Olympia Airglide 4 Jacket
Great Jacket for the price
Wanted a jacket with protection and would be 'cooler' to wear in the summer. So far have only worn the jacket with all 3 layers and riding in temps in high 40's/low 50's with two layers under jacket (tee shirt and thermal long sleeve) so the cold did start to "creep in". Given that the front has mesh panels that is no surprise.
Construction seems very good but the only thing I'm concerned is how well the Velcro in the wrist will hold up over time with constant use (would have preferred some snaps); and do wish the pockets were deeper and cell phone pocket a little larger to fit modern smart phones (as others have stated).
Overall the jacket is very comfortable (bought a large) and fits me very well, never notice the padding in elbow or shoulders while riding. I'm 5-8 180lbs. Unfortunately will have to wait till spring/summer to remove layers and see how well the venting actually works (the main reason for me buying the mesh jacket).
As of now would not hesitate to recommend this jacket.
December 2, 2014
3 1/2 season, high quality reflective jacket
For those that value safety when riding, fitment and being conspicuous are two of the most important elements right at the top of the list. These jackets run a bit more than others but there is a reason. Highest quality construction, materials, and air flow are unparallelled. There are two liners, one more for breaking the wind and rain; the inner liner is more for riding in colder weather. The small fit me a little snug but as the representative illustrated, you want those pads close to the body and don't want them to shift in a fall. My wife has had a very hard time finding a jacket that fits her body type. The female version of this jacket has gussets and tightening straps that allows the jacket to go over her hips while ensuring a nice fit in the waist, arms and shoulders. The RevZilla video does a great job of illustrating all of the features of this jacket. It is well worth the money! You wont regret it. .
November 22, 2014
Solid jacket at a good price
I agonized for weeks over a jacket. I was wanting a true 4-season jacket, but the more I researched, the more I realized that true, comfortable 4-season is nearly impossible.
My initial purchase was a Dainese Teren jacket on sale at just under $500. I went back and forth on that jacket for a couple of weeks without actually taking it for a ride. I loved the way it looked and fit, and it felt like a tank, but considering much of my riding is warmer weather, it just seemed like it was going to be too warm for 90% of my riding. I finally sent it back.
A fellow riding buddy has the Airglide 4 and raves about it, so I started looking at it, and considering most of the features were the same as the Teren (removable waterproof and thermal liners), but with a much more breathable shell, and $200 cheaper, I finally decided to go with it.
I initially went with the black, but returned it for the hi-viz, and am happy I did. I'm at the point in my riding career where safety is really paramount to me, so the greater chance I give myself of being seen the better. The fit of the jacket isn't nearly as good as the Teren was, but I knew that going into it. I'm tall and skinny and the Airglide definitely has too much room in it. I'm 6'1 and went with a Medium. Considered a small, but this jacket is already borderline too short since it's waist-length not 3/4 (again, something I knew going into it) so a small would have been too short. Arm length is great, and there is a decent amount of fit adjustment, although with all the liners out, the jacket does fit looser than I would like. Still, though, it's a very comfortable jacket.
Build quality seems solid. I like the included CE back protector. I haven't tested it's waterproof capabilities yet, but based on most feedback I have seen on this jacket, I'm confident it will do just fine in the rain.
Once I convinced myself that I wasn't going to find a do-it-all jacket, I eventually honed in on the Airglide. All things considered, for me, it's the best all around fit. Would definitely purchase again.
November 3, 2014
Very good jacket
I read most of the reviews on this jacket before I purchased it. I bought the hi-vis colors for two reasons: 1. I want to be seen, and 2. It allows me to get on Ft. Hood without having to put on an ugly vest. One review that I read said the armor in the jacket was uncomfortable. That was being very kind. Actually, I would say the armor is torturous. For that I gave this jacket a 3 for features. Being forewarned, I also purchased the D3O elbow and shoulder armor along with the jacket, 1000% improvement. At 6', 210 lbs., the jacket fits well and is not as roomy as the video says. However, I like the slightly snug fit as it helps keep the jacket from riding up if you happen to go skidding down the road.
October 17, 2014
Excellent quality for the money
Having gotten back on a bike after 10 years, I needed to get a jacket. I had read a number of reviews and liked what I had been reading about olympia jackets so I took the plunge and went in on the Airglide 4 sight unseen. I'm happy that I did! It's a very high quality jacket with just the right combination of what I needed. It was warm in Northern California when I got it so I took out both liners and just loved the fact that it's got a ton of ventilation while still providing protection. Overall I'm very happy with the purchase.
October 13, 2014
Almost Perfect Jacket
This was my first textile mesh jacket and I am pleased to report I made a very good purchase with the Olympia Airglide 4. I've always worn nothing but leather, even in our hot, humid deep-south summers but finally decided to broaden my horizons and get a textile garment. I confess the Olympia Airglide 4 wasn't my first choice having my mind made up for a Tourmaster Intake Air 3. Unfortunately (or perhaps not) my size and color choice (Hi-Viz) were sold-out in the Tourmaster which forced me to look for a runner-up. After MUCH research (thank you Revzilla for your product videos and customer reviews) I concluded the Olympia to be my best alternative.
Kudos to Revzilla for their speedy shipping; I received the jacket in a mere 3 days time from ordering. As I've had the jacket only one week so far and have worn it but three times without the liners in temps ranging from a low of 55*F (w/ light weight, long-sleeve shirt underneath) to high of 90*F (w/ cotton t-shirt) it has performed excellently.
PROS: The build quality is excellent. The color (Hi-Viz) is vibrant and the correct hue (not too yellow). The CE armor fits well and stays in place without shifting around during donning and movement. Although I've not yet used them; the liners fit well when attached and seem quite functional. It's multi-seasonal versatility is one of this jacket's features that helped sell me over it's competitors as well as inclusion of a CE rated back protector. The air-flow is very good (although my only comparison is versus a ventilated leather jacket) and keeps me adequately cooled while riding and during short-term off-bike strolls in the out doors.
SIZING: For me the sizing chart was spot-on. I purchased the Medium and with/without the liners the fit is good. I am a slim build, 5' 9" tall, 155 lbs., 30" waist, 39" chest, arm length: 24" from shoulder joint to wrist (32" from center of neck, along shoulder down length of arm to wrist.)
CONS: Minor details really, for me I wish there was one more larger map-style pocket on the interior R/H side. The Napoleon pocket could use a beefier zipper with a pull-tab. As stated by others, the cell phone pocket is completely too small for current smart phones. And, lastly, the sleeve adjustment tabs at the elbow pads tend to catch against the jacket body from time to time whilst moving about.
Apart from those minor caveats this jacket is about as ideal in function and execution as I was hoping to find in a mesh type jacket and warrants my recommendation to anyone interested in a mesh textile riding jacket.
October 12, 2014
The only jacket you will ever need
Awesome 4 season jacket, good for summer up to 90 or so with liners removed and down to single digits with thermal liner installed. The quality to detail is excellent. I got the yellow high viz and people have commented how easy I am to see. Liners are easy to remove and install and the jacket has armor in all the right places. This was my first Olympia product and I will stay with them. Liners roll up small to carry in panier while touring, excellent 4 season choice.
September 22, 2014
Tremendous three season outfit!!!
I bought this after watching my wife enjoy the ladies version for a year. with the multiple liners, it covers a wide range of temperature, but especially when it is hot it is s godsend. To get comparable versatility, comfort, and protection you might spend much more, but you won't get a better outfit.
September 2, 2014