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 Olympia AST 2 Jacket
Olympia AST 2 Jacket
Olympia AST 2 Jacket The Olympia All Seasons Touring jacket functions year round in all weather conditions. Wet and stormy rides are no match for the ASTS coated Cordura shell and waterproof/breathable seam sealed membrane. For added weather protection, this jacket also includes five waterproof exterior 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 the AST 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 circumference neoprene collar insert 3M Scotchlite reflective 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
Plenty of pockets and very sturdy.
PostedJanuary 16, 2012
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RonD
From Bethlehem
State:CT
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I chose XL based on the sizing chart (my size - not over or under) and it is a good fit. At first I thought it was too small, but it is shipped with the adjustment belt snugged up to max. Loosened it and it fit over several layers.
Construction is outstanding. It looks like it will wear well. I got it in Hi Vis and if someone hits me in this, it has to be intentional!
I tried standing outside at 12 degrees and it felt warm. I even went out in just the liner and was fairly comfortable at 12 (no wind).
Once I was sure it fit, I HAD to try it for real.
For my test ride, I wore a t-shirt, Dickies work shirt, electric vest (unplugged for first 10 miles) and the AST with liner attached.
It was 25 degrees out and the bike protested starting, but once I got it going I rode 20 miles and am pleased. It was not toasty, but I really only noticed coolness in the arms, and not so that I can complain. I think a sweater would have taken care of that. I rode 10 miles at 35 to 50 mph, behind a fairing, and filled the tank. On the way home, I plugged in the vest, but found out it was not functioning, so I rode 20 miles overall with just the insulation in the vest and jacket.
I won't normally be riding at temps below 32, so I expect I will not have any problems with this.
I only rated it average in ventilation since I did not try that. Based on the video, and it's construction, I expect it will not be above average in venting.
It is very stiff, but less so since I have worn if for a ride. I think it will be comfortable in the long run, but rated a 4 as is.
Oh by the way, I ordered this on Friday and I am writing this on Monday!
Yes, I recommend this product.
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