Olympia GT Air All Seasons Transition Jacket first Impressions

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  1. stutfl

    stutfl Been here awhile

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    Lochlyn Deckard asked for my impressions on this jacket in another thread.<o:p></o:p>
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    I&#8217;ve had this jacket for about 3 weeks now. I was actually looking at the Bushwhacker and AST ¾ length jackets but after trying this one on, and with Spring/Summer on it&#8217;s way, I figured this may be the way to go for now and I&#8217;ll pick up a winter ¾ length jacket later in the year.<o:p></o:p>
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    Front of jacket with right side flap un-zipped and un-Velcro&#8217;d. There is also a zippered vent on each front flap that you can open if you don&#8217;t want/need the whole flap open. Waterproof and Insulating liner removed.
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    Right side flap tucked away<o:p></o:p>
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    Left Side: Inside Pocket and Cell phone pocket (not wide enough for a blackberry)<o:p></o:p>
    Right Sleeve: Zippered Vent open, and a Velcro strap to tighten sleeve to arm <o:p></o:p>
    Right Side: Adjustable strap (press stud) to tighten jacket around chest and a Velcro strap on both right and left side to adjust to your waist.
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    Back of Jacket, both Vent flaps closed. Better view of Velcro strap adjustment on each sleeve.<o:p></o:p>
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    Back Right side Vent open and tucked away<o:p></o:p>
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    Waterproof liner/Jacket with Insulating jacket zipped in.
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    Inside of waterproof liner/jacket (insulating liner removed)
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    Outside view of Insulating liner (you won't be wearing this to the disco)
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    Insulating liner zipped to Waterproof jacket. Press stud at the top on both sides. The zipper in the front of the picture is for zipping into the Jackets outer shell.
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    Waterproof liner sleeve rolled back to show the loop and Velcro retention strip to hold the insulating liner sleeve in place, one on each sleeve and one at the neck line.
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    Overall I&#8217;m very happy with the jacket so far. I&#8217;ve not had either the Waterproof jacket or insulating liner in the jacket except for the ride back from the store. It&#8217;s been warm enough for me around here, even in the mornings, that I&#8217;ve not needed either.<o:p></o:p>
    I like the neon yellow, it&#8217;s not totally obnoxious, but there is enough of it that it should get you noticed. <o:p></o:p>
    Only one small issue, that really isn&#8217;t worth mentioning&#8230;.the front flaps when tucked away do not seem to lay flat in the pocket. It&#8217;s probably to do with the zipper on either side of the flap finishing at a different position. Either that or I just need to spend a little more time tucking them away. <o:p></o:p>
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  2. AngryScot

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  3. Lochlyn_Deckard

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    Thanks Stu! Nice pics. Much appreciated. I had been considering this jacket and the Teknic Freeway that's been discussed in depth here. I recently purchased the Tekinic and think I will be keeping it. But I may end up getting this down the road. And I like your comments about the neon. It's noticeable but not blinding. :D
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  4. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Nice review- love the "Don't hit me" yellow.

    Olympia makes great gear.
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  5. Lochlyn_Deckard

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    Yep. And the stealth lovers have the "run me over" grey option. :wink:
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  6. Kestrel

    Kestrel Gear Driven Cams!!

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    Thank you very much for posting this review... I'm located in the Atlanta area and have been trying to find a replacement jacket for my Cortech Magnum Air which has saved my skin in a couple of accidents. It seems like Cortech has stopped producing it though so I've been trying to find a replacement.

    I'd originally looked at the AST but I'm not sure how that'd fair in the hot Atlanta summers - the GT Transitions looks similar but the zip out pannels on the front and back would probably make it MUCH better when the temperatures climb into the 90s. Have you compared it to the AST in person? It looks as if the AST uses a little more of the higher grade cordura around the shoulder and elbow areas - I'm not sure I like how many seams there are around those areas in the GT Air jacket in comparison.

    More feedback would definitely be appreciated. I need to make a purchase fairly quickly and if this doesn't pan out, I may just try to find another set of perfed leathers instead.... that or risk the AST over the summer with some sort of cooling vest.
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  7. Lochlyn_Deckard

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    According to their site, it's 2000 denier Cordura on the shoulder and elbows/forearms just like the AST, but the shapes and areas of coverage are a bit different. The elbow/forearm coverage on the AST looks like it has better placement, wrapping more around the elbow/forearm area while the GT Air seems to stay more on the oustide of the arm. Don't know about the seams.

    My overall impressions of this jacket is that it's a waist-cut hybrid of their other current offerings: it seem to sit between the Voyager and Airglide. And I was hoping to see this type of jacket come along from them.
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  8. Kestrel

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    I'll admit I was waiting for the same... I guess I'm just disappointed in the coverage around the elbow area... Solid 2000 wouldn't have looked so flashy but it would have done wonders as far as durability is concerned.

