Olympia MotoQuest Jacket
Best bang for the buck hands down for real 4 season jackets!
I bought the MotoQuest jacket in white and black scheme with red and grey accents along with the matching MotoQuest pants in black in July 2015 after moving to Colorado from Alaska. I wanted a true 4 season jacket and saw the Olympia MotoQuest and was kind of hesitant even though it looked excellent to me in the pictures and videos as well as having all the features and then some of what I was looking for and the price was great compared to others with big big names (that also had big big prices!), I thought too good to be true right? Well, after a few months and about 4000 miles in all types of weather conditions, from blazing hot to cold and rainy, the MotoQuest is amazing and hands down the best bang for the buck you can buy if you're looking for a true 4 season versatile jacket. The 500 and 2000D Cordura nylon makeup can take a ton of abuse and still come out looking good and is fairly water repellent by itself. The seperate Hi-Viz rain jacket can be worn inside zipped in or on the outside, looks great and is super functional. The second layer is a wind and water resistant zip in piece that can be worn and is a true destination layer meaning you can wear it as is without the other pieces and it looks fantastic. The best part for me living in a place that can go from extremely hot to freezing cold in minutes or in thousands of feet, is the massive multiple and practical vents located on the chest, arms and back. I can zip them up in a instant or back down depending on if I'm going up a mountain gaining elevation and the temps drop or back down when riding at the bottom of a valley floor with the sun shining.
September 30, 2015
I recently replaced a First Gear Kilimanjaro with the MotoQuest Jacket.
Fit: Fit is a bit boxy, american cut, wide in the shoulders and chest and tapered down to the waist. in the 4XL I like the fact that the arms are not too long which is usually the case.
Features: The MotoQuest jacket actually came with more features than I will probably use. The 3 in one concept is great, and when you look at the fact that you end up with 3 separate garments that can be used solo or combined, it really is a pretty good deal. The shell, rain jacket and thermal layer all work well on their own or combined. It also came with a separate zip-in backpack/hydration bladder that is nice, but I don't know how much I will use it.
The main reason I considered this jacket is the flexibility it brings. Riding in Wisconsin we get all manner of weather, a cool 50 in the morning to 85 degrees in the afternoon. I like the fact that I can start the day with the mesh panels closed up, yet zip it ll down for afternoon heat. This jackets design has prevented me from purchasing multiple jackets for different weather conditions. Turns out, even with all the features it is lighter than my previous Kilimanjaro jacket.
The armor included is interesting, I wasn't a huge fan and replaced it with D3O.
I expect it to provide lots of years of service.
September 22, 2015
Great all season jacket
When I got my BMW F800 GS, I was looking for a nice summer adventure jacket that had a quality construction and reasonable price. I spent a lot of time looking at reviews and trying different jackets on to find a good fit. The Motoquest jacket was pointed out to me as a decent summer option that had more value than just a straight mesh set up. I was heavily considering the Olympia Dakar but decided the added features of the Motoquest was worth the upgrade.
The large vent panels offer great adaptability to changing temps. I can hop on the bike on a cool morning with the vents closed, as the day warms up a little just open zipper of each vent panel to allow a little air flow and then by mid day heat or when riding through technical terrain that builds up body heat, open the panels completely. So far I've worn the coat without liner down to 50F with the vents closed and up to 95F with them open. And remained pretty comfortable.
I really like that the rain liner can actually be an overcoat. I was always carrying a FroggTogg rain coat with me and the Motoquest rain coat is a great upgrade. It packs smaller and looks/fits better. My only complaint is the collar thickness with the hood rolled and stored in the collar. Almost feels like you are wearing a neckroll.
The cold weather liner is a really nice, even as a stand alone coat. I have yet to need to wear it when riding, but in test wearing I can tell it will be pretty warm. When worn with the main coat it feels like a nice winter coat. When worn alone its great for cool nights camping.
The hydration pack/backpack that comes with the jacket is a nice feature, but the bladder itself is not as nice as the camelbak I typically carry. I may try to adapt the better bladder to the Olympia pack.
Overall I am very happy with this jacket. I justified the higher price by having only one jacket that I can wear year round and has great flexibility for those cooler mornings that warm up mid day.
September 4, 2015
Just finished riding for 6 days on the Idaho Backroads Route.
We had cals hard rain and hail the first day followed by chilly evenings and days in the high 90s. I took the liner just in case and was glad I did.
I stayed dry during the rain and wore the rain gear outside. I stayed dry an comfortable.
Day two I unzipped the vents partially and by end of day had them wide open. With a compression shirt underneath I was comfortable as long as I was moving.
The jacket came out every night and I slept in it for two. It looks great and was handy around camp.
I plan to modify a few bits though:
1. The collar Velcro is uncomfortable and not strong or long enough. I might add Velcro or put in two snaps.
2. The tabs at the elbow gathers need a longer strip of hook side Velcro. I'm at the end of the strap.
3. The wrist Velcro is beefy but water and dust will render them useless eventually. Snaps or a zip would be great there for daily use and leave the Velcro alone after customizing the fit.
