Olympia Avenger One Piece Mesh Suit
Decent mesh suit with some protection issues
Overall Impressions (TLDR)
Overall the suit is solidly decent for the price point. It fits true to size, has lots of adjustability, flows a ton of air, and seems to have decent protection built in, for a mesh suit. I have several quibbles, but I am a particularly picky person, so they may not really be issues for most people.
Background -- Why did I buy this?
With the hot weather arriving this year, I really needed a lightweight, breathable textile oversuit for commuting (I prefer one-piece suits, as they're more convenient than separates). During the winter I use an old Aerostich Roadcrafter, which is great when it's 30-60F outside, but it tends to become a steamy oven once the thermometer hits 80.
Since the summers here are hot and humid (around 80-95F) but not particularly rainy I decided to go with a mesh oversuit -- I figure I can always throw a cheap rainsuit over it if I really need to.
Quick Note on Suit Construction
This suit has an inner mesh liner, in addition to the actual nylon mesh on the outside. I'm not really sure why they decided to do this, as the inner liner actually makes the suit hotter than it needs to be, and is generally kind of unwieldy. The only reason I can see for doing this is that it allows Olympia to cheaply sew pockets for the armor onto the inner liner (they're all only affixed on one edge). If the armor weren't attached to the inner liner I'd just tear it out and wear only the outer shell, but for now that's not an option.
For reference, I'm 5'8", with a 30" waist and 30" inseam (or 32", if you measure all the way to the bottom of the foot, rather than the ankle). I ordered a small, and the suit fits perfectly, which is to say it's too long when you're standing, but is just right when you're on the bike. I have the waist adjuster cranked down most of the way, but it does actually snug down enough to be a good fit. I have good range of motion with my arms and legs while wearing the suit.
On the whole the suit seems decently protective, with adequate nylon layers in impact areas. The nylon does feel a tad thin to me, so I wouldn't mind a slightly beefier outer shell.
The armor, however, could use significant improvement. The included knee, elbow, shoulder, and back pads are heavy styrafoam, and might work well enough, if only they'd stay in the right places. The key issue with the armor fitment is that all of the armor is held in little pockets, each of which is attached to the inner mesh lining of the suit at precisely one point, and several of the pockets are poorly situated (for me, at least), leading to the armor ending up in weird places.
The elbow armor is rubbish -- it fits extremely over the arm, with the bulk of the armor over the forearm and almost none of it on the actual elbow. I had to swap in some elbow pads from another jacket to make the elbows work.\
Likewise, the leg armor just isn't in the right place. There are velcro adjusters in the leg armor pocket to adjust the height of the knee pads, but the real issue is that the knee pads always rotate significantly inwards after a few minutes on the bike. After a few minutes on the bike, the leg armor ends up on the inside of my legs, with basically no coverage of the front or left side of my knees. I'll likely have to stitch the knee armor pockets down in the right place in order to get any actual protection from the knee armor.
It's a textile oversuit. If you care about style you're looking in the wrong place.
That said, the Hi-Viz/Black combo looks great (for a one-piece suit, anyway).
Since the suit has mesh paneling all over the front of the torso there's tons of airflow. I've worn this suit in temperatures ranging from 65-95F so far, and it's kept me as cool as can be expected at the higher temperatures. Between 80-90F, the airflow is good enough to keep you from sweating while in motion, but of course once you stop things get a lot hotter. Above 90F you're going to sweat no matter what you're wearing, and above 95F you should probably be wearing a cooling vest and something with *less* airflow, to keep from overheating yourself (paradoxical, but true). I do wish that there was no inner mesh lining, as it makes the suit a bit more hot and uncomfortable when stopped than it really ought to be, for something with this much mesh.
Getting in and out of the suit is decently easy, as both legs zip open from the cuff all the way to nearly the stomach. I'm not a fan of the velcro on the leg cuffs -- I know it's there so the length can be easily altered, but it always grabs on to everything in weird ways when the suit is rolled up, and makes it a bit more difficult to get into and out of than I'd like. I really am not a fan of the way the pockets are implemented. On the roadcrafter you can zip open the hips and reach directly in to your pants pockets underneath, whereas on this suit the pockets are made of the same soft mesh material as the inner liner, and affixed in the same way as the armor pockets. The suit pockets aren't particularly useful for storing things, so I'd rather just be able to get to my actual pockets.
