I want to be up on 2 for my 90th birthday ride someday. Buy this jacket! – Bikes are way, way more fun than coffins! I know, I was a cemetery worker and the clients were bored stiff. E plan on getting one for my wife and pants for both of us as soon as finances allow.
Keep up he great high quality work. I’m an artist and designer who grew up around sewing machines and still sews. My grandparents and uncles were immigrant Swedish tailors. My wife (a paralegal) has a degree in fashion merchandising. We looked at every jacket we could find and yours were the best value, construction and most attractive design to be had at any price.
Very beautiful and intelligent design.
Kristofer (Von Zipper) J – Ozone, Colorado
I felt compelled to write a testimonial regarding an experience I had involving my “Men’s Airglide 4” motorcycle jacket manufactured by Olympia Moto Sports. After searching online and in several motorcycle shops back in March 2014 for a quality jacket with protective panels and fashionable styling, I purchased this jacket and have been thrilled with it ever since. It has multiple removable linings so you can be comfortable in all weather conditions, terrific styling, reflective components, and I’ve received numerous compliments while wearing it.
During the Memorial Day weekend I rode my motorcycle and made a few stops along the way. In a split second lapse of thinking, I took my jacket off and placed it on my seat. Before I could blink an eye, the arm sleeve made contact with my exhaust pipe instantly burning a significant size hole in the jacket’s outer shell. I was horrified & disgusted wondering how I could have made such a stupid mistake. The jacket cost me approx. $300 and was now compromised.
When I returned home I found the tags that were attached to the jacket when I purchased it, and the Olympia Moto Sports website was listed with a link to the Sales Dept. I sent them an e-mail asking if repair patches were available, and almost immediately received a personal response DIRECTLY from the Company Owner, Kevin Rhea. Kevin explained that although they don’t market repair patches, if I described the coat and fabric color he would send me enough of the original material used during manufacturing AT NO CHARGE that any tailor could then use to repair my coat. I provided the specific jacket style & fabric color, and within minutes received another e-mail advising that they were sending out the exact matching material THAT SAME DAY!!
I am so impressed with the compassion and direct intervention from the Company Owner himself…my jacket will be repaired with original material, all at no cost to me. I don’t know of many companies these days that stand behind their products the way Mr. Rhea / Olympia Moto Sports does…this company will be my first choice for any future motorcycle apparel needs!! Awesome motorcycle jacket in design & function, and top notch Customer Service!!
May 28, 2014
I felt the need to write a quick note about the Olympia Ariglide 4 jacket and pants that I’ve recently purchased. I live in Ottawa Canada and I am a new rider. I recently purchased a used V Strom and have begun touring the many back roads and rural areas that surround Ottawa. Not withstanding my cost conscious choice of motorcycle I purchased an Airglide 4 jacket and pants. They have been worth every penny. It has been an exceptionally cold spring in Ottawa and I have been kept warm and dry at near freeing temperatures. Your products feel like quality and are extremely functional. It is refreshing to be able to purchase equipment of such a standard in a consumer culture that feels increasingly cheep and chinsey.
I originally bought my Airglide pants and jacket based on great reviews and good value. Now that I have been using them for four-season riding (upper 20’s to 100’s) for almost 5 years I can tell you that the design and build quality have been fantastic. The removable liners are easy to carry along and do a great job of insulating and waterproofing. Even after 5 years of weekly riding, they both still look great and function as new. I have never hesitated to recommend the Airglide gear based on its high quality, versatility and reasonable price. Thanks for the great gear!
Jim B. – Houston, TX
I am the very happy owner of an Airglide jacket and pants, definitely the best for the money that I found. I was so excited when I found such great looking gear that actually FIT!!! I had to buy both. I can really tell the difference between the gear with Cordura (yours) and the others. Cordura is a great product and it adds to the overall quality and feel of your clothing.
John S – Euless, TX
I have been wearing your Airglide suit for the past three of my last 47 years of motorcycle riding. I finally had my first accident in those 47 years of riding on my rather pristine 1978 BMW R100RS. Gent decided he just had to hit me with his pickup truck. Anyway, here I am typing this to thank you for your gear. After coming off the bike at about 30-35mph, taking a tumble, I started sliding on loose gravel for a distance of about 35 feet. I was wearing the jacket with insulation in place and pants without insulation and no other pants under them. I have a few scrapes where some gravel managed to get between the pants and my leg, an awful lot of black and blue marks, actually my doctor thought some of my black and blue marks had their own black and blue marks! You ABSOLUTELY cannot tell that this riding suit has saved my bacon. There is not a scratch on the gear. My helmet is scratched a bit, my body is scratched a bit, but the riding suit, as far as I can tell, did its job and reported back for duty. Whether I will ever wear it again remains to be seen, but I thank you with my life for the quality of your gear. It was your gear that allowed me to park my overly hot Langlitz Leathers a few years ago. Again, thanks for the suit!
I’m starting my third year of almost continuous use of my Airglide jacket and pants. I never imagined that this gear would look so good and be in such great condition after over 50,000 miles of use and many washings. It shows no signs of wear or tear after a plethora of abusive events. This includes the BMW RawHyde Off-road Academy course in California in May of this year. I also experienced a variety of weather conditions on my 49-day, 10,250-mile tour out West from Mandeville, LA. MY liners worked great while tent camping in the chilly nights of Lone Pine, CA, at the foot of snow-capped Mt. Whitney. My Airglide gear is my primary gear on the training range of my MSF/Rider’s Edge classes. If it ever wears out, I will replace it with your products. I hope my students will follow my example in their choices of riding gear.
Back in 2008 I took the occasion of buying a new Yama Tour Deluxe to invest in one of your Airglide Neon yellow jackets. I was so pleased with it I sent you an email at the time. Later I met a wonderful woman who agreed to marry me and ride with me as she had never ridden before I had to outfit her and we went to Wrights in Salt Lake City to buy her jacket and she also choose the Airglide pants. Today we are sitting at home very thankful for your dedication to quality. On June 23 our Royal Star Venture blew the back tire and we went down hard. Besides your jacket I was also wearing your gloves and she was wearing the pants and gloves. We both banged our heads but quality helmets protected us there. We also slid always but because of your clothing we have no road rash.T he only damage to the Olympia Jackets were the cuts the paramedics made to remove them otherwise we would still be using them. The pants and gloves were not damaged at all. Our wrists and ribs will heal quick enough but thanks to Olympia we don’t have to deal with the horrors of road rash .A sincere ” Job well done” and a hardy ” Thank You” to you and everyone in your company for your insistence on quality.
Paul and Cynthia D
I am contacting you today to pass on a story about how your gear saved my life. Recently I was riding my Suzuki SV1000S on the highway while wearing my black Men’s Airglide jacket. I always wore this jacket when I rode because not only was it comfortable, stylish, and provided good ventilation, but it also made me feel protected should anything even happen to me while riding. The day of the accident I was cruising along at 55-60mph on my way to work. In an unfortunate chain of events, the car in front of me abruptly applied their brakes and I could not stop my bike in time. The bike went to the right into other lanes of traffic and I fell onto the shoulder where the barrier was. I tumbled, rolled, and slid over 50 ft (according to the police report) before coming to a complete stop. After a quick mental check of my body, I was able to stand up, walk to my bike in the highway, pick it up, and move off to the right shoulder. Amazingly, I walked away from this accident without any injuries. Needless to say, it did its job! I give full credit to the fact that I’m able to sit here and send you this e-mail to my trusty Airglide jacket. Thanks for making an amazing product and on behalf of my family, thanks for saving my life.
Will K, Maple Glen, PA
My commute to work in Houston, TX is 35 minutes each way, almost every day, year round. At 6:15AM, the temperature can be 28 degrees in winter or 75 degrees in summer. The afternoon commute can be a comfortable 65 degrees or a blistering 100 degrees. Through it all, your Airglide jacket and pants help keep me safe. The joint armor and perforated fabrics are great combination. The hi-vis lime-yellow jacket is a guarantee of being seen by even the most distracted motorist. To me, one of the most important aspects of these garments is their waterproof construction. I ALWAYS stay dry in the rain. I complete the gear with your Cold Throttle gauntlets in the winter, the Roper in colder season, and the Airflow gloves in summer.
Stephen F – Sugar Land, TX
Just a note of appreciation regarding the Airglide Jacket I recently purchased from BMW of Oregon in Tigard, OR. I purchased the jacket in the BRIGHT “Toxic” color, because I wanted to be seen more easily. Besides the fit and finish of the Airglide 3, I am convinced that the color scheme has helped me be noticed by in-attentive drivers, and has saved me from at least one potential accident. Thanks for being “brave” enough to offer the product in this color scheme. I also particularly appreciate the rolled-edge neck, the pockets and the independent wear ability of the waterproof liner. A great product.
Jim H – Hillsboro, OR
I recently got back from a year’s long trip – Asheville NC to Ushuaia Argentina and back. I just wanted to let you know that your Airglide jacket was one of the few pieces of gear that I never had to worry about. It did great through Mexican deserts, torrential rains in Central America, and the sleet/snow/rain I ran into in the Andes – all kinds of weather. You guys have a great system that kept me comfortable and feeling safe through it all. Now it’s time to get some gear for my wife and we’re going with Olympia. Thanks for a great – and affordable – product!
Dan P – Asheville, NC
I have owned an Airglide jacket for 4 years now and I really love it. I actually had an accident that involved me sliding about 40ft on my side and back on a paved road, not only did the jacket prevent serious injury but it’s built so well you can’t even tell where it contacted the road! One of the EMT’s even wanted to know where I got my jacket. Keep up the good work!
Mark H (Airglide Evangelist), Ottawa, ON Canada
Just wanted to drop you a line regarding your hi-vis Airglide jacket. Thanks for creating a truly superb jacket at a reasonable price. I have 3 leather jackets, 2 vented, and a mesh jacket from another manufacturer and I don’t wear anything else but your jacket, I love it. Everybody I ride with wants to know about this jacket, what’s it like, is it cool, where did I get it, etc, etc. My girlfriend says it’s the coolest thing I own. I think it gets more attention than my new Royal Star. Keep up the good work.
