Joe Rocket Survivor Suit
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
Envy of all my friends
I had been looking for a suit - specifically one that would fit an odd body type. I work out at the gym so have broad shoulders, thick chest, medium waist, and thick legs. The reviews were helpful and got me into the right pew. The sizing chart is perfect - do not second guess it. I am six feet tall and 200 lbs, the 2X Hi-Viz Neon fits like a tailor made suit. Took it for my first spring ride, 40 degrees and a 150 miles later and I was relieved to remove my gloves and pop the helmet to pump gas. First rate construction, comfortable, warm, and worth every penny. For those with a wife that worries every time you leave the house, model it for her and you will not hear another word.
March 13, 2015
This suit is hard to evaluate.
I purchased this suit in December so the first two rides I took it on had temps in the low to mid 30's. At that temp with the liner installed it kept me warm and comfortable, and was easy to get in and out of. At these low temps I had no need to open any vents so I did not notice a defective zipper on the left rear vent where the zipper did not extend all the way to the bottom making this extremely hard to open. I have to pinch the bottom of the zipper with one hand while pulling very hard on the zipper with the other hand. This I am sure will be be a serious leak point in the rain due to the gap. See pic. Unfortunately the 30 day return period had elapsed by the time I discovered it so I guess I am stuck with it. Now for the real problem: I took it for a ride the other day with temps in the low 50's so I removed the liner. It was too cold to open the vents but with them closed the suit kept me somewhat warm as I only wore a turtleneck and jeans underneath. However when I removed the suit after about a one hour ride all my clothing was very damp, pants and shirt. This suit does not breath at all, so be advised it is like riding in a heavy plastic bag. From what I have experienced I suppose the suit will vent the upper portion adequately but the lower portion does not seem to vent at all, even with the upper portion of the leg zips open. I cannot imagine my self riding in this suit in temps over 60 degrees f. Adjustability of this suit is nice as it provides many cinches, although the snaps on the sleeves unsnap while riding. I would have preferred straps. I am not recommending this suit only because of it's limited temp range of use.
March 13, 2015
I bought this suit to commute to work and back. First morning I wore it was 30 degrees F. I could not wear a light jacket under it because it is a very snug fit. So I wore it over dress pants and a long sleeve dress shirt. I was not cold at all. I am 5'10" 190 #s and got a large reg. it is snug but I think I would rather it be so than to loose and bulky. The only complaint I have us that it is hard to get anything in and out if the pockets. It is a bit hard to get on but fits like a glove once on. The armor it in the right places and the quality seems to be high. I don't think I will be able to wear it here in Houston come June, July, and August but definitely it will be good for 3 seasons here.
February 26, 2015
Explosion for the Dollar
This thing is awesome so far. I rode to work today for the first time in this suit. It was in the 20's and my commute is about 30 minutes one way. I had on corporate casuals, and the suit with the liner in. It wasn't too cold, though I think I could benefit from a down vest to keep my core a little warmer.
I'm 5'10 and weigh 178 lbs. I usually wear a medium in most everything, but I got this in a large, and with the liner and clothing it fits like it was tailored for me, though the legs are pretty long. I love that it doesn't make me look like the michelin man. I have an average build, but with the suit on a friend told me that I looked like I could "kick some a**".
Like other reviewers, I'm a little disappointed in the collar. If it was just a bit taller it would be much more affective at keeping the cold off of my neck. Also, with the liner in I couldn't get the thing on while wearing my boots. Another BIG negative is that it rejected my marriage proposal.
February 25, 2015
Great bang for your buck!
I've had my eye on this suit for a really long time now and finally ordered one. Got it last week and was really excited to try it on. I heard in reviews that it fits a little small so to go up a size you would normally wear so I got a medium and it was a good thing I did. I'm about 5'10" and about 160lbs with an average build. I usually wear slim fitting gear as well as clothing. I found that the jacket part is pretty snug especially under the arms. The underarm can be a little uncomfortable but being in the riding position alleviates that. It's going to be really hard getting some layers in there when it's cold out. A t-shirt and light sweatshirt is the most i can squeeze in there. The pant part however is really generous. I can get in there with jeans and ski pants on top and would still have enough room to not feel constricted. That's pretty much the only reason why I'm giving 4 out of 5 stars. The inconsistent sizing of the jacket and pant is a little disappointing but I'm still happy to finally have this suit.
Unfortunately I can't say much else because I haven't taken the suit out riding yet. It's -20 Celsius here in Montreal. Just wanted to give you potential buyers a heads up on the fitting.
February 18, 2015
Great for the money. Just a few flaws. Worth it though.
This suit is great. I wear it every day on my 80 miles to and from work. I wear my regular clothes under it.
Biggest problem is the velcro on the inner layer. I took the inner layer out on day one and it probably wont get cold enough here in SoCal for me to care, but if you use it, the velcro gets caught on the soft inner mesh. Right out of the box I had frayed lining on the inner cuffs.
Other than that, this thing rocks. I feel well protected. I have been riding in 58-65 degree weather without the liner. Warm enough on its own. I took it out in about 78 degrees with vents open. Nice and cool.
February 3, 2015