This suit is solidly OK. It's a long way from great, but it's good enough for my purposes, for now. There's not really anything better for the money in this segment on the market right now, but I don't quite feel like this suit justifies its price tag. I've heard good things about Motoport mesh suits, but they're frightfully expensive, so if you don't have a pile of money to burn, this is probably your best bet for a one-piece textile summer oversuit (for now).
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June 13, 2016
Great commuter suit
I don't have a whole lot to add to the other excellent reviews here aside from, as a commuter, this is a "must have". It might not be "cool" to look at but it is cool to war. The early summer SoCal days are such that you HAVE to wear a sweatshirt or jacket under it since, at speed, it is as if it's just Not There. While I've not gotten there yet, I am sure that hot weather will be no issue whatsoever in this suit so it won't get left home on hot days.
The suit has the commuter advantage of easy on over the clothes to wear at the office. 30 seconds to put it on. 20 seconds to get it off. If it's a day that I am just going to wear my boots all day long, the long and easy to use leg zips let me get the suit on and off without taking my boots off.
All the sizing examples given in reviews and from the size guide are bang on; I am 6 ft at ~195 lbs and the large is just the right size. Fits over clothes and could be equally well worn alone should I feel the need to do that.
May 11, 2016
Great Suit for California sun
I have been wearing this suit literally 5-6 days a week for the last 2 years. I am a year round rider and commuter and I was looking for a suit that I could wear over my office clothes. I wanted something to keep me cool in the hot summers and be comfortable in the not very cold winters of northern California. This suit has really done the job.
I ordered the suit a size large so I could wear it over office clothes to keep them clean and me safe on my ride to work every day. This made it fit just right for every day stuff and it is only a little loose when im wearing shorts and a T-shirt under it on the weekends. In the California winter (laugh) I wear a sweater or pullover over my dress shirt and I am plenty warm. It does rain occasionally in California and for that i just bought a rain suit that would fit over this. Its a little extra hassle but since I only use it maybe 20-30 days a year I dont mind the extra work. The point was to get something I could wear everyday comfortably and since most of the year here is warm and dry a mesh suit is just what I needed.
I have been lucky to not need the protection but if I did I feel like it would hold up well. The material is heavy duty and the armor is adequate. I really like the high-viz look as the people in cars out here cant be expected to see the cliff they are about to drive off much less a motorcycle. The knee armor tends to rotate to the inside of my leg and I worry that it would not be in the right place during a crash but there doesn't seem to be much I could do about it without cutting out and re-sewing the pockets. The elbow, shoulder, and back pads/armor are just right.
After all the miles I have put on this suit there have only been a few failures. The zipper pulls have broken on one of the pockets and on main chest zip. The pocket couldn't be fixed but the chest zip just needed a key ring added to it as a new pull. The mesh pockets have ripped in a few places, probably from reaching into them while wearing gloves. A bit of a hassle but not deal breaker. Some of the stitching on the chest has also separated but I have been wearing it a LOT over the last two years and not really treating it all that well. Overall I would say it has good durability.
All in all it has been a great investment and I would recommend it to anyone who rides in one of the warm all year states or just wants something for the summer.
April 15, 2016
Great Suit Helps Me Wear Pants
I bought this suit to avoid the temptation of wearing a jacket with no pants. Coming from BMW gear, I was a little leery of the quality at first, but after upgrading the armor, I am more than satisfied.
Right out of the gate the fit was perfect. I'm about 6 feet tall and 200 lbs (without gear) and the XL is just right. I'm a bit leggy with a short torso for my height and I wouldn't want it to be any shorter in the torso or any smaller in the mid-section. The pant length is just right. It has velcro adjustment straps in the arms and at the waist that help the fit.
The stock armor isn't particularly comfortable and feels like glorified styrofoam. I upgraded the back, shoulder and elbow armor with SAS-TEC CE level 2 and love it (I believe it's sold under the Scorpion brand here--I got it cheaper on another site). I had to trim the wings off the back armor and I added adhesive felt ridges to the inside of the back armor to increase airflow--it's great for wearing a backpack. The knee armor pockets have velcro in various places to take different armor sizes at different heights. However, the SAS-TEC pads were right in between settings. Plus, both the original and SAS-TEC knee pads tended to slip inward too much and I was afraid they might not be placed correctly over the knee in a crash. So, I order much longer Forcefield knee pads with deeper cups and they are just right. My advice on upgrading armor is to measure the pockets and original armor to know what fits. A Revzilla rep told me to just go with KLIM D30 EVO Pro XT stuff, but not all of that fits. Glad I didn't order blindly.