Paul D Lehi, UT
For our recent motorcycle trip through Mexico and Central America I needed a riding jacket to cover all the temperature ranges and provide safety in incase we had an unscheduled “get off” on the Pan-American highway. The riding gear had to ventilate well for the extreme heat and humidity but still provide some kind in insulating layer for the cold. I pick an Olympia Air Glide jacket for the trip. It held up extremely well during weeks of riding in all kinds of weather. It resisted all the unbelievable road grime – smoke from garbage fires, diesel fumes, and exhaust from a million VW Beetle taxis – and with a quick wash in the laundry tub it was just like new. I never had a zipper fail or a seam come loose. The detachable liner acted as a jacket when I went out at night and protected me from the early morning frost in Nogales. The 3M reflective piping provided lots of additional visibility at night – yes I know you are not supposed to ride at night in Mexico but coming into Mazatlan we had to ride for 2 hours after dark – but if you have to it’s nice to know you light up like a Christmas tree! The jacket was comfortable to wear for long hours and the pockets are laid out in such a way as getting things like the digital camera out for photos was a breeze. The best thing I could say about the Olympia Airglide jacket is I am keeping mine for summer use here in Canada and would recommend any of my riding buddies heading south to purchase one for their trip.BTW: Thanks for making a great product!!
Kevan I, Nanaimo, BC
I was riding home from work today when I had to make a panic stop from about 35 mph. My front brake locked up on a small oil patch and the bike went down before I could react. The left side of my body hit the road first and I rolled once as the bike continued to slide forward about 10 feet. Fortunately, I was wearing Airglide jacket and pants. My left knee took the initial impact followed by my left hip and shoulder. The jacket and pants were torn up, but they thankfully prevented any serious injury. All I got was a bump on my knee and VERY minor bruising on my hip and shoulder. I’ve enclosed photos of the jacket and pants. All I can say is I’m glad I was wearing Olympia gear and I will purchase your products again to replace the damaged ones. As an aside, many people have made positive comments about the visibility of the jacket. I feel much better with it on.
Ron P – Fairfax, VA
Heading north on HWY 3 out of Harrison, Idaho toward Lake Coeur d’Alene as I was turning a corner to the right a deer came running from my left side and we hit. The deer died at the scene and I went off the bike and hit my head on the pavement and slid on the pavement. The Olympia Airglide Mesh jacket and pants did not leave a mark on me. The Shoei Quest helmet hit the pavement on the left rear side and I am sure that both of these very good equipment saved my life. I was going at least 45 mph and possibly faster when hitting the deer. I was not necessarily looking at my speed. My right side ribs are extremely sore but the jacket did what it was suppose to do. I am telling everyone about the gear that I was, and always will, be wearing.
I love my Airglide jacket and pants so much that I got jacket and pants for my girlfriend who’s happens to also be a seamstress. She was really impressed with the high quality and design of the gear. Keep up the good work!
This is actually my 2nd Olympia Airglide Jacket in 3 years. Both jackets were damaged by accidents (both neither my fault). Yes, Olympia Jackets have saved my ass TWICE now. I ride crotch rockets; my current ride is a 2006 Kawasaki ZX-6RR. My first Olympia Jacket was damaged during an accident where I was T-Boned by a car in July of 2010 – I shattered my rib cage and had a lot of internal injuries, which caused me to have a stint of 3 weeks in the ICU in and out of major open chest surgeries, 3 months in the Hospital, and a year and a half recovery. No jacket was going to stop that. However, the soft tissue damage was stopped, as parts of the car and concrete ripped the jacket and not my skin. Had I not had the jacket on, the accident probably would have been fatal. The second accident just a few days ago was Friday night December 7, 2012. I hit the ground at about 35 mph. I had tried to low side my bike as a car had pulled out and stopped in front of me. However, in the act of doing so, my tires caught and I did a high side flip, throwing me over the bike. The first point of impact was with my left shoulder on the front corner of bike on the mirror which broke off, and the stub of the mirror arm punched the exterior of the jacket just above the left breast pocket, and stopped just short of my skin, although it made a nice welt on my chest. Then I hit the ground and slid on my stomach as you should until I came to a stop, which ripped the front of the jacket. It was a very hard and violent lick. Had I not been wearing your jacket, or a jacket of a lesser quality, the trunk of my body would have been ripped open, which would have probably been fatal. This incident has made me yet again (for the 2nd time), a definite believer in Olympia. And as I need to replace this Olympia Jacket, I will purchase yet another Olympia Jacket, for the 3rd time. Thank you for such a good jacket that saved my life AGAIN.
Regards, Jacob F Fort Worth, TX
Whether it’s hot weather summer riding or cold weather winter I can honestly say I’ve never had to sacrifice riding comfort for rider safety with my Olympia Airglide Mesh jacket and my Air Glide Mesh pants. A few years ago I low sided twice one summer, in both cases avoiding cars emergency braking, and in both cases I walked away without any injuries. The Olympia CE approved armor was a life saver, especially the CE approved articulated back protector. But more interesting from all of this is I am still wearing the same Olympia gear years later, and it still looks great.
Best Regards Dave W
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” I purchased my Airglide Jacket last month to compliment my Airglide pants that I wore last year while spending two weeks riding through Utah, Colorado and Montana. . I had no idea how much these items would endure, or be subjected to, in the next ten days. Riding home after buying the jacket, I was subjected to a cold front with rain. With the jacket liner I was dry and comfortable. We then had two days with temperatures in the upper twenties and I continued to wear the Airglide Jacket with the liner. Hakuna Matata – “No worries. Two days after that we had temperatures in the low nineties and again the Air Glide jacket and pants exceeded my expectations – plenty of ventilation along with a great fit. Three days later and temperatures were back down into the upper thirties. It was very reassuring going to work and realizing that no matter what, I was wearing the right gear. If you’re looking for the perfect system for late spring to early Fall riding, the Airglide combo is just right.
Chris D, South Central PA
I wanted to let you know that I have been riding for 30 years, and this summer got one of your Airglide jackets. To date, I have been wearing various Vanson and BMW clothing. I am so glad I bought the Airglide jacket. I ride in the southeast, and this time of the year, including this week, my days would start off with 40 degree temps only to climb into the 80s by afternoon. Having the multi-layer system makes transitions easy, being able to remove a liner every 10 degrees. I just want to say this is truly well designed protection clearly made by someone who rides and knows what riders need. Well done
Yesterday, my son and I were riding near our home in Vermont when we hit an oil slick and I laid the bike down. Fortunately, we were wearing your Airglide jackets and pants. There is nothing I could have done to prevent it. Fortunately, we were wearing your Airglide jackets and pants. We slid for some time. He was on his feet before I was. Neither of us sustained serious injury, just scrapes and bruises. The ONLY reason we did not sustain serious injury was due to your riding suits. The protector over my knee did exactly what it was supposed to do and kept my injury to a minimum. The spinal pad took the brunt of the back impact and allowed us both to slide for some time before stopping without injury. I am grateful to you in ways that I cannot adequately express in words. THANK YOU!!!!!!!
Gary M, Richmond, VT.
Men’s Airglide Mesh Tech Overpant
Just wanted to say your Airglides are the best motor pants this squad has ever bought and worn on a daily basis. We work off our police bikes year round. I made it a goal to find a quality pair of motor pants for the unit. That goal has been met. Thanks for the great product.
Sgt R.K. Peterson
Traffic Enforcement Unit, Winston-Salem Police Department
I bought my second piece of OMS gear, the Airglide pants. This was based on the unqualified satisfaction with my Phantom suit. I liked the pants from the beginning for use on local rides in the So Cal summer heat, but I wanted to get some real mileage on them, before declaring a success. This year, I finally got to put them through their paces on a Alps tour that took me on a snowy mountain pass (really!) to a humid 85°F in traffic in the low areas within an hour of each other. Add in some thunderstorms for good measure. The pants performed remarkably well. With the full length leg zippers, I quickly converted from summer to cool weather mode. I mastered my change time to short enough that I would not even turn off the bike or remove my boots. My European riding partners were jealous of how quickly I could suit up or down when the conditions changed, especially when things got hot. It is hard to find gear that is truly effective for extreme heat, but still keeps you dry and warm when you need it. My first use of the pants in the rain was at both city and freeway speeds, I thought the liner had a leak because I felt a cold spot, but when I stopped for the day, it turns out I was completely dry. I had been sitting in a puddle formed on the seat and I was just feeling the cold from the effective conduction of the puddle, but actually staying dry. Essentially, I was submerging part of the pants, and the liner was still effective at keeping me dry!
Women’s Airglide Mesh Tech Jacket
First let me say I love my Olympia gear! So do my husband and son.
We all have Olympia jackets and I have two sets of pants.My Airglide jacket protected me well when I went off the trail in some deep sand and hit a tree with my shoulder. My son thought I was really hurt, but it just hit the pads and I didn’t feel a thing.
Keep up the good work.
Last weekend we were riding the great West Virginia roads and twisties. What a thrill I had! In past trips, I was always a passenger on my husband’s bike and finally got the chance to take my own bike to enjoy the real ride! I was wearing my Olympia Airglide Mesh Tech Jacket and was very comfortable the entire day. If I got too hot, I just removed the liner and let the air flow through. The liner also came in handy as a light jacket for the evening. Most liners from jackets can only be utilized as stated but the liner in my particular jacket is fashionable as well!
My Airglide pants are really great because on a hot day, I just wear shorts underneath and when we take a long break or lunch, etc., I just easily remove the bike pants and walk around in my summer apparel. A lot of others are envious that I get to cool off quickly and they remain sweating in their gear! Thanks for making such multi purpose gear! Have a nice day!
Denise P, Perkasie, PA
I’m writing to say thank you for creating excellent riding gear that is effective, affordable, comfortable and stylish. Effective is at the top of my list and here’s why… I hit a deer while riding my BMW GS on San Juan Island. While the bike was totaled, the deer was dead and I was airlifted to Bellingham WA, my riding gear saved my life. The only road rash anywhere on my body was a small strip on one wrist between my glove and the jacket sleeve. I’m very grateful for the protection provided by my Women’s Airglide Mesh Jacket. It’s still my jacket of choice. The three layer system keeps me warm, dry and safe in the winter and the breathable mesh outer keeps me cool and safe in the summer. So, this grateful rider will leave you with the reminder to wear “All the Gear, All the Time” and Olympia Moto Sports is the place to shop. Thanks again!!!
Palo Cedro, CA
I really like my Airglide jacket and get many compliments on it when I go on group rides. (I drive a Vespa Scooter.) Many other women have asked me about it and a few have even tried mine on. I was really skeptical about wearing it in the heat (I live in Stockton, CA where it can get quite hot in the summer) but I have worn it in 100+ and the ventilation is great. Of course I get a little hot when I have to sit and wait for traffic lights to turn green but that doesn’t last long. Some people ask why I wear a jacket like that when it’s so hot and my reply is “Protection”. And I feel protected when I wear the Airglide.
