Joe Rocket Survivor Suit
Recommended, but not in the Rain
I bought this suit really hoping that it was built to keep just about all the rain out. Certainly sounds like it in the video. But it doesn't, no DWR (durable water repellant) on the fabric, lots of un-protected from rain stitching. First ride in the rain: soaked and cold.
Besides that; the fit, protection, visibility, warmth are all very good.
A really good suit for riding, especially at night, and when it's cold. Please, not in the rain.
And for the guys at Joe Rocket: As a technical apparel engineer crafting extreme weather gear for almost 20 year, I would LOVE to help make this a much more weather-proof garment without breaking the bank. Call me.
November 28, 2015
Texan looking for a suit to wear to office for winter commuting.
I was looking for a simple one piece suit that I could wear business casual underneath and pull off once i got to the office. This suit checked every box.
it has zippers on the legs that go all the way up to the hip, so putting it on and taking it off is super easy. there are tons of adjustments for fit. tons of pockets(tho no internal breast pocket, which is where i store my phone, but oh well not a deal break for me).
So far, the coldest ive ridden in was 48 degree fahrenheit. I was nearly sweating at stop lights - even with the removable thermal liner removed. I definitely foresee this suit keeping me comfy at 30 degree with the liner in and me only wearing office clothes.
The back armor is slightly uncomfortable, you can feel it pretty much all the time. but it isnt to uncomfy to be a huge issue, and it is removable. i am contemplating gluing a thing layer of padding to it and reinstalling it.
The rest of the armor is good enough for commuting, has shoulder, elbow and knee guards. nothing to heavy duty but for a slide during my commute would probably be sufficient enough for me to get back up.
I have a tall torso so when i am at full tuck, the back is a little tight but again, nothing to much to really care about.
the over all construction is insanely awesome - especially for the price. zippers could be a shy bit beefier but i honestly dont see them failing anytime soon, and they are all waterproof with tons of overlapping rubber seals.
really feel like i could 'survive' in this suit.
November 13, 2015
I wish I could give this suit a 4.5 star rating. For its price the suit absolutely hits the mark. I commute year round, all-weather, and also do a decent bit of touring. I've worn the suit around 70% of the last 365 days (I sometimes wear summer gear when it gets real hot).
Waterproofing - From the factory it will hold up to light rain and damp days. Hit it with some waterproofing spray and it will hold up pretty well in downpours. It will keep you from getting soaked but expect some wetness in the elbow, underarm, crotch and knee areas if you're riding in downpours.
Venting/Warmth - It is a bit lacking in venting options. Opening the chest vent and back exhaust vents moves air pretty well. The legs are double zippered so I open from the hip downwards to my knee for some additional venting. It is fine as long as you're moving but becomes a sweat trap as soon as you slow down/stop in the heat. With the liner in, some layering, and heated gloves I can ride pretty comfortably through the MD winter. At single digit temps I am a little chilly, but not cold/freezing, when I finish my 40 min commute. The double-zippered legs allow you run heated gear wires out by the top of your thigh.
Fit/Looks - For a textile suit it is about as good looking as you can get. My suit is much more a gray color than black though. The reflective back works great and is fairly discreet so you can maintain some dignity when off the bike. For reference I am 5'9"/5'10", 155-160lbs, 30" waist x 32" inseam, wear 40"-42" chest size jackets. I have a Med suit and it is slim fitting. Fits well over street clothes but with the liner in and wearing heavy layers it is a bit restrictive. I wear US size 9/ EU size 42 shoes/boots. After a little practice I get in and out of the suit with minimum trouble with boots on, just have to watch the heels catching.
Quality - The arm synch buttons are pretty much worthless, but who uses though anyways? The zippers sometimes snag the mesh on the back-vents. See waterproofing concerns above. With-in one year of constant use: one of the YKK leg zippers broke at the piece that attaches the pull tab; it is still functional though. One of the hip adjusters sowing has ripped after becoming snagged on something; doesn't really affect usability as far as I care. There is a one year manufacturer warranty on the suit but I don't care enough to get those two little issues fixed.
November 13, 2015
The suit is slightly large (bunches up a bit below the knees, but fits like a glove while riding). Wife says it's "slimming" which is always a plus! Have not had it in torrential rain yet, but it held up well in light rain. Took the liner out and have worn it in 40 degree temps with just a t-shirt and jeans underneath. Will probably put the liner back in when winter arrives, but so far in this wet fall, its been awesome!
November 9, 2015
Not as water proof as they say!!
For the average ride the suit is worth the money. it is easy to adjust and fit. air flow in hot weather not the best but for the price can't really complain. The suit is water proof for the most part except in the crouch stitching or the ripper leaks. It leaked in light rain within 15 min of the ride. I could feel the dampness. By the time I got to work, I need a change of cloths. Overall is a good suit to use as long as it is not raining.
November 9, 2015
leaks like crazy in the crotch area
Great suit when its not raining and unfortunately Revzillas return policy doesn't allow you to find this out. Don't rely on my review only, google this suit and you'll find out it leaks like crazy in the crotch area. Again, great suit without rain.
November 5, 2015
A Good Insurance Policy for the Price
Courtesy of a gritty corner and exuberant riding, I got to put this suit to the ultimate test (3 weeks after buying it) with a low-side and a good 20' slide. The suit now has some pretty decent abrasions and one hole where the armor over my knee drug against the ground. I couldn't find any rips or tears though. No pavement got to my skin. I feel the suit preformed well for the price. I'm 5'8", 132 lbs, with a 29" waist. I ordered the small and it fit me perfectly, all the armor aligned and I was also able to fit an additional back protector inside. The few 30 deg. C mornings I got to use it, it kept me nice and warm. I wish I would have gotten to try it in the summer, I will probably buy another one soon.
March 25, 2015
Great Product for the Money!
For first time riding suit owners, this is a great starting point. Has similar features to the $1k suits. This suit works well in cooler to cold weather 65 to 35, but anything outside of that range can get uncomfortable. My one dislike is the lack of leg vents.
March 16, 2015