Olympia Dakar Dual Sport Jacket
22,000 miles and counting
I've ridden in this jacket for over 22,000 miles since May 2014. I have found very little to complain about. Careful with the velcro on the collar. It will bite you, but with a little attention it is easily avoidable. It's waterproofness is good, but not perfect. I've ridden in some significant downpours with minimal wetness. With the thermal liner in and Gerbings liner on high i'm comfortable down to the upper 20's. Without the Gerbings and the thermal in with a light base layer i'm comfortable to the high 40's low 50's. Living in Texas it gets hot in the summer and in 100+ degree temps you can catch a chill after sweating hard while riding fast on the pavement then standing on the pegs when you get to the dirt with all the air flow. Been a great jacket!
January 29, 2016
This is a terrific jacket.
Haven't had Olympia gear before, mostly went for a high priced manufacturer's. This jacket is every bit as well made and feature rich as the high priced gear. Great versatility with the liner(s). What I really liked is that the liner, when removed, is finished to look like a regular jacket so you have something you can wear off the bike without packing something additional. Wasn't the cheapest choice but well worth the money. Sizing seems to be true (I'm a 42 jacket size and it fit perfectly).
December 7, 2015
Meets my needs extremely well!
This review is primarily about the fit, to help those trying to make a decision.
I am 6'2" and currently between 220 and 230 pounds. I wear a 46 coat. A 48 coat is too big.
When looking at the sizing chart for this jacket in XL, I am right on for coat size, at the upper limit on height, and over the limit for weight. Revzilla recommended XL.
I got the XL (for Christmas :) ) It fits slightly snug without the liner. More snug with the liner I debated returning it for a 2XL, but decided to keep it. I will wear it 90% of the time without the liner. It is loose enough to let the air flow.
I probably wont actually wear the jacket on the bike until spring/summer, so those ratings are "expectations" not actual experience.
December 5, 2015
Really good jacket.
Hi guys! First of all, thank you, I've had ridden few thousands miles in this jacket, temp from 40F to 90, and so far I really enjoy it. It's white and nicely vented, so it's great for summer. Actually, there is the only minor thing to complain about: I don't use the back pocket, so I don't know if it's waterproof, but if yes, it's the only waterproof pocket in the outer layer. I can't keep papers or phone in the inner pocket (outer layer), it gets wet.
October 28, 2015
Need a jacket for a 10,000 mile trip?....this might be it.
I needed a jacket for a summer, round US trip on an R1150GS, but once I'd bought and prepped the bike found I didn't have quite the budget I thought I did for gear. I had been considering the Rev-It Cayenne, beautifully made, fitted great, but all weather protection was extra, an this blew the budget. So back to trawling reviews on Revzilla ;-) I came across the Olympus jacket, it looked great and Anthony pulled his usual charm and enthusiasm on me....darnit, why you gotta be so good at what you do!? With four days to spare before the journey started I ordered the jacket, based on Anthonys review in Large. I'm six foot and a chesty and slightly extra padded 100kgs (220lb-ish in old money), the jacket arrived and fitted great....close enough for the women I got out with.
If I had my way the waist strap would have been a little lower on the jacket and the internal kidney belt of the Cayenne would be an awesome addition to stop it riding up. The budget didn't stretch to the pants, which no doubt would have helped this by zipping to the jacket, but it was a minor. Overall a little more length in the jacket (maybe just two inches in the chest) would have solved this. But ya can't have it all!
I used both the thermal (coming down the mountain early morning - cue Janes Addiction) and waterproof (seven hours riding through a big storm in PA) linings and both performed adequately. In the heat of the desert though, the jacket excelled. The ventilation is extremely good, and kept me cooler riding with it than without, as it also provides an element of shade.
In total I did 10,000 miles in two and half months with this jacket on and off road, from LA to NY and back again....the long way. It's shrugged of me stacking the bike in gravel and mud effortlessly (more can be said for the rider who was sore for a few days!), and after a hose down still looks as good as when it was new. The construction is very good for the money, as are the features, lots of handy pockets, including a big waterproof one on the back panel which I found very useful.
For the money, you will not be disappointed!
October 19, 2015
Great jacket, completely satisfied.
I've been very happy with this purchase. Fits me well (I'm a big guy) and the coat seems to be everything promised. Have pants to match.
October 19, 2015
Good, but not perfect
For the price you're not going to find anything better. But there are some quirks.
