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Aerostich Roadcrafter vs. Olympia Phantom

The July '07 issue of Motorcyclist has a test report of the Olympia Phantom one piece riding suit. With a couple of minor reservations, the reviewer liked it a lot and rated it 4.5 stars. It's substantially less expensive than the 'Stich, too. The review was so positive, I may give the Olympia some serious consideration.

Does anyone own an Olympia Phantom? Anyone have any personal comparative comments between this suit and the 'Stich?

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The July '07 issue of Motorcyclist has a test report of the Olympia Phantom one piece riding suit. With a couple of minor reservations, the reviewer liked it a lot and rated it 4.5 stars. It's substantially less expensive than the 'Stich, too. The review was so positive, I may give the Olympia some serious consideration.

Does anyone own an Olympia Phantom? Anyone have any personal comparative comments between this suit and the 'Stich?

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Check out this forum: (direct link to thread on this suit)

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The July '07 issue of Motorcyclist has a test report of the Olympia Phantom one piece riding suit. With a couple of minor reservations, the reviewer liked it a lot and rated it 4.5 stars. It's substantially less expensive than the 'Stich, too. The review was so positive, I may give the Olympia some serious consideration.

Does anyone own an Olympia Phantom? Anyone have any personal comparative comments between this suit and the 'Stich?

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Saw the Olympia review too. Can't comment on it but I've had a 2-pc Stitch for 15+years. Its heavy & hot but under 80 degrees it does what is supposed to like no other. Its designed for commuting & touring. You get what U pay 4 but sometimes they have sales or U can find one used. Taken care of (cleaned & treated with UV DWR), they'll last almost forever. As I've uh, filled out, I've had them add V-gussets under the arms, plus they repair minor damage. It can be custom sized too and the 2-pc takes the "Elipse" for a sport bike crouch. I doubt the Olympia can compare in those areas or hold up as well.
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Kaos and Jammin are looking into custom made suits out of Kelvar mesh....for under $800, with appropiate liners good in temperatures from -20 to 100, and totally waterproof and breathable, and come with a full replacement guarentee if the suit is damaged and cannot be repaired, it also has great armor.. Kaos had just the pants on our latest 11 day adventure...Jammin was going to check out the whole suit last night after he left my place. I'm waiting to hear back from him. All I know for how expensive 'stich suits are...everyone on my Missiouri/Arkansas trip who was wearing them...only two people didn't have them, myself and Gypsy....in the 2 days of moderate to heavy rain got wet to various degrees....from just a wet crotch...to soaked thru. Where as me in my bargin basement leathers and a $50 rainsuit was completely dry. I have also worn the leather in 100 plus degree weather....it only gets unbearable at gas stops. I think Stich does an excellent job of marketing...but they are way overpriced and don't perform all that well

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The July '07 issue of Motorcyclist has a test report of the Olympia Phantom one piece riding suit. With a couple of minor reservations, the reviewer liked it a lot and rated it 4.5 stars. It's substantially less expensive than the 'Stich, too. The review was so positive, I may give the Olympia some serious consideration.

Does anyone own an Olympia Phantom? Anyone have any personal comparative comments between this suit and the 'Stich?

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They did a review on the sport-touring website....STN...I'll see if I can find it and link you to it.

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Keytickler found the thread from STN.....there is a link to yet another thread on the Olympia Phantom suit...read carefully

http://www.sport-touring.net/forums/...c,11040.0.html

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Rick and MadMax, thanks for the link. It sounds like users are pretty satisfied with the Phantom. I know many people with the 'Stich one piece suits who love them. I've worn my friend's suit, and I've been impressed with the design and quality. The price difference and positive reviews of the Phantom are what caught my attention. Thanks again.

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Well, I bought the Olympia Phantom a couple of months ago, and I'm really impressed. Great design, excellent ventilation, well constructed, and easy to get on and off.

Today I put in the liner before heading out on my ride to work. The liner is a full jump suit type, and it attaches to the inside of the Phantom pretty easily and securely. The liner has the same number and placement of zippers as does the outer part of the suit, so you have twice the number of zippers to close and open with the liner in. However, the liner is warm. I didn't wear a sweater underneath today, and I was toasty on my morning commute.

For hundreds of dollars less than the 'Stich, which I was prepared to buy, the Olympia Phantom is an excellent value, and an excellent garment IMHO.

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