Joyclin H, Stockton, CA
I just wanted to tell you how much I love this jacket! It was difficult for me to find a jacket that I thought I could fit into, as so many of them are a ‘feminine fit’ that means you must be 36-24-36. I’m not. I’m 50, and the body ain’t what it used to be. I wanted a jacket with the option of allowing more room at the waist. I wanted a jacket that looked good; was multi-seasonal; made with quality, and would protect me even though I was “only riding a “. (The scooter does go up to 75 mph). I found all these attributes in the Ladies Airglide Mesh Tech jacket. I bought mine on-line from Moto-Liberty. They had a nice review on it, btw… if you haven’t read it, I have to say, it’s what convinced me to purchase the jacket. It’s a size XL; Neon Yellow. I wanted the neon yellow so that I had the best chance at being visible delivers! I, and it is exceptionally visible in the twilight hours… and with the reflective trim, I believe it gives me the best opportunity for other drivers to see me.. I live in an area with lots of forest and curvy, hilly roads, so ‘standing out’ are a good and necessary thing. As far as the fit goes, it is great! Just so you know, I am 5’4 and 190 lbs. (yeah, a diet, I know) I wear size 18, or usually XL or XXL tops, depending on the manufacturer. The jacket fits snuggly (I don’t have the back protector in it) especially around the waist.. and I have to let out the zippers at the hips, but then it fits just fine. The waist and elbow fit details are great. And as for those zippers at the hips- thank you very very much! It is truly, exactly what I was looking for in a jacket. I like ‘options’.. and this jacket provides them. These jackets should be able to accommodate quite a wide range of riders, in different seasons, and again, I thank-you for thinking in that direction. Now that the weather is changing, I can wear the liner in the early morning, and quickly take it out for my ride home, in the afternoon. The mesh works very well to keep me cool. I am so happy to have this jacket! Good day to you!
MJ in PA
I want to tell you how much I love my ladies Airglide jacket! I bought it at the BMW rally in Sedalia. I ride an R1200gs. The jacket is visible and comfortable in a riding position. I bought the hi-vis yellow combo and love the features. Top of the line jacket!!!!!!!!
Marsha H Ft. Collins CO
Hi, I would like to add to the list of testimonial on your website and thank you and your team for producing an A1 safety product. On a holiday to Malaysia, I thankfully decided to take all my gear for a ride with friends on a borrowed bike. On a corner, in light rain, at about 50kms I hit a diesel patch. It felt like the road had been pulled from my wheels. Despite sliding on my right side I received nothing but a minor abrasion to the right arm. In addition, the hi Vis Airglide jacket helped keep me conspicuous and stopped following traffic running me over. Big thanks for A1 quality and outstanding value for money.
Regards Krishna P Victoria AUSTRALIA
Women’s Airglide Mesh Tech Overpant
I just wanted to take a second to tell you that the Airglide jacket and pants are the BEST! I spent the day teaching the MSF Beginner Rider’s Course outside in the driving rain. It poured all day without a break. I wore my Airglide pants with the liners and from the waist down; I stayed perfectly dry and warm all day. Sadly I couldn’t say as much for the rest of me. I wish I had worn the top half! Yesterday’s weather is a huge testament to the quality of your products and I highly recommended them to all of my students. This is my third set of Airglides and I also have an AST jacket. You’ve got a customer for life!
Tracy N – Newark, DE
In June 2005 my husband and I purchased your Airglide Multi Function Systems Pant in Silver from Carl’s Cycle Sales in Boise, Idaho. We had been looking for a long time for good touring pants that were not black. We used the pants on a ride from John Day, Oregon to Mt. Rushmore, So Dakota in early July. I was impressed with the pants when I tried them on for the first time. The sizes we ordered fit perfectly. After the ride I was really impressed. I wore a pair of shorts under the liners or the outer mesh pants. A quick shedding of one or both and I was ready for walking and sightseeing. It was really hot one day, 110, and the venting of the mesh kept me comfortable, and I still felt I had a measure of safety. In the cool of the morning, the liners were cozy. One evening I just wore the liners as sport pants, and they look classy. I would recommend these pants in a heartbeat.
I recently purchased an Airglide jacket and pants set by Olympia. I have to tell you I LOVE them. The fit is perfect, and even on the hottest days I am comfortable in full armor. Thank you for that! The removable liners make it easy to go from the early morning cold, to sunny and hot afternoons, AND they are waterproof! I appreciate the fact that Olympia has designed riding gear to fit a woman’s body. Until now a woman riders choices were limited to men’s designs. I have a closet full of riding gear that I have purchased over the years, and I have to say nothing compares to my Air Glides!
Men’s Moab Jacket – Updated Version – Dakar Dual Sport Jacket
Living in the great desert southwest you know what it means to be hot. The idea of wearing anything more than necessary in this heat and humidity is counter interintuitive to say the least. Yet protection while riding cannot be ignored. Especially since the drivers today are preoccupied with their cell phones, or other drivers not paying attention. City streets, and even the freeway, are a dangerous place to ride these days. I was skeptical that ANY protective gear would be comfortable. How could it be! It’s scorching hot in a t-shirt, and jeans are a heat sink that within the first 15 minutes leaves your leg feeling scalded. Then I read about the jackets from Olympia offering airflow, protection, and a high level of comfort. Reluctantly, I bought one. I immediately found the Moab jacket fit to be perfect. The suggestions at RevZilla were spot on for my size. Next, after removing the thermal/ rain liner I ventured out into the full afternoon sun. It was “only” 105 that afternoon. 120 degrees is typical in the full blunt of summer. Riding the streets I only felt the typical “too hot” at traffic lights as I waited. However, traveling down the freeway was a different matter altogether. Though I was in the heat, it was really no different than being in a t-shirt! I found that hard to believe, so I took off the jacket for a few miles and actually felt more of the sun than before. Jacket on again, I continued my afternoon ride. I felt protected and comfortable. The air flow kept me cooler than I had when wearing my T shirt! Incredible… I highly suggest Olympia’s products. My wife has the Airglide 3 jacket. Both are well made, and perform as advertised. It will be hard to find a product as well made as this.
Jerry W, Xpeditions TV
I thought I’d drop you guys a line to thank you for the excellent gear. Last year, I was involved in a pretty severe wreck and I was wearing the Moab jacket and Airglide pants. Thank God I was. While doing 60 mph in a hard left corner, a kid pulled out of a driveway without even looking or stopping. I hit pavement then gravel and tumbled into the woods. My 650 pound BMW GS Adventure followed me and landed straight across my back. I was pinned. The kid who caused the wreck stopped and lifted the bike off me and at my request, snapped a few pictures. Every piece of armor took a hit. My shoulder and hip took the brunt of the tumbling impacts and one of the reasons I chose Olympia over other mesh gear was the fact that it has hip armor. The left shoulder of the jacket was scuffed badly but was not torn. The most impressive thing was the back armor. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that without the jacket’s armor, my spine would have been snapped instantly. In all, I suffered compression fractures in 3 vertebrae, some bruising above my hip and a pulled shoulder muscle. There was not a drop of blood. The gear did exactly what it was intended to do. If the medics had not cut the gear from my body, I would still be wearing it after a good cleaning. Its great stuff.
I have been a motorcycle commuter for 40+ years. I am riding my 27th motorcycle. I travel about 30k miles on my bikes per year. I have ridden in all weather extremes. I believe the Moab jacket has kept many drivers from pulling out in front of me both in left and right hand turns. I bought the jacket in HI-Vis green after seeing a biker in one on the expressway in Atlanta. He stuck out like a searchlight in a coal mine and it was a during the day! I ordered the jacket that day. Sure it’s not a fashion statement color wise but not a day goes by that a driver doesn’t look once and then look again because the jacket color catches their eye. The ventilation and the liner make it a great 3 season jacket. I use a full mesh jacket in the summer here in Florida. You are spot on with your air glide over pants. Easy on off, looks good enough for a restaurant, comfortable in the riding position. Cooler in summer than jeans and much more protection in a fall off. Your products are first rate and stand up to my daily use without problems. Most products made in China are not well done but you must have found a good manufacturer as I cannot fault the construction quality one bit. I have also had the opportunity to try all sorts of motorcycle cloths.
While wearing a Moab jacket I struck a full size deer at 60 mph+ riding a Honda Magna 750, killing the dear and causing me to come off the bike and slide down the very rough country road. After sliding for what seemed like years I came to a stop in the middle of the road, quickly collected myself and walked to the shoulder. Upon taking inventory of my injuries I noticed my upper body was absolutely injury free, the coat certainly had some wear in multiple places but there was not a scratch on me. Unfortunately I opted to wait until next year to buy the Airglide pants and my lower extremities were only protected by jeans. All in all I suffered a broken right pinky and road rash on my right lower leg and left knee. Considering the speed and impacting a full size deer I was amazed that I literally walked away. I have re-examined my decision to wait until next year for the Airglide pants and I replaced the coat due to the wear. I never ride without my OMS gear, and hopefully I am done with the real world testing of these amazing products. My family and I thank you.
Jansen S, NY
This is a first for me in many ways, as you shall soon see. Although I am often pleased with many of the various items I purchase, I have never written the manufacturer about what a great product they have until now. I began motorcycling two years ago and my wife and I thoroughly love riding two up. We now take our summer vacations on two wheels and ride an average of 15,000 miles per year as we have found it so addicting. We had already purchased our leathers and did not spare much expense in doing so as well as buying Draggin’ Jeans for more protection. We also wear full face helmets. However abrasive resistant leather is, it does not afford us any armor protection in the areas you often land if you have an accident. Therefore, we recently purchased a Moab coat for me and a ladies Airglide coat for my wife. I was back in the same store last week looking at the overpants that accompany the coats and found a pair in my size. I was wondering whether to buy the silver or the black and would wait until I spoke with my wife as to what colors we should get. My wife was scheduled for surgery this week in the same city as the store previously mentioned and I was to meet her at the hospital on my motorcycle when a young buck materialized out of nowhere. I did not have a chance to stop or slow down and broadsided the deer at 65 mph. Miraculously both the deer and I survived but my new Gold Wing did not. Believe it or not, I was pondering whether or not I would have enough time to stop at the store to buy the Olympia Moto Sports overpants before I met her at the hospital before her surgery. My helmet needs to be replaced. I have taken my Moab coat to a leather worker repair shop to see if they can patch both elbows where I had worn through them down to the armor. My only regret is that I wished that I had purchased your pants and had worn them as my Draggin’ Jeans were both worn through the knees and the Kevlar and the huge bruise I now sport on my left hip where I landed before tumbling down the highway would not be there or would be substantially smaller if I had purchased and worn the pants. The outcome was no broken bones only a broken motorcycle and a valuable lesson learned. Your products are top-notched, I just wish I had owned more of them.