    What to do....
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  9. craig007

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    Thanks for this review. After wearing my AST all fall, winter and spring, I'm having a hard time going back to my Tourmaster Venture mesh jacket for summer. I want mesh for comfort, but I want stronger impact areas (like my AST has). I looked at the Olympia Airglide, but the 500D cordura on the elbows seems to too light (especally since my ast has 2000D cordura in the same place). I didn't even look at the transition jacket (because I only need a hot weather jacket). This one seems to offer the ast-like protection in the impact areas with mesh comfort. It looks like it will be a little warmer then either my Tourmaster or the airglide. I like the grey/neon too.

    airglide or transition.....decisions decisions:norton
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  10. dtop1

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    I recently got the same jacket and I like it a lot though I am concerned about the stitching which doesn't look all that strong. I get lots of comments about how bright the orange color is. The flash shows the reflective piping well. Dan
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    And from the front. Dan
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  12. stutfl

    stutfl Been here awhile

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    I've not compared it to the AST as far as protection.
    I belive this jacket will be good year round in California. I look at the AST as something I will probably purchase for Winter and any North West Area Trips I make.

    Stu.
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  13. crackhead

    crackhead Long timer

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    Thats the liner all the Olympias need to come with.. The Olympia rep said they wont sell it seperately..
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  14. Lochlyn_Deckard

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    The lady at the bike shop said the reason that Olympia gave her was that a 2 piece liner was a lot more bulky than a single liner..




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  15. crackhead

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    That last post was at 4 in the morning.. I was tired.. You got me..
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  16. Hooksta

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    I have the Airglide from a couple of years ago (2006-silver) and really like it.

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    I have run into a good problem - my personal training since November has helped me to drop about 15lbs so now my suit is too big and I will be needing to purchase another. I have to tell you that I really like getting maximum airflow with as much quality protection as I can get my hands on. It gets pretty warm and HUMID in Kentucky.

    I'm open to any type of new suit and have been checking out as many as I can. I even tried on the Rallye 2 (my GOD that is a heavy sucker...a great fit, beautitful coat, but must be 20 freaking pounds and no way it lets in as much air as my Olympia.)

    This Olympia GT Transition is tempting because the mornings can be a little nippy in my current AirGlide setup. Not sure it will give me as much air flow as my current suit. I also wrestle with how to go for rain protection. Use the zip in - zip out method Olympia uses or get a better fitting suit and throw rain gear on over it.

    Anyone added the Olympia Recon 2 Mesh Tech Transformer Jacket in their list of considerations??? It appears to be well vented AND allow you to zip off the sleaves and turn the pants into shorts. I have a two week trip planned in July heading from Kentucky to Yellowstone and I need a flexible suit.

    Here is the Recon.
    http://www.olympiamotosports.com/recontransformer/recontransformer.htm
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  17. Lochlyn_Deckard

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    Rest up Adventure Rider.
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  18. atokad

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    Bought the hi vis yellow about April 1st. I have had it out on a 40 degree day and stayed plenty warm. Used it on a 82 degree day with just the outer shell and all of the vents open, and stayed plenty cool.

    I agree on the flaps feeling bulky when open and tucked in. I have tried rolling them and folding them and not sure what I'll do to make them feel less noticeable.

    Best part of jacket, I like how snug I can make the elbows and waist.

    Bought the matching pants today and hope I like them as well. They have a zipper in back to zip to the inside of the back of the jacket as well.

    Have not had them out for a test ride yet.

    FYI for fitment. I am 6'4" 248 lbs - Jacket in XL fits nice and snug, rides on waist, arms plenty of length (36" dress shirt length)

    Pants - bought size 40 waist and can confortably wear them with the liner, over blue jeans. Length good - wear a 35-36" inseam jean.
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  19. ctbandit

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    Any extended use thoughts, anything come up or change in your opinions? I'm prob going with this jacket, or the Rev it airforce. Although I'm told the airforce as it is today is out and there will be a new model, not sure if under the same name or not.
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  20. craig007

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    I have this jacket and like it a lot from up to about 80 degrees. In the mornings, I need to wear a jacket over business casual attire. If the temp is in the upper 70's this jacket is a little too hot. On the way home wear the jacket over a tee shirt. It is comfortable till the temp reaches the mid 80's. I would say that this is a great late spring/ early fall jacket.

    I think its main problem is that there is not enough venting in the sleeves. It is nice when you are out later and it cools off, so without the liner it has a high 50's to low 80's comfortable temp range.

    As the temp is in the mid 70's in the morning and upper 80's in the afternoon, my GT Air is in the closet and my TM Venture is what I'm wearing.

    I compared several jackets here:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=351679
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