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Old 08-26-2012, 10:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I ordered a Teiz Motorsportsí Power Shell suit a few months back to replace the Aerostich Roadcrafter that I sold a year ago. Teiz is a small business, production is actually done in Pakistan, and their most popular suits seem to be price-driven. My in person visits with the company's owner convinced me to order.

Once my suit arrived, I went over every detail of the suit, looking for manufacturing flaws and price-driven quality compromises. That search came up empty. I have no concerns that this suit will last. Most importantly, I ordered a custom size in all black with the logos removed. I love how it fits and it looks way better than the standard colors.

You can read all about the standard features over at the Teiz website.

On the bike, the differences between the PS and my old Aerostich Roadcrafter are clear. The PS ventilates far better than the Roadcrafter or even my perforated leather jacket and Olympia Air Glide pants. Thanks to the stretch materials and flex panels, I never feel restricted like I did in my Roadcrafter. The armor seems to disappear in the suit. Iím sure a properly-sized RC would perform great, but the stretch panels really matter in sport riding. On those two measures alone, Iíd say the PS is hands down the superior suit, but thereís more to it.

Little irritations grew as time passed. The arm straps on the PS donít offer enough male Velcro, so I canít get the lower straps snug enough on either arm and the elbow armor floats more than I'd like. Similarly, the knee armor also moves around more than I'd like. Iíve adjusted its placement several times as well as the leg straps but the legs always ride up enough that the top of the armor is halfway up my thigh. After a few stops, I need to adjust each leg. My RC had the same problem, but the knee armor was so much larger that it still felt good enough. Furthermore, the SuperFabric panels on the knees rotate a bit to the inside after a few miles, leaving me to wonder if that will really help in an accident. The leg vents, on the upper thighs, are useless. That doesnít surprise me, since I never felt much air from the upper mesh panels on my Olympia Air Glides, but it does create a problem. To make room for the vents, the thigh pockets are more like waist pockets. Anything too large and solid in those pockets, such as my cell phone and wallet, is uncomfortable with any kind of leaning. Those pockets represent a majority of the storage on the suit and I can't put much in them. Thatís a big letdown. So where does that leave me?

Ultimately, I donít regret purchasing the Teiz instead of a custom Aerostich. Teiz spent a lot of time working with me and they earned my business. The major advantages of the PS, ventilation and feel on the bike, are far superior to what the RC is capable of. I just hope I can figure out a solution to the arm adjustment woes. With that solved, Iíd be a Teiz evangelist.



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My friend has one-I haven't used it as well- they are sweaty and gross and I have my own gear and I like wearing stuff that fits me now instead of knock on off menswear and I think they make a custom for the women as well- The Revolution- they have indeed put a LOT of time and effort into the suit.

I just wish the women's was a little more wallet friendly like the men's variation.

Glad to see you like yours though- they are sharp. Great bang for your buck suit! I love the upgraded armor in them as well- how do you like the stuff in yours- is it that goofy ass stuff that warms up to be more flexible?
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Mine certainly wasn't inexpensive - with custom sizing, color, and everything else, I spent just as much as I would have on a custom Aerostich Roadcrafter. Relative to that, the Women's suit is a good deal. But yeah, still not at all free.

The armor is Sas-Tec. I don't notice it needing to warm up to be flexible and it's remarkably effective considering its size and thickness. Here's to hoping I don't have to test it on the road - but Teiz does do a free crash replacement deal, too.

I'm trying to talk my fiancee into getting the Revolution, but I think that might wait until she starts riding on her own and commuting. Right now, she's in a Scorpion Nip-Tuck and Olympia Air Glide combo.
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I bought a used Lombard suit off of Ebay. It turns out that it is too big for me and I have to sell it. However, it felt very solid and seemed to have a lot of great features for the price.

After discovering the suit was too big for me, I did a Google search and found a Giant Teiz thread over on advrider. I posted a question asking how I could tell what version the suit I bought was since I needed to resell it. Within hours I had a response from the owner giving me information. After reading through a bit of that thread, it was very nice to see how active the owner is in constantly redesigning his suits based upon his customers' feedback. Furthermore, he seems genuinely interested in answering questions and making sure the customer is happy. That right there has me convinced enough to buy a new suit from them once some money frees itself up.
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I own a powershell and I mostly love the suit. The adjuster on the lower part of the arm is to long as stated. Im thinking about taking it to a custom leather shop near by to get the strap shortened and have the correct amount of male and female Velcro adjusted. As of now i can get it just tight enough, but its using all of the strap.

As for the knee armor, I find it works well for me. Would prefer it to be just a hair lower, but its fine as is. The air flow in the legs might not seem like much, but i notice a difference after a little while if i close the vents. Air gets in there for sure, just its not as direct as the upper portion of the suit as it doesnt get any direct airflow into it. Its tough to make a vent on a pant leg as if you put it on the side where air will come in you now have a vent in a high impact zone. So its a compromise every company usually makes to throw it on top of the thighs and not the side.

