Joe Rocket Survivor Suit
Super warm in the winter, comfortable
I bought this suit 2 years ago for commuting. I am 5'6" and 120 pounds, and I wear the Small hi-viz suit. I wanted to leave a review after I had had some time to really test out the suit.
It is a great, affordable suit. I'm one of those crazy people that enjoys riding in the winter, and with the liner in, my body was very warm. My hands and feet were a little chilly, but that's not something the suit can fix. However, I can say that I would not need a heated vest or jacket with this suit. It is warm enough on its own. It also has great wind protection.
I've only ridden at the tail end of some thunderstorms, so I can't fully attest to its waterproofness. But I will say that I stayed dry in pouring down rain and I didn't note any leaks at the time.
These are the cons: The waterproof pockets are nice, but you can only stick smaller things in them. The cell phone pocket would fit a Samsung Galaxy 4, but only if you put it in the suit before putting the suit on. I had to buy a smaller wallet to fit in the leg pockets to easily get it out. On the plus side, the pockets will keep your stuff dry, whatever you can fit in there. The usual inside pocket is where I would put things like a cell phone just because it is bigger and deeper.
The suit also takes some getting used to at first. I would say that you can get it on and off with your boots on but it does take some practice. It's a little stiff and heavy until it's broken in.
Overall, it's a great suit for a woman or a man looking to use it for commuting and winter riding, or just any riding.
August 11, 2016
Best suit for the money that I could find. Watch out for slghtly small sizing though.
I have been wearing this suit for 2 months now, from about 78 degrees down to the mid fourties. It takes the cold weather very well but was a bit hot with the liner in during the hot days. Easy in and out. I am 5',9" 215 muscular build and ordered the XL short. Length is about right everywhere but it is snug across the shoulders and arms. I was considering sending it back but is is bearable and I have gotten used to it.
April 11, 2016
Needed a rainsuit for riding
This product fits well. Though a bit long in the leg, it is comfortable to ride in. The pads are well placed and adjustable/replaceable.
Quality of the stitching and zipper pulls/push buttons is excellent. It has the feel of something that will last a while (time will tell).
Ventilation seems pretty good. Summer is coming so we'll definitely find out.
All in all I'm pleased with this purchase. I think its well worth the money to have the full body protection this affords.
April 5, 2016
Short people don't get the Hi Viz option, BUMMER!!
Just guessing on my review. Quality looks good but suit didn't fit. Only tried it on and put back in box. Listened to Anthony and the chart. I'm 5'-7" with 29" inseam, 38" waist, and 42" around bellybutton. I ordered a 2XL short. It is way to big. Can grab at least 4"-5" extra material around my belly. In process of returning and that should go ok #thank you Mario# but what to do now? The chart says the XL is too small and Anthony says they run small. The odd thing is the waist and legs on the 2XL were very large but the arms fit snug. If I go with the XL short and the arms are any tighter, then it will not fit either.
March 27, 2016
There are three core features to look for in a riding suit:
1. Will it keep you warm?
2. Will it keep you dry?
3. Will it keep you safe?
With the Joe Rocket survivor suit you can answer a definitive YES to each of these questions. The other important feature for me is the ability to store it in one of the side saddles of my BMW F800 Adventure so that I can leave it with the bike instead of walking around with it. I've tested the suit in cold weather, in rain, and in moderate weather and it's really awesome. You can spend a lot of money on a separate jacket and pants, or you can make the value decision to buy this suit.
Of note, I comfortably wear a pair of jeans inside the suit. I'm 6'1" 220lbs and I bought the large.
January 26, 2016
Overall very good.
Only used a couple of rides so far. Should be worth the money with more use in the colder weather. I am not a cold weather rider but with this suit I should be able to get at least an extra 3 mos. of riding a year. Suit is sized small so order one size larger then usual.
January 19, 2016
Fantastic suit for the money
I have been wearing this suit in daily commuting temperatures in the teens with only a light base liner jacket and the suit holds heat great! It has also proven to be completely rain tight in some intense downpours. My only complaint is that the legs are a bit short. I am 6'3" 180 lbs and ordered the XL. When I sit on the bike, the bottom of the legs reach above my ankles leading to a slight draft up the leg but nothing too terrible. It may get annoying on a longer ride. Another few inches in length or the ability to cinch the bottom tighter would be great. Other than that, the neck is pretty low. If you are riding in the cold, get yourself a good neck gaiter.
January 19, 2016
Survivor Suit Breakdown
I chose this as my first riding gear due to the price point, and I am very pleased. Owned for 1-2 years, I ride a couple times a week on average no less than 30min each direction..
Comfortable Temp Range: 45F - 90F
Motorcycle: FZ-1 (minimal faring)
Good Weather: Fantastic, I feel protected and relatively unrestricted. Without the liner it is very comfortable 60F - 85F. The vent is difficult to zip up and down while riding.
Heat: Rode for 40min in 115F with finger-less gloves, all the vents open, no liner, and the legs zipped down half way. Leaving the arm zippers loose allowed acceptable air flow through my arms. Perspiration was excessive, but while moving I was kept cooler than without the suit. Does not work much over 90F if you need to stay dry underneath.
Cold: Rode for 40min in 30F with the suit liner, thermal base layer, and a fleece jacket. Definitely felt the cold seeping through the arms and front zipper, but was still warm on average. The bulky fleece restricts mobility for me significantly, so I am looking into a heated jacket liner. With only the suits insulation layer, I am comfortable down to 45F.
Rain: Rode for 30min in medium rain with minimal wear to the suit on a Virago 250 with no windshield. I stayed relatively dry except for major seepage in the crotch. Pockets stayed dry. I am looking into waterproofing treatments.
Conclusions: Disappointing about waterproofing, but a very nice piece of gear for the price point. It is very versatile, but it is not good for riding in continuous rain, continuous extreme heat, continuous extreme cold.
December 13, 2015