Olympia Dakar Dual Sport Jacket
This is an excellent jacket for the Summer.
The air movement is excellent. The fit is the best. I will be purchasing another Olympia Jacket for cold weather bike riding.
August 11, 2014
Nice but for the price, should be better
This is a nice jacket, however once you wear it for a while you find things that it should have had. The waterproof liner should have some snaps to hold the upper corners to the outer jacket and the sleeves don't hold well at the cuffs. Very annoying, Olympia should have thought this through better. The inner most insulated jacket does keep you warm. In the summer I ride typically with the waterproof liner zipped into the outer jacket and then take that liner out as the day gets warmer. I do like the longer rear panel on the outer jacket. The pocket linings of the outer jacket are flimsy and get caught on just about anything you put in them, they feel like cheap mesh material. For $350, I think I expect a bit better details than this jacket has.
August 11, 2014
The value of the jacket is great, I couldn't be happier. The only mark down is on air flow, but that's because I have been riding in 100+ degrees. Overall it is a great jacket!
August 7, 2014
Having never owned any gear other than leather, this was new territory and long overdue. My first ride with this jacket started with 58 degree weather. I had left the two inner liners at home. With the ample mesh, it was a bit chilly. Within the hour the temperature had risen to the mid 70's. The mesh was now creating a wonderful cooling effect. By the end of the ride it was in the upper 80's. While no longer cool, I was certainly comfortable. My leathers will be living in the closet for quite a while. During morning commutes, with the temps in the mid 50's, I now wear the inner waterproof shell to ward off the cold. It provides a perfect layer. The jacket itself has many adjustments to create a custom fit from hips to neck. Come September/October, I'm looking forward to seeing what this jacket will do with the quilted layer added.
July 28, 2014
Excellent full function 4 season riding jacket for reasonable price
This Olympia Dakar jacket fit my needs in all respects. I'm 6'-5" with medium build and long arms and legs. After trying jackets and pants by 4 different makers, Revzilla gear gurus recommended Olympia and I'm now all set. This jacket is longer in the torso than any others I tried and the arms are long enough to stay at my wrists. The many functional features of this jacket include cinch straps at the elbows that not only position elbow armor where it needs to be but also prevents sleeves from creeping upward. Ventilation is excellent for summer riding and it comes with both a zip-in thermal liner and a zip-in (or not if you choose) waterproof/windproof liner that has a breathable membrane. I've ridden in 90 deg weather without liners and 45 deg rainy weather with just the membrane liner and was dry and warm. I have found no negatives with this jacket, which is rare! Another plus with Olympia Moto Sports gear is that this US company is owned and operated by MC riders and Kevin, the owner and GM, makes himself available by phone or email to assist with sizing guidance or whatever you might need. I also purchased a pair of Olympia riding pants via Revzilla and together with this jacket I have no concern about riding comfortably in any weather short of frozen road conditions.
July 21, 2014
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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