Heather
 
 
 
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  • Review count
    5
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    6
  • First review
    October 27, 2011
  • Last review
    April 9, 2012
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    December 9, 2011
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    December 9, 2011
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Heather's Reviews
 
Olympia Switchback Jacket The Switchback jacket offers the perfect combination of modern styling and cutting edge design. Constructed in authentic Cordura fabric with ballistic mesh panels, it delivers maximum airflow with exceptional abrasion resistance. Switchback also includes a breathable wind and waterproof removable liner jacket for added comfort, function and style. 3M Scotchlite trim at the front, sides and back insures added visibility in low light situations. This versatile jacket represents the absolute best bang for your buck in the market. Features Outer shell constructed in 500 denier Cordura fabric with ballistic airflow mesh panels Removable waterproof liner jacket Removable CE approved Motion Flex armor at elbows and shoulders Removable CE approved Motion Flex articulated back protector Cool mesh airflow lining Custom Fit detailing at collar, cuffs, elbows and waist Comfort neoprene framed collar 3M Scotchlite reflective piping at front, sides and back 8 connecting zipper for pants Three storage pockets plus interior cell phone pocket Waterproof liner jacket features Sturdy wind and waterproof / breathable rip stop nylon shell Side snap pockets Mandarin style knit trim collar Interior storage pocket
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tweaked it a bit, Love it.
PostedApril 9, 2012
Customer avatar
Heather
From Atlanta
State:GA
Rider Type:Scooter Champ
Age:35-44
Gender:female
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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This jacket is great for the warmer weather as far as air flow goes, but it's got a lot of black - which is hot. Until Olympia comes out with a 100% mesh "shirt" for summer riding - This is going to be my summer jacket. I wish it were white (or light grey) with neon yellow accents, not mostly black and neon-yellow. White is not as hot as black.
There are a few things I modified. There is a waist strap/flap with a snap on it that was pointless - so I sliced it off. The pants-zipper thing on the back side was hot, it bunched, & also useless for my summer riding purposes. So I sliced that off too. The wrist velcro is also short, and comes open very easily, so I have wrist straps flapping down the road on more than one occasion. Also - my biggest beef is the neck rides too high, and gets caught on my helmet chin strap, and the velcro on it scrapes the heck out of my neck/chin. I simply zip it up about mid-chest & fold the neck down on the front side into a "V" shape.
I'm not sure the logic of making the neck a Mandarin neck for a summer jacket. Completely unnecessary. The first 2 times I road, I had a big ol' scrape on my chin/neck from the jacket collar that I didn't ride the next day until it healed a bit.
I might cut that off that neck flap - too - but it would leave a jagged edge where it was visible.
Overall, I like the jacket, but not as good as I like my AST2 from Olympia.
I might take out the elbow padding and back padding and shoulder padding - if that gets too hot. We shall see. I mainly want it for abrasion protection, not impact protection.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Olympia Ranger 3 Over Pants Designed to coordinate with the AST jacket, th Olympia Ranger 3 Pant can be worn as a stand alone riding pant or as a full over pant. Foul weather rides are never a problem as double waterproof protection is offered through Rangers coated Cordura shell and waterproof/breathable seam sealed membrane. Zippered front pockets and two oversized waterproof cargo pockets offer plenty of extra storage for personal items. Adjustable knee armor positions and EZ hem bottoms help riders achieve a customized fit. As temperatures drop, youll stay toasty by adding Rangers Thermolite insulated liner pant that double as great looking, stand alone sportswear. Features Outer shell constructed in coated 500 and 2000 denier Cordura fabric Waterproof/breathable membrane adds double waterproof protection Removable Insulated liner pant Sturdy wind and water resistant rip stop nylon shell, Thermolite insulation, belt loop waist, full side leg zippers and four storage pockets. Full side leg zippers Storm placket front fly detail Removable and adjustable height CE Motion Flex armor at knees Cool mesh airflow lining Removable EVA compression foam at hips Custom Fit detailing at waist and bottom hem 3M Scotchlite reflective piping side leg detail Relaxed tailored fit 6 storage pockets 8 connecting zipper for jackets
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Beefy Zipper doesn't get stuck up or down
PostedFebruary 13, 2012
Customer avatar
Heather
From Atlanta
State:GA
Rider Type:Scooter Champ
Age:35-44
Gender:female
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
I needed a cold & rain pair of pants that I could put over my bluejeans for my commute to and from school. I wanted a zipper up each leg so I can get in and out of them without taking off my boots, as I usually remove and don the pants in a parking garage or bathroom stall at school. The zipper is beefy, and easy to feel. I haven't snagged it going up or down, either leg. I bought them to be extra big for easier on and off. They are comfy, warm, and dry. I wear a size 38 bluejeans under the liner and the pants (size 44). I added a patch of velcro on the belt, since the pants are really too big on purpose. When it stops being cold, I'll take them to the seamstress and get the legs hemmed. Right now - I just use the velcro at the bottom and cinch it up tight so it doesn't fall over my boot. Great pant. I will probably swim in them in the summer with the liner out, since I am a 38 and got a 44...but I don't really plan on wearing these in the summer all that much.
I also like that there is a reflective spot on the knee area and piping down the side. You can never bee too seen when battling minivan soccer moms and cell phone dads.
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Olympia AST 2 Jacket
4.6 out of 5(129)
 
