Joe Rocket Survivor Suit
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
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