David C. I., Wagner, SD
Your Moab jacket was obviously well considered before production. Quality features such as the top of the line materials such as YKK zippers and Scotchlite reflective material to name just two, plus generous storage, excellent quality layering concept without too much bulk with zip out waterproof liner and thermal insulation makes it a great choice for three season riding in all conditions. The fit was bang on using the sizing chart and the 2XL fit my 6′ 1″ 225 lbs perfectly. The closures are complete and solid. The nice broad collar around the neck area with the neoprene has a great feel. Hi-viz color and great protection with the shoulder elbow and back covered. Nice clean look with generous length at the back. I looked around and this jacket for the money is an awesome value. My new favorite jacket ahead of my First Gear Kilimanjaro.”
I put the Moab through all of its paces over the weekend. It was 39 degrees raining and blowing hard at a dual sport rally Saturday up in Hood River. The coat kept me dry and warm as promised. Sunday I went out to the wine country SW of Portland and it was a nice warm day. After taking out the liner from coat, I was nice and cool. Tomorrow I am going into Bob Lamphere’s and will be ordering the Recon 3 pants. Great job folks!
Mike M Portland, OR
Nova Hi-Viz Safety Vest
While my experience is merely anectodal and not at all scientific, when I began wearing your hi-viz safety vest I was simply dumbfounded at how the incidents of people turning in front of me, changing lanes into me, etc., dropped to nearly nothing. And several years of experience with the vest have shown that the effect doesn’t wear off with time – people see me. So I’m a believer. Thanks so much for listening, keep making great products for us!
Regards, Jim Z
Beautiful Downtown Odenton, Maryland
My girlfriend and I were on our KLR’s when we were headed out to Wasilla to have the bikes checked over for the upcoming riding season. About 20 miles out, I suddenly lost my air pressure to my front tire (blow out) and we were riding in the busy section of the main highway (Glenn Highway). Needless to say, I crashed the bike, as I could no longer hold it up and was thinking, “Oh no, lots of traffic behind me in both northbound lanes and this is not going to be pretty”. Thank God I wore the Olympia Nova Hi Vis neon yellow safety vest, as I lay on the inside lane with traffic coming up behind us. That vest saved me from getting run over as traffic quickly went around my bike and me. Now I will have to look into getting a replacement vest and it will be the same Vic. A – Anchorage AK
I have been looking for a good looking motorcycle safety vest for the new season and came across a photo and video of your Nova vest online. I saw you sold your products through a local dealer here in Ottawa (Ottawa Good Time) and went and bought one today. It is a great vest – even better than advertised. Just wanted to let you know that you have a very satisfied customer.
Andrew G – Ottawa ON
I purchased your hi-vis vest about a year ago after seeing another rider wearing one. The quality is superior to anything else I have found on the market and it dramatically improves my ability to be seen while riding, day or night. Before the vest I had more than one close call from a motorist pulling out in front of me. Since I started wearing it, I have not had a single incident. Thanks for making such a great product.
Ted S. – Yelm, WA
Usually when I sit down to write a letter or an email it is because someone or some company has ticked me off. I am happy to say that this does not hold true for this email. I recently ordered one of your mil-spec safety vests through Charlie Company. It was neon red and black in 3-4X. I just wanted to say congratulations on making such a fine product. I was very happy with the construction quality. I am an Aircraft Turbine Engine mechanic for Honeywell. I am fully aware of what a quality product is supposed to be and you have met the requirements. Once again congratulations on a fine product.
Mike I. – Mesa AZ
Men’s Nomad Transition Jacket
I just received my Nomad Jacket from the Post and I must say it is the best jacket I ever had and certainly the best design I ever saw for hot countries like Brazil! I wish you guys lots of success. José L – São Paulo, Brazil
I’m not prone to gush over recent purchases, but in the case of my new Nomad transition Jacket, a few words of praise are deserved. In short, the jacket does everything it is designed to do perfectly; i.e. give the rider the versatility to be safe and comfortable in extremes of weather… while looking’ good! Traveling northern Michigan can be an exercise in weather extremes. The cold waters of the Great Lakes, and fast moving frontal systems make things interesting. My recent trip started with the jacket closed up, and electric heated liner on underneath. It ended with temperatures in the nineties and all panels and zipper vents open. I was perfectly comfortable at all times. Moreover, the quality of construction and materials is excellent, as is the fit. I wear a medium in most things and the medium jacket fit well; and when adjusted using the various straps, was perfect. Well done. Ken H
I purchased a Nomad Jacket & Ranger 2 Pants about this time last year. I am impressed with the thoughtfulness of the design, the excellent quality, and overall value. I decided yesterday that today would be the day I would test how well my Olympia gear handled the cold on my 45 mile commute. I live in the Northeast. This morning I left for work at 6:40 AM on my 2008 BMW F800ST. The outside temperature ranged from 33 to 37 degrees on my route. At the speed traffic was moving, I estimate wind chill at about 16 degrees Fahrenheit. All the way in I was completely comfortable in my Olympia gear, and that is without putting the liner in the pants! I did have the liner in the jacket though. The only “problem” I had was that my feet got a little cold. Not too bad, but next time I’ll wear some warm socks. Thank you for providing such exceptional gear at a price that definitely gives a person their money’s worth! I am a customer for life.
Bob H, Newington, CT
I bought one of your Nomad Transition jackets from Coleman Powersports in Falls Church, Virginia, and I couldn’t be happier that I did. I wore the jacket naked, with mesh panels fully unzipped and open, throughout the hottest parts of a D.C. summer — and as long as I was moving, I was comfortable and cool. I’ve gotten caught in unexpected rainstorms several times — and stayed dry and comfortable throughout. Now that the weather’s cooling down, I can wear the jacket with liner in the morning on my way to work. It keeps me warm and comfortable at least down to the 40s. (It hasn’t gotten any colder than that yet, but I’ll let you know how the jacket performs when it does). In the afternoon, I just unzip the liner and go back to the jacket with the mesh vents zipped up. I haven’t encountered any weather — hot or cold, wet or dry — that this jacket isn’t suited to. Thank you for a very versatile, very comfortable, very attractive piece of indispensable gear. Your jacket is my favorite motorcycle accessory!
I just have to tell you how happy I am with the Purchase of my Olympia Nomad Transition Jacket. I Love it! It is very comfortable and is perfect for any Ride. It is also made very well. I look forward to getting in many years of riding my bike with this Awesome Jacket!
Pete M. Collegeville, PA
Far too often the only feedback manufacturers or sales staff gets are complaints about their products or service. I want to deviate from that trend. I purchased a men’s Nomad Jacket after much debate over leather (which I’ve been wearing ever since I started riding) and the overwhelming selection of textile-based jackets. I was not sure I’d feel comfortable in a textile jacket but the sales rep reassured me that I would not be disappointed, in particular with the Olympia GT Air. Well, he was right. The jacket fit me like a comfortable pair of jeans (wait, I thought I bought a jacket!) with features that make it a truly versatile bike accessory. I’ve worn it riding in the cold, in the rain, in the heat and have always been comfortable and protected. Being a Thomas I doubted that a jacket could be perfect so I started getting very picky on my evaluation from all perspectives. My observation – it’ is the PERFECT jacket! It’s so well made, durable and comfortable that I’m not likely to buy another one in a long time (barring an accident … jinx). This is not good for business, but perhaps I’ll convince my friends to help out in that regard.
Chris T, K, Ontario Canada
I just had to tell you all what a fantastic product you make, but you already know that! I ordered my Nomad Transition Jacket on a Wednesday, and had it in hand on Thursday, then wore it on a road trip to New England Friday. Temps were in the upper 80′s – and humid. I hate riding hot, unless I am in the desert and in a purifying mode of self-discovery. I have to say, the mesh panel system in this jacket worked brilliantly for me, and I was comfortable in the widest range of conditions imaginable – hot super slab to cool forest twisties. Saturday night, a soft rain moved into the region, and the jacket was perfect again. Sunday, the temp was in the 60′s, with intermittent rain on the highway — I had the vent panels partially open and was comfortable and dry. I REALLY like the visibility of this piece! Between the neon red color and the reflective piping, I KNEW I was visible to the normally clueless cars. I even saw people about to drift into my lane sit bolt upright and get back into line when they caught a glimpse of this glowing red thing in their side view mirrors! I only wish I had found out about your products sooner . . . would have saved me a fortune on all the other jackets I have collected. Next up: Stealth one-piece in neon yellow! Many thanks.
Bill H., New Canaan, CT
A few weeks ago I was out for a ride. Heading around a right-hand corner I suddenly found myself thinking, “Boy, the pavement seems awfully close.” It was at that point I realized the bike had low-sided and I was sliding along on my back with my right leg under the bike. I’m sure glad I was wearing my Nomad All-Season Transition Jacket and X-Moto All-Season Transition Pants. The only injury I suffered was a bruise on my right forearm. The gear did its job protecting me from more serious injury but was ruined in the slide, so on my way home I stopped by the local shop and replaced both the jacket and pants. The jacket is by far my favorite jacket in over 25 years of riding; it’s so versatile for touring because of the wide range of temperature and weather conditions it can handle.
Craig W., Tigard, OR
Men’s X Moto Jacket and Pant – Update versions MotoQuest Jacket and Pant
First off I really like the pants and wore them almost every day on our recent 12,211 mile round trip from FL to Alaska. We encountered a variety of weather and conditions which dictated whether I wore shorts underneath or long pants. For the most part the pants kept me dry but when riding in torrential rain I wore the weatherproof outer pants as well. I started the trip in over 100 degree Florida weather and rode in temps in the 30’s and all the, time I wore my MotoQuest pants. Warm weather, I unzipped the front panels and with shorts underneath was very comfortable .. in cold weather the panels were zipped up and with jeans underneath I was plenty warm. And just because that journey is over it does not mean the pants are put away they are great for my 50+ miles commute! Thanks for making such a great product.
St. Augustine, FL
I recently completed a 5600 mile ride from Arizona to the East Coast and back with the last leg 1100 miles and 19 hours in duration. As you can imagine I encountered all kinds of climate conditions. I must tell you I absolutely love the MotoQuest jacket: pockets in the right places for easy access to the things I needed along the way; air flow was good with panels open in 97 degree weather and comfortable with no liner in the low 60s; 2000D Cordura provided me the comfort of greater protection. I also wore the liner as a stand alone jacket on a number of occasions. This product is first class all the way.
Donald J. Gilbert, AZ
Between my local commute and recent tour of Alaska I could not be happier with my Olympia MotoQuest gear. The liner and vent system allows flexibility through a very wide range of temperatures. I no longer need to pack multiple sets of gear. The included rain gear offered the best quality and performance of any other sets I have used.
