Olympia AirGlide 2: My first ride
Ok, last week I told you how I felt about the AirGlide 2 just based on appearance and contstruction... this week, I took my first ride in warm weather. One thing that I failed to mention last week is that while the gear is made of Dupont fabrics, it was assembled in China. Not a flattering description, but probably not that unusual these days.
Today was forecast to be about 95 degrees. The planned ride was about 175 miles or so, so not too long... a good chance to give the new gear a little test.
I have ridden three Sunday's in a row.. all of them about were around the mid 90's at peak heating and the humidity has been a little high. Today we had a breeze from the south that was about 14 MPH, so that skews things a bit. A breeze is always good on a 95 degree day. My bike computer was showing temps between 95 and 97 all day... almost exactly the same as the prior two Sundays. Looking at the weather sites, it looks like the humidity was around 60% or so today.
I would have to say I can't tell much difference between the Olympia AirGlide 2 and the FirstGear MeshTex apparel I was using before. Today's ride was slightly cooler than the rides I had the prior two weeks, but I attributed most of the increase in comfort to the 14 mph wind (those turbulents help a lot on a hot day) and the slightly lower humidity. If I had to give an edge, it would probably go to the AirGlide 2 pants.. they did seem a little cooler than the MeshTex Pants. As for the jackets, I thing they performed about the same when it came to riding cooler. I think the AirGlide is nicer looking and would offer better protection in the event I had to sell some of my #$$ to the asphalt (something I have avoided my entire life).
So, in conclusion, I can't really say with any certainty that the Olympia AirGlide is that much cooler than the FirstGear MeshTex... maybe over time I will be able to formulate a stronger opinion one way or another... but for now... they are pretty close. I call the jackets a draw, and I would give a slight edge to the AirGlide pants.