I think my next purchase would lean towards Rev'it Gear. To bad we can't try riding gear RIDING, before we purchase!
All in all, Olympia IMHO builds good gear. Their gloves are great!! There...done rambling!!
In fairness, ReV'it's Hydratex membrane ain't perfect either. ReV'it quality is impeccable but I'd pony up for their Gore Tex gear - oh wait, I just did.
Well maybe we can't do extended test rides but at least we can have honest open online discussions about what works and what doesn't. And maybe the gear makers will be listening.
+1 on the Olympia gloves. Mine are 6 years old and still waterproof. I don't know how it works but the gloves go through a different distribution network or something. Dealers who use Tucker Rocky, Parts Unlimited, etc. can get the gloves but not the rest of the Olympia line. Does anybody know what the difference is?