Olympia Avenger One Piece Mesh Suit
Great summer suit
This suit is comfortable, and the airflow is amazing!
August 4, 2014
Great fit, great airflow, easy on and off.
At 6'0" and a hefty 220lbs, the fit is perfect for business casual underneath.
The mesh really breaths well. Even inside the office with its underpowered AC, I didn't keep going up and up in temp when I tried it on. On the road its great, directed air flow keeps me really cool at slow speeds even in 100*F.
Hope I never find out how good the protection is, but its definitely not leather. The included inserts seem tough on the shoulders and elbows, but weaker in the back. The hip pads, which was a selling point for me could definitely use an upgrade, but at least it has the pockets for it.
Speaking of pockets, as others have noted, there aren't a whole lot. The "cell phone" pocket doesn't work for today's phablets. Might fit a hipster's iphone.
Love the hi-vis.
July 28, 2014
It works like it should
Got the hi-vis version, and it works well. Cars see me coming from a ways off, it is hard to ignore. Oh, the cooling is ok, the armor is ok, and durability is good so far. Sizing is spot on. It is easy to put on, so I am wearing it more often.
July 7, 2014
Great commuter suit!
I wanted a one-piece suit that would fit over my work clothes (mostly suits) and keep me cool for my 75 mile commute. So far, after about a dozen trips, the Olympia Avenger fits the bill. In 80 degree temps I've stayed cool (as long as I'm moving). In the morning, with temps 50-60, simply layer up a bit and you'll be good. The armor is well positioned and ample. And the hi-viz green/black can be seen from a mile away. Like all one piece suits, this one might take a little tweaking to get the right size/fit. I tried a large, but it was made for an NBA shooting guard. I'm 5' 9" with a 30" inseam and the medium fit much better. As always, Revzilla handled the exchange quickly and painlessly. Also, the inner mesh lining tends to get snagged by the zippers. In summary, this is a great summer suite for the buck.
June 9, 2014
Excellent warm weather suit.
I bought this suit in the high viz option as a replacement for my older two piece. The fit was right on target; I bought a medium and it fits with no alterations as if they had my height (5'5") and weight (155) in mind when they made it. It's the best fitting piece of gear out of the box I've ever owned. When I purchase a suit for colder weather, I'm giving first consideration to Olympia. Love the adjustability in the armor at the elbows and knees; nothing's more aggravating than armor that "floats" around the elbows. Not as much storage as gear built for cooler weather, but I'm not overly concerned in that area.
The high viz material is bright. I've had people on the sidewalk take pictures of me when I pull up to a light. If a driver can't see this suit, they need to trade in their driver's license for a cup, cane, and a pair of dark glasses. Given that we're not known as advocates of safety gear in this state - we're a shorts, flip flops, and wife beater kind of state - this suit will turn some heads.
June 3, 2014
Great warm-weather suit!
Not a bad suit at all. I came from a two-piece Olympia mesh suit, and this feels much more secure while wearing it (mostly because it's one piece, so the top and bottom don't separate).
It feels like it flows much more air than the previous mesh gear I had, which is great in warmer temps, but limits the usefulness in lower temps.
The pictures here on RevZilla really don't do the high-viz color scheme justice at all. It looks like a plain yellow in the pics here, their review video shows it more true-to-color though. I find cars almost being afraid of me while wearing it, along with my high-viz helmet. Of course, you don't want to rely on this suit to keep you visible and safe, but it doesn't hurt.
I rated it 'good' for protection and durability, but I haven't crashed in the suit. I'm basing that rating on the protection being almost identical to my last set of Olympia gear (which I unfortunately DID crash in, and it stood up well). There is definitely stuff out there with more protection, but this should be plenty adequate in most cases.
June 1, 2014
Excellent warm weather protection
I researched similar products for several weeks before making this purchase. Living in NM it is warm/hot much of the year and I was looking for some quality riding protection that was easy on/off, primarily for commuting to-from work. BINGO, this is it. My biggest surprise was how heavy it is; I guess it needs to be to offer the rider the protection it was designed to provide. I love the long zippers to ease entry/exit. Airflow is very impressive; not sure if I'll be saying that when the temps reach 100+.
May 26, 2014
Nice summer suit
I bought the brighter version of this to have a long distance summer suit that would be visible and breathable. It fits well, provides good protection and while I get lots of comments like "you look like you just jumped out of a plane", it does what I need it to do. I haven't taken a spill with it on, but it's obviously a good idea to stay safe and visible at all times! Goes on over your clothes easily. I might recommend wearing some decent layers underneathe if you're going to be ridin in weather lower than 65 though.
Overall, great product!
May 25, 2014