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Old 04-23-2008, 11:05 PM   #1
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Olympia GT Air All Seasons Transition Jacket first Impressions

Olympia GT Air All Seasons Transition Jacket first Impressions

Lochlyn Deckard asked for my impressions on this jacket in another thread.


Link to Olympia page:
http://www.olympiamotosports.com/gt_air/gt_air.htm


I’ve had this jacket for about 3 weeks now. I was actually looking at the Bushwhacker and AST length jackets but after trying this one on, and with Spring/Summer on it’s way, I figured this may be the way to go for now and I’ll pick up a winter length jacket later in the year.



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Front of jacket with right side flap un-zipped and un-Velcro’d. There is also a zippered vent on each front flap that you can open if you don’t want/need the whole flap open. Waterproof and Insulating liner removed.




Right side flap open.



Right side flap tucked away



Left Side: Inside Pocket and Cell phone pocket (not wide enough for a blackberry)
Right Sleeve: Zippered Vent open, and a Velcro strap to tighten sleeve to arm
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.



Back of Jacket, both Vent flaps closed. Better view of Velcro strap adjustment on each sleeve.



Back Right side Vent open and tucked away



Waterproof liner/Jacket with Insulating jacket zipped in.



Inside of insulating liner



Inside of waterproof liner/jacket (insulating liner removed)



Outside view of Insulating liner (you won't be wearing this to the disco)



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.



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.



Overall I’m very happy with the jacket so far. I’ve not had either the Waterproof jacket or insulating liner in the jacket except for the ride back from the store. It’s been warm enough for me around here, even in the mornings, that I’ve not needed either.
I like the neon yellow, it’s not totally obnoxious, but there is enough of it that it should get you noticed.
Only one small issue, that really isn’t worth mentioning….the front flaps when tucked away do not seem to lay flat in the pocket. It’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.

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Old 04-23-2008, 11:14 PM   #2
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Nice review Stu!


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Old 04-23-2008, 11:35 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 04-23-2008, 11:37 PM   #4
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Nice review- love the "Don't hit me" yellow.

Olympia makes great gear.
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Old 04-23-2008, 11:42 PM   #5
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Nice review- love the "Don't hit me" yellow...

Yep. And the stealth lovers have the "run me over" grey option.
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Old 04-24-2008, 12:09 PM   #6
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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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Old 04-24-2008, 05:16 PM   #7
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... 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...

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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Old 04-24-2008, 07:34 PM   #8
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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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Old 04-24-2008, 08:46 PM   #9
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Great review....that will cost me money!

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
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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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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.
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.

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Old 04-25-2008, 04:16 AM   #13
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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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Old 04-25-2008, 06:32 PM   #14
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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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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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That last post was at 4 in the morning.. I was tired.. You got me..
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