 
 
 
 
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 Gerbing's G3 Heated Gloves
Gerbing's G3 Heated Gloves
Gerbing's G3 Heated Gloves Very comfortable glove made with an exceptionally soft and supple drum-dyed premium leather that contours to the hand. The design is sleek, stylish and very functional as a light, but strong and pliable glove. Heats the entire length of each finger, including the thumb, as well as the back of the hand FEATURES Waterproof/windproof/breathable Aquatex liner to provide protection from water and wind (though the leather exterior is not waterproof and should be treated with Nikwax Glove Proof ) Adjustable wrist enclosure Thinsulate insulation and brushed liner for added warmth and comfort Lifetime warranty on the heating elements Gel cushioned palm Incorporates Gerbing's Microwire heating technology that uses micro-sized heating fibers to surround the hand with warmth. Includes Gerbings Glove / Insole Y Harness (ACYH) SPECIFICATIONS Heat Microwire Heat Source 12-volts DC Current 2.2 amps Watts 27 watts Surface Temp 135F +/- 5F at 32F
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Won't work with my scooter
PostedDecember 11, 2011
Customer avatar
Heather
From Atlanta
State:GA
Rider Type:Scooter Champ
Age:35-44
Gender:female
Both Revzilla and The Gerbing Company has been very helpful regarding this product. I was investigating if the battery on my scooter (Genuine Buddy 125) would handle the power required for the gloves using the 12v plug on the dash. It won't. BUT, there is an alternative Gerbing glove in the Core Heat using the 7volt rechargeable batteries. For non-highway speeds most smaller scooters go, that product will be fine to keep your hands warm.
-1point
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Arctiva Thermolite Glove Liners Features Extremely warm, ultralight fabric Snug-fitting layer next to the skin Ideal glove or mitt liner
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great, thin, glove liner.
PostedOctober 27, 2011
Customer avatar
Heather
From Atlanta
State:GA
Rider Type:Scooter Champ
Age:35-44
Gender:female
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I usually wear a men's small/medium and a women's large glove. My hand measurements are 7 3/4"diameter at widest part of palm in a spread-finger high five position. 3 1/4" from edge of table with thumb bent over edge - to the outside of my palm. I ordered a small/medium and these fit nicely with a little stretch in the fingers length. I put them on a second time and they fit nicely. These will fit inside my summer riding gloves for early fall, and inside my winter gloves for really cold weather. They seem well constructed and the wrist is a different, soft, flat band that doesn't bunch up under the top glove binding.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Olympia Women's AST 2 Jacket (2XL)
Olympia Women's AST 2 Jacket (2XL)
Olympia Women's AST 2 Jacket Like the mens All Seasons Touring jacket this style has been designed to function year round in all weather conditions. Wet and stormy rides are no match for the Olympia Ladies AST 2s coated Cordurashell and waterproof/breathable seam sealed membrane. For added weather protection, this jacket also includes five exterior waterproof pockets. For warm weather rides the AST offers our exclusive AVS shoulder to forearm and torso venting system. This system offers special water-tight zippers that when open, create major air flow directly to a riders body. For maximum comfort during cold weather rides this jacket is also equipped with a stylish Thermolite insulated liner jacket. Features Outer shell constructed in coated 500 and 2000 denier Cordura fabric Waterproof/breathable membrane adds double waterproof protection Thermolite insulated liner jacket Airflow Ventilation System at chest arms and back Slide buckle straps at chest pocket vents create adjustable air flow Double storm placket front closure Removable CE motion flex armor at elbows and shoulders Removable CE approved Motion Flex articulated back protector Cool mesh airflow lining Custom Fit detailing at collar, cuffs, elbows and waist Full circumfrence neoprene collar insert 3M Scotchlitereflective piping at front, sides and back. Six storage pockets AVS Venting System Fold up pocket flaps with lock down slide buckle straps create adjustable air flow Shoulder to forearm venting system creates maximum airflow
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great HiViz option with American Fit
PostedOctober 27, 2011
Customer avatar
Heather
From Atlanta
State:GA
Rider Type:Scooter Champ
Age:35-44
Gender:female
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
I am competing on the road against cellphone-texting-makeup-coffee drivers and the like, so I was looking for a hiviz jacket to wear on my scooter for some time now. I commute in the city, surface streets only. I need to be seen.
I usually order men's jackets because women's clothing never goes large enough to fit me. The Euro sizing never fits right, and the men's lack hip room, but come large enough that I can usually make it work - after a trip to the seamstress.
The Olympia Women's AST 2 Jacket is the first women specific clothing item I have purchased in a long time. I read the comments on the site on recommended products & I watched the videos on this site, on sizing and winter riding gear. He said the Olympia brand is sized for bigger Americans. Well - that got my attention.
I am short and stocky, 47" hips, 40" waist, 38 1/2" armpit-chest, 45" bust, 18" shoulder,16" neck, 61 1/2" fingertip-fingertip, add 27" spine-elbow-wrist. I give you my measurements so you can compare to your measurements and the size I ordered - a women's XXL - which I would not have done based on my past experience, but did so based on my measurements and their measurement chart. I am highly recommending you get the cloth measuring tape and give yourself a good set of measurements and use your chart. The hips are tight, but fit, and the upper body is very loose in the parts that need to be loose for comfort, but there are tons of adjustments.
I ride a scooter, so there will be no electric warming clothing for me - it's all layers. This jacket will keep my upper body warm. I love the pockets, styling, and hi viz. I will wear this all winger long. I'll check back after a few rides at night, rain, and as it gets even colder to let you know on the performance.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Heather's Review Comments
 
