Olympia Women's Airglide 4 Jacket
My favorite thing I've ordered so far
Have I told you how much I love this jacket?! From the moment I took it out of the box I was in love. It felt like it was made just for me. I love the zip out thermal and rain liners, but the exterior shell by itself is so airy and breathable. The padding/shields are in exactly the right spots and very comfortable. I love the small front pockets which aren't bulky, and the velcro at the neck which makes it easy to close up when I have my gloves on. The velcro at the wrists is nice to close up small to I can tuck the cuff into my gauntlet style glove. My favorite feature of all? The cinch waist. I always have to order clothes large enough to fit over my **eh hem.....how do I say this, boobs! Usually that makes me feel like I'm wearing a tent, but with this coat allows for the waist area to be cinched into a super flattering fitted look. Style aside, I want to be as safe as I can and went with the high vis. All around LOVE this jacket!
September 28, 2015
Saved my skin!
I've had this jacket for about two years and have ridden with it in 40 degree to 100+ degree temperatures. I've been comfortable every time (well...100+, you're hot regardless; but I was much cooler than my friends and only felt the heat when not moving.) It's very comfortable and fits well even at 5'2" with 'extra padding'. My only complaints are that the cell phone pockets are too small for smart phones and if I have my hair in pony tails to the front, my hair gets stuck on the left side collar velcro. Ouch! Just last weekend, I was in an accident - skidded feet first then rolled down an embankment. The only damage I had under the jacket was some soreness on the shoulder and some scratches from blackberry bushes getting up under the jacket and my shirt. The jacket itself does have some 'roughed up' spots and very minor tears. Insurance is paying to replace it and I will definitely be replacing it with the same jacket.
September 15, 2015
Would be okay if problems corrected
I like the grey color scheme and quality of materials and give three stars for those, but I had a lot of problems with the fit and function. The cut of the jacket is too sloppy in the arms/shoulders, much less form fitting than other motorcycle jackets I own. While you want to provide ample room for adding layers, this jacket has too much, enough that it caused problems.
The pockets are inadequate both in size and quantity. The women's has no outer chest pockets, only 1 small inner chest pocket and 2 small outer hip pockets. I'd like to see 2 outer chest pockets added; zippers just under the horizontal reflective piping would be a good spot for those. All the pockets are too small to hold my iPhone 6 plus. The phone pocket in the liner is only large enough to hold the tiniest of folding type phones, so this pocket was out of date. Fitting a slim, billfold length wallet and passport into the inner chest pocket was a challenge, but I crammed them in there. The fit was so tight that removing and re-installing those items was difficult. That pocket gets a fail for size. I'd like to see an inner horizontal pocket below the front waist of the liner and possibly main jacket, to accommodate maps. It would only need one or two velcro squares to close the top.
The fit is poor. It's as if they took a man's jacket, threw in some waist elastic, zippered hip gussets and called it a day. The shoulders and arms are way too wide and baggy, even with the liner installed. There is more than adequate room to add layers, so I'd like to see that excess upper body fabric trimmed out to proper fit. In adding a fleece and thin sweater, I still had lots of room. The zippered gusset is a good design for expanding the hip, but the hips needs to be slightly wider. I think widening the gusset would take care of both small hipped gals and allow for adequate expansion for curvier figures.
Now for the serious problem: When riding down a highway into a headwind, liner removed, the shoulders and arms flapped so badly that I was being flailed by the shoulder armor. The flapping made such a loud thrumming sound that the vibrations of it traveled up my neck and into the base of my skull. I felt like my skull and shoulders were being smashed to pulp. This was a major wardrobe malfunction. Five minutes of this and I was ready to quite riding. Neither tightening nor loosening the velcro armstraps was of any help. I tried putting in the liner, even though it was too hot for it, and had small improvement, but the shoulders were still flailing like crazy. Both tightening and loosening the velcro arm band did nothing to help. We had to find a side road until the wind changed direction. We were lucky that one was available because earlier on, there was no option but to take the one highway through wilderness.
