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06-19-2015 01:20 PM
Slack I used to really like my Joe Rocket gear. I have a set of leathers that I used for over a decade. Then I got my first Olympia apparel and will NEVER go back. The owner is kooky, but he really thinks things through and designs much more usable/wearable clothing.
The only complaint I have about Olympia is I don't particularly care for the body armor they use, and swapped in some D3O everywhere but the back, which is ok stock imho.
06-18-2015 10:45 PM
cedarider I've had a couple of the mesh jackets but my go to jacket for hot weather street riding is a Joe Rocket perforated leather.
It seems cooler than the mesh when stuck in traffic with no breeze and flows air amazingly well at speed.
06-18-2015 01:33 PM
twinjet Sounds cool.

06-18-2015 12:46 PM
Originally Posted by twinjet View Post
Matt, does the Olympia mesh jacket keep you cool enough so that you're never tempted to ride without it?
I wear their Meshtech Suit all summer. You'll never notice it's on when moving (in fact it's cooler then jeans if you wear shorts) and as long as there is a 3 mph breeze you don't notice it when stopped. It only gets warm when it's 90+ and your sitting still with zero wind.
06-17-2015 02:56 PM
Matt_M I've only got to run a few short trips today but in doing so I've only noticed I don't "feel" the wind on me as much ( or the bugs ) but I can feel the air flowing through the jacket. I had just a t-shirt on under it and it is just about as cool with it on as without. If it's any warmer I really don't notice except where the arm pad adjusters are bunched up and not allowing any air flow.

I think part of any sense of being cool is somewhat hidden by your brain and the fact you're wearing a jacket when it's 80* outside. It's just not a normal feeling to me, yet. I think it will take some getting use to but I believe that's only because our minds are not programmed for putting on jackets when it's this hot out.

One other thing I figured out last night is this jacket will not allow the use of most Pro Style back protection inserts. The pocket is only 200mmx450mm or roughly 8"x18" which is to small for the better protection. The Rukka D3O Air Central Back Protector or the Roland Sands CE Armor ( Both on Revzilla ) looks like the only ones to fit properly without needing any cutting done to them.
06-17-2015 08:49 AM
twinjet Matt, does the Olympia mesh jacket keep you cool enough so that you're never tempted to ride without it?
06-16-2015 07:53 PM
Matt_M Well I ended up buying the Olympia Switchback mesh jacket today. Found a Beemer dealer 5 minutes away that carries them in stock.

Overall a really nice jacket. The one thing I didn't notice until I got it home was the cell phone pocket in the liner is huge and would easily fit any type of phone in it. The one on the jacket itself is extremely tiny ! Think flip phone sized and a small one at that. Not that big of an issue but anyone looking at jackets should double check if it's important to you.

The sizing chart for Olympia put me in an XL but after trying them on I found the XXL fits me better. (46" chest, 37" arms 6'1" and 225#) I "could" fit the large but it was somewhat tight on me and the padding in the elbows was tight and uncomfortable when moving.
06-15-2015 02:18 PM
Korruptor I had a Scorpion Drafter mesh jacket with the upgraded SAS-Tec back protector. It breathed pretty well, and when I crashed it held up amazingly well. Surprised me how little damage it took.
06-13-2015 07:23 PM
planalp The Olympia line of gear is top-notch in my opinion. I have the Olympia Moab jacket "system." It has quality zippers and velcro. It's a larger, 3/4-length jacket that's a tad expensive, but I would imagine all their line has the same velcro/zippers.

06-13-2015 06:46 PM
masterlink MattM,
I use the Joe Rocket mesh in this weather. I had the opportunity to "field test" it on RT78 two years ago, held me together quite well!!
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