Olympia Odyssey One Piece Suit
Riding in hot weather? Perfect!
I was undecided between this, the Odyssey or the Avenger because my normal riding temperature here in Thailand is well into the high 90's and low 100's F. But I wanted the waterproof feature which the Avenger did not have. So I took the plunge and paid $70 extra for shipping and then another $125 Customs import duty.
Expensive - sure but then all added up still cheaper than buying from a bike store in Bangkok so for Thailand, value for money.
But the HUGE PLUS is the suit's ventilation. At any speed over 40 mph, the airflow through the suit with all the vents open gives airflow right round the upper body and arms and over the back. It feels really cool.
Thank you Revzilla for the patience and advice while I decided between the Avenger and Odyssey and to Olympia for designing and building a suite perfect for the Thai conditions.
February 24, 2015
Good - for the price
I bought this suit last spring and waited to review it to give a long term review. Quality, fit, and finish are good for the price. However missing features and design shortcuts are apparent. For example, it does not have double zippers on the legs so you must unzip the entire leg to get to a pant pocket on your street clothes underneath. The hip, knee, and shoulder armor floats around and shifts every time you put on the suit and must be repositioned. Makes you wonder if the would actually protect you in an accident. The lining is only lightly sewn into the outer shell and also shifts, worse it sticks to the velcro hook side better than the loop side of the velcro closures. Its a good suit at this price point, but realize a more expensive suit would not have any of these issues - I know because my leather suit has none of these issues.
February 24, 2015
Overall a great product
I'm 6' 208lbs with a 32" inseam. The large is almost too short in the torso. After a week of riding I wished I had at least tried the XL before using. Arms and leg length are perfect. The knee pads tend to favor the inside more than the outside, I would rather them be a little to the outside. The chest pocket is rather small but I see the reason is for the air vents. Plenty of airflow, felt comfortable on an 85 degree afternoon with vents open. Rode in 29 degree with a north face thermals, long sleeve shirt and blue jeans under the suit and was fine. It hasn't rained in the month that I have owned the suit but I can tell it will work great, it completely seals out the cold air. Leg unzips all the way to the waste line, no issue at all with boots, I wear a size 12. Over all a great suit and should get better with time.
November 3, 2014
So happy to see a company delivering a product as advertised!
I've been riding for 6 years, gone through 2 joe rocket jackets. Two years ago I found a second hand Olympia Stealth suit for 200 bucks... i figured i'd give it a shot.
Now the Stealth is summer suit, no question, it's mesh and it's amazing.... full coverage protection but breathes like a tee-shirt.
Trouble is that once you hit some rain, or the temps get under 50 degrees the Stealth suit doesn't offer enough protection from the environment.... you'll need to pack a second set of gear.
So i've been considering the Oddysey, and with the onset of Fall in the PA I figured it would fit the bill. I was worried about cost but I must say this thing is everything the Stealth suit was but more- added water proofing, better armor, more pockets and excellent wind blocking properties. I'm so happy I grabbed this.
The 2+ year old stealth suit i have is no different than the day I got it, no broken zippers, pulled stitches or peeling Velcro- simply some of the finest quality durable suits you can buy... at 1/2 a 1/3 of the price to comparable competing suits you shouldn't look any further. Thank you Olympia.
Also, high-five at Revzilla for shipping this to me in under 12 hours, i ordered around noon on Friday and had it before noon on Saturday... speedy free shipping is awesome!!!
October 11, 2014
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