Firstgear Thermo 1-Piece Suit
Dry interior, but pockets aren't waterproof
Just got to work after a 25 minute ride in the pouring rain. As usual, the interior of the suit is totally dry except for my perspiration due to it not breathing. The pockets, however, where I keep my cell phone, wallet and keys ARE NOT WATERPROOF. In fact, they quite easily fill up with water through the stitching and single layer of nylon they are made out of. The fold down top to the pocket would keep out water quite well if the material were made of anything with a water repellent nature. After a 25 minute ride, my cell phone and wallet are both soaked despite being in sealed pockets from dry home to dry parking garage.
October 28, 2014
Bang for the buck...
(Shipping) Incredibly fast! I live in Eastern Ky and received it on the 3rd day from order.
(Size) I am 6-3, 245 lbs, 48" chest, 35/34 pants size, normally a 2xl shirt or 17.5 neck / 35 sleeve,.. After some debate I ordered the 2xl size because I thought I would be right in between the XL and 2XL. I went 2XL because I was worried about length. That's exactly how it turned out. It is a tiny bit big in the body but the length is about perfect, I think the XL would have fit better in the body but would have been on the short side. I would guess that if you are about my size but 6-1 or less that you could probably get away with the XL. There is some adjust-ability..see style below.
(style) I like the style over all and really like the fact that you can adjust the closures on the sleeves as well as the waist, all zippers are covered by a rain flap that is velcro all the way down. I do wish though that they would have sewn a reflective strip across at least the back (and the knees and elbows would be even better) as this is a cold weather suit you are more likely to be riding in limited visibility weather. In addition I can already tell that the rain flaps having velcro the entire length is going to be a pain, but in all fairness this might be the best system for sealing out rain and cold entirely.
(Weather Protection / Air flow) I have not ridden it yet in cold weather but by other reviews, experience with other suits, and the way it is made, I fully expect it to be good down to freezing temps and fully rain proof. Air flow for riding this in changing temps through the day is going to suck though. This is designed as and is purely a cold weather suit. It would have been nice to have some vents but honestly this thing is so warm that I am not sure how much good vents would do in anything above 50 degrees.
I did plenty of research and have been riding for a very long time; as much as I would love to have just one suit for the entire year (because I ride in any weather and temp, barring snow) I don't think there is just one suit made you could use. If you dont ride fast or far in weather below 50 then this is too much for you; but if you ride like I do on the interstate in 40 degree weather and under then this becomes a necessity.
I can assure you there is no other suit made with this much protection from the cold at a price under $200.00
You could ride a pair of "Carhartt" arctic extreme coveralls which are great in the cold but not completely water proof and are $20.00 more expensive. That's what I used to do and trust me when I say that "a dedicated riding suit is a much better option."
September 29, 2014
NICE AND WARM, until you press your leg against the exhaust
I was happy with this winter suit for a bit. It was great. I was pumping gas into the FLHX and smelt a funny burning smell. I didn't think much of it. Started riding, felt quite the draft. Upon arriving at home, inspection of the suit revealed the exhaust melted a hole into the pant leg. Effectively ruining the suit. The inside of the pant has a canvas like material that will hold up to exhaust temps. However, unless they have fixed this in the last year, the exterior of the pant doesn't have that protection. I was quite unhappy. I ultimately purchased the tourmaster. I recommend that as your year round suit to go over your business suit.
August 7, 2014
Nice winter commute suit
I purchased my Thermo suit about 2 years ago. And feel its well enough used to speak to its quality as I used it daily through winter months.
I will try and keep this short and sweet. OVERALL I recommend this suit, however I did have one issue that is rather annoying. I'm not sure if it was mine, or all. The Velcro wrist strap on my unit would easily come loose at highway/interstate speeds. Causing it to flap around violently. at low speeds below 40 mph there was no issue I can remember.
The loose strap at higher speeds would become annoying very fast in heavy rain and would cause water to run up your arm even in a non-aggressive position riding.
For sizing I am 6ft tall and about 200 lbs. and I purchased a 2xl size which fit nicely. However in aggressive riding position the pants felt just slightly short if your on a super sport style bike.
I have used this in temperatures ranging from 20-30 degrees up to around 70. and I was quite warm with just this thermo and a pair of pants and t-shirt in those lower temps. Anything above 60-70 you feel very clammy and its just simply to hot to wear.
Keep in mind if you wear this with your moto protective gear to buy even bigger. and It could very easily take you to very cold temps even highway/interstate travel very comfortably..
It never once leaked and I never had any other quality issues other than the not so well made Velcro wrist strapping so overall It has been a great investment. Just keep in mind there is no protective qualities about it and if you add your under layered protective gear to buy larger sizing.
March 26, 2014
This is just want the doctor order for cold weather riding.
Great fit and function. Could not be happier. I'm 5' 11", 245 lbs, bit of pot. Started to order the large but went for the XL. Glad I did. Just enough extra room for a fleece pullover or sweatshirt. Length is a bit long for walking around but on the Spyder just right.
January 21, 2014
Great product at a great price
It works, worn it down to 30 degrees with only shorts and a t-shirt underneath
December 31, 2013
Great buy for winter riders
I bought this suit for riding early mornings. my winters are not harsh like others that have reviewed but the suit worked excellent in temperatures about 30-40 degrees. I have also used it for snowmobiling and I stayed completely dry and warm.
I am about 6'1" 220 and my suit fits perfect length and width (XL Size)
November 18, 2013
Great suit for price and purpose
I bought this suit because it was the most reasonable priced one piece suit for cold weather use that was waterproof. It lives up to the other reviews is has been given. I dress appropriate for the season and wear this suit, the only heated gear i use are gloves and I am very comfortable. I have used it down to about 28 degrees and am looking forward to seeing how it does in the single digits and teens. Very effective and comfortable. Would recommend to anyone for cold weather riding.
November 11, 2013