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post #1 of 9 Old Jan 31st, 2007, 8:47 pm Thread Starter
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New Olympia Riding Suit

The parts manager at my local BMW dealer knows I'm looking to upgrade my first set of riding gear. He started stocking the Olympia line of gear a few months ago, and he called me today to tell me that Olympia's new catalog has some new products in it. One of those is a one-piece suit, called "Phantom".

OK, ignoring the dorky name, we all know that Olympia is a quality gear manufacturer, so he had my interest. I visited the shop at lunch today and learned this about the new suit:

500 denier Cordura; 2000 denier at elbows, shoulders, and seat
waterproof/breathable
full-length removable thermal liner (looks like a union suit but can be worn in public)
two long zippers, set up similarly to the Aerostich Roadcrafter
waterproof outer pockets, top and bottom
long zippered vents on forearms; zippered chest vents (same as AST jacket)
adjustable waist tabs, etc.; think of it as their a full-suit version of their AST jacket
color schemes: black/gray, and hi-viz w/black trim
available mid-February (2 weeks from now)
MSRP $450 (half the cost of an Aerostich)

Olympia also has a new hi-viz color available in a jacket. It's called hi-viz red, or something similar; think "hunter orange", "safety orange", etc. One more choice for those who want to be seen.

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post #2 of 9 Old Jan 31st, 2007, 9:08 pm
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Hi Howard,

That suit sounds real nice as all Olympia stuff is. However, don't lose sight of the fact that Aerostich uses Goretex, which in my opinion, is flat out the best waterproofing system out there. Goretex also provides a degree of insulation too.

The Goretex difference is probably the price difference.

Just a thought.

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Good point, John. I think Aerostich's fabric is heavier, also. Better abrasion resistance, but more weight and bulk. Everything has its tradeoffs.

The Olympia suit's zippers are waterproof, Aerostich's are not.

Aerostich offers alterations for a perfect fit. Not available with Olympia.

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Try the suit on and change a light bulb, one in the ceiling not you bike.
If you find it bites your nuts go to a tall or 2 piece.
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Howard: You asked me for a report on my 1 piece Aerostich I got for Christmas, particularly as to how it fares in the rain. I have been riding with it every day since but it didn't rain until a few days ago. I rode it on my regular commute to work this week in the rain (18 miles each way) then to the River City Beemers club breakfast on Saturday in a down pour (28 miles plus a trip to A & S BMW) and I can report that I was perfectly dry each time. I'll have to try a longer ride in the rain to report on how it does then, but until then I will say I am extremely pleased with it. The Olympia suit sounds like a good deal; if there had been one around for me to look at I might have entertained the idea of purchasing that instead and saving some money. If you do buy it I am sure we all would want a review.

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Howard: I was perfectly dry each time. I
I can tell everyone that after a 8 hour ride in anything from a drizzle to a downpour, I'll testify that it leaks as rumored. Not bad, but enough to get the left leg and crotch damp.
I'm going to do a 2 week ride in May and I'll have a set of Frogg Toggs on board in case of heavy rain.

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I can tell everyone that after a 8 hour ride in anything from a drizzle to a downpour, I'll testify that it leaks as rumored. Not bad, but enough to get the left leg and crotch damp.
I'm going to do a 2 week ride in May and I'll have a set of Frogg Toggs on board in case of heavy rain.

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$ 800 for a wet crotch?

These suites are supposed to be indestructible!

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