Olympia Dakar Dual Sport Jacket
I should of held out...
I bought this jacket on a whim because my Rev It Sand jacket finally bit the dust. The zipper got crushed and disintegrated (which i still might look into fixing), it wasn't as water tight as it once was....etc. I was really hoping the Sand would of lasted me the rest of the season, at which point I was planning on getting the Sand 2. But sadly it wasn't so and I needed a jacket. The Sand 2 was out of my budget at the time and this Dakar looked good enough to buy. However once I received it, I found it pales in comparison to the Sand.
First off the sizing. It's large is some area's and slim in others. The forearms are slender, which I like, but the upper arms are baggy. I had a Tourmaster jacket once and it too suffered from the sloppy upper arm fit. It must be an American sizing thing. The jacket overall fits ok, but I liked the Sand's torso adjustment better that was on the sides only. I feel like I'm wearing a belt around my stomach with the Dakar. Also I don't like the extra long tail of the jacket.. I'm 6'0" 220, avg build with a slightly long torso and I'm constantly sitting on the tail of the jacket on my GS.
The collar velcro doesn't seem to hold well either. A few times already, when I turn my head to look left or right, the velcro lets go and the collar is flapping in the wind.
Also the jacket alone, is VERY thin without the liners installed. It feels like a thin cordura windbreaker with armor. Even though the Sand was a lighter styled ADV jacket, the fabric felt thick and in the event of an off, It would last. The Dakar's fabric feels like, if I bin it on asphalt, I'll have about .0002 seconds before the fabric lets go.
Next, I don't need to tell the world in big white and yellow letters that the jacket is Cordura running down the side. Or telling the car next to me the sleeve has 3M Scotchlite reflective patches and piping. Or the person behind me, that the large rear pocket is WATERPROOF.
Functionality wise, it's hit and miss. It's VERY well ventilated. The liners are pretty good. The water/wind one kept me dry in a storm last week. I haven't tried out the thermal one yet. However, the thermal layer...well....stunk. When I got the jacket and took it out of the bag, the thermal layer kinda smelt like formaldehyde slightly. It better now, but still not gone. The jacket itself is fairly water resistant, but the non closing vents make sure you need to put in the wet liner if rain is suggested in the forecast.
The pockets are a joke. There are tons of them, and 90% of them are USELESS as a ADV jacket. 90% of them are are ridiculously small, like the front zippered ones.....or the cell phone one. Or they are lined with the same interior mesh lining. An adventure type jacket should have large, sealed, weather resistant, tough pockets. For example, In my sand jacket, I always put my phone in the front pocket. I rode through tons of weather and the phone was always dry, They never tore, the flap secured everything in the pocket. With the Dakar, only things behind the wet liner are safe, I'm not even counting the silly large rear pocket that I'm constantly sitting on. The pocket linings are so thin , I'm afraid to put anything sharper than a quarter in them .
My largest pet peeve with ANY type of gear is...excessively floating armor. From light commuting jackets, to my 1pc suits, floating armor drives me mad. The Sand's armor was tightly held in place. So every time I threw it on, the nicely designed armor always fell naturally into place. With the Dakar, I find myself sticking my hand down the other sleeve adjusting the rather bulky armor, every time I head out. When I use my Sena, I'm readjusting the left shoulder armor soon after.
Overall it's not a horrible jacket and it gonna keep me riding through the rest of the season, but I personally should of held out for the Sand 2. But as an economic ADV jacket, its pretty decent.
July 20, 2014
I commute and do some ADV stuff. Needed a replacement for my Tourmaster Transition that was VERY long in the tooth. I bought this in Hi-Viz and have a new favorite! Great American Cut (as Anthony describes it), ventilation is amazing on my KLR. There is almost nothing to nit-pick on this coat. If you are looking for a great dual sport coat or something for commuting it is terrific.
The only minor issue is that they made the waterproof pockets on the front WAY too small. About the only thing I can put in there are an extra set of ear plugs. Not sure what they designed these for because the non-waterproof chest pockets are GIANT!
Revzilla shipping was lightning fast! (I think it arrived about 30 seconds before I finalized my order) And as always all of the videos are a huge help. Thanks Anthony and everyone else at RVZ for doing a terrific job!
July 10, 2014
This jacket fits true to form in my view. If you have a huge belly it may be a little snug, otherwise should be great. I'm 6'2" at about 245, 38W, 48L Jacket. An eddie bauer XL Tall tshirt is a perfect fit for me. I bought the 2XL and the sleeve length is spot on, along with the shoulder fit. I also don't feel like I'm wearing a girdle, which is good as I'm not into that scene.
The pockets are great, and there are plenty of them. The airflow is great. I'm coming from using my other jacket that is not vented in the arms though, so YMMV. Any air on my arms makes me happy in 90 degree heat stuck in traffic.
The neoprene neck is really comfortable and I've found I like that and the easy to grab pocket pulls and neck closure more and more.
The jacket fits fine with or without the liners. I can't rate the liners more than that as it is hot and it hasn't rained much. They fit, they didn't try to kill me when I pulled them out, and they play nice with my other jacket in the closet.
I have not crash tested this jacket, it does appear durable and up to at least one attempt, though I will leave that to others.