East Leroy, MI
Hey Guys, just wanted to say thanx for making a great product. As a veteran dealing with PTSD, one of the few moments of solace I experience is when I am hammering away on my KLR650. I saved and scrimped to purchase a MotQuest jacket from the great people at Revzilla all the while fearing that I may be squandering money I can’t really afford to spend on another overrated product. The Guys at Revzilla assured me of your reputation and man were they right! I love my jacket, have ridden in the dead of KC winter, rain, mud, 90 degree days all in comfort. You guys rock!. My jacket is the best piece of gear I own and I sing your praises to anyone who will listen, that is if they can keep up with me. LOL I am currently saving my change in my “Pants Jar”, a Ball jar that I am using to save up for the matching pants. I am sure they will be as good as the jacket and way better than my beat up old Carhart bibs. Thanx Again!
A Veteran from Kansas City
I rarely find products that match their claims or advertised feature/ benefits, but I must applaud Olympia for its owner’s commitment to producing outstanding design & quality products. I had the misfortune of testing your X Moto All Seasons jacket & pants this weekend on the Talimena Trail in AR. I ride aggressive on my 2010 Goldwing into curves, etc. I made a cardinal sin of not looking thru a curve & went down after hitting the outside shoulder at ~ 30-40 MPH. I had to low-side & separate from the bike. I slid ~ 30 ft down the paved road & the gear took all the punishment! I suffered no rash or other injuries; Oddly enough, neither did my bike; which stood back up & wobbled down the road another 30 yds before falling over in the grass. All of this captured on video! Thank you again for making such quality gear. I recommended Olympia before, but now have experience & proof it lives up to its features & benefits. God Bless.
Scotty S, Wylie TX
I just received my Olympia X-Moto Jacket and pants!! I cannot believe I was looking for something else!! I was waiting for the new line from BMW Rally 3 forgets about it. This equipment is not only well made, comfortable, made with excellent materials and great functionality…what’s advertised out there falls short from what you get (BIG TIME). I will buy more clothes from you any time….I’m so grateful I stumble into this equipment!! Keep up the good work!!
I recently purchased an X Moto jacket right before a 1000 mile trip. I rode in weather from 45 to 90 degrees. Pouring rain to hot and humid. I’m VERY impressed. Cold? Close the panels. Colder? Liners. Warm? Open all the panels up. This is one of the best jackets I’ve ever owned in 30 years of motorcycling. During the rain (a frog-choking downpour) the only areas I got wet was a small patch right by my navel because the water was pooling there and was blown underneath the liner. Not the jackets fault. For anyone considering riding where it’s very wet all the time, I’d recommend the X-Moto by Olympia just for the increased length which would have prevented that. After owning other brands like Rev’It, Alpinestars, etc, and comparing the quality and protection of REAL Cordura vs. imit, Olympia is the way to go.
Octavio T, San Antonio TX
I purchased the full X-Moto jacket and pant combo. Riding in western Washington can mean rain, sun, 45 degree weather & 85 degree weather all in the same day. I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the X-Moto’s ability to provide comfort in all conditions. I knew it would be great gear in colder weather, but the speed and ease of going to full vent mode is what really has me sold. When it warms up the jacket really moves the air. All this comes at a very competitive price. Keep up the good work.
Stan H, Snohomish WA
I purchased your X Moto jacket and pants. A week after receiving them I took off on my first Iron Butt ride, a SS1000. About 3 hours into the ride I saw lightning in the sky and figured I was in for it. Little did I know how bad. Reviewing the weather at a gas stop I saw a yellow cell I was heading into. It was stop and go home or continue on. I figured why not test the gear out? For the next 14 hours I got rained on and some light sleet with temps ranging from the upper 30′s to mid 40′s. Not 1 drop of water made it into my undergarments. And as far as warmth, all I had on underneath was a long sleeved henley on top and a pair of mid weight polypropylene bottoms. Again, no issues. If it weren’t for your gear the trip would not have had the successful outcome it did. Thanks for a great high quality product that does exactly what it is designed to do, keep me happy!
John W. Kankakee, IL
I just finished my first ride equipped with the X Moto Jacket and Pants – in a word – FANTASTIC! I started off at mid-day here in south central Colorado with the jacket and pants in “summer” mode – no liners. The thunderstorms were already brewing. I wanted to get the full treatment and boy did I. A short highway ride with partial venting proved just right in the heat. Once I hit the trail, I fully vented the jacket and pants, even opening the side zippers a touch on the pants. Perfect venting for the 15 mph max trail speed. At the first crack of lighting and thunder in the distance, I knew I was in for it. I quickly sealed the vents when the first hail stones hit – LOTS of marble size hail pounded me but the jacket (and I) were unfazed. Then the heavy rain hit as I rode under the storm – no problem – several people were agog to see me going by the hail filled, mud soaked, wet rocky trail in perfect comfort. A highway ride to home on the now mud soaked bike and clothing and that was that. So there you have it – a perfect test of your X Moto combo – I can easily recommend this system for dual sporting! Thanks again!
Stephen A, Salida, CO
Men’s AST Jacket and Ranger Pants – Updated version of jacket – Ranger Jacket
The Real Iron Man Jacket:
Five years and over 60,000 miles in one jacket and still going STRONG! The Olympia AST was made for a limited time in Bright Orange and I mean BRIGHT. This jacket has carried me to every state in the Lower 48 and across Canada while keeping me dry, warm and safe. I use the entire setup including Olympia pants and gloves; I shop every year for an upgrade but find nothing better for the money. Excellent armor, firm stitching, great quality, and VISIBLE. I don’t just like his product – I live with it on long runs, sleep in the waterproof under liners when cold or wet, and proudly wear them around town because they look good.
I am a recent purchaser of an AST Neon Yellow jacket. I’ve been riding for a few decades now and this is by far my best gear purchase. Fits as promised, functions as promised. Spot on, dudes. Adjustability is crazy good. Comfort even better. Hi-Viz saved me first time out. Foggy morning, country road, oncoming driver noses out to steam around a tractor, sees jacket before me. Always been the man in black, but this baby will fit in on many a ride. Thank you.
Sincerely, Jeff (Rhino)
Since receiving the jacket two weeks ago, I have traveled to Hamilton, Ontario and back, and that also included a separate trip to Michigan and back. To coin a phrase…”Where has THIS been?” The jacket has simply performed flawlessly. I have ridden in cooler weather, hot humid weather, and even rain in the two weeks I have worn this jacket. The vents work very well, and it’s light enough that the jacket allows the air to flow around me, keeping me much cooler than my leather counterpart. The waterproof ability of the jacket was put to the test yesterday during a heavy downpour. The jacket kept me totally dry allowing me to find shelter from the thunderstorms that were approaching. The armor in the jacket is positioned perfectly around each area, allowing me greater movement. I like that the arms have some additional skid protection on them. The vents are easily opened and closed, and I really like having the arm vents on TOP of the arm, because I can vent the jacket much better with those in that position than the more traditional jackets with the vents under the arm.
Boomer, Iowa City, IA
In short, I am a very very happy customer!!! It was obvious from the moment I tried the AST jacket on, it was clear that a lot of thought went into designing this jacket. Even though it is summer, I needed a jacket that would give me the biggest bang for my buck, and this jacket did not disappoint. I can’t wait to try it out in colder weather. I ride in almost all weather excepting snow. Sorry – some things even I won’t try!! I am trying to plan out a try for the Iron Butt Ride in later September, and this is the perfect jacket for such a ride. This is a jacket for all seasons.
Many Thanks – Bud
Several weeks ago, I was riding on a rural stretch of highway when it started to rain. I was on a straight stretch of road and hit a patch of slick mud. Instantaneously, the front end went into a tank slapper at 65 mph. Then the rear wheel slid out. I went down. My feet were pointed towards the front of the bike as we both slid down the road. I was sliding beside the bike, so the clothes took the full force of the slide. I had on my AST jacket and Ranger over Pants with almost 100,000 miles of wear (about 6 years old). The gear all held together (see attached photos). I got up and walked away, with no cuts, scrapes, or broken bones; just a few bruises. Also, attached is a picture of me in nasty weather wearing the AST jacket and Ranger Pants in pre-accident days. They never leaked! Thanks for making such great gear! It works.
Dennis D – San Antonio, TX
I recently purchased the AST jacket but had the opportunity to put it to the test on a motorcycle ride this past Memorial Day weekend. The ride began via the fast ferry M/V Fair-weather from Juneau, Alaska to Haines, Alaska followed by a great run up the Haines Highway to Haines Junction in Canada and then along the Alaska Highway to Beaver Creek, Yukon. From there I rode to Whitehorse, Yukon, then to Jakes Corner on the Alcan, and finally back to Skagway, Alaska via Car cross, B.C. The final leg home was a cruise back to Juneau on the Alaska Marine Highway courtesy of the M/V Columbia. Although it was a short 800-mile trip, I enjoyed clear to partly cloudy skies with temperatures from 45 degrees to 75 degrees along with the occasional thunderstorm. The AST 2 performed flawlessly, kept me dry in the thunderstorms, warm in the mornings, and the venting allowed near perfect airflow during the warm afternoons. Earlier this spring I was wearing the AST with the dandy removable liner in temperatures just above freezing and found I no longer needed my heated liner jacket; the AST was more than warm enough! I also own the Olympia Ranger 2 Overpants, and no complaints in that department either! Thanks Olympia! Keep up the good work!
John B, Juneau, Alaska
I bought a KLR650 from Hobby time motorsports in Bolivar, MO on 3/28/11. I took my Olympia 3/4 AST with me because I was driving the Kawasaki home which is in Glendale, AZ. Here are the details of the trip: Day 1 3/28/11: Arrived in Springfield MO at 1am. It was snowing. 31deg. Got to my hotel and slept. 9am Tom picked me up and drove me to his shop. Picked up the bike and began riding for the break-in. 35deg. Had my liner in my jacket and was pleasantly surprised at how toasty warm I was all day. Day 2 3/29/11: Got oil change at Hobby time at 8:30am. 9:30ish headed out due south to AK to ride the Ozarks. Cold, rainy, grey but my Olympia jacket and liner kept me warm, dry and most important comfortable all day. Day 3 3/30/11: Got up in OK to cold and wind. Drove to Wichita Falls, TX for another oil change. Still warm and cozy with my liner and jacket. In TX I removed the liner and rode to Lubbock, TX. Windy all the way. Day 4 3/31/11: Drove from Lubbock, TX to Roswell, NM. Lunch with the aliens! Warm afternoon so I opened all the vents and let the air in. Very comfortable ride. Finished the night in Safford, AZ. A little chilly so closed the front vents and left the back open…perfect. Day 5 4/1/11: Drove from Safford to Glendale, AZ. It hit 100 that day! I was comfortable. A little warm when stopped at a traffic light but otherwise felt great. Moral of the story, Olympia AST jacket works from 35 degrees to 100 degrees! If you want to verify this just look up the temps for the dates and locations. Or just ask me when you see me. I bought the jacket because all the forums speak so highly of the product. The fit and finish are second to none. It’s the only jacket you will ever need. Thank you for making such a superb piece of riding gear. It is rare that you get what you pay for…and then some more just because it’s the right way to make it.
