Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
LOL, My Olympia isnt the best.
I dont know what qualifies as "The Best"
I know only from what Ive had in the past and what I presently own and use.
I go on a long group ride and see many riders wearing Aerostitch. It appears to be a uniform of sorts for those that are either long-distance riders or those that want to project that image. I considered Aerostitch, and while it is most excellent gear, for my budget at the time I went with Olympia.
I started out with Firstgear. The Kilimanjoro Jacket and pants, the vented jacket and pants, and a couple of other FirstGear sets. All worked well, never a problem with any of them. But I wanted to try something else, and Olympia was the new kid on the block, got excellent reviews, and I had a ready buyer for my FirstGear stuff. The Olympia gear appears to me to be more user-friendly, has more useful features, and over the past 13 years with them I havent had an issue with them. Mustang Jacket and pants, Airglide set, Bushwacker Jacket, Ranger AST and Ranger pants, Cargo jacket and pants, all work well.
I also have a Joe Rocket perforated leather jacket, an Icon mesh jacket, and Tourmaster Transition2 and Venture pants. I really dont have a problem with any of them OTHER than if I can drop 20-30 lbs(working on it) I could fit into some of them better.
I realize that Aerostitch is top-notch kit.as is Klim. But to tell the truth, for me and my purposes, all that I own be it Rocket, Olympia, Tourmaster, Icon, do exactly what I need.
Maybe if I had known decades ago that I would have stayed the same size(width?) I could have bought one suit and been happy that I didnt need to buy other riding gear for 30 years. Bit I didnt, so I have what I have.
I can only speak of personal experience with what Ive got and ride with. All Ive got do as expected. If they didnt, they'd be gone.