FirstGear TPG Expedition Suit - 2014
- Hypertex™ waterproof and breathable fabric construction
- Fully adjustable D30® Evo Pro armor protection at knees, elbows and hips; also features the Viper back pad
- Diagonal main front zipper for ease of entry and egress
- Strategically placed zipper-controlled venting throughout
- Integral under-helmet rain hood in collar
- Dual, one-hand adjustable waist belts
- Internal cuff, rain gaiter
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I personally tried on the XL in this suit and found it to be “about right” considering it will most likely be worn over heavier street clothing. I also measured a couple other sizes just to check out the overall sizing. I’d encourage you to try the size you normally wear in men’s clothing. If you are between sizes, then choose the lower. A one piece suit will work best for those who have “average” proportions (height vs weight). If anything, this suit tends toward the tall and larger person, or what some call the “American” build. If you are relative short or skinny, then you might not be able to find a fit in this suit that “suits” you, and you’d be better off buying pants and a jacket combo (and we have LOTS of those).
Our Two Cents
As of this writing, this will be my fourth one piece textile suit to review in recent memory. I thought it might be helpful to just say what things strike me as different or better about this one as opposed to the others. Firstly, I find the shell and zippers in this suit to be very rugged. They sort of remind me of the famous Aerostich suit. The shell material is like most others, but (and this could be my imagination) it seems to be one notch heavier fabric… it even makes more crinkle noises like heavier fabric, and the main zipper looks supper heavy duty. And also like the Aerostich suit, it is a pretty basic design overall… there isn’t a removable liner… it’s basically just the shell, armor, pockets and vents. Pretty simple really and pretty simple to use. The venting on this suit is more remarkable than the others as well. Rather than list them all, take the “View Larger Images” link above and click through the closeup pictures to see what I’m talking about. Good grief what a multitude of zippers! Unlike the other suits, I think you could take this suit well into spring/summer with all the vents open. And unlike the suits that have a “mid liner” to accomplish waterproofing, FirstGear is designing the waterproofing using the heavy duty shell, waterproof smaller miscellaneous zippers and a double storm flap over the main zipper. The absence of a mid-liner will greatly enhance the effectiveness of the zippered vents because the air coming through those vents can make it all the way through to your skin. But here’s the rub… it would be a miracle if all those zippers could keep out every drop of water. I’m thinking no, so if that is your requirement, then another design with the mid-liner would probably be a better choice for you. Life is full of tradeoffs, so think about what is most important to your style of riding… personally, I’d take the better venting. Anyway, on to the armor…. This suit has a full complement of D30 armor which I personally like. We sell a lot of this armor separately and it is very popular because it is CE rated but is flexible and somewhat low profile. And all that armor is positioned in the suit in pockets that can be adjusted up/down/back/forth to a great degree, so it will help you get comfortable with the suit. You get some pockets and you also get a couple pass through zippers so you can reach your jeans pockets as well. I always liked this feature so I didn’t have to transfer my wallet, keys, etc from my pants to the suit, and back again. Night visibility is built into the suit too. Overall, I like this suit for practicality, the venting, sturdiness and simplicity. :: Paul, 10-09-13