Jeff F. Glendale, AZ
I bought my AST jacket several years ago and have worn it for well over 150,000 miles of riding. It is, quite simply, the very best riding jacket I have ever worn, and I have been riding for over 50 years, so that is saying something significant. It’s been in almost every state in the union including such varied climates as Florida and Alaska and has performed flawlessly in all of them. Excellent venting, fine liner, holds out the rain and keeps me warm when necessary. It’s still going strong and I expect to wear it for lots more miles. Thanks for a terrific product.
David W, Cedar Falls, IA
I just wanted to send off a note of thanks for making such a great jacket. Since purchasing my Olympia AST last September, it’s been my constant companion. I’ve worn it in below freezing temperatures, temperatures in the 90′s, rain, wind, sun, marble-sized hail (I pulled over for that one, but had no choice but to stand in it), and everything in between. It’s been across several states; I wore it while riding “The Dragon”, I wore it across Canada, and even far North in Quebec to the shores of the James Bay. I can’t think of a better purchase I could have made. Thanks again!
Josh, Toledo, OH
I bought a “Day Glow Yellow” XXL AST jacket in 2005. Man it hurts my eyes in the sun. I get comments all the time like, “Is that jacket loud enough?” My usual response is, “You saw me right?” I am 45 years old and ride a BMW 1200 GSA. 3M reflective stickers adorn my BMW factory cases. I’m all about being seen. This jacket has saved me from a rude landing on many occasions. It is warm and keeps me dry in the hardest rain. I feel well protected and never ride without it. The liner is easy on and easy off. I’ve ridden in 18 degree weather and never felt a chill. Good stuff. Thank you!
David B, Houston, TX
Just got your AST coat and did my 1st 1K Iron-Butt ride in it. It rained non-stop from the start at 6am till 10pm. The coat worked great, not a drop of rain got inside!
AST Kudos -I have spent the last week riding in my new AST jacket, and combined with my Gerbings liner, have extended my New York/ Hudson Valley season at least a month on each end. Great jacket! Today I wore it all day in the city (in driving rain) with your liner and was warm and DRY.
Roy F, Greenwood Lake, NY
Thanks for making such a superb riding suit in your Olympia AST model. I crash tested my 5-week old suit when I went deer hunting, motorcycling style, 3 weeks ago. The fact that all I suffered after a 50′ fling off the bike after hitting Bambi at 50 mph was a compound fracture of the lower right leg is a real tribute to the AST. Superb stuff!!!! No road rash at all, and of course my new Nolan N102 also did its job exceptionally well. The only reason I’m buying a new Olympia Suit is that I had the EMTs cut off the jacket because of fractured ribs that hurt like hell at the time but are hardly noticeable today. I won’t wear anything else in the current market. Because I have a somewhat offbeat sense of humor, I have to tell you that the look on State Trooper’s face immediately after the accident was priceless. The last thing I remembered was going through a busy intersection about 10th in a line of 20 or so vehicles. The next thing was seeing the trooper as he asked for my name, the date and if I knew where I was. I answered all three correctly and he looked relieved. He then said I’d hit a doe. I asked if it was dead. He said yes and I said good. He grinned and left me to the EMT’s. I do believe that the only reason that I am laughing and getting ready for my new bike in March is because of the cocoon provided by your suit. It has amazed everyone who saw what happened that I escaped as undamaged as I did. Thanks!!!
Tom B – Williamsport, PA
I just wanted to let you know that the AST represents the best money I have ever spent. This jacket is awesome. I live in Michigan and commute 100 miles every day on my bike. I used to watch the weather every morning before deciding to ride my bike but now I just put on my jacket and ride. I now will be able to keep riding until the snow and ice arrives. This jacket adds three months to my riding season. It also makes me feel a lot safer on the road. Since I have started wearing it, I haven’t had any close calls where drivers who didn’t see me. I can’t begin to count the number of comments I have gotten on the neon color. Thanks for making a great product I highly recommend it to anyone that asks.
Matt S – Howell, MI
I have your men’s AST jacket and it is my favorite jacket. I have owned numerous motorcycle jackets including a custom made leather jacket. Your men’s Olympia AST jacket is the most comfortable & serviceable I have experienced. The bright yellow material insures that I am seen by inattentive motorists. I have ridden with the jacket in temperature ranges of 35~100 degrees F and find the jacket stays comfortable up to about 92 degrees F. I like the jacket so much that I am going to buy a 2nd jacket just to keep on hand so that when this one wears out (if ever) I will be assured I have a back-up in case they are no longer made.
John H, Rainy State of Washington
I just returned from a 3200 kilometer trip through Morocco, all of it wearing a neon yellow AST touring jacket. Weather ranged from a torrential tropical downpour to hot days in the Sahara and to snowy mountain passes. The jacket was perfect! My European riding buddies were very impressed both with the performance of the jacket under such varied conditions and the visibility — they could see me kilometers away. We love our riding gear!!!
I purchased your AST jacket and Ranger Pants in late February. I have tested this outfit out pretty well now, in cold and heat and during some serious rain heading to the Bash the other weekend. I stayed dry and comfortable for the whole trip. No leakage at all. No crash testing however, although oil from someone’s blown engine on the Saturday Bash ride nearly gave me the chance to check that out also…..I just posted my Aerostitch for sale on the IBMWR want ads!
Van W, Asheville NC
I just got an AST touring jacket and my wife and I got Ultra Tour light pants. We were at the wettest and coldest Americade rally in recent history and the gear was perfect for all occasions. We didn’t get wet with our liners in and we didn’t need to stop to put our raingear on and off. Our friend saw our outfits and was so impressed; he went to the local dealer and bought an AST outfit for himself!!!! Thanks so much for your fine products and for your help and advice. PS – I also have monsoon gloves and they have performed the best of any wet weather gloves I have ever used. Joel and Ival S
Just a short note about High Vis Jackets (AST): I commute from Las Vegas to Los Angeles two to three times a month on my bike averaging 800+ miles or more per week. While in Los Angeles I was cut off by an excursion with a gentleman rambling on his cell phone. (None of us have ever seen this!) For once in my life there was a cop when one was needed. He was a moto officer riding just off of my left elbow. As the aforementioned oblivious driver pulled into a gas station I followed the officer in after him to make sure I was able to get my two cent worth in concerning the misfortunate maneuver. To my surprise the officer after gaining the distracted gentleman’s attention pointed at me and asked him if he was simply blind or was he intoxicated as no person could possibly miss the bright yellow jacket. The officer sent me on my way and I could only imagine the rest of the conversation. Thank You Olympia for helping a father come home to his wife and kids alive and well every night.
Michael M. Las Vegas, NV
I recently bought one of your AST jackets (neon yellow & black). I was looking for something brightly colored with some good contrast, reflection and CE pads. The AST fit the bill perfectly. I was first attracted to pick it up because it reminded me of the sturdy, protective “bunker” coats and brush-coats we used to use in my younger days as both a municipal and later wild land-forest firefighter. On closer inspection I was most impressed by the long list of features. A removable liner that can be worn alone; rainproof sealed seams; but most of all the well-engineered ventilation system! I live in the “piney woods” of deep East Texas and here it gets HOT and stays that way much of the year. Staying cool is key to survival. Since discovering the AST, I’m recommending it to all my friends. In fact, I was so impressed that I even sold one to another customer in the store! He was looking for a grey one. I showed him all the features on mine and let him try it on because he wore the same size. That was all it took.
JT, Nacogdoches, TX
I was lucky enough to purchase an AST jacket this week at the BMWMOA national rally. I rode 1500 miles home and found it to be a GREAT moto jacket. I rode through heat, and found the venting to be better than my previous mesh jacket. I rode in rain and found the jacket to be better than my previous “water proof jacket, even though I didn’t get all the vents closed before the downpour. I love the pockets and all the thought that went into the double closure openings. All of this and a color that attracts attention! I call the color Chernobyl yellow.
Paul & Cheryl R, Buena Vista, CO
Greetings from the High Country of Colorado, after two seasons my wife and I couldn’t be more pleased with our AST jackets and ProMax and Ranger pants. Your Hi-Viz Yellow is the perfect way to add conspicuicity to our varied backgrounds including forest, sky and mountains. We’ll do anything to attract attention to ourselves given the number of tourists, I mean guests in our part of the world. As a professional in the ski industry, I’m very familiar with the advantages of hi-tech, well made outerwear, and after 30+ years in the business, I can be a rather cranky customer. I’ll put OMS as equal to any manufacturer in the ski or mountaineering outerwear business. Thanks for offering some great products.
I purchased an Olympia men’s AST Neon Yellow Jacket and Ranger 2 pants from Desimone which saved my skin, literally. I was going down RT73 south in Winslow on 12/8 around 6:15 PM (dark) when a small white pickup truck pulled out in front of me. They never stopped before pulling out of the driveway or they would have seen me, and NO !, the person never stopped, they kept on driving. They had to see the sparks from my bike as it slid behind them. This area is 55 mph, which I was doing. I hit the brakes hard and tried to avoid them (which I did) but the bike went out from under me. I landed on my left side and slid and rolled twice on my sides while the bike continued sliding down the road. (Also blessed that no one was behind me to run me over!) Without the jacket and pants I would have been in the hospital for sure. As it turned out I drove away with only bruising to my left hip, left ankle, right knee and left elbow. And zero road rash. I can’t say enough about wearing good protective gear, and Olympia makes a great product. I’ve already purchased a replacement set from Desimone as my jacket got a hole in the left sleeve, and the pants zippers are unusable in several places from skidding on them. Better that than my skin and bones and hospital time. I believe the padding helped take some of the impact off of my body in the hip, knees and elbow. Thank you for selling good equipment.
Steve M, New Jersey
I’ve got your AST touring jacket in neon yellow. Love the jacket by the way. Used it on my honeymoon in everything from below freezing to over 100 degree weather. Had some rain, sleet, and snow thrown in for good measure. The jacket performed great.
