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    Anyone have experience with OlympiaMotosports Textile Jackets?

    I'm considering buying one of their jackets that was rated in Motorcycle Rider Magazine. They are on the East coast and I live in California. There are no dealers out here that carry Olympia Motosports stuff. They were willing to ship directly but I'm still a bit skepical about the company and was wondering if anyone has any experience with this company.

    Recommendations for other vented textile jackets would be good too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vuulfie
    I'm considering buying one of their jackets that was rated in Motorcycle Rider Magazine. They are on the East coast and I live in California. There are no dealers out here that carry Olympia Motosports stuff. They were willing to ship directly but I'm still a bit skepical about the company and was wondering if anyone has any experience with this company.

    Recommendations for other vented textile jackets would be good too
    I have an Olympia Motosport (mens AirGlide in Silver)jacket and pants.. It's 95 and about the same humidty today, and as long as I am moving I am COMFORTABLE.. It's multilayerd mesh and the wind does get through. Both jacket and pants are very comfortable to wear, and have driven 100 miles in the rain at 50 degrees and arrived home safe, dry and warm... I think it was Money well spent. I got mine form Bob's BMW (bobsbmw.com) for $199 for the jacket and I THINK $179 for the pants..
    Everyplace you want or need padding, or armor it's there.. Elbows, back, hips, knees.. Shoulders.. all well protected..

    DRAWBACK, NOT waterproof without the liners, and the liners are winter weight.. NOT good when it's 80 degreees and raining.. I just went to their site yesterday to see if they offered a summer weight waterproof liner, they don't.. but I guess getting wet when it's 80 isn't TOO bad!!

    http://www.bobsbmw.com/apparel/Three...n_Jackets.html
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    i am three weeks into owning a Hein Gericke Edge mesh jacket and I love it. it has enough mesh to let in a breeze but has good protection on the sleeves, back and what not.

    http://www.motorcyclecloseouts.com/d...UCT_ID=57-6603

    best $80 i have spent in a long time. ridden at 94 degrees with michigan humidity and it went fine. not waterproof, but i have a waterproof jacket in my saddlebags so.......................
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    My ole Lady has the airglide jacket and it is pretty sharp. The armor is top-notch. It has cordura at the potential abrasion areas and not mesh. I think it is very well constructed. Will probably get her the pants next month. The zip in-out liner is really nice-seems windproof. She is wearing the combo on our trip out west next month and plans to take a seperate rain suit(pvc) to put over it if it pours. Its hard to have the best of all climates in one jacket, i think carrying a seperate over garmet is reasonable. Besides like ItsBob said, if its 80-90 and raining, getting wet will feel good. All of their gear Ive seen in person is really nice and well priced.

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    Screw liners. Just throw Frogg Toggs over the suit. 1) you don't have to remove your riding gear like you do when you add a liner. 2) FT's are not terribly expensive. 3) FT's *BREATHE.* 4)FT's pack small.
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    Frogg Toggs

    Couldn't agree more on the FroggToggs. $70 or so and they WORK. They're always in my tank bag. Whatever you're wearing for riding, the ability to quiqkly don weatherproofing allows you to ride cooler normally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TZOLK
    My ole Lady has the airglide jacket and it is pretty sharp. The armor is top-notch. It has cordura at the potential abrasion areas and not mesh. I think it is very well constructed. Will probably get her the pants next month. The zip in-out liner is really nice-seems windproof. She is wearing the combo on our trip out west next month and plans to take a seperate rain suit(pvc) to put over it if it pours. Its hard to have the best of all climates in one jacket, i think carrying a seperate over garmet is reasonable. Besides like ItsBob said, if its 80-90 and raining, getting wet will feel good. All of their gear Ive seen in person is really nice and well priced.
    When I picked up my bike at Bobs, it was raining, and in the 40's to low 50's.. salesman saw the $$$ as he showed me riding gear to get my butt home.. (a 100 mile trip). i bought the Olympia jacket and pants, and with the liners in I was WARM and dry.. but THANK GOD for Heated hand Grips.. Kept looking down to see if there was steam coming off of my wet hands!!

