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post #11 of 51 Old 05-07-2019, 08:08 AM
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I have the Olympia Dakar, but could use more venting/mesh in the summer.

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If you have to stay under $200 the Olympia Newport might be something to consider.

If you can squeeze a bit more out of the budget, the Olympia Switchback II is great. I bought one of these last year. Slightly better venting than the Airglide series. But made with Cordura instead of the cheap fabrics the Newport and many other brands are made of.

The Airglide 5 is still one of the most versatile jackets you can buy for any price.

The reason I sort of push Olympia as a good choice is quality. As much as anything their zippers are superior to most of the competition ( in the price range ). Zippers are often the failure point in a crash. The Cordura is far superior in abrasion and melt resistance if you can afford a few more dollars for that. Aerostich stuff is made of Cordura for instance. From my experience with both, Olympia is a very close second in quality to Aerostich.
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I've had one mesh jacket but gave it away. Too much ventilation to my thinking. I'd rather have a few vents to open and wear a wet vest to modulate the air flow and evaporation.
Might think differently if i lived in the parts of the country that get high humidity.
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That's good to hear about Olympia. The Dakar suit has been rock solid for me for 6+ years. My only complaint is I can't take the pants off with the boots on. The new Dakar pants have full side zips... unlike mine. Might have to upgrade some day.

I'm not sure there is that much more venting in the Switchback when compared to the Dakar, or does the look not tell the whole story?

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I've had one mesh jacket but gave it away. Too much ventilation to my thinking. I'd rather have a few vents to open and wear a wet vest to modulate the air flow and evaporation.
Might think differently if i lived in the parts of the country that get high humidity.
Examples of your setup/jacket/vest with links please

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Ive been using Olympia for13 years now, the Airglide and Bushwacker 3/4 vented jackets, with the Airglide Pants are my warm-weather go-to riding gear.
Ive got other Olympia sets, never had a problem with zippers, snaps, or stitching.
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What temp would the Airglide be good to in your experiences? (Cool weather) its not the point of this thread, just checking versatility.

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What temp would the Airglide be good to in your experiences? (Cool weather) its not the point of this thread, just checking versatility.
I ride my Dakar all season. Just use different layers under and over as needed. I left the house today and it was 10 degrees celcius. Just had my thin heated jacket and my Dakar jacket over top, and my Dakar mesh pants over my jeans. Warm and toasty.

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I'm not sure there is that much more venting in the Switchback when compared to the Dakar, or does the look not tell the whole story?
Pics tell most of the story. Go to the Olympia Site and bring up the photos. Then hover over them with the mouse. Look at the coverage of the mesh. Square inches in total between them, especially in the mid to upper chest area. You will find the switchback has more mesh. Now, what most people overlook, for what makes a huge difference. Pockets. I don't want pockets blocking my air flow! The Dakar for instance has two right where I want the most air to enter. Those block air, even if they are made of the mesh liner material. I had my Motoport gear made without pockets in certain areas just for that reason.
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The Airglide and the Moto-X are Cordura. 500d and 1000d respectively.

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