Kudos to Olympia Moto Sports
I dug through a few posts about BMW riding gear and saw a post about Olympia gear.
I went to my local and only BMW dealer, Bogarts, to try on some BMW jackets and pants only to get the BMW sizing ironed out. With the expansion of Bogarts new showroom, they are bringing in new accessories and apparel among other neat stuff.
Sitting right in front of my face was the perfect alternative to the BMW Venting Machine or the Aero something-or-other II. I wanted a lighter color, where the Venting Machine is only available in black. The Aero Flow II was available in silver or gray, but had mixed reviews from people on this board.
What I ended up with tonight is the Olympia Airglide 2 pants and jacket. Its a dual purpose setup where it has a substantial liner and is water proof. I now can have the best of both worlds with the Olympia Gear. After my first big motorcycle trip to Daytona, I learned luggage space is an absolute premium. The Olympia liners pack down really well. I can now be as warm as I want and cooler when I want by just removing the liners or wear the jacket liner as a windbreaker (which it is) off the bike. No more packing 2 sets of riding gear for dramatic temperature swings on a trip.
I currently have the Joe Rocket Phoenix 3.0 Jacket and the matching mesh pants. The set is ok, but what I don't like about the jacket is its shoulder padding. Its too bulky and its difficult to look over my shoulder. The back pad climbs up my back as I ride. The jacket doesn't pack down very well. The pants are nice and breezy, but there is a seam in the butt area that has sharp edges which are difficult to sit on for a length of time. I only wear boxers and a t-shirt under my summer stuff.
My cold stuff is a Gericke jacket and pants and the Gerbings heated jacket and pants liner. The jacket is ok to wear up to 70 degrees in the sun with the regular liner removed.
The Olympia set that I purchased is in a soft silver which should be a lot cooler sitting in the sun in traffic this summer. The quality seems to be right on par with the BMW stuff, well thought out placement of the pockets, ease of installation and removal of the liners, great comfort on the bike (no binding), well placed seams. Just a well thought out comfortable garment.
The cost for both pieces was about the cost of a BMW Santiango jacket. Thanks everyone for posting their thoughts on various riding gear.
2005 K1200LT, Graphite, XMXT, Xenon, Motolights
Last edited by Crestwood330; Mar 21st, 2006 at 10:00 pm.