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Olympia Switchback Jacket
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Olympia Switchback Jacket

The Switchback jacket offers the perfect combination of modern styling and cutting edge design. Constructed in authentic Cordura fabric with ballistic  mesh panels,  it delivers maximum airflow with exceptional abrasion resistance. Switchback also includes a breathable wind and waterproof removable liner jacket for added comfort, function and style. 3M Scotchlite trim at the front, sides and back insures added visibility in low light situations. This versatile jacket represents the absolute best bang for your buck in the market.


  • Outer shell constructed in 500 denier Cordura fabric with ballistic airflow mesh panels
  • Removable waterproof liner jacket
  • Removable CE approved Motion Flex armor at elbows and shoulders
  • Removable CE approved Motion Flex articulated back protector
  • Cool mesh airflow lining
  • Custom Fit detailing at collar, cuffs, elbows and  waist
  • Comfort neoprene framed collar
  • 3M Scotchlite reflective piping at front, sides and back
  • 8” connecting zipper for pants
  • Three storage pockets plus interior cell phone pocket    

Waterproof liner jacket features:

  • Sturdy wind and waterproof / breathable rip stop nylon shell
  • Side snap pockets
  • Mandarin style knit trim collar
  • Interior storage pocket
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Olympia Switchback Jacket 4.7 5 112 112
A great three season jacket. I have had only good experiences with Olympia products, and wanted a jacket for warm weather use to complement the Olympia AST worn in the cooler months. The switchback fits well, has the good quality CE rated armor pads, and uses Cordura instead of lighter weight textile fabrics. It still has great ventilation for warmer days but can be used comfortably into the 50 degree range with the windproof liner and some underlying layers. With these two jackets, I feel that I have the range of use covered well. I ride in all weather, from 10 degrees to 100 plus, and wear an Olympia jacket at all times when riding. April 15, 2014
Good jacket - A few issues I was looking for a jacket that I could wear in warmer or even hot weather as I prepared for the Rawhyde off-road training class in SOCAL. The gang at Revzilla recommended this coat, based on my size, and when larger sizes are required, there is a smaller number of jackets to choose from. The Olympia jacket kept me much cooler than the Revitt Sand II coat which I wore during the cooler periods of the weekend training class. I'm a tall, and bigger guy, with long arms and a long torso. I found the arms on this coat to be a little bit too short, and also the way that the closures at the end of the arm are contoured, they did not feel natural as I closed (cinched) them around my wrist. The torso is much shorter than the Revitt Sand II, and with a long torso, I found that there was an undesirable gap between the bottom of the coat, and the top of the Revitt Pants. But, it is a good coat, with good styling, and if you're looking for a high-value, mesh jacket, with high visibility, and you're not tall or larger, then this might be the coat for you. Sizing in all other ways was correct and as expected. April 14, 2014
Great purchase Fantastic jacket. Protects well and has good airflow. Could be a bit longer and there is something on the neck (either the top of the zipper or part of the seam) that catches neck hair. This isn't a problem when the neck strap is fastened or when I've recently shaved. Overall I am very happy. April 13, 2014
Extremely pleased with fit & function I have been using my jacket for several months now in S. FL in temperatures ranging from mid 50s up to 90 degrees. The jacket has really good airflow for the warmer temperatures and with the liner in I was plenty warm (almost hot) in the mid 50s. I am 6' approx 192 lbs and the large size jacket, with the adjustable fit, is the perfect size. I really appreciate the added protection that this jacket provides with the incorporated armor. I just hope I never have to test its capabilities. I purchased the high visibility yellow and black color scheme to increase my chances of being seen by other drivers. I have been told by a few friends and co-workers that have seen me on the road that they definitely noticed me, mission accomplished. In the near future I will purchase the Olympia Horizon raingear to go over my Switchback Jacket for the rainy season. The only nit-pick that I have is sometimes when I brush my arm against my body in a backward motion the adjustment straps #w/ velcro# for the elbow armor come undone. April 11, 2014
Outstanding product. I haven't ridden with this jacket much, but so far it is impressive. The quality is outstanding and it has all the features (pockets etc) that you would want. The best feature is it's "American" sizing. Being a bit short and stocky, it's hard to find products that fit well, and this jacket fits great. Highly recommended. March 31, 2014
Olympia Switchback - Hits the mark When I was looking for another jacket, I had these pre-requisites: 1- Hi viz: The Switchback black/hi-viz absolutely glows. Very bright yellow - can't miss it. And, the great styling is gravy. 2- Protection with high air flow: High air-flow and protection are typically a trade-off, in that you can have one or the other. The Switchback puts the Cordera in all the right places, and the mesh in the less likely impact areas. GREAT balance. Additionally, the elbow pads extend down the forearm further than other jackets I have, while remaining comfortable. The elbow adjustment is velcro, which gives you infinite adjustment as opposed to snap styles. 3- Fit: I'm 5'9" 190lbs. 44" shoulders, 34" waist. Sometimes hard to fit. The LARGE fit PERFECTLY (and is adjustable). It's cut broad-shouldered, so I didn't need an XL which are usually too big for my waist. Additionally, I was comfortable with the liner (which is a great standalone, as well), AND with a thermal long-sleeved undershirt, which allowed me to take a ride just now, at 43F, and remain very comfortable. 4- Liner: makes a very good standalone, stylish, wind-breaker jacket. It's supposedly waterproof, but I typically use an external rain jacket over my riding jackets. But, it definitely cuts the wind on cooler/colder days and makes a significant difference in keeping you warm. Zips in and out quickly/easily. Elastic cuff keeps wind out as well. Bottom line, great bang for the buck. 3 season, and I see it good for 45F to 95F (over that I park the bike). Versatile, hi-viz, and a great looking jacket. March 18, 2014
Fantastic Olympia has done it again, made available a top of the line summer jacket at a reasonable price. The jacket is light weight, has very good ventilation but offers good protection. I have tried cheaper brands, but have found they do not hold up. You get what you pay for. Buy this jacket, you won't be sorry. March 3, 2014
High Quality, true to size, nice features, perfect fit, great looks This is an awesome jacket for warm weather. Using the water proof lining allows you to ride very comfortably from 48 F on. Great design, comfortable fit. Great features like the velcro fasteners at elbow level to avoid flapping, impact protection on shoulders, back & elbows. Perfect fit and great looks. Couldn't ask for more. Very happy with this product. I'm 6' 1" @ 185 lbs and size L fits great. January 20, 2014
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
William M: Hot and cool weather riding in S. Florida. This jacket looks and performs great! Mar 28, 2014
Teresa D: Protection, color combination, and versatiolity Mar 23, 2014
Paul B: Very good reviews from other riders both here and out on the road Mar 22, 2014
Mar 12, 2014
DEAN U: I chose this because it was made in America, was aesthetically pleasing to the eye and had all the right features for the money. Mar 3, 2014
Steven G: "American" fit. Not too much hi viz material. Mar 1, 2014
Bill C: Looks, positive reviews, protection it will provide in warm to hot weather. Feb 24, 2014
Charles Y: Good reviews, good price. Feb 24, 2014
N B: I ordered this jacket and loved it, tested in cold and rain and it did the job Jan 17, 2014
Brad P: Got the hi-viz version great product very pleased Dec 25, 2013
David S: I bought this jacket as a gift for my son's birthday. I got the reflectorized jacket for safety reasons, there are to many distracted drivers in the world these days. You can't put a price on safety. Nov 5, 2013
A S: Versatility and style was what I was looking for... Nov 2, 2013
Kevin L: Quality, styling, & size Oct 28, 2013
J E: For the features. This jacket is awesome. You really can tell it was designed by cyclists. I'm a large XXL and it fits great. I got it for warm weather riding, and it keeps you cool enough and interestingly warn even in cooler weather.

