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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:19 am 
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Anyone riding with a one piece textile suit?

Was just browsing around and saw these two from Olympia. One is a fall winter waterproof and the other is mesh. Looked pretty cool feature wise and compared to jacket and pants the price is nice. What are some pros and cons of a one piece textile?

Odyssey Suit
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/olym ... piece-suit

Avenger Mesh
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/olym ... -mesh-suit

This First Gear Insulated one might be good in winter.
http://www.revzilla.com/product/firstge ... piece-suit

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:32 am 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:37 am 
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I also have a Roadcrafter. It is heavy, but offers great protection.

A one-piece will offer better protection than a two-piece. It will be heavier, hotter and offer better protection against the elements. Sizing is less forgiving than a two-piece.

I would make sure the "armor" is quality armor in any suit I bought. You don't want to pay hundreds of dollars for the one-piece to find that the armor is where they saved the most money. Also, Roadcrafters are NICE. You might look at them, maybe find a "2nd" or used one. Seems people buy one piece Roadcrafters and find out they are too much for their kind of riding, then they sell them used for a considerable savings to the buyer.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:07 am 
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I also have a Roadcrafter. It is heavy, but offers great protection.

A one-piece will offer better protection than a two-piece. It will be heavier, hotter and offer better protection against the elements. Sizing is less forgiving than a two-piece.

I would make sure the "armor" is quality armor in any suit I bought. You don't want to pay hundreds of dollars for the one-piece to find that the armor is where they saved the most money. Also, Roadcrafters are NICE. You might look at them, maybe find a "2nd" or used one. Seems people buy one piece Roadcrafters and find out they are too much for their kind of riding, then they sell them used for a considerable savings to the buyer.


I am sold on Aerostich. A buddy of mine who just passed his 6,000th consectuitive day of riding 10 miles or more and has well over a million miles on motorcycles wears and swears by Aerostich. His Aerostich see lots of everything mother nature can throw at it and lasts for a decade or more with extreamly heavy use. Another plus is most of the Aerostich stuff is made in the good ole' USA :2_thumbsup:

While its spendy up front but it will last (unless you slide it down the road) for decades under normal useage.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:10 pm 
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LostInPA wrote:
Anyone riding with a one piece textile suit?

Was just browsing around and saw these two from Olympia. One is a fall winter waterproof and the other is mesh. Looked pretty cool feature wise and compared to jacket and pants the price is nice. What are some pros and cons of a one piece textile?

Odyssey Suit
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/olym ... piece-suit

Avenger Mesh
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/olym ... -mesh-suit

This First Gear Insulated one might be good in winter.
http://www.revzilla.com/product/firstge ... piece-suit


As others have mentioned, a one piece is heavy, hot, and not so easy to get into.
However, it has a lot of advantages too, if you get the right one for you.

I never have to decide which pants, what armor, and which jacket to wear on each ride now. :good:

I researched a lot of one piece suits and ended up going with a Tiez Powershell
http://www.teizms.com/index.php?main_page=powershell

For me, it had the best combination of armor protection, fabric, sizing, and price ($1,000) :OMG:

I think the Aerostitch Roadcrafter is probably the best if money is not a major consideration.
But when I contacted them and gave them my measurements they said I needed a two piece suit. :s_no
The price is reasonable for what they give you and how long it will last.
However, it is expensive, and if you find you don't like it...
Yes, you can resell it and get at least half if not more of your money back.

I have never tried any other brand so my views are only of my experience with my Tiez Powershell:
I got the trial suit and followed the instructions of measuring it and taking pictures of me wearing it, on and off my bike, seated and standing. From that information they can help you choose the best standard size without going to the extra cost for a custom suit (they also have that option).

I got the "large tall" for my 185 lbs. 6'-4" height and I feel I am maxed out in the suit (height) but it is not loose and I don't feel like the Michelin man in it.
It is easy to get in and out of, sort of.
I have poor balance so I quickly realized I have to sit down to put it on or off.
It is MUCH easier for me to put on/off if I remove my boots.
My right boot will fit through the leg hole but it is not worth the struggle to me, if your boots aren't as big it would probably be no problem.
Most people can put it on with their boots on, while standing up, in less than 30 seconds.
It probably takes me longer because of my boot and balance issues.

