Olympia Horizon Rain Jacket
Good to have on hand.
Up in the pacific northwest it rains often so I was looking for a lightweight rain jacket that would fit over my riding gear and pack small enough to carry all the time. Got this one on sale and I like it. It rolls into a built-in pouch but can be squeezed even smaller. Haven't had any flapping problems at high speed despite being big enough to go over anything. My first Hi-Viz piece of gear; feels like I'm wearing Vegas.
June 14, 2016
Buy it...you'll love it!
In May of 2015, I took a vacation in the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia, at a time when the weather forecast called for rain. I wore my Olympia Horizon rainsuit every single day, and ultimately rode about 800 miles in wet weather ranging from sprinkles to downpours, to riding in actual rainclouds. Not once did the Horizon let me down.
Despite riding an unfaired bike, not a drop of water got inside the Horizon. This jacket is extraordinarily well designed, with hook-and-loop flaps over the main zipper; drawstrings at the bottom seam; a collar that seals securely around the neck, a belt at the waist, and even a hood which folds out from the collar and keeps rainwater from running down your back or neck while you ride.
When riding in non-rainy weather, the Horizon is very comfortable: it breathes well, and doesn't leave you feeling clammy and sweaty.
The only disadvantage to the Horizon is that you cannot don it quickly. Because it takes several minutes to put on, you MUST plan ahead for bad weather. However, riding in dry weather is not uncomfortable, because the suit breathes.
I highly recommend the Olympia Horizon....you won't be disappointed... :-)
June 7, 2016
horizon rain jacket
stitching on pull tabs base is a bit iffy had mine repaired after 2 years of use cant complain its such a nice warm dry jacket would buy another no probs
June 1, 2016
I have ridden in a couple of showers with this jacket and have been pleased with how it performed.Velco straps help customize the fit and I like the look and size(not bulky). It will be my go to jacket for my ride west this year.
May 31, 2016
Keeps me dry
I ride in all weather everyday, cold, hot, rainy, snow. This jacket keeps me dry, it works, and price was great. Need to say no more.
May 17, 2016
Who Said it Never Rains in California?
People think of California and they think Earthquakes, Never Rain! It Rains here my friends and this Jacket is "Perfect" for it! Adjustable sleeves with Velcro, waist drawstring, with an oversize fit that allows for gear underneath.Double closure front tab works great in any type of wet weather conditions we have here. Need a Good, easy to store, well thought out foul weather over jacket? This is it!
May 5, 2016
Bang for the buck alright ... BUT....
The jacket is ok, it has nice features, and many pockets. the materials are robust and the seams feel pretty strong. The high viz is in fact very high viz and it is an overall well-conceived product. They wanted to make lots of adjustability to fit on top of any jacket but maybe a little too much. I could fit booth legs into one sleeve! They do offer a strap to adjust it to the arm size but in the end the extra cloth that is rolled around the arm ends up getting out and it inflates making huge noise and a parachute effect quite discomforting on the run. ALMOST a big defect on my opinion.
Other ways it fits perfectly on the chest and has plenty of room for a bigger belly (if you feel like you need one some)
April 26, 2016
Might as well be a Euro brand (fit), and that is a compliment.
While some of the Olympia products fall under the category of, "generous American fit," the Horizon rain jacket, as per its adjustable straps at the waist, hips, wrists, elbows, and neck provide for an "unflappable" fit.
I have a smaller frame body (5' 11" 150 lbs) and own the original Olympia Switchback jacket which I find only slightly roomier than the "race fit" Revit jacket I recently purchased--and the Horizon Rain jacket fits closer to the Revit jacket than the Switchback.
Granted, the Horizon is strictly a rain jacket, provides zero impact protection, and its breathability, while of minimal concern to me when compared to its function as a waterproof garment, will be less than jackets with a more permeable barrier. (The Horizon's mesh lining provides a modicum of comfort against clamminess.)
It is hard to fault the Horizon as a garment to keep out the rain, and for the money seems a "no-brainer" choice.
To top it off, the hood is well designed, serves it purpose when the rain is really falling, stores neatly into a zippered collar when no longer required--and like the Horizon pants, tucks away into a built-in storage pocket for easy packing.
April 20, 2016