Anthony's review was especially helpful in the decision, in showing the features of the product.
Oct 13, 2013
Timothy F: Tried this jacket on at a local cycle shop and fit was good. Buying from Revzilla to save a few bucks by not paying tax. Price seems to be the same no matter where you buy. With the Revzilla return policy and no tax, why not? Oct 10, 2013
K E: Excellent jacket for hot weather riding, as it has ventilation holes in some of the panels. Oct 9, 2013
Steve O: Used Olympia gear in the past and like it. Oct 5, 2013
christopher o: testimonial from a stanger. he went down in this jacket and lived to tell the tale! Sep 26, 2013
WAYNE C J: Extremely visible and great for Florida hot weather. Lots of protection in key areas. Liner only takes a minute to put on or off. Liked is so much that I bought the ladies version for my wife. Sep 24, 2013
Alfred P: The fit, color and protection Sep 22, 2013
Timothy S: Mesh, Hi-Vis, good protection, good price....LOVE IT! Sep 17, 2013
JOHN R: Hivis and Summer design was what I was looking for. Good airflow for hot Aussie conditions, with amour. Hope it's as good as advertised. Aug 31, 2013
Paul H: I loved the looks of this jacket particularly with the high vis yellow accents. Also, the adjustability of fit and the flexibility of the jacket to be worn in various weather was important too. Aug 10, 2013
david b: video was very informative and it looks cool. since it comes with actual protection pad on the back set it apart from two others I saw Aug 6, 2013
lance h asked: Can you tell me what is a good co-ordinating overpant for the high viz Airglide Jacket by Olympia? Aug 22, 2013
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Jeff S: I wear both my Rev'it and firstgear mesh overpants as well as BMW Summer pant with the jacket. I'm sure Olympia has products if you like to connect the jacket to the pants. Aug 22, 2013
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A s: I purchased the matching / companion pants that came with removable water proof liner . all set for summer ! Aug 24, 2013
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Andy B: I have the matching overpant to the Olympia Switchback Jacket. I had to have them hemmed but they work well. Aug 24, 2013
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Lee H: I went with First Gear over pants. Aug 22, 2013
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A shopper asked: Does it coordinate with the Olympia Airglide 3 Pants? Mar 10, 2012
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LittleToad: Yes it does. The jacket and pants connect at the waste in the back by zipper.
The pants match the jacket in style and material.
Apr 10, 2012
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JMitch: Yes, the folks at Olympia let me know that all of their products use the same connecting zipper. Apr 8, 2013
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Jesto: During the video he says at 3:54 "they will pair up with the air glide 3 pants". Mar 29, 2012
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A shopper asked: So the back protector is CE level 1, right? Is it worth replacing the armor? I've read that the pocket is a little tight for aftermarket inserts. Dec 16, 2012
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RevZilla: The articulated back protector included in the Olympia Switchback is CE Level-1. If you desire to upgrade to CE Level-2, then you could modify a SAS-TEC (SC-1/12) or Rukka D3O Air Back Protector to fit or wear a Forcefield Back Protector Pro Kevlar L2 underneath. Dec 18, 2012
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JMitch: I have found the CE armor to suffice. No need to replace unless you desire something different. Apr 8, 2013
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A shopper asked: This looks like they just brought back the Viper and called it a Switchback. How does this differ from the Viper? Nov 26, 2012
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RevZilla: The Viper of yesteryear is more closely related to the Airglide 3 in that they both were mesh/textile shells with waterproof/thermal 2-stage liners. The Switchback differs in that it only has a waterproof liner; no thermal. The Viper was also constructed with a 500D Cordura framework similar to the Airglide 3 and Switchback but also featured 2000D Cordura in the shoulders and elbows for added abrasion resistance. Nov 28, 2012
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Jacket Size Guidelines
We suggest you use these size charts as a general guide. Variables in weight distribution and height may alter the appropriate size range indicated. As a general rule Olympia Jackets are designed in America, with an "American" body in mind. As such, you will find that Olympia tend to fit more generously then European brands (such as REV'IT!, Dainese, Alpinestars and Spidi). If you are in between sizes, we recommend to you to err on the smaller side.