Jonathan K. P. – Germantown Hills, Illinois
My wife and I are now looking at a second OMS jacket. Our ASTs have been to Alaska, managed Canadian west coast winter riding, and saved us from being hit by a car. The driver came up to us later and said she didn’t see the bikes but she did see the jackets. She told us she would have hit us if it weren’t for our hi-vis yellow Jackets. I would like to praise you for one more thing. The pricing of your product. In Canada pretty much everything comes in through an exclusive distributor, and my experience is that the distributor hikes the price way up. I know you don’t have an exclusive distributor for Canada and this is why you got my business. By dealing direct with retail shops, I’m paying less for your products. Any way we like how you’re doing business and we are looking at jacket number two now.
Brian L, Canada
I am an Industrial Designer (Auburn ’86 – War Eagle!) and recently purchased your AST and Ranger pants. I don’t think I could appreciate the many features and quality of these items without my sense of appreciation for detail, functionality, and aesthetic value. You do really great work! The quality, safety, and durability of these items are great and I just couldn’t be happier. Last weekend I completed a 400 mile ride in the mountains and loved my Olympia gear!!! I look forward to years of use and getting more of your really great apparel. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
Brad W, Powder Springs, GA
I wanted to let you know that my “new” AST has seen some demanding riding conditions since last April… Heat, wind, dust, rain, snow, the AST has handled every condition with aplomb! Best riding jacket I’ve ever owned in terms of protection and versatility.
I’ve been meaning to write to you for months about my AST Neon jacket. I bought it at Pacific Motorsports in Richmond, BC Canada last October, and wore it all through our wet, cold Vancouver winter. I commute 22 km. by motorbike year round, except when there’s snow on the ground. It rains most of the winter here in south-west BC, and I was as comfortable as I could ever expect to be on a bike in the rain at 3-5 degrees Celsius (somewhere around 38-42 deg F.). The inner liner kept me amazingly warm, despite its light weight (pretty cool as a standalone garment as well) and the outer jacket is completely waterproof (I used to work in an outdoor recreation supply company, so I’m pretty fussy when it comes to waterproof gear.) I’m happier with this purchase than I ever have been with a motorcycle accessory purchase. I watched your online video about the AST jacket, and agree whole-heartedly with all the comments made on the video. Please feel free to pass on my favorable comments about your excellent product. Thanks a bunch. Keep on riding, rain or shine!
Clark B, Richmond, BC Canada
Regarding my AST jacket and Ranger Trousers. Well after having this suit for approx 18 months, and just finishing a 2000 mile tour that took me from 5-8 degrees Centigrade (raining) to 30 degrees C in less than 2.5 days, I can only say I am very happy with my AST2, No liner was needed for extra warmth in the trousers, the jacket liner was needed only for about 3 hours. Warm, dry and very comfortable. Plenty of pockets to stash stuff and these things stay dry they are great pockets. In the Gorge Du Verdon France, it was hitting about 26-30C, open up the arm vents, back vents and the chest vents and just ride. Quite comfortable, for an all in one touring suit combination that takes you from one extreme to the other, its great piece of kit! We are going to be in the US in September and hope to buy some more Olympia Gear.
Darren C UK
Women’s AST Jacket and Promax Pants – Updated version of jacket – Ranger Jacket
Due to the Cordura shell and EN1621-1, motorcycle armor used in my Olympia AST jacket, I walked away from a 70 mph crash; a crash which pitched me forward off my bike, slammed me to the pavement and then sent me skittering and rolling 80 feet along the pavement. I was wearing my jacket with the vents open. The jackets impact areas were worn and scuffed, yet I did not sustain a single black and blue mark. Thanks for making a one tough piece of riding gear and keep up the good work.
Sue Slate – International Programs Chair Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation, Inc
I want to thank you for producing the best riding gear that I have ever had. This past August, I participated in the Adventure for the Cures 2011, sponsored by Progressive Insurance and organized by the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation, to raise money for the Komen Global Promise Fund. In two weeks, we rode over 2,500 miles from Anchorage, Alaska through the Yukon to the Arctic Circle and back. Being a breast cancer survivor who finished her treatments only two months before the trip, I needed to focus all of my energy on my riding skills. I didn’t want to leave anything to chance with my gear. I purchased the Ladies AST Jacket and Promax Pants, and my man donned the matching Men’s AST and Ranger Pant. We stayed warm and dry through some of the sloppiest weather and road conditions I ever rode through. No wonder the staff for the trip wore Olympia Gear; it really gets the job done! When we returned home and I looked at how dirty and covered with Dempster mud my jacket and pants were, I never would have thought that it would clean up so easily with a pressure washer in about 15 minutes. I absolutely love my Olympia Gear! I have used it on a couple of other long trips. Time and again, I’ve been warm and dry and perfectly comfortable in the saddle. I wouldn’t tour without it. Thanks you for making such an amazing line of touring gear!
Cindy F – Smithtown, NY
Odyssey Vent Tech One Piece Suit
I recently purchased an Olympia Odyssey suit. I owned the suit for literally 1 week, and wore it for 3,000+ miles within that short time. The suit performed great. Unfortunately, I was involved in a collision with a bear while wearing the suit while riding in the Iron Butt 5000 rally. The suit did its job, and I walked away without injury. Thanks for making a great piece of gear.
I have already commented on the Odyssey suit in respect to both its visibility and general weather protection but here is a comment that not many riders will want write about, and that its performance when you are tossed off the bike at around 60 mph. This happened to me the other day and I am happy to report that I survived without any drama. Good gear is the key to getting away with an accident, and in this case the suit did not expose my body to the road in any way. It did a sterling job in protecting my body. For the record I would recommend the Odyssey suit in every way; it’s a great peace of kit. In case you’re interested the helmet that also helped me survive was a Schubert C3. I hope the above helps somebody decide on a purchase as I have no qualms in recommending this protective gear.
Malcolm C, USA and UK
Regarding the Odyssey suit, I have just come back from a trip to Texas from Michigan, so yes there were some dramatic temperature changes, 26 degrees up to the high 80′s and back. Over 3,000 mile and rode in it the all the time, fantastic! The quality and detailing is as good if not better than other suits with a larger price tag and once you get the hang of the Velcro it’s really easy to put on and take off. I had the Hi-Vis version and for anybody thinking about the value of riding about in bright yellow, my trip took me through Cincinnati before dawn on a very wet morning. I was getting a drink when a truck driver commented that I had passed him and he had seen me in his mirror through the rain. His parting comment was that, ‘more riders should have the brains to make them seen’. Thanks for a great product and service in answering all my questions.
Malcolm – Saginaw, Michigan.
I am pleased and impressed with the Odyssey suit through every stage in the 15 months I have owned it, including two week-long multi-state tours. The manufacturing and material quality is equal or better to my AeroStitch or Hein Gericke Cordura jackets. The included armor and reflective surfaces are what we now expect from the latest technology riding gear. I think it could compete at a higher price range, but the Phantom was also a bargain. In the gray and black, I even think it looks good. Yellow may be safer, but I think with all the Scotchlite reflective surfaces integrated into the suit, my conscience is still clear. For all weather conditions, this suit is versatile. In a light thunderstorm with a mix of city and highway roads, this suit did not leak at all for me, and I did not even bother with the flaps over the zippers. The venting is very effective, but reaches its limits in desert heat, like any non-perforated gear. The venting is effective enough to make good use of a water absorbing vest on the very hot days. When the weather approaches freezing levels and my cousin plugs in his electric vest, I am comfortable with closing the vents and wearing a fleece jacket underneath with a neck scarf to keep my chin warm at 35°F. In short, excellent design and execution. If someone stole my suit, I would go right back to the Olympia dealer and get another. Bill R
Just an update on my Odyssey (Hi Viz) suit, you helped size for me (spent some time on the phone with me). We were in the middle of moving from Louisiana to Colorado when the suit arrived. Have not had a chance to “try” it out until last week and today. Spent one day last week riding my “little” RS through north-central Oklahoma and south-central Kansas, temperature varied from 70 to 94 degrees during the ride. Removed the liner at the start of the trip, very comfortable all day long. Did open the vents later in the day. I made a big impression at a restaurant in Sedan, Kansas several people remarked on how visible I was!! Especially a Harley ride and his wife. Left Longmont this morning (new home, on the LT) temp 54 degrees, with liner. Stopped in Ft. Collins (this afternoon) on the way home at “Beemers & More” (an Olympia dealer and a very nice shop), removed the liner, and bought a pair of your all season riding gloves (you guys are costing me a lot of money – - well spent). Long story short LOVE the suit!! Had lots of comments everywhere I stopped!! Simply want to thank you for making a quality product at a reasonable price!!! As I see it the other manufacturers of riding suits have a problem if the word gets out about your suits!!
I’m a first-time, rider who’s highly concerned with safety, so the hi-viz Odyssey suit looked like it was right up my alley. I haven’t been disappointed. It’s clear that somewhat inattentive (or sloppy) drivers see me coming and stop doing things like rolling through the stop signs. It’s also been great for winter riding. Last week I spent an hour cruising along in comfort in 25 degree temps — with just jeans and a t-shirt on underneath the suit and liner. Tons of pockets, loads of wickedly sticky Velcro, and a pretty good fit for what is really an off-the-rack piece of clothing. The suit is comfy to wear, and definitely windproof when all the zippers and Velcro are closed. I’ve ridden a couple of times at 50 or 60 degrees and opened up the arms and chest for some ventilation. The suit ventilates nicely. External pockets are easy to open with gloves on, and there are a bunch of internal pockets — both on the suit and its liner — for things like cell phones, wallets, etc. Finally, I plan on doing a fair amount of commuting with the suit, and I’ve gotten in and out of it enough times now to know that it’s pretty easy to get it on/off while wearing regular work clothes. The trick is to zip the legs open all the way up to the hip so that stepping through the suit is simple and easy. All in all, a great riding suit backed up with super customer service.
Christmas came early for me today. I had been thinking of purchasing a one-piece suit and when I came across the Olympia Odyssey, I thought I would give it a go. I have gone for the dashing bright yellow version as I do a lot of late dark night miles coming home from work on country roads and through the winter with lots of drivers who keep saying sorry mate, dint see you, so thought this was the safe option. I do a lot of miles here in Scotland and the weather can be very unforgiving at times. One moment wet, the next cold and if you are driving for a long time the sun will come out from time to time. You will end up taking off or putting on differing layers depending on the conditions. The Odyssey suit comes into its own here as it is well ventilated and comfortable to wear with or without the inner suit depending on how cold it is. I normally wear it with just my ordinary work clothes in the autumn. Now that it’s a lot colder, I also wear the inner suit with a T shirt and thick socks. I can say I have not been cold once. The suit has not let me down once in the rain and I have always arrived home warm and dry. I bought my suit from Bob’s BMW in the States and I am very pleased with them. The above was written a couple of months ago and I have had time to test all the properties of the suit properly. I can only say that I am very impressed with the quality and the performance of this suit. I have been riding for nearly thirty years and have worn all kinds of motorcycling clothing. I really like this one piece suit for its comfort and it does keep you warm and dry. If you are looking for a good all round touring suit or a one-piece suit for everyday use I would add this to your wish list.
