Wednesday, February 1

Olympia Switchback Jacket Review

The brand new Olympia Switchback Jacket fills in a void in the lineup here at, the likes of which we haven't seen in several years. Olympia, seeing the need for a product of its ilk, has come out with the Switchback, which is an iteration on the Bonneville from years past. The Switchback is a huge progression forward, from a style and function standpoint, from the Bonneville, and offers riders a multi-season all-weather-conditions jacket option. Also available as the Olympia Switchback Ladies Jacket, these two will shine when the weather is warm, but offer the versatility of a removable waterproof breathable liner for when the warmer weather turns foul. We are very excited about this product for the 2012 riding season.

Check out our Olympia Switchback Jacket Review:

The shell of the Switchback is 500D Cordura with ballistic airflow mesh paneling. The Cordura will provide excellent abrasion resistance while the ballistic airflow mesh will create the type of ventilation for which this jacket will become known. Beneath this is the standalone waterproof breathable liner, which is made of ripstop nylon and can be worn on its own when you're off the bike. We're happy to see Olympia take some steps forward with the finishing touches on this jacket, such as the finished high collar which uses soft moisture-wicking materials for comfort either with the liner in or out. The internal lining of the shell is a cool mesh material that will keep you comfortable all day long. The collar of the shell uses neoprene for comfort against your neck.

For protection, there is CE rated Motion Flex armor at the shoulders and elbows, in addition to a CE rated Motion Flex back protector (a nice upgrade to come standard). The Olympia Custom Fit system offers flexibility of adjustment at the collar, cuffs, elbows and waist, making this a great option for riders of all sizes. This jacket features three storage pockets along with an internal pocket designed for cell phone storage. There is 3M Scotchlite reflective paneling at the front, back and sides, ensuring visibility in nighttime riding situations. In addition to an 8" connection zipper to pair the Switchback up with your favorite Olympia pants, there are also jeans loops to keep it from flapping around when you're choosing to ride in denim.

That rounds out the feature set of the Switchback. While the ladies version reminds mostly the same (with obvious changes to cut, contour and style), check out our Olympia Switchback Womens Jacket Review:

Olympia Switchback Womens Jacket

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