Snowmobilers that pass you on the highways will be jealous if they see you in the Odyssey Vented Tech One Piece Suit perfected by Olympia Moto Sports of North Carolina, USA. I had an opportunity to put this to the test during a recent trip spanning the state of New York in May 2013.
Falling into their category of Vented Tech Systems Gear, my test product is black and neon yellow and a size medium, which fit my 5-foot-8-inch, 170-pound frame very comfortably. I intended to ride 635 miles each way, and I had planned on variable weather conditions. In these environments one should expect to protect themselves from the elements, especially seepage of any extraneous wind or rain. This one-piece suit prepared me for both.
The road test consisted of 60–70-degree temperatures in traffic, followed by two hours of slab and culminating with two hours of wind-driven rain and temperatures plummeting down to the high 40 degrees in the Finger Lakes Region of upper New York state. During this road test, the Odyssey performed well above par. During the hot moments in stop-and-go traffic in the Bronx, I simply vented the outer-arm, full-length, weatherproof closures and vented my shoulders to allow for extra breathing room. As temperatures began to fall, those vents were easily closed. When the wind-driven rain began, most riders would be concerned about seepage of rain or cold winds through garment fitting points, but not with the Odyssey. This combination of a multifunctional layering system, accented by vented panels, was the best garment I could have imagined tackling these variable weather conditions. You will not be disappointed.
Now for some techs and specs. The Cordura® 500 matched up with the bulletproof characteristics of 2000 Denier inserts will only impress you more. The garment I tested has flap-over-zipper combinations, which keep anything you insert into your pockets dry and safe, including your cell phone, passport, garage opener or wallet. The outer thigh panels clearly stated “Waterproof,” and this is where I carried my passport and wallet. This suit has an option for neon panels, amply positioned on the arms, back, chest, thighs and lower legs, that will make your intentions in traffic very obvious to oncoming motorists without being too offensive. If you prefer the more subtle approach, than pewter panels are [L1] the choice for you. Scotchlite reflective piping will accent you during the night. Over the shoulders, spine, elbows and knees, one will find their tough, tested and removable CE-approved Motion Flex articulated armor for added protection.
In addition, unlike some suits that can be cumbersome to get into and out of, the designers placed a full-length zipper, protected with full-length placket that tapers into the right upper leg area within six inches from the right knee. This feature allows additional room for expansion during the on and off phase of suiting yourself up. I found this to be a wonderful feature, adding to its versatility when I had to make pit stops during my travels, as I’m sure you will, too.
This garment is very adaptable to you as a rider and to any of the changing weather conditions that one may encounter. I found no compromise in the roominess requirement or in its functionality touted by its designers. When you have to repeatedly make adjustments for the fit, in addition to some layering of undergarments, the Velcro closures in the arms and waist will custom fit around those empty crevices. To cool yourself down while on that long ride, front panels zip open in the arms and chest, and openings in the back allow for that hotter air to escape from your back and torso.
One will also never have to experience that uncomfortable blast of cold air from buffeted wind over their arms and helmet, seeping into the back space of a traditional jacket and pants outfit. I successfully completed my road testing in sheer horizontal winds, rain and even hail from the Lake Ontario region. Nothing penetrated this garment’s weatherproof-ness when called upon.
As for the bad, during my departure from Toronto I did have one period of weather that was 36 degrees at 6:15 a.m. To be timely, I had to be on the move. I chose to protect my core temperature by putting on my heated jacket and gloves. Both fit nicely under this one-piece suit; however, in this garment there is no exit point for heated garments’ cables to pass from the inside to the outside for power. I had to decide on a quick fix. I can only hope that the designers will take note of this very small bit of oversight and make adjustments where necessary.
Olympia Moto Sports offers Odyssey One Piece Suit in pewter accents over black and neon yellow accents over black in sizes S–4XL. I encourage you to consult their expert fitters when making your choices by visiting their website at www.olympiamotosports.com, calling them at 866-743-4327, visiting them in Henderson, N.C., or inquiring via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.