My suit has opening vents that really help cool down when moving but stopped at a red light can get hot real fast.
Probably not much different from equally armored/fabrics jacket and pants though.

Some of the vent zippers I can't open/close while wearing it though.
Probably the same with all suits.

Mine is water resistant, not water proof.
The reason they went that way is explained on their website and I agree with it.
I carry Frogg Toggs rain gear and it is easy to put on over the suit.
It keeps the suit much cleaner, it keeps the suit fabric dry, and I can put it on to add warmth if desired.
I also have the removable thermal liner but haven't needed it yet.
I ride a lot of dirt roads which are often muddy so I find washing off my rain gear much easier than washing the suit.

I keep a light cable lock so I can take my suit off and run the cable through a sleeve and lock it (and helmet) to my bike instead of wearing it into stores, restaurants, and anywhere out of sight.

I still have several armored/leather jackets and overpants but I find it so much easier to just wear my suit when riding any of my bikes.

EXCEPT for pure dirt riding that is.
I can do fine in my suit until I get into real physical offroad riding when it gets too hot for comfort.
If I know I am doing that kind of riding I wear an armored mesh body protector and offroad pants with knee/shin/hip armor.

Of your choices listed above the Oly Odyssey looks very good for the price.
So does the Oly Avenger mesh suit if you ride where it is hot much of the time.

I like First Gear products but the Thermo has no armor and the fabric is not that great for protection so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they always wear other armor/protection under it. And who is going to do that?

I bought my suit for a road trip that was over 3,000 miles and two weeks so I lived in it and really enjoyed having it.
I was concerned when buying it that I might not want to use it after I got back home since my usual riding is only an hour or three.
But I like it so much that I always wear it no matter how short my ride is.
I wear light, thin hiking pants and a tee shirt under it knowing my suit has all the protection built in.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:57 pm 
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LostInPA wrote:
Anyone riding with a one piece textile suit?
Was just browsing around and saw these two from Olympia. One is a fall winter waterproof and the other is mesh. Looked pretty cool feature wise and compared to jacket and pants the price is nice. What are some pros and cons of a one piece textile?
Odyssey Suit
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/olym ... piece-suit
Avenger Mesh
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/olym ... -mesh-suit
This First Gear Insulated one might be good in winter.
http://www.revzilla.com/product/firstge ... piece-suit

Why do you think you need or want a One Piece suit? Some of the good and bad have been pointed out here. Once you get used to a One Piece, you can get in and out of it in usually under 30 seconds. (this true with Aerostich anyway)

But don't discount other brands ... some good stuff I'm sure. Really depends what sort of riding you're doing, the weather considerations and will you be using it everyday or once in a while. Aerostich have the best rep but they've had problems with their suits for years but still a GREAT SUIT over all that comes with BY FAR the best armor/pads in the industry. Great zippers make entry/exit fast/easy.

A one piece is good in Winter, less so in HOT Summer riding. But it can be done if you know how. In the pic below are the fasted and most experienced ADV riders I know. Combined about 2,000 years experience. Notice what they are ALL wearing.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:16 pm 
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Roadcrafter on and ready to go in about 20 seconds:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnPBtrixYYo

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:02 pm 
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I bought this one,

http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street/cl ... _2014.html

It's a little hot in the summer, but I wear shorts to work and I can slip in and out of it pretty quick. It's a little baggy side and you're not going to attract the ladies while you're wearing it, but it works fine for me.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:51 pm 
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PerazziMx14 wrote:
Roadcrafter on and ready to go in about 20 seconds:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnPBtrixYYo

And a 2-piece roadcrafter goes on and off just as quickly.

I'm a big fan of the roadcrafter. I've had (and still have) several but any more I will only use the 2-piece version.
If it's going to be hot you can unzip the connection between jacket and pants to get more air or you can pack the pants.
My only gripe is that Aerostich refuses to put venting in the pants and the jacket's venting could be improved.

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