 Olympia Women's AST 2 Jacket (2XL)
Olympia Women's AST 2 Jacket (2XL)
Olympia Women's AST 2 Jacket Like the mens All Seasons Touring jacket this style has been designed to function year round in all weather conditions. Wet and stormy rides are no match for the Olympia Ladies AST 2s coated Cordurashell and waterproof/breathable seam sealed membrane. For added weather protection, this jacket also includes five exterior waterproof pockets. For warm weather rides the AST offers our exclusive AVS shoulder to forearm and torso venting system. This system offers special water-tight zippers that when open, create major air flow directly to a riders body. For maximum comfort during cold weather rides this jacket is also equipped with a stylish Thermolite insulated liner jacket. Features Outer shell constructed in coated 500 and 2000 denier Cordura fabric Waterproof/breathable membrane adds double waterproof protection Thermolite insulated liner jacket Airflow Ventilation System at chest arms and back Slide buckle straps at chest pocket vents create adjustable air flow Double storm placket front closure Removable CE motion flex armor at elbows and shoulders Removable CE approved Motion Flex articulated back protector Cool mesh airflow lining Custom Fit detailing at collar, cuffs, elbows and waist Full circumfrence neoprene collar insert 3M Scotchlitereflective piping at front, sides and back. Six storage pockets AVS Venting System Fold up pocket flaps with lock down slide buckle straps create adjustable air flow Shoulder to forearm venting system creates maximum airflow
 
Overall5 out of 55 out of 5
Great HiViz option with American Fit
By Heather from Atlanta
I am competing on the road against cellphone-texting-makeup-coffee drivers and the like, so I was looking for a hiviz jacket to wear on my scooter for some time now. I commute in the city, surface streets only. I need to be seen.
I usually order men's jackets because women's clothing never goes large enough to fit me. The Euro sizing never fits right, and the men's lack hip room, but come large enough that I can usually make it work - after a trip to the seamstress.
The Olympia Women's AST 2 Jacket is the first women specific clothing item I have purchased in a long time. I read the comments on the site on recommended products & I watched the videos on this site, on sizing and winter riding gear. He said the Olympia brand is sized for bigger Americans. Well - that got my attention.
I am short and stocky, 47" hips, 40" waist, 38 1/2" armpit-chest, 45" bust, 18" shoulder,16" neck, 61 1/2" fingertip-fingertip, add 27" spine-elbow-wrist. I give you my measurements so you can compare to your measurements and the size I ordered - a women's XXL - which I would not have done based on my past experience, but did so based on my measurements and their measurement chart. I am highly recommending you get the cloth measuring tape and give yourself a good set of measurements and use your chart. The hips are tight, but fit, and the upper body is very loose in the parts that need to be loose for comfort, but there are tons of adjustments.
I ride a scooter, so there will be no electric warming clothing for me - it's all layers. This jacket will keep my upper body warm. I love the pockets, styling, and hi viz. I will wear this all winger long. I'll check back after a few rides at night, rain, and as it gets even colder to let you know on the performance.
Customer avatar
Heather
Atlanta
Update to my previous evaluation
Posted December 9, 2011
1. I commented that a zipper pull snapped off. It is fixed. All I needed to do was use line up the thread and re-snap the plastic cap. It looks like it wasn't snapped properly from the start, but it's fine now.
2. I have ridden in the cold and rain, heavy rain, and at night. This AST2 worked like a champ. I was dry and warm. I do not ride highway speeds, so I only speak about 30-45mph functionality.
3. The weather in GA this fall is fluctuating considerably more than normal. is freezing (30's at night) then (78's) in the afternoon. I rode in the afternoon, with the liner out, and ALL the vents open and was very vented & cool. I must not have had all the vents open when I opened them and rode in the warmer weather the first time I rate this jacket with the vents.
4. I attached a few pictures of the reflective piping, shown with a flash. And some notes on the picture. The HiViz color option has probably already helped me avoid Mrs. Distracto in the SUV texting her 9 year old she's on her way to pick him up from soccer practice. She was pulling into my lane, traveling in the same direction, and I waved quickly and watched her drop her cell phone & straighten up.
+1point
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