Olympia Avenger One Piece Mesh Suit
Great commute suit
I live in L.A. and I don't have a car only a bike and a scooter so I don't dress for riding but I dress for crushing, I always want be prepared for the worst, because if you think that in your city traffic is bad and drivers are worst well, come down here and see what's going on.
I had the old Olympia Stealth One-Piece Mesh which was good but this one is much better because, it fits me better (6'4" 215p) and it looks way way way better. I use it all the time even for very short rides, I'm in 10 second and out in less than that, fold into my back trunk and so I have not excuses for riding not protect.
Would I wear it on the race track? No!! Just because the zippers are on the outside of the legs so they may explode in a crush at high speed but for commuting or short touring this suit is AMAZING
January 6, 2014
Perfect hot weather gear
I've worn this suit for about 2.5 months now and it is perfect for hot weather. Everything from 70-95+ and this suit will keep you cool when moving. Everyone that sees me is convinced I'll be hot in it, but it lets in so much air that it makes for a really pleasant ride on even the hottest days. It lets in too much air for weather in the 60's, so I'm going to get Olympia's other suit for cold/rain. The fit/adjustments are great for me, though I've fiddled with the knee pad locations quite a bit. The pockets are a bit small for a gloved hand to get into and the fact that they aren't sewn down inside means I end up pulling them out a little too often, but that's a small gripe. Fast and easy to get in and out of, I quickly nullified the skeptical comments my fellow club riders gave me about need to wait for me to get in/out of everything. And you can't go wrong with having a hi-viz option. Revzilla's sizing recommendations from their videos are spot on with this suit.
September 15, 2013
Easy in and out!
I bought this suit for my work commute. Very easy to get in and out with my boots on. I typically wear casual office clothing underneath. This mesh suit should be good from late Spring to early Fall. While not a race suit, does offer a reasonable amount of road rash protection and padding.
August 27, 2013
Great suit for warmer weather
I really like the look and feel of this outfit. Very comfortable and doesn't bind anywhere. The wind vents on the sleeves provide more airflow than I expected but that is only a good thing. With a long sleeve shirt under it is good for my cooler rides in Belgium. Great product and a great price!
August 19, 2013
Stylish and comfortable hot weather riding suit
I live in Hong Kong, so it's HOT 80% of the year. I chose this suit for 2 reasons, 1. ventilated - 2.can slip it on over your clothes. To those two points, it performs great. the main panels are primarily mesh in the non-impact zones and you get excellent airflow at speed. With the very HIGH side leg zips, you can easily slip this suit on over your shoes and clothes.
I'm 5'10" tall, 160lbs and i chose size M. I have two small issues with the fit. First, i found the elastic gathering at the waist too tight (it has built in elastic AND velcro straps to gather at the waist). even with the velcro on the loosest setting, it was too snug at the waist. to solve this, i used scissors to cut the elastic under the lining. now the waist fit is great.
Second, i find the legs a little short for scooter riding. On a sport bike, with legs bent backward, the length would be great, but with my legs in front of me (scooter riding position) the pant legs wind up being about 1-2 inches shorted than i'd like.
Overall, despite the small fit issues, i find this to be nearly the perfect hot weather commuter suit. I haven't crashed it yet, but the padding is comfy and stays in the right place.
August 5, 2013
Loving this suit
I moved from jacket and pants armor to one-piece suits this season. I grabbed an Olympia Phantom on closeout locally and loved everything EXCEPT wearing it on 85+ degree days. To fix that, I bought an Olympia Avenger to be my summer armor and will use the Phantom for cold weather and rain. I can't imagine ever going back to two-piece armor now.
About the fit. Olympia has no sizing guide for it's one-piece armor. I watched the Revzilla review of the Avenger and the model they used happened to be similar-ish in size to me so I thought I'd have the size just right when I ordered a Large. WRONG. So, to help you guys (and gals that may be considering it: I am 6 feet tall with a 36 inch inseam, a 46 inch chest and weigh 225. Call me average to slightly pudgy. I've settled into a XL after trying and returning a Large. The suit is very slightly snug in the butt and stomach when sitting. Hopefully that will help someone else to find the right size for them.
I know that for the price, I shouldn't expect the moon, but I do find myself a little disappointed with the included elbow, knee, hip and spine armor. It is CE rated, but not CE2 rated. All armor seems to be soft foam only with no hard outer shell. In all honestly, I'll probably start looking to upgrade the armor. The hip armor is the most worrisome to me as it is just a piece of very soft foam.
My only other note is that the "pants" pockets openings are a little small, specially for gloves hands, but not unusable. Personally, I'd rather have seen thigh-front pockets like on the Phantom instead.
I bought my suit in black and hi-viz and like it a lot. My only annoyance is now I find myself eyeballing gloves and helmets to match the black/hi-viz theme since my current blue/grey gloves and helmet don't.
July 24, 2013
Disappointing all around
This suit is going back today- glad I bought it from Revzilla so I'm not stuck with it.
The fit is just...awful. I'm 5'9, 205lbs, 30 inch inseam, 37" waist and wear a size 42 suit - according to the sizing chart an XL should have been right or maybe a tiny bit big. This XL is XS all around- trying it on with a t-shirt and shorts it is tight to the point of restricting movement at the armpits, yet these huge bat-wing excess material panels that leave the pads floating everywhere but where they need to be. The arms are cut super long- I get it, they need to fit a range of people, but I have very long arms and these still were 3-4 inches too long for me. The chest is cut a bit narrow, the knee pads sit slightly above my ankles, and the waist- that is a joke. I know I'm carrying a little extra right now, I barely fit into size 36 pants and I'm 5'9"- but I figured this is an OVER SUIT with 8 inches of expandability for you to layer- so I should have at least a couple of inches of play. in a t-shirt this thing was hard to close- seriously that tight. For this to fit properly and give you that expandability to layer you would need 32-24" waist and be 6'2" with freakishly long arms. When Lurch from the Addams Family ever gets a bike he will be set.
The other issue is the overall quality and craftsmanship of the suit. It just feels cheap- the zippers stuck when I was opening and closing it, there are stray threads everywhere, it reminds me of a pair of shoddy leathers I went down in once - they came apart all over, still have the scars to remind me.
I'm keeping the Rev'it! H20- it fit right over my old gear and is well made. Sending back this mess.
April 26, 2013
Good suit that can be made great with some armor upgrades
Very nice 1 piece suit. The mesh panels are not excessive giving you decent protection in a slide with the 500d Cordura. I like the fact olympia actually uses cordura instead of the polyester junk almost everyone else is using. I appreciate olympia not cheaping out on the customer on this. Where olympia tried to save money was the armor. It is about as cheap and basic CE armor you can get. I put in some spare sas tec armor: shoulder, elbow, and a back pad. Along with force field knee pads. They all fit perfect. Now its as protective as you can get from a textile with great armor. The comfort level also goes up with the sas tec armor in place instead of the original armor.
Sizing: I am 5'10 190lbs 44 chest 36 waist. The large fits great.
I would like to thank Kat for her help at the store. She was very courteous and its nice to meet someone who knows more about gear than yourself. I wish the shops around me where half has knowledgeable as the revzilla staff.
April 20, 2013