Item Code: OlympiaRangerJacket Brand: Olympia Color: Neon, Red, Patriot, Grey
Olympia’s Ranger Vent Tech jackets deliver an unbeatable combination of airflow, weather protection and versatility. There are plenty of waterproof breathable jackets that claim to function in a wide range of temperatures but despite these claims, their lack of adequate venting limits their use to cooler riding conditions. And forget trying to tackle a spirited dual sport ride in gear that lacks proper venting. Breathable or not, you’re going to overheat without proper airflow. Equipped with Olympia’s “Two Layer System Design” this jacket offers the ultimate in multi season riding comfort.
Layer One - Consists of a coated 500 and 2000 D Cordura shell plus an interior waterproof/breathable seam sealed membrane to tackle wet weather rides. Additional features include a stretch knit hood with a rubberized Aqua Barrier and neck gator detail concealed under the collar, five water-tight pockets, 3M Scotch lite piping at the front and back yokes plus thermo weld reflective detailing at the side arms.
Layer Two - Includes a removable wind and water resistant breathable stretch nylon soft shell with Thermolite insulation, mandarin style knit trim collar, two zipper pockets and oversized interior stash pocket. for additional weather protection and maximum comfort during cold weather rides.
AVS Venting System - Fold up chest pocket flaps and velcro lock down torso straps hold chest zipper vents open to create adjustable air flow. Shoulder to forearm venting plus vertical back vents with fold back vent covers create maximum airflow and offer protection from the elements when you need it.
Outer shell constructed in coated 500 and 2000 denier Cordura fabric
This new Ranger Vent Tech jacket from Olympia is a three to four season three quarter length jacket that’s ready for just about anything. This is a great choice for the year round commuter or tourer that rides in just about any weather conditions. It’s also a good value. This is a premium jacket, with top of the line materials and construction, but at a middle of the road price. It’s available in men’s and ladies sizes, and the fit is accurate to the size chart. The ladies get three colorways including this patriot scheme, and the men get four, with the addition of red to the Patriot, fatigue gray, and neon choices. The chassis is constructed using 500 denier Cordura throughout most of the jacket with 2000 d Cordura reinforcing the shoulders, elbows, and the yolk across the back. This heavy duty nylon shell is coated with a waterproof coating. They coat the inside of the panels to protect the coating from direct UV exposure. This makes the coating last a lot longer. Hidden behind the shell is a waterproof and breathable membrane to make sure no water gets in. Believe it or not, the waterproofing isn’t Olympia’s claim to fame with this Ranger jacket. It’s the fact that it is highly vented, despite being waterproof. Olympia has incorporated their AVS or Airflow Ventilation System into the Ranger jacket. This system of vents slices through both the shell and the membrane, channeling air directly to the rider. Let’s start with the vents on the chest. If you unfasten these cover flaps, you can Velcro them back on themselves to hold them open. Unzipping the waterproof zipper exposes a vent that doubles as a pocket. Adjusting this strap and buckle system pulls the pocket open creating a scoop of sorts that channels air directly to your chest. There are more large vents on the sleeves. These cover flaps operate in the same way as the chest flaps, and fasten back on themselves to expose the waterproof zippers. The air is channeled across the arms to the rear of the jacket, where the moisture packed air is drawn out of these back vents, much in the same way the ventilation on a modern helmet works.
In addition to the heavy duty construction, protection also comes from the Motion Flex armor found in the shoulders, elbows, and back. This armor is serious. So serious, in fact, that it’s the only aspect of this jacket that I would need to change; just the elbows, though. See, I ride a wide variety of motorcycles; from sport bikes to bobbers, so I need a really dynamic range of motion. I find this armor to be so heavy duty that it’s just a little restricting with the jacket liner installed. The armor is removable, though, so I could stick some D3O in the elbows and this Ranger jacket is pretty much perfect. For the money, there is very little out there that can compete with this Ranger. You also get Scotchlite high-viz piping for added visibility, Thermolite reflectives on the arms, and an eight inch zipper to attach a pair of riding pants to the jacket.
Another important quality for a jacket of this style to possess is adjustability. This Ranger jacket has plenty. Olympia calls their adjustment package Custom Fit Detailing. There are Velcro straps at the waist, on the arms, at the collar, and at the cuffs of the sleeves. These items can be adjusted to manipulate the airflow through the jacket and minimize buffeting at higher speeds. They also help to hold the armor in the proper place, a pretty important feature. The adjuster at the collar can be fastened back on itself when you want the collar off of your neck. The collar and cuffs are also both lined with microfiber making them comfortable against your skin. Also hidden in the collar, is the same hood found on Olympia’s rain gear. This hood does a great job of providing a little extra insulation for your head and the rubberized aqua guard neck gator keeps water from running off of your helmet and down the back of your jacket.
Let’s take a look at some of the guts of this jacket. If you open the main closure zipper, you can see the double layer placket setup. Rather than just overlap, the inner placket actually snaps to the outer placket. This setup forces the inner placket to stay folded over so that no water can get by. Opening up the two way YKK zipper exposes the removable thermal full sleeve jacket liner. You can also see the placket protected water proof pocket here on the side. This removable soft shell jacket has some features that make it a great wind breaker for off the bike use. The outer hand warmer pockets feature waterproof zippers, and the collar is lined with the same microfiber as the shell. If you open the jacket up, you can see the Thermolite insulation in the rear and the deep Velcro pocket.
There is additional storage on the outside of the shell with these two waterproof cargo pockets and this large waterproof pocket across the back of the jacket.