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 Suithttp://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/olym ... piece-suit
Avenger Meshhttp://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.
I researched a lot of one piece suits and ended up going with a Tiez Powershellhttp://www.teizms.com/index.php?main_page=powershell
For me, it had the best combination of armor protection, fabric, sizing, and price ($1,000)
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.
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.