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    i've got olympia mesh pants, with a zip in liner. i rode them up to escanaba and back, and they were great. i definitely rode in all four seasons on that trip, and they help up.

    veg - i'll agree with you on the 'screw liners' things down south, but up north i think it makes less sense. it's usually cold enough up there to wear your liner most of the time. when i ride here in texas, and it rains (very infrequent where i am) i put an el cheapo pair of walmart rain pants (that breathe a little) over the olympia mesh pants. (during summer, like right now, i PRAY for rain and ride TOWARDS storms to get soaked and cool off.

    back to olympia - i've also got two pair of their gloves. one is a "texas winter" glove, meaning it works great down here below 60F and down to about 40F. when i got to escanaba (ok, when i got to northern illinois!) i realized that i needed a better winter glove. so i bought a pair of "yooper winter" gloves, also olympia. they rocked!

    olympia gear has held up well for me and i cant complain. there is better stuff out there for sure, but i think they are a high value brand - you get a lot for what it costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vuulfie View Post
    I'm considering buying one of their jackets that was rated in Motorcycle Rider Magazine. They are on the East coast and I live in California. There are no dealers out here that carry Olympia Motosports stuff. They were willing to ship directly but I'm still a bit skepical about the company and was wondering if anyone has any experience with this company.

    Recommendations for other vented textile jackets would be good too
    I no longer remember the jacket model but I have owned this Olympia for almost 4 1/2 years. I commute on the bike and pretty much ride daily so it is fair to say this jacket has been worn thousands of miles and hundreds of times. Ditto on the liner. If it gets really hot and rainy I will sometimes wear just the liner. The liner rocks as you are kept 100% dry in jacket or out of jacket. I think the jacket is great and would not hesitate buying another Olympia. My Gerbing fits under the rain liner and a plain liner which come with the jacket. I have commuted I don't know how many times in temp's as low as 16 degrees and I will stay nice and toasty for the 20-minute 70 mph commute.

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    Olympia gear is good stuff for the price point- quite commonly used in our local club. Often picked by folk whose personal economics would allow them to buy more expensive stuff if they wished.

    Re rain gear- the best choice (unless you use one of the high tech laminates which are as good) is external GoreTex. Don't let your spouse ride in pvc- it sucks- worse than nothing when its hot.
    FrogTogs work but are relatively flimsy and not for years of use. My GoreTex jacket is about 30 years old and went though another storm yesterday with no issues. BTW, BMW Pro Summer GoreTex lined gloves are great for rain riding though a bit too hot for summer otherwise.

    Re textile gear, a step up from Olympia is RevIt and for the most rugged GoreTex laminates there is Klim's higher end stuff. Still can't beat leather for abrasion resistance but for overall flexibility touring most of the world has gone textile. Most of my stuff is RevIt/Klim/Aerostich.

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    I have 2 mesh jackets for touring, one is an Olympia in hi-viz yellow, waist length, with water proof liner and a quilted liner for the cold The other is a Tourmaster 3/4 length jacket in hi-viz yellow also with 2 liners for rain and the cold. Both jackets have armor in the back, shoulders, and elbows. Worn with wicking underwear and the rain liner along with a Camelback I have ridden in high heat (95+ deg) low humidity and have been comfortable after pouring water down my front and back at the neck. In FL high heat/humidity I have had luck using just the mesh jacket (no liner) but you need to be moving. If traveling over 100 miles in the FL summer I wear a BMW Venting Machine jacket and use a Camelback. I remember riding home from the Bloomsburg Rally through some pretty stiff rain showers near Columbia, SC (mesh jacket no liners) and thinking how nice the cool rain felt. The cars that passed me were probably feeling sorry for the biker in the rain but I was happy for the break from the heat. I have tried Frog's Togs and they work well but when touring across country I try to pack as little as possible and the mesh jackets with liners work in the heat, cold, and wet.

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