I bought Klim D30 T5 EVO Pro XT hip pads, but they are quite a bit too small for the hip pouches. I'm still figuring out what to do there.
Overall, the materials in this suit are great--it has a lot of airflow which I need because I run hot. I wear slacks and a button-down shirt to work and they come out wrinkle and sweat free. The suit is comfortable and easy enough to put on and take off that I'm no longer tempted to go jacket only. I've washed it once on gentle in the washer and hung it dry and it came out perfect. I didn't take a star off for having to upgrade the armor because the shell by itself is worth the low price IMO. Great suit overall.
March 15, 2016
Very Satisfied with this Suit
Overall, I'm very satisfied with this suit, now that I have the right size. I got the bright yellow high visibility version; might as well try to make riding as safe as possible, especially since my bike is very quiet.
I wear size L clothes, but I needed a XXL in this suit. I'm 6' 2" tall and the XL didn't even come close to my ankles while riding. The XL was also too tight in the crotch. The XXL fits much better. When choosing a size, also consider that you're wearing this over the top of your regular clothes, so that's another reason to buy at least one size bigger.
I've worn this suit in temperatures ranging from 40 F to 80 F, just varying the layers of clothes underneath. At 40 F, I needed extra warm layers to stay comfortable, but it was no problem.
Most of the pads are adjustable so you can get them positioned where you need them. The knee pads are a little off-center though, and can't be centered.
March 3, 2016
I didn't want to abandon my wonderful leather jacket but between dirty streets and a hot, muggy weather outlook, I went with this and haven't looked back!
It may not look as "bad" as my leathers on my Fat Boy, but it's certainly functional!!!
December 7, 2015
Pretty good suit
I'm 6'1" and weigh 225. My chest is 51" and waist is 36". That said, the suit fit me perfectly and didn't need any alterations. The suit is really easy to put on and take off. For some reason, the shoulder pads would tend to flip around when putting the suit on, but I fixed that with some velcro.
Cons: It's hot! I'm a guy and live in So Cal, so take this with a grain of salt. But, the only way to get air in this sucker is to unzip the front. That's it. If you have a windshield, then you're really hurting. I don't know why they wouldn't throw a few more zippers on this thing to give you more ventilation. This is the only drawback I would point out to you.
November 23, 2015
Awesome one piece suit!
- Easy on/easy off - about 30 seconds to put on, about 20 seconds to take off
- Full coverage - you're covered from angle to neck to wrists
- TONS of air flow! No worries about stifling heat with this suit!
- Very good pads - typical Olympia quality: high
- Runs a touch small
- Velcro tabs on ankle are narrow - long, but narrow, can't tighten up around your boot
- Knee pads rotate a fair amount inward; needed a little tack sewing to locate properly
- Hard to access back pockets of pants; wish there was a small zipper or velcro closed access slot to your rear pants pockets
Prior to this suit, I've been wearing an Olympia Moab jacket and Joe Rocket Phoenix pants. While they are nice pieces of gear, they are two separate pieces, are more cumbersome to store/put on/take off, and don't connect easily. I'm a daily commuter (400 miles a week) so I wanted something easy to wear and would offer good protection.
I am a man of stature so bought the 4XL unit. It's a touch tight in the thighs and torso, but fits nevertheless. Pretty quick to put on and take off. Not as fast as others report, but still well under a minute! And it comes with very good protection over just about all the points.
The kneepads kept rotating inwards. Yes, a bit more comfortable when riding, but wouldn't cover the kneecap in the event of an off. A few well-placed stitches and they now stay where they should.
If you forget to move your wallet before you suit up, it is a REAL pain to get it from your rear pocket! Would be nice to have some flap/access to your rear pockets.
The velcro at the bottom of the legs is long but narrow (about an inch). It would be VERY nice if if the velcro was 2-3 inches wide, so you can tighten up the ankles a bit so they don't flop around at speed.
Overall, it's a great set, provides very good protection, easy on/easy off, and stows pretty compactly (into one of my 29 liter side cases without issue).
August 10, 2015