coldwave007
 
 
 
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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
A very good jacket for a commuter or tourer
PostedJuly 2, 2012
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coldwave007
From North Pole
State:AK
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
I needed a jacket for commuting and adventure touring, and my old leather just wasn't cutting it; too much weight, no water resistance, and didn't really block the wind that well. I did a bunch of reading, and this jacket seemed to be the ticket.
The water proofing is very solid so far. There's a full membrane lining the jacket for water projection, so while the outer shell can get wet, it shouldn't penetrate the inner layer. All zippers are shielded and the main fly has a double-folded layer to keep rain from driving inside. All this water proofing comes at the cost of breath-ability. To help this the jacket is fairly well vented, with long vents in the arms stretching from the shoulder to lower arm (very good air), two vertical zippers in the back stretching from the lower shoulder blade to lower back (average airflow), and lastly two small vents horizontal in the chest (minimum air). I would say this jacket is pretty good to about 80F, at which you really have to have all vents open and be moving. If you're in slow traffic in heat you'll definitely be uncomfortable.
I normally wear a medium or large jacket depending on the shoulders, so went ahead and ordered large here. It's sized a tad larger than expected, but fit my shoulders quite well and has straps to help synch it down in the chest. The pads in the shoulders, elbows, and back rest comfortably and I had no irritation even after 1.5 hours of riding.
Additional features include two water proof pockets out front, hand pockets to the side, a pocket just behind the main zipper, and yet another pocket inside the thermal liner. There's also a pocket in the bum, but I haven't used it. I removed the thermal liner the day I received the jacket and have been comfortable down to 55F. Cooler and I'd probably add the thermal back in. Unlike other jackets, this liner zips in and out very easily, one zipper on each side of the chest stretching about 12 inches, plus a strap at the neck, and two additional straps in the arms. The straps in the arms are held by velcro tabs whose contact pads are a tad small; I would have preferred snapps+velcro.
In the end, I love this jacket. It fits well, stops the rain, is warm, has adequate ventilation, and the protection seems pretty solid. It's a good buy.
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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600 Denier Carbolex shell converts easily to an ArmorLink Mesh shell, and vice versa Phoslite reflective piping helps to increase nighttime visibility Heat resistant material panels line the lower inseams to help protect the pants from engine heat Thigh length side zippers allow for ease of dressing Double stitched construction throughout Dual elastic panel waistband with adjustable waist belts and a 2snap main closure Removable, CE approved knee armor with TourMaster's exclusive 3Position Knee Armor Alignment System as well as removable soft hip armor Stretch materials in the calf, inseam and knees provide flexibility and a performance fit Includes TourMaster's removable, 2Stage AquaTherm liner the first stage is a waterproof/windproof liner and the insulated second stage can be easily attached for additional warmth Adjustable waist belts, with TPR pulls, help to fine tune the fit Features an 8 pant/jacket zipper attachment with the jacket side included Can be combined with TourMaster Flex jacket
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Too expensive for the quality by $100
PostedJune 11, 2012
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coldwave007
From North Pole
State:AK
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
While these pants have a ton of features, the fit and finish just isn't that good. The zippers just flat out suck. They're small, cheap things that love to snag on the material, and after a couple of rides are already blowing apart. The other major flaw is in the air flow design; it's just flat out dumb. The one major vent is on the side of the leg, lengthwise, and because of the location almost no air flows through. The only other way to get more air is to completely remove the outer cover, it's only held on by three of those crummy zippers. Once removed though, the only protection left is the knee pads. The final annoyance is the velcro strap at the ankle. It's ridiculously short and has almost no purchase. Combine that with the terrible zippers and you have pants that I'd really doubt to stay down during a slide.
The good thing with these pants is the versatility. The two liners work quite well, with the waterproof liner providing plenty of water protection, and the thermal liner being very warm. The pads in the knees and thighs work well too.
Overall, I'd say these pants are okay for winter/fall/early spring, when you can just leave them zipped and stay plenty warm. For any kind of weather over 70F though, you'll just cook in these things, and end up frustrated trying to vent the heat.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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