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post #1 of 10 Old 03-22-2010, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Suits: JR Survivor, Tourmaster Centurion, Olympia Phantom, or Fieldsheer Cyclone?

I started a new job recently and thinking about a 1-piece suit for commuting (and other riding too) into a city, something that I can slip on over business casual clothes. I'm debating the Joe Rocket Survivor ($376), Fieldsheer Cyclone ($200), Tourmaster Centurion ($376) , or possibly the Olympia Phantom ($400). The 'Stich may be a great suit, but it's more than I want to spend. I live in the northeast so it will be worn with and without the liner, depending on the weather.

I ride a Bandit 1250 so I'm in a standard upright ride position. My build is slightly abnormal I guess: 5'9", 175 pounds, 44" chest, no belly, 32" inseam, and broad shoulders.

I really like the style of the JR Survivor but newenough tells me that it might not be the best fit since I'd need an XL to accommodate my chest and that would make the suit a bit too long. But I prefer gear that fits snugly, and do not want something I'm going to float in. They suggested the Tourmaster Centurion for a better fit. But the Cyclone suit is available from motorcyclecloseouts.com for $200 (is it a get-what-you-pay-for suit though)?

There's a ton of information posted here on the 'Stich and some on the Phantom, but not much on the others. And there isn't many reviews for these suits at the online merchant sites either. So I'm starting a thread to ask for feedback from riders that wear one of these suits. Interested in hearing about quality, durability, comfort, water resistance, armor, sizing, and ease of getting on and off. Open to suggestions on other suits too.

Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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post #2 of 10 Old 03-22-2010, 05:14 PM
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I havn't tried any of the one piece suits but can attest to Opympia's quality, I have a jacket and two pairs of pants and bought a jacket and pants for the wife too, quality is top notch. Try Revzilla.com, they have a pretty good return policy for Olympia.

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Go with Fieldsheer - Better Quality Management and materials used by them.

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I own the Fieldsheer in size M and it's a pretty good suit for cold weather commuting. I've worn in down to about 25 deg weather and stayed warm for the most part. If I'm out for an extended ride, my chest does start to get a little colder from the wind, but an extra layer of clothing helps with that. The warmth it provides does come with some extra bulk, but I felt that mostly when I was walking around rather than riding. For your build, a size L should work fine.

The suit sells for $200 only because it is discontinued - it usually retails for about $400. Materials quality is pretty good on the suit and I after wearing it through this past winter, I haven't noticed any loose threads or ripped seams. There's a lot of reflective material on the sides and back and armor in the back, shoulders, and knees and some padding around the hips. Getting in and out is pretty easy with a zipper that runs all the way down the front to the thigh. I haven't tested the water resistance yet. In terms of storage, there are 2 pockets located on the legs, 3 on the chest (including 2 just inside the front velcro flap), and 1 on the arm. There's also a neck protector that buttons into place. Overall, it's a really good buy for the price.

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I really like my olympia gear. I have a jacket that I love, and a pair of mesh pants that are good in the summer but I wish I would have gotten a pair that's good for year round. If I ever decide to replace my current fieldsheer pants, I'll replace them with olympia.

Good luck with your decision Jim, I think you'll probably be happy with any of the choices you listed.

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Go with Fieldsheer - Better Quality Management and materials used by them.
I got a fieldsheer jacket and pants.... your statement is true their quality rocks... id buy from them again in a heart beat.

On a side note i need some knee pucks, i put a little hole in the knees of my pants today when i finally touched a knee down.

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I got a fieldsheer jacket and pants.... your statement is true their quality rocks... id buy from them again in a heart beat.

On a side note i need some knee pucks, i put a little hole in the knees of my pants today when i finally touched a knee down.
There is an inside story about Fieldsheer, I actually wish them success.

Kneepucks are available just about anywhere....

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Ken: IMO there is only one good choice when it come to quality, Tourmaster. Do not waste your hard earned $$ on the others.

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MM is right, top notch with the tourmaster
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Go with Fieldsheer - Better Quality Management and materials used by them.
Only the Olympia Phantom is a 100% Cordura (DuPont) shell. The others are all polyester (maybe labeled as nylon or "Carbolex" - a knock off imitator of Cordura?). Does that change your recommendation at all?

I've gotten a lot of great feedback on the Phantom, and some on the Centurion. But the Centurion is a new suit so it doesn't have as many owners. I've had good experience with Tourmaster and Olympia and Fieldsheer. The Fieldsheer suit is apparently a next-generation of the Highlander suit. They had some bad press a few years back with some shoddy quality, but it's improved from what I've read.

Still researching and gathering reviews....

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