Olympia Odyssey One Piece Suit
I wear a 2x jacket from multiple manufaturers.
I couldn't even zip up the 4x suit, which is the largest I could find. Even if I could get IN a 5x, the legs would be a foot too long as well as the sleeves.
One has to wonder if this mfg has ever been to a motorcycle rally or really looked at the measurement differences in the rider's demographic.
September 25, 2014
Did it's job during a pretty nasty crash
So there I was, riding around the mountains with a couple friends. We were in a small town, and it had just begun to rain, so we weren't doing anything abnormal. Got into a construction zone where the DOT set up a lane shift across a new bridge being built. On the transition from the old lane to the new lane, they apparently painted over the old lane division line in slick black paint, which was invisible with a smoked shield and in the pouring rain. My rear tire slid out on this painted line, then kicked back the other way and next thing I knew, I went down, HARD, at about 35-40mph. The bike slammed me low-side into the pavement. I slide about 100-150 feet and the bike probably about double that before coming to rest.
I felt a bit out of breath and my right side upper body hurt a bit but nothing too bad. I got up and my friends helped me get the bike back up and we stopped about 1/10th of a mile down the road at a gas station.
Come to find out later that, while wearing the Forcefield armored shirt and shorts combo under my Olympia suit, I had broken a rib or two (probably when the bike forced my arm to slam into my ribcage). Amazingly, after sliding so far (granted, the roads were wet), the Olympia suit had so little damage that I had to search for the area of the suit that touched the ground.
I also like the fact that this suit has hi-viz integrated, but not annoyingly so. I don't want to look like a hi-viz mannequin and they put just the right amount of yellow on the suit so you are safe and visible but don't look like a total dork.
There are two major changes I made to this suit to make it more functional for me:
1) Added a heated vest wire inside the left side pocket. Cut a hole in the pocket liner and through to the inside of the suit so I have a relatively waterproof way of getting my jacket powered up from the bike, and
2) Added two snaps so that when it's hot and dry out, I can unzip the collar a bit and fold each half back and snap it in place on the suit. This was quite tricky to do, even after sourcing the OEM snap studs from Olympia. Finding the tool to get them installed was impossible so we hacked it and it works fine. Before doing this, the slightly unzipped collar would flap around in the wind and get annoying (this is despite the velcro they give you to fold the upper part of the collar back).
Overall, you can't beat the Aerostich quality suit at a reasonable, everyman price.
September 7, 2014
Great commuter over-suit
I live in the coastal region of SoCal and purchased the suit to wear over business attire for my commute. Wear the suit a few times before hemming. Fit is good and slightly roomier than the same size mesh suit. I shortened the sleeves and legs slightly to tailor the fit. Venting is great, but lack of leg vents is a short fall, as is the slight inward location of the knee armor. Mid 80 degree days makes the suit hot when stopped at lights, but fine while moving except for leg heat, so I unzip the legs a few inches and use the Velcro to fasten the bottom to increase air flow. Lots of handy and large pockets.
July 5, 2014
I own the vented one piece suit from Olympia and liked it very much so I decided to try the Odyssey suit because I live in climate that is warm only a few months where it rains frequently. It is as advertised, and has lots of good features at a great price. The one downside is the amount of velcro for final closure of the legs making it more likely that I will put on my boots after donning the suit rather than before, which would be preferable.
June 9, 2014
Great value for the money
The sizing chart seems to be somewhat misleading. I am a stocky 5' 8" and 205 lbs. Not chubby, but certainly not a body builder. According the the chart I am a solid X-large based on weight, but based on videos and other reviews I selected the large. It fits great and I am not planning on hemming the pants because the adjustments around the ankles keep them from dragging. For many years I have worn a full leather two-piece unvented suit, without electric clothing, for all my riding, experiencing low temps to around 30 degrees and highs to around 107 degrees. From my experience so far, this suit will probably work to that low extreme, but not as comfortably as the full leathers, but I believe it will be significantly cooler on the high end than the full leathers because of the vents. The extremes that I have experienced so far in the new suit are 42 degrees and 82 degrees and it was very comfortable in both. For the money, the suit has an excellent fit and finish. My only complaint so far is that the knee armor faces inward toward the tank when riding, instead of straight forward or slightly outward as I would have expected.
May 12, 2014
Great One Piece Suit
This is a great one piece suit and I would recommend it. I have only worn it in late winter and early spring so far. It does not have any sort of thermal type liner in it so if you are going to ride in weather colder than 55 deg I'd suggest you definitely layer up. 50 and below I wear long johns, jeans, and a fleece. above 50 to about 65 i just lose the long johns. 70 and up, just a long sleeve shirt or even short sleeve, even shorts sometimes if its around 75-80. When you open up the vents, you get great air/circulation...again up to about 80-85. 85 and above I wear the mesh version of Olympias one piece suit and that one is good up to around 100. Its supposed to be 100% waterproof but I haven' t had it in the rain to test yet.
Drawbacks or things they could improve....the side waist pockets are actual pockets and can't access your jeans underneath, you have to open up the front of the suit to get to your jeans, but there are plenty of pockets on the outside. The one left chest pocket really needs to be bigger, its big enough for an iPhone but barely or your keys. I didn't have to hem the bottoms at all on my Large size, I'm 5'10" 195 lbs....it fits a little tight, maybe I need to lose 10-15 lbs but I think a XL would be too big. Not a big fan of the "gaiter" at the front zipper for the crotch area but I guess it improves the waterproofness of the garment.
Good value just below $500......If I could justify the price of an Aerostich I would get one, but this is a great alternative.
April 8, 2014
Small fits a woman 5'3" 132 lbs
A Revzilla staffer (also 5' 3") put on the size small and sent me pictures. It was that help that sold me on this suit. I knew I had to shorten the length of pants and sleeves (which has just been done) and it fits me perfect. Not too tight or loose. The American styling versus European is the difference. It's comfortable and the combo of black & hi viz is perfect. If you are a woman looking for a "right price" suit check this one out!
April 7, 2014
Quality Suit, Good Price!
Great quality, a lot of features and a good price. This suit is best suited for Fall, Winter, Spring. I don't anticipate using it in the dog-days of Summer.
I'm 5'8, 205, have a somewhat athletic build and the suit fit perfectly.
Amazingly easy order process with Revzilla...lightning fast shipping!
Note: I was pleased to find that the neck closure fit me much closer than it did Peter in the video demonstration.
February 13, 2014