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post #1 of 14 Old 10-08-2006, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Olympia AST Jackets

Anybody wearing one?? I'm thinking about pawning off a few (yes, I said few) of my riding jackets and either getting a new Aerostich Darien or an Olympia AST..
What ever I get, it's gonna be bright..

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I have a Darien that I bought used on eBay years ago. Actually, it works fine, but I'm looking at going with a bright jacket for a while.. Brighter target, more that likely.. :wink:
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-11-2006, 05:20 PM
 
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I've been looking at the AST Jacket and Pants also. On the other board, I posted the same ? as yours and the feed back I received was good, to bad we can't pull up those comments.
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-11-2006, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Baja...
All the research I've done shows both are great jackets..
Part of me wants to head up to Aerostich and buy one off the floor, but part of me wants the Olympia jacket..

Actually, part of me just wants to ride up to Aerostich as an excuse to ride.. It's gonna be a long winter..
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-11-2006, 08:09 PM
 
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Big brown truck dropped off my Hi-Viz AST yesturday. I got to wear it on my regular commute today. Did anyone mention how BRIGHT this jacket is... BRIGHT I say!! Overall, seems to be a very nice jacket. This morning was about 60 degrees, and this evening's 25 mile return home was probably low 80's. Both trips were comfortable without the liner, vents closed in the morning and open this evening. Armor is very nice, and jacket weight is perfect in my book.. not too light, not too heavy. Thats all I can really say until I put some more miles on it. First impression is that it is a good value for the price, assuming that it holds up over the next few years. I'll try and write up a short review in a couple weeks, and hopefully I'll get to test it out in the rain a bit...
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post #5 of 14 Old 10-12-2006, 01:24 AM
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I've been thinking of replacing my teknics jacket that I've had for years, it's a great jacket, but for warmer weather it really sucks, it's vented, but I really think some S&M master thought up the vents. I will give it very high marks in rain though, never got wet when it rained on me, as long as you have any paper stuff in the inside pockets and it is padded in the back, shoulders and elbows. So I figure I'll troll a bit and see what everyone else is using .

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post #6 of 14 Old 10-12-2006, 07:34 PM
 
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Paper,

I like the looks of that AST jacket too, but I just bought my Tourmaster Flex this year, so I got this Hi-Vis vest to throw on.

It is a pretty good option, only cost 20 bucks, and I can throw it on over any jacket I want.

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Hey Chet... nice dog! 8) I love dogs with eyebrows. They are so expressive.

Have you seen my doggy? Right up your alley!
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post #8 of 14 Old 10-12-2006, 08:15 PM
 
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Hey Chet... nice dog! 8) I love dogs with eyebrows. They are so expressive.

Have you seen my doggy? Right up your alley!
Thanks Biker Scout...Can't say as I have seen your dog...this isn't some kind of joke I'm walking into is it??? :?
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post #9 of 14 Old 10-13-2006, 04:49 AM
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abramsgunner:

Thanks for jumping in for the test ride. With the vents open, how was the air flow? How would you compare it to a mesh type jacket? I ride with a backpack, do you think that the shoulder straps would interfear with the shoulder vents on the jacket?
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post #10 of 14 Old 10-13-2006, 11:34 AM
 
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Sorry Chet.. I meant to include the link: http://www.klrforum.com/phpBB2/viewt...t=239&start=15
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