Olympia X-Moto Jacket
Great all season gear
I was really tired of having to choose between my long, winter jacket and my shorter, summer jackets when my longer trips would be taking me through one or more climate changes. Layering is fine, but sometimes it is just a hassle and during predominately colder rides you want the heavier, longer jacket. When I saw the X-Moto I snagged it immediately. Pants, too. They are just the ticket. Olympia fits me best than other brands, anyway.
So far, I have ridden with the jacket and pants in 45 degree and 85 degree weather (that's about the range we've seen here since I got the outfit). All-in-all, the ventilation is excellent, especially considering the flexibility. Would I take this outfit if my ride was going to consistently be above 80 degrees? No, but when I will have some 80+ degree days and some 50 degree days, you bet. Great stuff. Great service.
May 6, 2013
Love all the features except the rain protection
Let me start off by saying the rain protection issue is really cold protection in the rain. In my Alaska trip in July of 2011, there was almost constant rain at least 2/3 of the time. From Anchorage to Homer was especially intense. While the suit did keep me dry, with the inner lining, the soaking of the outer shell and the wind chill, especially on the legs made riding very uncomfortable. This ride was on 650 VStrom which has good upper body protection, but very little protection from the waist down, so for full coverage faired bikes, this likely wouldn't be a problem.
The first part of my trip was riding North from San Diego through the central valley(HOT) and the venting was absolutely great! I wore a soaked "cool vest" underneath and was comfortable for 2 hour stints before re-soaking.
The suit is packed with useful features and is amazingly versatile. That said, I'll be buying a horizon rain suit for future trips on the Strom...
May 2, 2013
Great 4-season jacket!
I was originally looking at the Rev'It Sand 2 jacket, but that one didn't fit me right. Once the RevZilla sales staff knew what I wanted - a 4-season jacket that's suitable for the dog days of summer, as well as occasional commutes in the winter - Hillary pointed me to the Olympia X-Moto Jacket. It fits well, with or without the separate rain- and thermal liners. On a recent motorcycle camping trip, I made use of the rain liner as a zip-out stand-alone jacket while hanging around the campfire. So far, this jacket (with both liners in) was comfortable down to 50 degrees F with just a t-shirt underneath, on a relatively naked bike at sustained highway speeds. I haven't tested it in the heat of summer yet, but the six huge fold-away panels reveal massive areas of mesh that should allow plenty of airflow. And the integrated water bladder is a great feature for summer riding (and camping). I also like that the built-in fanny pack zips off into a small messenger bag with a shoulder strap (a man-purse). This jacket is packed with features, is very comfortable, and looks like it's built to last.
April 22, 2013
Great features, excellent quality, great value
All weather, well thought out jacket with many features. I originally bought another, more expensive brand jacket with similar features, but was disappointed with some of the details and returned/ exchanged for the X-Moto. I couldn't be happier.
Very well made, high quality, good looking jacket; I bought the Sand color. The liners can be zipped in independent of each other and used seperately as well as makes for light destination jacket. The outside waterproof pockets are fold over snap flaps, but the two lower & one breast pocket have zip close additional underneath pockets as well; also has inside pockets and comes with full protective armour including back pad. The hydration pack zips off and includes back straps to cinch it up or wear seperately w/out the jacket if go hiking at your destination. Another nice feature is weatherproof, sewn in left sleeve pocket with clear window that is great for passes, emergency info, notes. All of the above was not inlcuded in the pricier jacket I tried before this one. Too soon to tell on the waterpoofing, air flow and durability, otherwise I would have rated these higher, but have had the shorter Nomad jacket for years and has held up well and this jacket is an improvement on that. Little tip I learned, just wear the waterproof liner on outside of jacket in heavier rain, works great, shell doesn't get wet at all. I have been riding for 40 yrs, can't count the # of jackets I have owned or currently have including Aerostitch; this is the best yet.
March 28, 2013
This jacket feels bomb proof. Im really satisfied with the quality and design of this jacket. Tons of adjustments and has some great touches. Havent given it a try in the rain yet but went for a short ride when it was 37 and didnt feel a thing. What i didnt realize was that the jacket has two liners the waterproof and the thermalite which all zipper in and have velcro loops at the wrist to keep the sleeves in place which is nice. With all the liners in its fits me like a glove im 6'2" 170 and may be a bit tight for someone who is usually comfortable in large sized jackets. Siked about the new kit thanks Revzilla!
March 25, 2013
Great jacket, great colors, the liners are easily removed, it has a pocket for everything ! Even a document size pocket on the back, the protection feels nice, and does not move a lot.
Some minor quality issues, but a great jacket. Everyone has asked me something about it.
January 14, 2013
I'd buy it again in a heartbeat
I was looking for a jacket I could wear in cold, hot, wet or dry weather and not have to carry a second lighter jacket with another set of pads, etc. This X Moto jacket (also got the pants - also great, the full leg zippers alone make them worth the money, you can take them on and off, and remove liner, etc, without taking your boots off) is perfect for all weather use. Very warm and dry in rain, and cool with the liners out and vents open.
The waterproof liner is its own jacket, so you don't have to carry another.
The waterfproof external pockets are perfect for garage door opener, wallet, etc. I wasn't sure what the point was of those being waterproof - now I get it.
The clear window on the left sleeve is perfect for anyone riding onto a military base. Put your ID in there, buy the high-visibility color scheme, and leave your mil-spec orange vest at home - forever.
Another note about the hi-vis color: I almost didn't get this and soooooo glad I did. Face it, you want to be as visible as possible when you're riding, and I have seen a SIGNIFICANT difference in the behavior of people in cars since getting this jacket because I am more visible. Not saying I now trust them all with my life, but this is definitely better.
This is the first really high end riding gear I've had in 35 years of riding. If you've looked at these and wondered whether they're worth the money, well, I'm sold. I'd buy this jacket/pants combo again in a heartbeat.
I have a Yamaha Super Tenere. This jacket works great with that riding position. When I first tried the jacket with the liners and all, I was afraid the shoulders and back might be too snug (I'm 5'11", 195lbs, got an XL). But when I sat on the bike, I was amazed how good the whole thing felt, mobility in the jacket when riding is excellent.
I also like the strap across the throat - you can stick that out of the way when it's a little warmer, and can lay the whole collar down when it's really warm.
I've gotten to ride this in 40 degrees and rain: very very happy with the whole set.
December 30, 2012
Odd fit, great jacket
I am 255lb 6'3", and I have to wear a 3XL in Olympia gear. I go through the same thing every time, where I order the size I wear in all other gear/clothes (XL) and then send it back for a 2XL because it was snug. Every time I wind up with a 3XL. I don't know why this is the case, and it seems to be a problem only in the upper size ranges. I know many people who wear M/L Olympia gear who never have issues. If you're a big guy, and you're thinking of buying your first Olympia jacket, keep it in mind.
The jacket itself is awesome. #1 thing about it is that unlike many other Olympia products, the waterproof liner and the thermal liner are two separate liners, so there is no need to roast on a warm rainy day. The zip off vents work great; they are no where near as good as a mesh jacket, but provide a ton of versatility.
December 24, 2012