Firstgear TPG Expedition Suit
First Riding Suit
After much back and forth and many videos, I finally had to make a choice on what protective gear I would buy. I ultimately decided a single suit would be the best long term option for someone like me looking to do 4 season commuting.
I am 6'1", 220 lbs and ordered the extra large. I feel it is mostly a good fit with all the armor positioned in its "smallest" setting. I should have plenty of room to layer up.
Construction seems to be quality, with a similar issue as another reviewer: the darn zipper just doesn't want to go all the way up. It stops a few inches shy of closing, and you have to pull the fabric below in order to get it closed.
It blocks wind well when fully closed, and breaths well with vents open. I imagine I will be too hot on 80+ degree days, but with layers I imagine I could ride in pretty low temps.
Average points for style. Not super cool to look at and no hi vis option. Not ugly either, mind you.
As a first suit I'm glad I didn't skimp. It's nice and comfortable and should do its job if it has to.
April 16, 2015
Very good, but with minor flaws
Overall suit is very good - good materials, nice stitching, thought-out design. Especially I like integrated D3O armor in adjustable pockets, so you can actually fit it to your exact anatomy.
It also worth to mention that armor is CE level 2 (except for back protector) - which I didn't find in any other riding suit on the market. So, if you want maximum protection - you can buy this suit, replace only the back protector - and that's all.
Other things I like:
- Good ventilation - everywhere except back where vents are behind back protector
- Vents on a place on pants pockets - so you can reach your wallet without any problems
- Leg zippers which allow to wear it on top of even massive boots like A* Toucan
However, there are some points why I didn't put 5-star rating here:
1) No hi-viz option. Guys, really? You make a great riding suit and you don't have any possibility to order it hi-viz?
2) Only 2 pockets. It's a lot of pain for me as I usually have a lot of stuff to carry with me.
3) Leg zippers don't allow to put it on with boots on.
April 7, 2014
An excellent choice for the spaceman on a budget
I honestly couldn't be happier with this suit. I'm 6' and 250 lbs and the XL fits pretty well, I have room for an extra layer (probably 2) under the suit but it's not baggy enough to flap around in the wind. My only issue is that I have a long torso and short legs (inseam is 30-31") and I'm at about the limit for the torso length on this. The legs are a couple inches too long, but that's not really that big of deal, it works out pretty well when I'm on the bike.
It's plenty warm down to 50 with just jeans and a t-shirt under it, and down to 35 degrees with just a second layer of polarfleece underneath. I imagine it would be OK in even colder weather with some kind of insulating pants and maybe another layer up top, but I'm in CA so I'll probably never need to test that. At about 80 degrees it starts to get pretty warm unless you're at speed with all the vents open. I've been caught in a few rainstorms with it and have not been wet so far.
The zippers are nice quality waterproof deals that close securely. The pulls are a bit hard to operate with gloves on. The full length leg zippers make it real easy to get in and out of even with bulky boots on my size 13 feet.
My only want would be a vent in the back which would really help with airflow through the suit when it starts getting warm. Overall, it's a great suit and a good value for what you're paying.
March 27, 2014
Continues to suffer from big flaws
I had the previous Firstgear one piece riding suit in size Large. The sizing on the TPG Expedition suit is completely different, with me swimming in a Large (5'11", 175 lbs). No big deal, swapped for a Medium. Just be aware.
In the TPG, they at least upgraded the zippers to quality YKK zippers. (On my old Firstgear suit, the main zipper broke after about 20 uses.) Unfortunately, due to some faulty sewing, the main zipper regularly snags about 80% of the way up nearly all of the time. Annoying. Also, the neck clasp refuses to stay open. I'm tired of trying to swap out TPG suits for one that works as it should and am just sticking with what I've got.
Quality control continues to be a serious problem for Firstgear. For this price, the suit needs to have been adequately QC'ed to not have these problems. This suit would be excellent if they could just make one that had everything working on it.
March 22, 2014
High quality at a value price.
high quality materials and workmanship.
excellent cut for tall riders (I have a 36" inseam and the large provides plenty of length in the riding position).
adjustable armor (I'm 6'2", 175lbs and have never had a suit/jacket-pant combo that the armor was is the best position for a crash, with the adjustable armor I can dial in a custom fit,)
excellent wind protection (I have ridden in single digit temps at highway speeds with only a small fleece mid-layer and comfortable.)
Cons: only one, this thing is a major pain in the A** to get on & off. The adjustable armor does not have the traditional pocket, rather is exposed for adjustability and can catch on entry. I have almost given up on keeping boots on when putting on or talking off, just to time consuming.
overall it is one of the best pieces of motorcycle equipment I have ever owned.
January 20, 2014
Anthony's review was spot on
I am using this for my daily commute over my work clothes. I chose it over the other Revzilla suits and the BMW one piece. It offers great quality for the $. The armor and YKK zippers are true value add.
November 1, 2013
This is a great product. Unlike other brands, there is no waterproof liner--the shell itself is waterproof.
There is plenty of venting (and the vent openings have a mesh liner to keep the bugs out), which means the suit is good for 4 seasons.
I am 6'2', weigh 245, and the 2xl is a great fit.
The only reason I did not give 5 stars is because I have not yet ridden in torrential downpour so I can not speak to the suit's ability to keep the water out under such conditions.
I think it's a great buy.
October 28, 2013