Olympia Odyssey One Piece Suit
Lasted 15 minutes, in a good way
I was literally on my very first ride with this suit and went down. Yup. Didn't even make complete the first trip. I hit a very slippery patch of off ramp and got high sided at about 20 mph landing directly on my right shoulder. The suit not only protected me and probably saved me from a broken collar bone, but had amazingly minor scuffs. Granted the pavement was wet, but my boot leather was nearly worn through. This was yesterday 1/18/15 and I am here able to type the next day. So I can't really comment yet on ventilation, and how it works on a long ride because i ONLY HAD IT ON FOR 15 MINUTES. But I would spend that $450 again in a second for the protection alone.
January 19, 2016
This suit is simply the best bang for your buck.
This suit is great, it gives good protection, flow, and even decent styling. I have the yellow one, and I have seen a noticeable difference in how people see me. This suit is pretty much perfect for my temperatures. The only thing I would want them to add would be a inner removable layer, for those nice summer rides. I have a KLR so I have done quite a bit of off road riding, and sometimes I get a little sweaty in it. I would highly recommend this suit if you are on a budget, but still want good protection.
January 13, 2016
Nice But Colder Temps Get Through
Love this riding suit. It looks great, fits well, and has the protective padding where I need it. Did have it hemmed in the legs a few inches ($35 locally), but just a great looking, easy wearing suit. I still haven't found all the pockets yet, and sometimes too much air gets in around the waist, chest and arms, but in time I'll figure it out.
I wear this with my jeans and a regular shirt. Keeps my legs harm at highway speeds. When I was hitting 65mph and the temps were about 50 degrees though, my upper body got chilly, but a sweater underneath and learning how to use the the air flow vents will help. My leg movement is somewhat restricted when climbing on the bike, but once underway I'm fine.
My head turn was kind of restricted when the bottom of the helmet brushed the collar, but then I discovered the helmet sound system collar was bulky and extending down too far. The fix there is to either put in the old collar or get a smaller helmet, we'll see.
My friends tell me I look like a hunchback with it on (back protector), but they also want to own one! Overall, a great suit, looks good and protects well.
November 9, 2015
Satisfied With This One
This suit is definitely a step up from the Joe Rocket Survivor Suit ($359) that I purchased last year. Very much worth the price differential.
It's superior in the following areas:
- water leak - the joe rocket suit let's some water in on the right side at the base of the zipper right at the waist level. this suit has an additional membrane that fills this gap.
- easy to put on: the joe rocket suit sometimes requires one to be a contortionist to put it on. this one is much easier to put on (zipper goes down much lower too)
- neck collar - the joe rocket collar is pretty inexistent. this one covers most of you neck (as needed). this will be handy in rainy situations where the joe rocket would sometimes let a drop or two in from the neck. will come handy for cold days as well as the collar is warm and comfy
- more pockets - pockets everywhere and easily reachable. not always the case with joe rocket's limited 3 pockets
- more room - joe rocket can be very tight at the waist (where it matters :) ). this one is loose enough that you don't feel like you're in a brace.
- thicker as well. which will be beneficial both for insuation and protection (that said, i'll keep wearing the joe rocket suit in the summer)
- overall better looks and better designed. highly recommend for the price.
November 7, 2015
I quite like it despite a couple flaws
I really like this suit. The build quality is very good - especially considering the price. I couldn't justify the price of an Aerostitch suit. The Olympia Odyssey, however, hits a pricing sweet spot. It's expensive enough to have good materials and craftsmanship but not so expensive that it's out of reach of a protection conscious rider on a budget. It's 1/3 the price of the premium US made equivalent.
I feel very protected and visible in the high-viz model. There's tons of Scotchlite piping and there is a Scotchlite panel on the back of the neck. Also, with the contrast between yellow and black, the conspicuity of this suit is rather good.
The fit is as expected. I'm 5' 11" and under 160. I don't need to hem the pants. They might even be 1/4" short on my legs in the seated position. The arms are around 1/2 inch too long on me. In reasonable weather I can ride with the cuffs folded back. The knee armor fits me quite well. The elbow armor, however, is in a bit of an odd position for my particular anatomy. I would appreciate an adjustable elbow armor pocket here. But this doesn't detract from the overall experience with this suit.
The arms and torso have room for an additional layer. It's a bit puffy but doesn't Mae West when you sit. The pants might not be quite as forgiving for layering. You'll need another layer for cold weather. I rode without a fleece underneath in 36F weather and it was a bit chilly - but manageable. The suit keeps most of the wind off of you when the vents are closed and the zippers are properly covered. Your neck below the helmet will be exposed so you will also want to have some cold weather protection there. With a bit of pre-ride planning I can see myself riding with this suit in the New England winter with no problem.
The vents keep me cool up until the mid 70s (F) as long as I'm moving. You can expect to sweat at stop lights and slow or stop-n-go traffic. Once you get moving at a reasonable speed, however, you get very nice evaporational cooling. I definitely see the need for mesh hot weather gear in higher temperatures and based on my experience with the Odyssey I'm seriously considering getting the Olympia Avenger for the hot months.
The side pockets on the Odyssey are a touch small and they're a little tough for me to get into. But they work. The waterproof pockets on the legs are quite nice. The waterproof pocket on the back perplexes me a bit. I'm not sure what I would use it for just yet. The Napoleon pocket is big enough for a wallet or phone - as is the water resistant slash pocket.
There is a lot of Velcro on this suit - probably around 25 linear feet of the stuff. I'm not sure there is any way around this other than to use water resistant zippers everywhere. It's a little annoying at first but it only took a few rides for me to get used to it, though. For me the protection is worth the cumbersome hook and loop fasteners everywhere.
I think this suit gives fantastic value for the money.
November 4, 2015
lots of protection and visibility
I needed to go ATGATT to get my wife's permission to get a motorcycle, and this works. I bought the high viz and indeed I can tell people see it. Children are fascinated by it and want to come over and ask questions, I assume due to the Power Ranger look. Adults always ask me if I'm hot. Well, if I wore this in summer in Oklahoma I would be. I will buy something else for summer.
The one piece is good because it removes the temptation to just put the jacket on.
The venting works well, though I was skeptical at first.
As others have said, the hip armor needs to be replaced and there is Velcro everywhere! It is very easy to get snagged when suiting up.
I am 6'3", 210, with normal length legs and arms. The XL fits just about perfectly when on the bike. Make sure you fasten all the velcro at the bottom before riding. The fit aspect I was worried about is that I am long from crotch to true waist, and I buy long rise pants when possible. Given the known "ride up" of one pieces, I was concerned, but it's fine.
I have the Shoei yellow helmet, and the colors don't match, sadly, but it's no big deal. The helmet is really yellow, not the high viz greenish - yellow.
October 26, 2015
After looking for a one piece suit everywhere that will accommodate my 6'2' frame 180lbs I found this perfect fit in XL. I commute every day and protects me well from all the elements.
Thank you Revzilla for a great product.
August 31, 2015
Nice suit, although I am afraid that it can wear out soon, at least the velcro.
I like the suit a lot. I see however 2 issues. One it is that on putting it on and taking it off twice a day -I am a commuter- you get stuck all over because the velcro is everywhere. That is not the main issue, but that the velcro strips seem to be rather weak and eventually they will be lose. I have worn the suit for 2 weeks and I already see that the velcro strips are not attached as well as they arrived.
July 28, 2015