August 3, 2015
Worth every penny
I originally was going to buy something cheaper but after reading other reviews decided to go with the motoquest jacket. I could not be happier. The airflow is fantastic. Even with an orange vest worn over the top i stay plenty cool while riding regardless of the tempurature. The raingear and thermal liner are invaluable features. Especially because of the rear pocket i can easily carry the rain shell with me always. Ive ridden in tempuratres as low as 30°F at 70mph without my core getting cold with the thermal liner on. Best all around jacket for sure!!!!!!!
July 13, 2015
Swiss Army Knife of Motorcycle Jackets
The Olympia motoquest jacket is a really versatile three coat in one system. The outer shell can be worn alone or combined with the rain jacket and/or thermal layer. The flexibility of this system is great for commuting as the rain jacket and zipped up outer shell keep me warm during morning rides (tested as low as 55 degrees) and the open mega vents keep me cool in the afternoon (tested up to 85 degrees).
Sizing: I’m 5’9”, 155 lbs, 38” chest, and the small fits loose without the destination coat or rain jacket. The fit is spot on when all three are worn simultaneously. I bought the fatigue grey, which looks like canvas green as shown in the display picture (not the video).
Pros: When riding, the shell flows a ton of air. In addition to the chest and back mega vents, the front-facing arm zippers can be opened 4” to create scoops that direct air into the arm pits. When the shell is worn alone, the loose fit is very comfortable and allows cool air to circulate freely around my torso. There are lots of storage pockets, and the stock armor feels sufficient. I really like having the 2000D abrasion-resistant Cordura panels. The destination coat and rain jacket are high quality. I use the rain jacket as an outer windbreaker for chilly morning rides. The short connection zipper pairs perfectly with my Revit Defender pants.
Cons: The sleeves are way too long (35”, Look carefully at the video!), the plastic tabs at the ends of the velcro straps extend too far and easily snag when you move your arms, there is no chest armor, I wish Olympia used a long-connection jacket-to-pants zipper, the chest pockets are too small (I removed the chest pockets so the front mega vent panels can fold more cleanly into their pockets), and the loose fit may cause the shoulder armor to shift in the event of an off.
Overall: The motoquest jacket has many of the features of my thermal jacket, leather coat, and mesh jacket, but it trumps the others because it can be comfortably worn over a much wider temperature range. For that reason, I highly recommend the Olympia motoquest jacket.
July 6, 2015
Lots of great ideas and value here, could use some minor tweaks.
I bought this jacket for a trip to Patagonia - Argentina and Chile, anticipating a wide range of temperatures, climates, weather and terrain, and it performed beautifully. I'll do a review of the pants separately.
I did a lot of dry runs before riding with it to figure out how the vents and camel pack setup worked, especially with gloves on and not looking in a mirror. I was envisioning using a gas-station utility sink to fill the bladder, and adjusting vents while riding, which isn't really safe if you're tucking them into the pockets, but maybe you can practice and manage it. I did it at stops. Also, I can't imagine why anyone would put the rain shell on the inside vs. the outside of the jacket, but it's nice that it's possible, I guess. I was able to get the rain pants over my size 12 Sidi Discovery Rain boots (rather than removing them, which you don't really want to do when it starts raining and getting muddy.)
Pros - Good fit and finish, tons of good details, styling, and all-around functional considerations for riding. Includes all the layers and vents you need to stay cool or warm and dry. I got the white colorway, and it stayed white even after all the dusty and muddy roads.
Cons - These are little nitpicks, but I'll note them for the sake of improvement, as it's a great jacket overall, but It can be fussy and technical. Breast pockets are good for holding ear plugs or cash, not much more. Forget putting a newer smartphone there (my iPhone 5 barely fit), but the waist pockets are good subs.
Main zipper and vent zippers seem too close together, and I kept accidentally zipping the wrong one (maybe a big aftermarket zipper fob would fix this) For venting, I would usually just unzip the centermost vent zips, as rolling the whole panel down into the pockets was fussy, especially if you do the back.
I think the water setup is a great idea - probably the best out there, but it may be over engineered. Velcro strips instead of zippers would make for easier on-off, but I like their idea of more evenly distributing the weight of the water to keep it off your shoulders to avoid fatigue. I usually took my whole jacket off to fill it once in the morning with a bottle, which isn't ideal, especially if it's cold or rainy, but once it was on and full, it worked great, and would last the day. It's also a great water source off the bike if you dump some iodine pills in to make the water safe to drink, depending on where you are.
The shoulder pads tended to get in the way when I got into it, but I got used to that.
June 23, 2015
Right out of the box, excellent fit and finish. You can tell a lot of time went into designing this this jacket. Olympia makes great gear.
First off, im 5'11", 175lbs. Jean size is normally a 33/33 depending on brand. I am at that in between size. Right now i have a size Large Tourmaster Jet 2 and it is a little baggy so i went with the size Medium for the Motoquest. With both liners its too restrictive. I dont plan on riding in the rain anyways. With just the thermal liner its still alittle tight but not bad. With both out its perfect fit.
Love the water pack, vents work great. The armor in the elbows are a little rough but hopefully the jacket will soften up. Overall an awesome jacket. Pairs well with my Olympia motoquest pants.
June 7, 2015