The cell phone pocket is just too small for an iPhone 6/ galaxy 5
So many pockets its easy to lose thing, but they are handy.
I'm 6'2" 240 and bought a xxl. With the liners in the jacket fits well and i have no issues. Take them out and the outter shell is floppy. Lost of extra room that flaps around in the wind.
Jacket is comfortable and warm and I'm more than happy I picked it up. Well worth the investment.
October 5, 2015
Great fit and function! :-) I look like a Storm Trooper :-/
I purchased this jacket a couple months ago. We've not had much rain in southeastern PA in that amount of time but, last week, I finally got the chance to test this jacket in the rain. I was surprisingly pleased! I was certain most of Olympia's stuff was just over-hyped but I dropped the coin and wanted to test said hype with a new jacket. It works!
I had a Joe Rocket Atomic 4.0 jacket and it was said to be waterproof but it failed that test within 2 minutes of a downpour. Then, within a year, a zipper for one of the chest-vents decided to stop working so it's stuck in the open position - forever. I have a Fieldsheer Aqua Tour jacket as well but, while it sounds like I'm wearing a trash bag under the jacket, it can't keep the water out for very long. I'm lucky to get 15-20 minutes into my commute - with light to moderate rain and road-mist - before I'm uncomfortably wet with water coming in via the covered zippers. However, with the Olympia Dakar, I was able to get home - a 50 minute ride - with a dry shirt. (I found a very small spot in the center of my chest that was slightly damp but I'm not sure where that even came from; it could have come from my chin and down the inside of my collar or it could have been there before I suited up.) During this particular ride, much of the ride was on the PA Turnpike where I was travelling - in moderate traffic & road mist - at about 70 MPH for about 15 minutes. The rest of the ride was on state roads @ 45 MPH and winding back roads @ 35 MPH. During the whole trip, we had moderate rain. Like I said, I was pleasantly surprised at how dry my arms and upper torso were when I got home that day. The cuffs of my shirt were slightly damp as well but that was no fault of the jacket. Had I had my gloves with the inner & outer gauntlets, I would not have had water blowing up the sleeves.
I read a lot of complaints about the pockets and I can see where some of them come from. (In fact that's the only complaint I have with this jacket but for different reasons.) However, I have a Nexus 6 - with a bulky case - and it fits just fine inside the little flask-pocket in the jacket. The larger pockets, in front of the chest, are plenty big enough to hold anything you'd really want in a pocket but, yes, it will get wet in there. I tend to just keep my shades in there. I use the smaller zip-pockets lower on the front of the jacket for my keys. Not much else will fit in those. I ride a Kawasaki Versys 650 LT - which has the side-panniers - so I have plenty of waterproof storage, should I need it.
Using the sizing-chart, I was directed to purchase a 2XL. I'm a husky-built dude at about 6' and 230-lbs and even the 2XL seemed a bit excessive but I went with it... It fit fine! I got it in late August so it was still warm enough to ride without the liners. I had never had a mesh jacket before and the airflow was an awesome change! In September, it started to get cool in the mornings so I just slipped on the wind/rain liner and I was fine. Come the afternoon, I just folded (balled) up the liner and stuffed it in the rear pouch of the jacket. It was a bit awkward to have that rear pouch back there but I got used to it within a week. Now, it's October and it's cool enough to use the thermal liner. With all 3 layers, I can still wear a sweatshirt and feel comfortable. The belly-strap feels a bit strange but that can be adjusted accordingly.
I think I'll be taking this up with Olympia as I suspect this is a warranty issue. (Olympia's 1-year warranty states that I should send it back to RevZilla so they can send it back to Olympia. That's seems a bit cumbersome - at best. Why can't I cut out the middleman?) Some of the stitching is coming loose on the large hook-&-loop (Velcro) pockets in front of the chest. It's the Velcro itself that's coming unstitched. I could easily fix this with my own sewing machine...
Olympia stuff seems to be a bit spendy up front. However, showing up dry at your destination makes it hurt less after having paid the price on the tag. In fact, today, I placed my order for a pair of Olympia's Ranger 3 over-pants. We'll see how they stack up against my Joe Rocket Atomic pants that left me wet during the aforementioned ride.
I had ordered the black/white variant. It goes well with my white Versys. It's also easily visible when compared to my black jackets. However, I had not considered all the Storm Trooper comments I would get...
October 5, 2015