Olympia Avenger One Piece Mesh Suit
Knee armor does not stay over knee - turns inward.
I would really like this one-piece suit except, as several other reviewers have noted (and I should have listened to), the design of the legs cause the knee armor to turn so far toward the inside of the leg that the knee would not be protected in the event of an accident. Also, the armor is not very good - I replaced the knee, back & hip armor (the hip armor is a joke - the thinnest, least dense foam I've ever seen - it had to have been put in there as a joke)
September 8, 2014
Sweet mystery of life, now that I've found yooooooooo!
This suit is the cat's pajamas*. I can't believe I wasted so many years with 2 piece setups. The mesh lets air in like crazy, BUT you can just slip on an outer layer and BOOM: cold weather SOLVED. Same for rain.
Really, if you're even thinking about 1-piece, do it. If you're thinking about textile 1-piece, do it. If you're like me and overheat readily, thinking mesh textile 1-piece, THIS IS THE SUIT. Stop screwing around, buy the Olympia Avenger. Sell your other gear on eBay (look for my 2 jackets, pants, and chaps coming soon.)
Sizing: Anthony's video is BANG on, at 6' 190lbs 34"w 33"inseam 38" chest, I would use a medium. However (sorry Anthony) I ordered and love my large because I can wear street clothes under it. Note: the main killer in 1-piece suit sizing is the collar-to-crotch fit and the only way to judge is to try them on. Yes, you can tolerate "too tight standing, ok sitting" but I wouldn't recommend it. So don't guess, test.
PS: researched this suit all summer, never found a better price including eBay.
*No cats have been harmed in the making of these suits or this review.
September 5, 2014
When moving this is suit will keep you relatively comfortable up to about 100 in dry conditions, above that it gets warm. I think that this suit offers better protection and cooling than anything I could find even at twice the price. It is well made with quality fabrics, but the fit for me was slightly small so I went from 2XL to 3XL, kudos to Revzilla on a painless swap.
September 4, 2014
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