Wednesday, February 6

Joe Rocket Survivor: A Fit Solution

While not (yet) a mainstream category, one-piece textile suits are more than adequately equipped to meet the needs of commuters and long-distance tourers. Without a break between top and bottom, these suits protect from the cold and wet to an extra degree. In addition, they can be more comfortable and convenient then their two-piece counterparts, not to mention more cost-effective.

As an update to its predecessor, the Joe Rocket Survivor Suit fills this niche with style. Subtitled as "your personal environmental control system," the Survivor is packed with features that speak to its convenience and function as a one-piece riding solution. Starting with the shell, we find that the entire outer textile material is built from 600D RockTex, with an extra layer of material at the shoulders, elbows, and knees. In addition, the shell is waterproof treated, complete with waterproof lined pockets and a lasercut waterproof main zipper. On the inside, a full length removable/washable thermal layer can be used as needed during the colder months.

For the summer season, you can use Joe Rocket's 'Big-Air' ventilation system. By turning the main body zipper into a full-length vent, you are able to experience 80 square inches of airflow across your torso and upper leg. This is possible without actually leaving the front zipper open due to its unique design. Two rear exhaust vents allow this ventilation to flow completely through the suit, taking hot air with it.

Proper fitment can be achieved at many different points along the suit, allowing for adjustment of sleeve, pant leg, cuffs, waist, and neck. If you need to be visible, order the Survivor in High-Viz. However, if that isn't your thing, the reflective stripes and logos across the exterior will also make you hard to miss. Protection is covered at all the main points, with the capacity for an upgraded back protector at your convenience. Then there are all the little details that make this system a complete thought: the lower legs are melt resistant in case you are operating with hot pipes, the zippers are YKK throughout, and the pockets are triple closure to prevent weather from getting in (or items falling out).

Its obvious that Joe Rocket went the extra mile in designing the Survivor Suit. That extra mile translates well on the road, allowing you to tackle longer trips with reduced fatigue. Once you slip into one of these, you won't want to get out - they are just like footy pajamas, except you do need to wear boots.

For more on Joe Rocket visit RevZilla.com.

- ckZilla
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