|04-11-2012, 08:54 AM||#1|
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: North Carolina
Teiz Powershell - Custom Husky Size
I thought I would write a quick review of the Teiz Powershell I got over the winter now that I have t some miles in it. I rode in the Florida Keys over Christmas and have been commuting daily in North Carolina.
First of all a note on the sizing. I am a BIG BOY. I am 6' tall and weigh 289lbs. I have had a nightmare in the past finding a protective gear that fits well. If I get a jacket big enough to go around my gut then the arms ar several inches too long. If the arms are right then I cant zipper the jacket.
I called Ghazi at Teiz and asked about a custom sized suit. He said no problem. He sent me a suit to try on to get an idea of the fit and then I filled out a simple form with all my measurements. A few weeks later I got the suit in, and I am very very happy with it. The fit is nice and loose. That way if I want to layer underneath it in the winter I can, in the summer I can wear shorts and a t-shirt and be very comfortable. There are tons of vents, and most important the vents are all in the right spots. The arm pit vent just scoops the air right where you need it. You can tell whoever designed this suit rides motorcycles.
Elastic in the right spots and it has the Sas-Tec armor. It is super comfortable! You don't even know you are wearing armor! The knees and elbows have the new super fabric that is several times more abrasion resistant than thick leather. Reflective everywhere. All in all I am very happy with it.
The thing is I am AGATT and it was really kind of a pain to put on riding pants, and a jacket just to ride 20 miles into work. Then when I got to work I had to close the door to my office and change into work cloths. All in all it was such a pain in the as* that some mornings I would just drive the car rather than go through all the hassle.
Now I just dress for work and when I go into the garage the suit is where I left it. I put it on, ride in confident that if I drop the bike at least I won't end up picking asphalt out of my skin for a few weeks.
A couple of things to note:
This suit is not waterproof. That is not really a bad thing, it is just something to be aware of. Because it is not waterproof it breaths much better and is much more comfortable than my old Olympia AST jacket and pants. What I do is just keep some rain gear in my panniers and if it rains I put it on. That way the suit does not get all wet and I am more comfortable 95% of the time.
There is a new product that will soon be on the market that should make this suit totally waterproof. To see an example of this spray go to YouTube and search for: Ross Nanotechnology's NeverWet superhydrophobic spray-on coating
The stuff looks amazing.
Price: I paid $799 for the complete suit including the custom fitting. I feel that is a very good price. Not only is the price far less than Aerostitch but the quality is superior in my opinion, not to mention the personal service. I am very glad I invested in this suit. I spend money on every bike I get, panniers, topcase, exhaust, heated grips, lights and on and on. Then I end up selling the bike and most of it goes with the bike. At least this is one accessoy that stays with me. I like that.
When I ordered the suit I had a blue GSX-650F so I had blue trim sewn in. Now I have a gray V-Strom. Fortunately I own a vehicle wrap company. The V-Strom will be blue to match the suit in the next day or so.
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