New for Fall 2010 another smart product from FirstGear providing value to the rider who wants the benefit of a one-piece riding suit without having to make the 1000+ investment required by some other brands. The Expedition Suit is a 1-piece waterproof breathable oversuit meant to keep you comfortable in all hardcore riding conditions or if you are commuting to work. Utilizing many of the technical features of the TPG line of products, the Expedition is a great option at a reasonable price for the avid rider who likes the ease of in and out and the added flexibility of a 1-piece oversuit. EXPEDITION SIZING NOTES The Expedition Suit is meant to be an oversuit with room for layers to be added as temperatures dip. Use your jacket size for reference when deciding. The Knee Armor is adjustable 3-4 inches up and down and 2-3 inches left to right. For reference the Large Expedition Suit fits someone who is anywhere from 5'9 - 6'3 depending on their weight due to the adjustability in height. In the summer months, the suit will fit much more loosely than the winter due to extra room for base layers. Firstgear Expedition Suit Generously sized to wear over your clothes Waterproof/breathable outer shell made of 600 denier poly Maximum air circulation created by 10 vents2 chest with cord locks, 2 thigh, 2 arm pit, 2 sleeve cuff and 2 back verticalall protected by YKK rubberized zippers to help keep out the elements 2 front chest Dry Pockets protected by YKK rubberized zippers under an envelope flap and secured by hook-and-loop to limit intrusion of moisture 2 front side welded pockets with exposed YKK rubberized zippers to keep out moisture 2 front, side pass-through pocket holes for internal access, protected by YKK rubberized zippers Fully adjustable CE approved armor in the shoulders, elbows and knees Padded hip protectors Ankle to above knee side zip for easy on/off, protected by exposed 2-way YKK rubberized zipper that rests above an internal double storm flap with rain gutter to keep out moisture Internal storm cuff with silicone grip and elasticized for a snug fit to keep moisture from traveling up pant leg RiRi 2-way main zipper built with 2 rows of teeth and rubberized to seal out moisture just below the surface is a double storm flap with rain gutter to divert any moisture Crotch, front/back of knees and back of waist inlayed with stretch panels that are waterproof/breathable Fully adjustable waist belts for a custom fit Integrated into the collar is an under-the-helmet rain hood to keep water from running down your neck Front collar has an adjustable slide snapwhen collar is open, fold the tab back and hook in place to avoid wind flap Reflective tape for night visibility 2-year limited warranty
I'm returning this suit for several reasons. Insufficient zipper openings, both front and leg zippers. Waterproof zippers bind and require both hands to zip- YKK zippers with external storm flaps and continuous velcro would have been a better (though probably more expensive to manufacture) option. Internal leg storm flaps have such skimpy velcro, with such wide gaps between, that they likely won't stop any water that gets by the zippers. Collar snap is junk, took both hands to fasten; a velcro strap would have worked much better, IMHO. This is the first garment from First Gear that I've been so displeased with that I've returned it. The one piece "Solo" suit they made in the '90s had a much better design.
600 denier Carbolex shell with 1680 denier ballistic polyester panels in the shoulders, forearms and knees. Featuresan Aqua-Barrier under-the-helmet hood (U.S. patent pending, appl#11/831.874) to eliminate seepage in the collar area. The hood easilystows in a hidden collar pocket. A waterproof and breathable Rainguard barrier allows rain protection without perspiration buildup. Carbolex accordion stretch material action back, knees and waist for increased flexibility. Removable neck gaiter seals the neck area from wind and cold. Collar anchor tab eliminates flapping while collar is open. Waterproof zippered 3-position shoulder vents combine with chest vents, adjustable under-sleeve vents, thigh vents, rear exhaust vents and the PipelineVentilation System to provide flow-through ventilation. Collar to knee length main zipper closure with dual wind flap seals out the elements. Phoslite dark reflective piping, wide strips across the back and Tour Masters signature reflective rear triangle increase nighttime visibility. The fleece lined collar and cuffs are soft, yet durable. Adjustable sleeve take-up straps at the forearm and bicep help to secure elbow armor and material. Removable, CE Approved armor at the elbows, shoulders and knees with an articulated triple density back protector. Vertical zippered chest map pockets, zippered hand warmer pockets, a zippered sleeve key pocket and flap closure bellows thigh pockets. Adjustable waist belts, with TPR pulls help fine-tune the fit.