Transit Two Piece Suit
- Product Review (submitted on December 4, 2009):
I kept reading and rereading the description of the Transit Suit in the catalog supplements. It seemed to be what I had been looking for but the cost held me back for a while. My goals were to: 1) Look good and 2) It had to do the job for sport/touring duty (a tall order).
I have used my 2 piece RoadCrafter since 1991. Thoroughly tested and rebuilt several years ago. The major problem with it is it's too hot for me in the summer behind my '96 BMW RT fairing. So I was always carrying a mesh jacket and Kevlar jeans to ride in as back up. Well, my new Transit Suit arrived in October so we will see how it handles the heat/humidity next summer. I live in the NYC area.
However, this fall it's showing its weather capability well: In the cooler weather.It's comfy for me at 50 degrees with thin layer of tee's and an insulated liner beneath the jacket and long johns on below. It fits well and I have actually gotten several positive complements on its look/fit. Mission #1 accomplished.
The other requirement: Function. Fit and comfit are good for all day riding, but in its features it ain't no roadcrafter. Difficulties I've had are:1) External pockets are too tight, too small and are difficult to get items in and out of. However, the 2 Jacket inner pockets are good for my phone and wallet. Urination (without dropping trousers) is almost impossible - maybe the pants fit too well. The zipper doesn't go down far enough and there is a gusset right behind it. I can't put the suit on as one piece, I have to don the pants and jacket separately, then zip them together. I'm sure more flexible guys could do it. The zipper works well but is difficult to initially engage.
I am also concerned with the armor - it seems to be too thin, although it makes for a very nice fitting suit. It doesn't have the thickness of the older TF3 stuff that molds itself to you, giving confidence that it will protect you at impact by spreading the hit over a large area. If I test it, I'll report on its effectiveness. So far so good.
Overall, I am enjoying its looks and comfort.