Wearing the Olympia Airglide 6 Jacket Pants while testing the 2021 Honda Gold Wing Tour DCT. (Photo by Kevin Wing)
We’ve tested a lot of Olympic apparel over the years, starting with the Sentry Jacket and Ranger Pants in 2003. And we’ve worn and tested every iteration of the Airglide jacket / pant combo, which is now in its sixth generation. Founded by married couple Kevin and Karilea Rhea, both designers and avid drivers, Olympia was based in Hendersonville, North Carolina for many years. A few years ago they sold the company that is now owned by Motovan, a Canadian powersports distributor.
Olympia Airglide 6 jacket in gray / red / black
The Airglide jacket and pants are part of Olympia’s Mesh Tech line. That means they have large panels of abrasion-resistant ballistic airflow mesh (Thank you, Captain Obvious!), Using 1000D Cordura in the impact areas. Designed for three-season travel, there is a removable thermal layer as well as a windproof rain layer that can be worn under or over the jacket and pants (and a practical carry bag is included). The detachable Powertector Hexa CE Level 2 armor fits in pockets on the shoulders, elbows, back and knees, and there are detachable foam hip pads.
Olympia Airglide 6 pants
With various fit adjustments and stretch inserts, the Airglide jacket and pants are comfortable, with a generous cut that accommodates lower layers (and American middle parts). I found the pants in my normal size a little too big to wear alone (they felt more like overpants) and the jacket sleeves were a little too short for my long arms. If possible, try on the Airglide 6 before purchasing. The pants have two-way zippers on the sides and EZ-Hem bottoms so that they can be cut to length.
Wearing the Olympia Airglide 6 Jacket Pants when testing the 2022 Suzuki Hayabusa. (Photo by Kevin Wing)
I personally wore and tested a lot of Olympic equipment and was always impressed by the quality and attention to detail. For example, the front pockets of the Airglide jacket and trousers are lined with soft fleece so that they actually keep your hands warm on cold days. The jacket also has an inside chest pocket with a passage for earphones. Grippy rubber zipper pulls are easy to use with gloved hands. On several test days of the Honda Gold Wing Tour and Suzuki Hayabusa, with temperatures ranging from the low 50s on the coast to well over 100 inland, I appreciated the versatility of the Airglide 6 ensemble.
The Airglide 6 Jacket is available in men’s sizes S-XL ($ 379.99) and 2XL-4XL ($ 399.99), women’s sizes XS-XL ($ 379.99) and 2XL-3XL ($ 399.99) as well Gray / Red / Black (shown), Black / Hi-Viz Yellow, and Black / Silver available. The pants (black only) are available in men’s sizes 30-38 ($ 279.99) and 40-44 ($ 299.99) and women’s sizes 4-12 ($ 279.99) and 14-18 (299.99 USD). Everything is covered by a 1 year guarantee.
For more informations:
Contact your dealer or visit revzilla.com (US) or motovan.com (Canada).