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post #1 of 21 Old 04-22-2014, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Any of you long-armed fellas wear an Olympia 3/4 Jacket?

So I'm currently crippled by indecision in my jacket buying process. I'm tall, 6'5", 190-200 lbs., wear a 42L suit size and usually need a 35" dress shirt. So at minimum I'd need that sleeve length in a moto jacket, preferably a little longer to account for the riding position.

I really want to try the Olympia Dakar, and while their size chart says I should be in a Large, I believe the sleeve length would be too short. I talked to both Revzilla and Olympia and they both said they'd recommend going up to the XL due to the height/sleeve length issue.

My other choice was a Firstgear jacket of some type in Large-Tall. Revzilla confirmed that this would be a good fit, and although I really want to try a Kilimanjaro, I'm worried about it being too hot for the Summer we're about to move into here in North AL. The CS rep I talked to at Revzilla recommended the Firstgear Adventure Mesh as a jacket similar to the Kili, but being all mesh would be better suited for the Summer months here in AL. My only concern with that jacket is, at least on paper, seems to have much less abrasion protection than the Kili or the Olympia Dakar, and it doesn't have the D30 armor the Kili has. Decisions decisions...

Have any of you guys with a similar build (42-44" chest, 35" or more arm) tried the XL sized Olympia 3/4 jackets? What did you think?

I really hate to order two jackets and send back one (or maybe both), but it's looking like that's my best option.

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Have you ever tried on an Olympia coat with their 3 layers (outer layer, insulation layer and then waterproof layer)? It's a bulky mess. If it's true you need to go to an XL to get coverage for a 35" sleeve, it's going to fit very poorly in the torso.

In First Gear terms, you're a Large and a standard Large has 35" sleeves. The Tall version will be longer in the torso, which you probably need, and the sleeves will be 37" roughly. You'll have room to stretch and layer up as needed throughout the year without getting "sleeve bound".

Kilimanjaro with the liner out and all vents open for summer months in AL, I guess it depends on how you deal with heat. I run hot and wouldn't survive without a full mesh in temps above 75 degrees.

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I have a couple of Olympia jackets. Love em. Im a 42 regular jacket guy. This isnt going to work for you. If youve spoken with Kevin or his CS guy and they said nothing about a 42L, Id give up on the XL. The 42 or (L) is pretty loose on me.

May I suggest Looking at some of the Tourmaster/Cortech stuff? They do a long in almost all their jackets. I think its well made gear at a good price . They have a pretty liberal policy on warrant-able claims.

they are distributed by helmethouse.com

Hope this gives you an option you'll like.

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Transition III might just be perfect for you, I have a II and have had it for over 7 years.

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Have any of you guys with a similar build (42-44" chest, 35" or more arm) tried the XL sized Olympia 3/4 jackets? What did you think?

I really hate to order two jackets and send back one (or maybe both), but it's looking like that's my best option.
Yes. The sleeves were too short by a country mile. The jacket's length barely qualifies as a 3/4 cut, in my view. Granted, I'm squarely in the "talls" category, but my takeaway was that Olympia's jacket templates are a bit too modest, even for average folks.

I've had a good experience with the Large Talls from Firstgear. Reasonably priced and reasonable performance. The riding pants could use another inch or so of inseam length, but I make do. The textile (non-mesh) jackets, e.g. the Kilimanjaro, are genuinely warm in cold weather. The vents are functionally worthless in hot temps, however. You'll want a mesh jacket for summer riding in AL.

I've ordered multiple jackets, knowing that I'd have to return one. FGs tailoring can be a bit inconsistent between models. Something to consider here. Best of luck.
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If you mean by 3/4 the length that goes only to the beltline then that's mine. Not sure the name of it but Olympia stopped making it in '09. I'm 6'3' to 6'4" with 36 sleeve. Mines is a XXXL and fits OK. I can't see how a XL will fit you. Mine is a little bulky but gets the job done. Length is OK.

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If you mean by 3/4 the length that goes only to the beltline then that's mine. Not sure the name of it but Olympia stopped making it in '09. I'm 6'3' to 6'4" with 36 sleeve. Mines is a XXXL and fits OK. I can't see how a XL will fit you. Mine is a little bulky but gets the job done. Length is OK.
3/4 is the jacket style that extends down and covers the butt, not the one that goes to the belt line. (called waist length, I believe).

My issue is the chest/waist measurement. I've checked it a few times and try as I might, I'm only getting 41-42" around the chest with a t-shirt on. 36" waist. My 42L suit jackets fit very well, but there was a time when I was lifting weights heavily that I went up to a 44L because the 42L was tight across the back of the shoulders. I tried one of those jackets on yesterday and I looked like a little kid playing dress up in his dad's clothes.

I was all convinced I would be well fit in a large Olympia jacket, based on the Revzilla videos and the size charts, especially with all the talk about the roomy, boxy cut, until I tried on a co-worker's Airglide jacket yesterday in size large (I think it's an Airglide, it's a couple years old, may be a previous model, but it looks like an Airglide or Renegade). With no liners, it fit through the chest/shoulders/mid-section more like a leather sport bike jacket, very tailored fit, but the sleeves were inches too short in the riding position. It could also have used a little extra length in the torso. The velcro cinch straps at the belt line were let all the way out. I was surprised, and I wondered if maybe they had changed the fit on the newer models, or if the 3/4 length "adventure style" jackets like the Dakar or Ranger might be cut differently. Hence my further indecision.

Sounds like an XL might be do-able in the chest/shoulders, but I find it hard to believe the arms are going to be that much longer over the large.

Firstgear Large-Tall is looking like the way to go, but I may go ahead and order the XL Olympia just to prove to myself it won't fit. Or maybe a dealer in Chattanooga or Nashville has one I can ride up and try on this weekend.

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As another data point, last week a local shop had an Alpinestars Cape Town (3/4 length three layer adventure style jacket), and it was an XL. Tried that on with all the liners and it fit very nicely. The Euro style tailored fit works well on me (assuming I can lay off the beer and cookies…). I was surprised the arms were not too short. I didn't try it on the bike, but the arms straight out in front test resulted in sleeves ending at the wrist bone, which definitely would be workable with a gauntlet glove. Wonder what the sleeve length is listed at on that jacket? I'm guessing 35".

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Have freakishly long arms for a short guy, the fieldsheir I have seems good. It is a 3/4 and pretty good.
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And for the guys recommending the Tourmaster Transition III, that one has also popped up in my searches. Good to hear that is another viable option, I'll give it a closer look.

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