Olympia Avenger One Piece Mesh Suit
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
Just buy it.
Riding in this suit is perfect for me. I commute daily on my VStrom and jumping in and out of this is so fast and easy and then boom! you are ATGATT. Just add boots, helmet, and gloves. Want to wear jeans? No problem. t shirt ride? Absolutely! Get to my destination, put it all in my GIVI traffic top case, lock up the bike, and enjoy walking around in street clothes.
Fit: I'm shorter than average (5'10") but have a longer torso so the medium is big enough that I can wear a business suit underneath. I'm not slim but I'm not sporting a beer gut either. Any bigger than me and I recommend the large.
Comfort: you are a power ranger wearing this thing and if you are not moving above 20 to 25 mph you will get warm in the california sun. But if you are moving, you have an airflow similar to a/c.
protection: it seems ok as I haven't crash tested it (hopefully never will) but the hip pads are a joke and the armor can all be upgraded if thats your cup -o- tea. the armor seems adequate for what I do.
In short if you are looking at warm weather onsie get this one.
July 22, 2015
Versatile, great value, performs well.
I have had this suit for about a month and I've had the chance to wear it in varying summer conditions, but mostly sweltering heat and humidity. The air flow is pretty amazing and the comfort while moving is outstanding. I have gone with wearing just a light base layer underneath and then unzipping the main zipper when stopped for any extended time. I am 6'0", 190 and I purchased a large and it is plenty big. I should be able to wear heavier clothes as the weather cools up until the time I switch over to my cold weather gear. The only complaint that I have is that the knee pads have a tendency to shift around, but it's not terribly annoying to the point that I have attempted to adjust them or anything. I feel really good about the protection I believe this suit provides and I feel much more secure than what I have previously worn during the summer, which was jeans. I purchased the high visibility version and it REALLY stands out. I have received many positive comments about the look and had one driver at a gas station mention how far away he could see me as I approached. While I am sure that you can spend more money on a mesh suit, I am highly satisfied and would easily recommend this suit to anyone on the fence about their purchase decision. Last comment, the one piece suit is so much more convenient than separate suit and pants, though it doesn't fold or roll up very small and you might be challenged to stuff it into a side case or top case.
July 6, 2015
Depending on your perspective I am blessed or cursed with a daily commute of 104 miles that starts in the White Mountains Region of NH, passes through the Connecticut River Valley and ends in the Green Mountains of central Vermont. The climate here in the North country is highly variable which means I may leave my house at 5:00 am with temperatures in the mid 40's and come out to afternoon temperatures in the 80's any given day of the spring, summer or fall. The Avenger gives me flexibility because it allows me to layer up with a wool underneath, and oiled logger jacket on top to break the morning dew and chill but provides me with afternoon ventilation keeping me cool. I always gear up so a run to the hardware store is fast with the full front zipper, and I have no problem getting my boots through the openings in the legs. I upgraded all the armor with D30 because it served me well in a 55mph drop last fall and the hip pads were weak as others have noted.
It's to early to tell on the durability but I haven't found any weak points as yet. I am 5'-10" at 185 and the large fits me well without alterations. Perhaps it is a bit long in the leg but once I am seated the ankle coverage is perfect, and the knee armor adjustment allows a good fit on my body, although my daughter made light of my "monkey suit" ( see attached images).
This suit will not cover all my riding conditions and I will be purchasing a rain suit to keep me covered during downpours and I may use it to cut the wind instead of my logger jacket. I will likely purchase the Odyssey as well to give me some added range in the spring and fall.
I like being HIGH VIS so this suit pairs well with my high vis helmet. I was t-boned years ago cause " I didn't see you coming".
After too much research I am glad I went with Olympia because it provides me flexibility in configuration with layering up, with the ease of easy on and off I can wear my casual work clothes underneath and am ready to go when I get to work. I like enough that I will be purchasing the Odyssey when it is back in stock to extend my riding in the spring and fall. My only regret is that I waited so long to make the purchase.
June 30, 2015
Overall a great suit
I bought this suit to use for everything from commuting to weekend rides through the mountains. So far it has performed great for everything. It is a very comfortabke suit for the most part, but if i had one complaint it would be that the torso isnt long enough. Im 6'1" and about 220 and bought an 2XL thinking it would be a little big, but actually its just about perfect except for the torso length wich is a bit short when I get all the way hunched down on my CBR600RR (yes I know these suits are more for commuter style riding but i wasnt going to wear those gay tight leathers that cost upwards of $1000). So overall, buy it. I'm glad I did, just keep the torso length in mind when sizing up for it.
June 23, 2015
Great suit at a decent price.
I live in Australia and had to hope for the best that it'd fit. I'm glad I didn't order a large! I'm about 95 Kg's and 6 foot 4 and I ordered the XL - it fits but maybe just borderline too small.
I got the high vis model and I definitely feel like people can see me on the roads!
Quality is high as the material seems to be quite up to standard and quite breathable. I've worn this around the house with nothing but my undies and it's actually super comfortable. Might a good choice for the casual flasher with the zip that zips from top to just below the crotch. Getting in and out of the suit is a breeze and takes the 10 seconds people are quoting here. My feet are too big to fit with shoes on though and suit restricts my movement and makes it slower to tie up my boots. Still it's probably quicker to get on and off than a pair of riding pants and jacket separately and you can wear whatever you want underneath.
Armor seems to be pretty good quality. Hip armor is foam and probably worthless. Knee armor as many others have said tries to move inwards and im dubious how it'd far in a crash. Some straps like the bicep straps on the arms would do wonders to help hold the knee armor where you want it.
Lastly the legs ride up a lot at the bottom exposing the lower parts of my legs - at the same time it rides up into my crotch. It never quite hurts me nads - but it's a little uncomfortable. I hope in time this will get to be a little less of a problem.
Overall i'm happy - but for riding that isn't communiting i'll be picking up some gear thats a little more stylish and perhaps has better thought out protection for more spirited riding.
The suits perfect for getting too and from work though and anywhere where you can park the bike and store the suit before going to where you need to go wearing whatever you want underneath (even a tux!)
May 27, 2015