I’ve been reviewing gear for motorcycle magazines since 1999 and have been lucky enough to have given away more jackets and pants than most riders will own in their lifetime. I’ve only had regrets about one such jacket, however.
About six years ago, in a flurry to clear space for incoming test gear, I gave my Olympia Motosports Airglide II jacket to a friend who didn’t have any good motorcycle gear. Even though she still wears it and is eternally grateful, I can’t tell you how many times I wished I had it back. The protection and comfort on hot, cool, wet, and perfect riding days was unmatched by any other jacket that Ive tested. Until now. I had the pleasure of wearing the Olympia Motosports Expedition jacket and pants all last season.
Olympia Motosports, an American company, was co-founded in 2002 by motorcycle enthusiasts, Kevin and Karilea Rhea, who saw the need for affordable top-quality motorcycle jackets and pants with real-world features. The textile garment line remains popular because of the companys consistent commitment to its mission of using high quality materials to provide good-looking, affordable technical gear. Click photos to view larger in a slideshow.
Olympia calls the Expedition jacket and pant “transition” gear because it’s a one-stop-shop kind of outfit. The built-in features allow it to morph from a non-vented to a fully-vented suit. This means you don’t need to change into another outfit when the temperature dips or heats up. An included rain liner also allows you to stay dry during wet weather rides.
The Expedition jacket and pants are not waterproof, but each piece comes with a rain “liner” that can be worn over the shell, or under the shell as a barrier between the garment and your clothes. Its a bit misleading to call them liners though, because both pieces can also be worn without the shell, like when you reach your destination and want to walk around town with a light windbreaker on instead of your bulky motorcycle gear
The liners, like the other pieces, have really smart details that prove Olympia’s designers understand what riders need and want.
The Expedition jacket and pants have become my gear of choice due to its versatility, safety features, comfort, and good looks. I wont be giving this outfit away.
The jacket costs $429.99 and the pants are $349.99. At $780 total, the jacket and pants may not be in everyones budget, but when you consider that you get a complete rain suit and all the armor, this is a bargain price for what I consider to be the best riding gear for spring, summer, fall, and winter Ive tested to date.
Comparably, its one of the more inexpensive all-season technical riding suits on the market as well. The Dainese Gore-Tex jacket and pants Women Riders Now (WRN) editor Genevieve Schmitt reviewed runs $950. And WRN contributor Liz Jansen reviewed a similar all-season riding suit from BMW that runs $1,100. So, the Olympia is indeed a bargain.
12 thoughts on Affordable Technical 4-Season Motorcycle Riding Suit
I am a big Olympia fan, my Airglide jacket has more than 100,000 miles on it, and I take care of it with Tekwash. That said, I keep shopping for a replacement, and I hate that Olympia has made its women’s jackets shorter with each new generation of re-design. I don’t know if they save a few bucks by virtue of making the bodies literally 3 to 4 inches shorter, but every one of the newer—since 2010 or so—jackets is too short. If I want a sport jacket I could buy one anywhere, but Olympia used to make its jackets suitable for long-distance touring without being full 3/4 length.
Just wanted to say that this company doesn’t ship to anywhere outside the USA and Canada, and there are no outlets in the UK that I can find.
Thanks for your feedback. You may be able to find it at an online retailer who will ship to the UK. Good luck!
Went last year and can’t wait to return this year. With faces of people from every walk of life this is a place to put on your bucket list. For a one-time thing, yeah right, you’re hooked after that.Watch out, you will see every motorcycle around that are so different and unique. So come on, let’s ride to Sturgis to see the buffalo roam. The shops are unbelievable, the sites of people are great. And see the new products coming your way. You can have a new windshield installed while you wait. It’s all there waiting for you.
This is a really great adv system.I love the way pants are becoming modular. Very useful to wear over jeans.The jacket looks great as well.I am in the process of looking to get an adv system and definitely this one is among the top three.The other two are REV-IT! Sand 2 and the Siima Sibirsky Super ADV.
Thanks for your feedback Jane.While I’m not familiar with the Siima gear (It is not available in the US), I can tell you that REV’IT! gear tends to fit smaller women more comfortably. I am busty and and find the REV’IT! jackets to be very constricting for my 3D cup size. But the Olympia jackets are tailored to give more room in the bust.Sometimes the decision comes down to which gear simply fits your body type the best.Good luck!
Interested to read that the jacket runs short on someone else as well. I have a different model and that was my complaint. I ride a sport touring bike and the waist of the jacket is more at my rib cage if I don’t zip it to my pants. And the sleeves are about 2 inches shorter than I would like.I’m 5 feet 8 inches tall, and I find the XL fits more like a fat medium. I tolerate the not quite perfect fit because it has all the features I wanted and its hi-viz yellow. I previously wore a fully convertible jacket from Cortech that I loved but they quit making it. The fit was perfect and I wore that jacket out.
Great review! Very detailed information. All the vents look great. I have a 3-way textile jacket but it doesn’t have all the features of the Olympia. I usually wear jeans when riding but have been wanting to get riding pants.I like the white suit and was wondering how in the world I would keep that clean. And then you demonstrated how to clean it!Thanks again!
Great article about all the suit has to offer. Too bad the manufacturers can’t accommodate the larger women who ride.
Olympia is one of the few manufacturers who do offer women’s plus-size options. As noted in the article, the Expedition jacket goes up to 3XL and pants go to size 18!
This is the best review I have seen. The details, features, and images that go with it are amazing! Thank you for this.
This was a great review! I’ve been looking for such gear and avoided buying any because I don’t want to waste my money on gear that doesn’t quite work. But this riding suit sounds like it may do what I need it to do.