Comment: Good visibility to give you a better chance of not getting run over. Very high tech look and quality feel. I have used all three stages and they preform as advertised. I'm a 58 year old new bee so my biggest concern was safety. Works for me.
This Airglide Jacket from Olympia is one of the most versatile jackets in motorcycling. It is also one of the highest quality jackets for the money. All of the materials used in its construction are the name brand versions, not cheap copies. Five hundred denier DuPont Cordura nylon is used in the high impact areas, not an imitation or a poly base. The Velcro is Velcro, not hook and loop. The elastic is elastic, and the zips are all authentic YKK.
This jacket is available in a huge size range, with men’s sizes small to 4XL, and in four colorways including this Pewter and black. The ladies version is available in sizes extra small to three X with the same available colors. To see the colorways in greater detail, check out the hi-res photos on our listing. One of the most important features of a multi season mesh jacket is adjustability. The jacket should fit snugly regardless of whether or not the liners are installed or the wearer is wearing base layers. Olympia refers to this adjustability as Custom Fit Detailing. The waist has very long adjusting straps that cover elastic panels. This combination of features allows the waist of the jacket to expand or be reduced depending on need. There are also these snap straps on the back. This is a very handy feature for reducing buffeting with the liners removed. The sleeves are also adjustable, with these Velcro adjusters. These straps are also very long, and promote a very wide range of adjustment for the sleeve.
Another highly important feature for a riding jacket is protection. There isn’t much point in wearing a riding jacket if it doesn’t protect you. This Airglide jacket features CE rated Motion Flex armor in the shoulders, elbows, and back. This armor is unique in that it is fully articulated, even in the shoulders and elbows. This makes the armor very flexible and therefore comfortable in many different riding positions. The jacket is also heavily covered in 3M Scotchlite reflective piping to keep you visible in low light conditions. Olympia has also added an eight inch zippered tendon for attaching a pair of riding pants, and these loops for attaching the jacket to a belt.
Storage on the shell is found on the chest in the form of these zippered pockets, and at the belly with these two additional pockets. All of these pockets feature zipper garages that allow you to hide the zipper pull tab. This keeps the pocket from coming open unintentionally. If you open the main zipper closure, you can see an additional interior zippered pocket and the closure for the removable dual stage jacket liner.
This highly sophisticated liner is made of waterproof rip stop nylon, and can be worn by itself as a waterproof jacket. This is another area of this jacket where Kevin, the designer, has paid great attention to detail. I can’t even tell you how many water proof liners there are out there that aren’t actually waterproof because of the zippers. This jacket is actually wind and water proof. You can see the main closure zips and the pocket zips on the liner are laser cut, and will therefore keep the water out and you dry. If you open the jacket liner, you can see the removable, quilted thermal liner. The Thermolite liner does an amazing job of keeping the heat in, and is the reason this jacket can be worn nearly all four seasons. The thermal liner also features an additional pocket for added storage.
The last elements I want to look at today are the openings. As we zip the liner closure back up you can see that the collar is lined with microfiber. This material is highly moisture absorbent, and feels soft against your skin. The collar of the shell is also lined, with a Neoprene band around it. On warmer days, when you want to keep the collar open, you can fasten the collar flap out of the way using this Velcro pad. Finally, if we take a look at the cuffs of the sleeves, you can see that they are also comfort lined with microfiber, with an extra-large gusset and a Velcro adjuster strap.