Ive worn this suit in high 90s temperatures and been plenty comfortable as long as I am moving. I bought the suit used for an amazing price, and even if i paid full price i would of been happy. I love how fast it is to take the suit on and off, the sas tech armor, super fabric, and amazing venting, plus it comes with an exkin liner for when it gets cold. They actually got the collar right in this suit something most companies cant seem to manage. Both sides of the collar actually have snaps to hold them open instead of the stupid one sided snap or the even stupider hook and loop the rev'it jackets use. The small things like a zipper for heated gear controllers to come out of and zippers to access pockets in case you forget something like say a cell phone in your pants is also a very nice touch.

At the new price of 549 for the power shell suit your looking at a suit that imo is better then the rev'it Cayenne pro set in every way for the same cost as just the jacket. (revi't jacket was 599 and pants 439 before the current close out sale) That suit would have equivalent features in venting, armor, super fabric. (the rev'it makes you buy the back protector separate) The craftsmanship is also far superior on the teiz. The only thing the power shell needs is a good rain suit to go with it such as the triumph over suit and you are set for all year any condition riding.

Edit: And like was stated, what other company will give you a life time crash replacement suit? All you have to do is send in a police report of the crash and you will get a new suit sent to you. Also parts on the powershell are free for the life of the suit. So if anything should tear for what ever reason new parts will be sent to you so you can have it fixed locally. I believe the suit itself has a 5 year warranty. With service like that its hard to go elsewhere.

Klim is another company I like because of their customer service in how they are changing their products dependent on customer feedback. You would think things like that would be common sense for any company, but sadly that is not the case and is very rare now a days.

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..they are sweaty and gross ...
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There are also the perforated/mesh versions which flow a lot more air.
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There are also the perforated/mesh versions which flow a lot more air.
Considering that I'm a wuss about heat and totally happy with the ventilation on mine, I'm surprised that there's demand for a perforated variant.

That said, there's always going to be some sweat!


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true - if its 100+ outside and u r at a stoplight - it wont matter what u r wearing
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Considering that I'm a wuss about heat and totally happy with the ventilation on mine, I'm surprised that there's demand for a perforated variant.

That said, there's always going to be some sweat!


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I agree with this, the power shell vents so well I don't know why anyone would want a perforated version. But everyone is different. I do agree in that the womens version should come with a choice for both liners to decrease the price.
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I agree with this, the power shell vents so well I don't know why anyone would want a perforated version. But everyone is different. I do agree in that the womens version should come with a choice for both liners to decrease the price.
Move out of new jersey and you'll find out.

I never had mesh gear living up north. I have not even used my leather gear since I moved to NC. It's fucking terrible down here.
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Nj summers are just as hummid as anywhere else if you look at the actual data. Its even worse then nc in the afternoon, Average Humidity by State - Current Results

Also within 5 degrees average of nc summer temperature.

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There are also the perforated/mesh versions which flow a lot more air.
I wasn't knocking the product LOL- it's just a fact- gear gets sweaty and gross LOL. I actually haven't tried it because the bike fairy came and gave me a new jacket- so I have my own- I think next season a Teiz is on the menu- my needs for riding have drastically changed over the years- I wish I knew then what I knew now- I would have saved a lot of money buying the right stuff THEN instead of cobbling together different pieces.

Since you are here.... and I haven't checked ADVrider in a while... do you make a mostly black women's suit? I am not sure I'm crazy about the crazy colors.

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I agree with this, the power shell vents so well I don't know why anyone would want a perforated version. But everyone is different. I do agree in that the womens version should come with a choice for both liners to decrease the price.
more women's gear in general that fits and is designed better that's on par with the men's versions would be great- but I'm happy that even THIS product exists and they they really did take the time to detail it right. beggers cannot really be choosy- especially with a high quality textile product on the market now!


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Move out of new jersey and you'll find out.

I never had mesh gear living up north. I have not even used my leather gear since I moved to NC. It's fucking terrible down here.
bah- it's fucking hot as balls up here to- humidity sores over 50% in the 90's. It's comparable to NC/VA and so on. We get all the weather you get- it's just about 8-10 hours later normally lol
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An update after more usage. The knee armor stays in place pretty effectively as long as I don't try to put both feet down at lights. So, I'm not sure if it's improved after breaking in or if I was standing on both feet at stops for a period of time, but it's a non-issue.

I haven't done anything about the arm straps yet. I'm still concerned that the elbow armor will be in place in an accident. Part of that comes from the fact that the Sas-Tec armor is so comparatively thin to the old armor in other jackets that it's tough to tell where it starts and ends.

Either way, I continue to be very happy.
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Another update: rode in ~35 degree weather with the thermal liner in. Kept me warm for my 30 min commute. I could feel the cold once I topped 80, but I am on a naked bike and it wasn't too bad.

All in all, I'm really happy.


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