Saturday, 8 December 2007

Olympia Gear Review

For the last 5 months now my main motorcycle suit has been the Olympia Moto Sports 'Voyager Jacket' (CLICK HERE) and matching 'Mens Ranger 2 Over Pant' (CLICK HERE). Most outside of the USA will not have come across this brand as it is only available in the USA (as far as I am aware). I was introduced to the brand when my Aunt, from California, brought me over a pair of 'Men's Airglide 2 Mesh Tech Over Pant' (CLICK HERE). I was so impressed by the quality and the price that I placed an order with Bob's BMW Motorcycles (CLICK HERE) whom had the suit to my door within 2 weeks. Final price including shipping and customs was just under €500, but that should be better now with the weak dollar!

Anyway...the Voyager Jacket first. I ordered it in Neon Red/Black to help myself be seen and it does not disappoint. In fact the only drawback is the fact that you can be seen everywhere! And of course the mandatory jokes for the first few days of ownership. Other then that everything is as advertised. The quality is excellent for the money you pay and my only complaint would be the slightly over-complicated vent system. Also, after 5 months of daily usage the neon red is getting very dirty looking. The Nikwax Tech Wash can only do so much. The jacket is still in excellent shape, no fraying or any bits failing. It has never leaked, even after a wet 300KM ride down to Cork! The separate lining I often use as a stand alone jacket is also excellent. Very warm and windproof. Even with the recent cold weather (0c before wind chill) I can still wear just my Berghaus long-sleeve T-Shirts.

The Ranger 2 pants are in black and are of the same quality as above. Yet they still look brand new after a wash...mainly because they are black and the grim from the road just does not show up. With the lining in the only thing I wear underneath are my 'Forcefield Action Shorts' (CLICK HERE). So again the weather protection is top notch. In fact I was still regularly wearing the mesh pants during November, the lining is just so effective. But for 'wet runs' the Ranger 2 is my first choice.

So all-in-all, I have been very impressed by the gear and would happily recommend it to anyone. Especially those heading to the USA, bringing a suit back at the current exchange rate makes huge sense! If you look at the Olympia website you will see that the gear even comes with C.E. approved armour, which is certainly not the norm with other well known USA brands. So no worries on that front!

As I ride all year I need gear I can rely on and have faith in. This gear has yet to fail me and knowing that my personal comfort will not be an issue come the 'cold' months of January, February and March lets me concentrate on the most important things...like surviving the commute everyday!

Keep the rubber side down!