Ian R. T., Scotland
I just wanted to say thanks for creating the Olympia Odyssey suit in neon yellow. I’ve used mine for heavy duty travel for several months now on California highways as well as for fast travel in Nevada. Whether it is hammering over the Sierra summits or threading through grid-locked highways this is one of my favorite purchases in over 35 years of riding. Worth every penny and then some. The fluorescent color works great – I can see right away how the cagers around me can see me (for a change). The quality is outstanding too. I expected it to be bright, but I didn’t expect it to be this well made – the best! I have to say it takes some getting used to if I’m going into a store where civilians inevitably gawk at the bright color. I don’t care. I want to keep riding as long as I can and whatever I can do to load the dice in my favor to stay visible I will do, and this does the trick better than anything I know. It works especially well in rainy or overcast weather, when I am by far the brightest thing on the highway. I bet you are going to save some lives with this suit, and that is something serious you should be proud of. The suit is easy to get into and out of (thanks for the extra long zippers!) and fits great over my work clothes. I ride a black BMW K1200S and I appreciate the good aerodynamics for faster cruise speeds. Way to go! Thank you!
Dimitri R, Incline Village, Nevada
I’m dropping you a line to let you know about my experience with my new Odyssey suit. I love it!!! I got a chance to spend a long day on the bike and get acquainted with the suit. The temperature ranged from the low 50′s to the upper 80′s and I must say that w/o the liner and the vents all buttoned up I was quite toasty riding in the cooler temps. I can safely say that once the cold weather hits, riding with the liner in will produce the same results. As the temperature rose vents got opened. I especially appreciate the arm vents; they’re nice and long and really make a difference when on the move. When I add the chest and back vents, I’m very comfortable as the temps climb. The air flows through the suit nicely, but not so much that the back of the suit balloons. The suit is very comfortable on the bike. I feel less restricted than I ever have with 2 piece suits (I wished I’d tried a one piece sooner) and the legs are long so they don’t ride up on my boots. Custom tailored suits are nice, but the way my weigh fluctuates; I’ll forgo the expense and use the various straps on the Odyssey to tweak mine as necessary. I haven’t ridden in the rain with the suit yet, but I had my teenage daughter blast me with the garden hose fully decked out in all my gear (I do believe she took some perverse pleasure in that!) and after about 15-20 minutes I hadn’t discovered any leaks. Thank you for producing an affordable riding suit that’s chock full of features. I now have a closet full of used textile gear for sale if you’re interested!
Ray K, Boise, ID
I had been planning to purchase a one-piece riding suit for some time now and after seeing a brief write up in a major motorcycle magazine I decided to purchase the Odyssey suit for an upcoming trip to Rhode Island to visit my daughter. Fit and finish was very good. Plenty of venting, pockets, and armor protection in all the right places. After some 3500 miles on this trip I feel I can make a statement on this suit. I normally wear a size large but ordered an XL instead. Reason? For cold weather this leaves enough room for added insulation (over the supplied liner) without restricting the insulating air space. Also in hot weather this allowed for air to circulate inside the suit and keep things cool. I experienced temps from the high 90′s to the low 70′s. At the upper end at a dead stop things did get a little warm. At no time did it get as warm as a full leather suit in the same condition. Face it, everything is a trade off. Once above 20 mph the air flow got things comfortable again. In lower temps, it was simple matter to close off some of the vents to keep things in the right temp range. Comfort of the suit under these conditions was excellent. In closing I strongly recommend this suit as an alternative to others on the market. It offers construction, features, and protection at a very reasonable price. Thank you for an outstanding product. I have no regrets purchasing the Phantom suit. If I can be of future service please let me know. Also I have enclosed a photo just prior to leaving Matunuck beach R.I. on my trusty 88 model K75S headed back to Baton Rouge. Rick H, Baton Rouge, La.
I live in Turkey. I am 66 years old and this is my 48th year on motorcycle. I am a founder of motorcycle group “Motorist” located in Ankara /Turkey. We usually organize 5- 7.000 km trips to Balkan States, Russia, European and Eastern Countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Georgia…) every year and carry lot of apparel with us for different climate conditions. I was searching for one suit which fits to all conditions. About 3 weeks ago, I bought Olympia One piece suit neon yellow M size from Kneedraggers.com. Three days ago, custom officer called me to come in to customs office for my package arrived from USA. I prepared necessary papers for clearance and went there for inspection. Officer opened the package, and asked me what is in the box. I told them about safety motorcycle apparel and I said “It is a motorcycle suit”. Customs clearance took only 5 minutes, but it took almost an hour for me to take my suit and leave the office. Because all of the officers called some other to show the suit and common expression was “Wow! I will buy a motorcycle to wear this” Yesterday, I wanted to try my new suit. Temperature in Ankara was -6 C below zero. I rode about 250 km. I will not tell you about how excellent is material, workmanship, functionality, design… I just can say that Phantom suit is “PAR EXCELLENCE” From now on, I am sure members of our group will have at least one of your products. Congratulations for your outstanding product. Onur Kuraner – Motorist Ankara / Turkey
Riding through thru the Bronx, in hot traffic plus stinging rain at 70 mph and 50 degree temps up in the mountains of Rochester, NY, or chilly winds in the 30′s and hail, rounding Lake Ontario from Toronto, the Odyssey performed flawlessly! (1160 miles in 3 days). Keep up the good work!
Jim S Holbrook, NY
I live in Sydney in Australia and I use my bike for two very different things – during the business day I use it as transport around the city going from meeting to meeting as a business consultant for which I wear a suit and tie. During my holidays and weekends I use my bike for adventure touring on smaller country roads or National Park roads. Up until recently there were three things that annoyed me about using my bike. – Firstly, having to gear up took me almost as long as it took me to actually get anywhere on my motorbike. – Secondly, when I’m on the road touring I have limited luggage capacity; anything that is unnecessary or bulky is a real pain. – Thirdly, stupid car drivers who think that motorcyclists are targets for them to aim at! About a month ago I took delivery of an Olympia Odyssey one piece riding suit…Well! I have to say Kevin and his merry men and women at Olympia have done a fantastic job! With all the zips and flaps on the suit I simply unzip 3 zips on my suit, step into it, zip it up, throw my helmet and gloves on and I’m off – Takes about 1 1/2 minutes from “suit and tie man” to “Motorbike man” . It goes over the top of whatever I’m wearing so I can go anywhere and appear as a completely normal person at the other end! I don’t understand why every bike commuting business person hasn’t got one of these. When I get to my destination, if I fold it up properly, I can fit it in a single helmet top box which I couldn’t do with my previous pants and jacket which of course is great for my second problem which was carrying excess luggage when I’m touring. I also have all my protective gear on whenever I go on my bike because it’s so easy to put on and it’s always there! It seems really well made and robust and although I haven’t had it out in really cold weather it certainly keeps me warm on chilly days. I can’t comment on its waterproof-ness yet because I’m a sissy and I don’t ride in the rain if I can avoid it, but if I do inadvertently get caught in a shower I suspect I won’t have to try and find a place to stop and drag on a rain suit. (In my experience by the time you found a place to stop you are soaked anyway and the rain has stopped). I also can’t comment on whether it works skidding along the tarmac at 100 km an hour on your bum! …. and I’m not planning to try that any time real soon but it’s certainly feels as though it has got better abrasion resistance than just jeans or skin. Don’t tell the people at Olympia this, because they might put the prices up, but for $450 bucks (compared to the BMW equivalent at $1000 over here) it’s an absolute steal! (even if you add the $70 of freight to get it here!) So all I can say is thanks to the Olympia guys, you’ve solved two of the most annoying things about motor biking for me…… now what are you doing about the stupid car drivers?
Keith in Australia
Let me take a moment to congratulate you on producing a great 1 pc suit. I purchased the suit because after seeing the other guy (the Big A) on so many people at rallies I ordered one and was it backordered four weeks. Started shopping elsewhere and found Olympia Moto Sports. I really enjoyed your tell-all videos on fit and finish. It is really those videos that sold me. In May of this year I left Boulder, CO, about 11am, it was 80°F and sunny. Two hours later it was 24°F and raining ice as I climbed the Vail pass on I-70. I was miserable (and scared to death) but I was dry, Later that night as I passed through Baker, CA, it was 106°F (yes people live where it is 100+ at night – hard to believe). Same suit, no stops to change clothes. In between in the Utah desert I was pounded by thunderstorms but I go to my home in Los Angeles, safe and dry. My precious mobile phone in the right breast pocket that is labeled “waterproof” was also safe and dry. Nice work and at a fair reasonable price. I recommend this suit w/o reservation.
All the best, John C, Boulder, CO
Avenger One Piece Mesh Tech Suit
Scott G says:
I have and extensively used one of your Avenger one piece suits (purchased from Moto Liberty in San Antonio). It is one of my favorite pieces of gear. The blistering summer we just experienced really put that suit to the test, and to say the least, I’d fight before giving it up. Nathan at Moto Liberty tells a good story about a friend of his completely destroying an aged Gold Wing while doing an admirable job of keeping up with him and some of his other friends on a very twisty road (the others were riding Ducatis and such). He just happened to be wearing a Stealth suit at the time and hit a mid-corner bump while dragging everything the old ‘Wing had to offer, which resulted in it soon shredding itself into hundreds of practically unrecoverable pieces. According to Nathan, he dusted himself off, walked away, and still uses the suit. As with all good war stories, there may be a bit of exaggeration, but it is an excellent testament to your product.
Horizon Rain Suit
Larry M Sydney Australia says:
I was drawn to your Horizon rain gear from the first time I saw it online and I’m very happy I persevered and finally found one of your dealers willing to help me out in purchasing the Horizon gear. Since getting home I’ve had a couple of opportunities to put the gear to the test with good result, but none as testing as the weather Sydney has experience over the past two weeks. Sydney has just had its wettest weather for the past 6 years, with rain that has varied from annoying drizzle to absolute downpours that last an hour maybe, but it hasn’t stopped yet. Throughout all this rain I’ve continued my hour each way commute, wearing my new Horizon rain gear and I can report that I’ve been 100% bone dry at the end of each trip. I’m very happy with the Horizon rain gear and am equally happy to recommend/promote your product to anyone seeking good quality and effect rain gear at every opportunity. Regards