If I have the sleeve openings opened up they are very attracted to the front pockets. It is a minor irritation but they like to try to pull the pockets open if my arm grazes one. Also, and this may be my fat neck, but at times the rubber pull tab for the neck closure can rub my neck when pinned back and going at speed. Normally I just close the tab and its fine then.
The armor is not the most breathable of items available. I have D3O Air armor on the way. It isn't horrible, but if you don't want to replace the armor get used to pulling at least the back pad out and washing it after a hot day. Otherwise, you are risking some locker room stank spreading to your clothes.
I know another review stated you can't get a modern phone in the front pocket. I just put my Galaxy S5 in every pocket in the jacket. It was snug on the front zipper pocket but not impossible to fit. The only place it didn't fit right was the cell phone pocket on the inside breast. Normally I keep it in the zipper pocket in there anyway. Carrying stuff isn't going to be a problem.
I don't like a lot of (any) branding on my gear, so I removed the front rubber badge and the sleeve marker for the 3m branded piping.
The jacket is not quite as green as it seems on screen, but does have a green tint in the sunlight.
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July 1, 2014
You get what you pay for with Olympia
This jacket is made with high quality materials. I am 6'2", 34" waist, 44L coat, athletic build and I purchased a large. The jacket fits nice and the features are nice. I enjoy having the small pockets in front. I put my wallet, phone and keys in there. The dry pocket across the back has comes in really handy when it starts to rain. The layers are easy to put together and take out. I have owned jackets with snaps that hold the liners in place on the inside and I feel the velcro used is superior and makes the process easier.
The 3M reflective piping around the jacket reflects headlights at night very well. Another great feature. The jacket does a great job repelling dirt too. It doesn't get that dirty.
The jacket also provides good air flow.
The biggest thing for me is the quality of the manufacturing. All of the seams line up. Nothing is crooked. The workmanship is really nice. Olympia hit a home run with this jacket.
June 23, 2014
This is a good jacket. The only complaint I have is that the armor is hard, lumpy, and uncomfortable. The armor in the back was really uncomfortable and dug into my back. I ended up buying a replacement Rukka D30 back protector and that is awesome! I'm now considering replacing the elbow and shoulder pads too.
The only other thing I'm not sure about yet is the velcro sleeve fasteners. Somehow my glove has ended up sticking out of the sleeve a few times, and on cold days that wind then blows right up the sleeve.
Overall, it's a good jacket that I like - just for the cost it should have had better armor included.
June 12, 2014
Forgot to update pockets!
It is with mixed emotions that I write this review. I love the jacket, but it has one major drawback: pockets are way too small. If you want a great fitting, comfortable, airy jacket this is the one. If you want a jacket that has water-proof pockets that accommodate today's cellphones and wallets, this item comes up short. The jacket looks great and comes with enough pockets to accommodate anything, even an IPad in the rear pocket, but I cannot fit my cellphone, wallet or anything other than keys in the front water-proof pockets, WHERE I NEED THEM. Other than that...fantastic versatility and comfort, given the 3-in-1 construction.
June 9, 2014
Well built three season jacket
This jacket appears to be well built with premium material. The jacket seems to run about a 1/2 size small in the body but it does have good arm length for me (I usually wear tall sizes).
The stand alone liner jacket is a nice feature from Olympia and it makes for a good light destination jacket.
I believe that this jacket should come with better armor for this purchase price. The armor in the elbows and shoulders is substantial but is fairly bulky and rigid and sometimes will twist in the armor pockets when putting on the jacket without any other liners installed. Some of the higher tech soft armor (like D30) really makes this jacket better. I installed some Scorpion Sas-Tech armor from another jacket and much preferred the fit and comfort.
June 5, 2014
I really Like the Dakar
I purchased the jacket for a specific purpose that was lacking in my other jackets, the ease of installing or removing the inner jacket from the outer jacket. I was going to take a 1660 mile trip to the Big Bend of Texas on my Super Tenere the last of March and the first of April which it was still cold in the morning and hot in the afternoon or cold all day are hot all day. Being able to install or remove the rain/thermal jacket combination easily during my ride was most important.
Just as the videos on the Olympian jackets stated about their liners the ease of installation and removal is true. It made for a matter of removing the outer shell laying it across my motorcycle while I removed the inner jacket folding it up and storing it in one of my saddle bags replace the outer shell zip it up and I am on my way whereas with my other jackets I would have to disconnect snaps, zippers wrestling with all of the jackets at one time.
I have since taken another 2600 mile trip to Colorado the second week of May and there was still snow on the mountain tops and some roads I wanted to ride but were still closed due to snow on the roads. 90 to 100 degrees in Texas, 30 to 50 degrees in Colorado the Dakar worked as I had planned it to work. I am very satisfied with the Olympian Dakar Jacket.
One note to think about. I normally wear an XL in shirts, coats and so on and I ordered a 2XL knowing that most of these motorcycle clothes run small which worked on most what I have ordered in the past. When the jacket arrived and I tried it on I couldn’t come close to zip up the jacket so I sent it back and order a 4XL which fits just fine with the liner in the jacket but the outer jacket becomes extra large with the liner out. Nonetheless I like the jacket and in Hi-Viz I can be seen for miles, which is good.
June 2, 2014