In ordering the Olympia, I was hoping to have the best of both worlds: cooling in extreme heat and add-on warmth and waterproofness by way of the liner. The jacket only partially succeeded. I have an all mesh jacket that works beautifully in heat (different brand), but wanted a heavier liner than what came with it for cold weather. The Olympia liner is an improvement over the single layer liner of my all mesh jacket. I also like that the Olympia has separating layers. The liner gave adequate warmth for the cool spots during early September riding in northern Canada. Didn't try it in rain, so can't comment on waterproofness. The Olympia mesh, however, fails to provide adequate cooling and airflow on a hot day. Early/mid spring and fall if you only need a little cooling, the jacket would be okay, but has inadequate cooling for real heat.
I thought I might be able to alter the shoulder/arm fit, but the complexity of the seaming would make this difficult to accomplish. If the sloppy upper body fit were corrected, this would be a good jacket, though not cooling enough for really hot places.
September 10, 2015
Great travel coat
I needed a textile coat for a trip to Europe, and after wearing this coat daily for 3 weeks and 3000 miles I feel like I can offer an opinion! I like the 3 layers, this makes it very versatile for traveling. The rain liner makes a pretty cute raincoat on it's own. The innermost warmth liner can't be worn on it's own. It's not a great fit for tall-ish girls, I'm 5'8" 135 lbs, and ordered a medium. I found the waist rides a bit higher than my actual waist and the sleeves are a bit short. It also runs small, with the protective pads in place it's very tight. Without them, it's comfortable. All that being said, it fit well enough to keep.
One downfall is the placement of the pockets. There are lots of pockets - but if you are wearing only the outer shell and rain coat (without the warmth liner), there is no interior or exterior pocket that is protected from rain. There are TWO 'mobile phone' pockets, but you need to be wearing either the outer liner solo or all three layers intact to access them (plus those mobile phone pockets are way outdated, I WISH I could buy a cell phone that small!)
I also wish it had a bit more venting, some front or pit zips would be helpful. While the outer shell has a lot of mesh, there is not an option to get some airflow if any of the inner layers are in place.
August 11, 2015
Stylish with great air flow
I mainly bought this jacket to wear in the hot and humid summers we have in Alabama. The air flow of this jacket is outstanding. I'm OK in this jacket up to the mid- 90's in temp, but I wouldn't be comfortable in anything above that. Thank you Olympia for producing a women's jacket that is comparable in style, durability and features as the men's. Also, Olympia is realizing that not all women riders are a size 2! Those of us who are in our 50's and have a middle-aged "spread" are now at the point in our lives where we can afford the bikes and quality gear like Olympia that we couldn't afford in our 20's!
August 3, 2015
Great quality and good fit. But. Short sleeves, especially in riding position. I'm 5'9, 83kg. Australian size 14-16 with a big bust and hips. Fit bust and over hips well.
I live and ride in northern Australia. Air flow is great. And the inner makes a good camping/travel warm jacket.
Disappointed about the short sleeves, but the rest of the features and good fit make it worth wearing a long sleeve underneath.
August 2, 2015
Some nice features, but....
I just bought my first motorcycle jacket. I'm tall, 5'9", and I find when I'm riding, the sleeves are too short for me. So I have an inch or two of skin around each wrist that is sunburned, and in the cooler weather this fall, I will have two cold areas on my wrists from the sleeves being too short. The air flow is great, as is the waterproof liner, which I used just recently in a downpour.
My other issue with the jacket is the zipper, with the large metal tabs, one of which remains at the bottom of the jacket. When I'm riding off road, going over rough terrain, and sliding around a bit, the metal tab is scratching the tank on my F650GS! And, yes, I can buy a tank protector, but given the price that I paid for this jacket, shouldn't the jacket design be better thought out so that this isn't an issue?? My son bought a Dakar jacket, which has a fabric tab that covers the bottom of the zipper, thus eliminating the problem. Why should I have to modify my bike in order to wear this jacket?
So I wouldn't recommend this for off road riders and I'll probably be buying another jacket in the future to replace this one.
July 15, 2015
Jacket provided all the features I was looking for.
Jacket has yet to be used; but based on trying it on and inspecting it, it appears to be just what I need. The mesh outer layer provides cooling for hot weather riding; the waterproof liner hopefully will live up to it's name when it rains, and the insulated liner likewise will provide additional insulation when it turns chilly.
June 29, 2015