Pant Sizing Guidelines
Olympia pants fit true to size. If you intend on using them as over pants, please go one size up.

Inseam Lengths
Olympia pants are cut with generous inseams to accommodate various riding positions. Olympia EZ hem bottoms (can be hemmed up to six inches) and adjustable knee armor help riders achieve a custom fit

Olympia Men's Jackets / 1 Piece Suits

Alpha Size Suit Size Height Weight
SM  34-36 5'3"-5'9"   120-150
MD  38-40 5'3"-5'10"  150-170
LG  42-44 5'6"-6'1"  170-190
XL  46-48 5'8"-6'2"  190-210
2XL  50-52 5'9"-6'3"  210-230
3XL  54-56 5'11"-6'4"  220-250
4XL  58-60 6'-6'5"  240-285

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

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Product Style RevZilla SKU ID Manufacturer Product # Availability
Black/Pewter / 2XL 818292 MJ207P-2XL In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Pewter / 3XL 818293 MJ207P-3XL In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Pewter / 4XL 818294 MJ207P-4XL In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Pewter / LG 818295 MJ207P-L In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Pewter / MD 818296 MJ207P-M In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Pewter / SM 818297 MJ207P-S In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Pewter / XL 818298 MJ207P-XL In Stock: Ships next business day
Pewter/Silver / 2XL 818299 MJ207S-2XL In Stock: Ships next business day
Pewter/Silver / 3XL 818300 MJ207S-3XL In Stock: Ships next business day
Pewter/Silver / 4XL 818301 MJ207S-4XL In Stock: Ships next business day
Pewter/Silver / LG 818302 MJ207S-L In Stock: Ships next business day
Pewter/Silver / MD 818303 MJ207S-M In Stock: Ships next business day
Pewter/Silver / SM 818304 MJ207S-S In Stock: Ships next business day
Pewter/Silver / XL 818305 MJ207S-XL In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Neon Yellow / 2XL 818306 MJ207Z-2XL In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Neon Yellow / 3XL 818307 MJ207Z-3XL In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Neon Yellow / 4XL 818308 MJ207Z-4XL In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Neon Yellow / LG 818309 MJ207Z-L In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Neon Yellow / MD 818310 MJ207Z-M In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Neon Yellow / SM 818311 MJ207Z-S In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Neon Yellow / XL 818312 MJ207Z-XL In Stock: Ships next business day