Powderbuggy’s contributor Kestrel Dickerson checks in with a look at the new Blitzkrieg one-piece suit…
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have surely noticed that the one-piece snowmobile suit has made a major resurgence in the last few years. While we still hear a lot of guys making fun of the style, we hear many more that have tried and really liked them. This leads us to the conclusion that it is time to lose the preconceived notions, and give it a shot. These are not your dad’s bulky, heavy suits, with outdated styling and water absorbing materials. They are high tech, lightweight and waterproof, with eye-catching design. At least that is what they are supposed to be……… Lets see if they can live up to that billing.
New to the market this season, I decided to try out the Motorfist Blitzkrieg suit. Additionally, it should be noted that this was my first foray into the one-piece riding suit, and I was hesitant to buy into the trend. However, I was able to find a color scheme that I liked and matched my sled, and dove in.
Overall, this is a very well thought out product. Motorfist has incorporated quite a few premium features to meet the demands of mountain riders. Waterproof zippers, strategically placed pockets, full-length leg zippers, reinforced knees, seat and boot areas, are all a must in top-notch gear. Above and beyond those, I really like the vent designs. As someone who is typically hot while riding (even in non insulated gear), having properly placed vents is key. Motorfist positioned theirs to work in conjunction with a backpack or avy bag. Many jackets I have worn, the vent ends up under the bag, and becomes useless. The other nice part of this placement is that you can actually reach both front and back vent zippers yourself. No longer do you have to rely on your buddy to zip you up or down to regulate your temperature.
With that said, let’s get to what I wasn’t a fan of. The list is short, so this won’t take long. Though I do like a jacket with a hood for when it’s snowing and you stop for lunch or to make fun of your buddy’s broken sled, I found this one to be less than ideal while riding, as the front chin flaps are not attached to the collar. This caused them to blow around and slap against my helmet. Luckily, the solution was an easy fix, and I simply zipped it off. The other feature I didn’t care for, were the thumbhole wrist gaiters. Truth be told, I have never liked these while riding. I feel like they add another layer between my hand and the bar, and I don’t need that in my life. Again, the fix is simple. By either tucking them in, or just trimming off the Lycra extension, the issue is resolved.
Final take: Having been skeptical of the one-piece suit trend, I must say I am now a believer. The Blitzkrieg suit is lighter than a two-piece set, and creates less restriction. In short, I feel more “free” in my movements. Additionally, my temperature is much more stable. Due to the ability to move air from my upper body to lower body, and vice versa, I don’t get as hot during hard riding, but still stay plenty warm during breaks or on very cold days. I would also speculate that I am staying dryer in the Blitzkrieg. With better temperature regulation, the Motorfist Event material, and no opening between jacket and pant, I’d wager this is a safe statement. So, feel free to make fun of me in my onesie, but I’m betting that if you try one, you’ll quickly realize the benefits.
Editor’s Note: First, when asked, Kestrel noted he is yet to eat at the wrong mexican restaraunt and later find himself in “the suit” (no word on how big of a pain number 2 is). To add, Kestrel doesn’t like to admit it, but he, just like everyone, does get stuck. In this situation, he mentioned this was another time the one piece really shined as well. There was simply no way for snow to get where it shouldn’t when off the sled, especially during the kind of winter we are having…
• eVent® Fabrics Outershell with Fully Taped Seams
• 300D Polyester Body, Legs & Arms
• 500D Nylon Panels on Seat, Knees & Lower Legs
• Waterproof Stretch Underarm & Lower Back Panels
• Moisture Wicking Liner with Fleece Lined Sleeves
• All Zippers are YKK®
• Removable Hood with Shaped Visor & Three Adjustment Points
• Hidden Hood Attachment with Drawstring at Collar
• 2-Way Water-Sealed Offset Vislon® Front Zipper with Garage
• Water–Sealed Vislon® Zippers at Chest and Sleeve Pockets
• 2 Water-Sealed Vislon® Oversized Front Core-Vents
• 2 Water-Sealed Vislon® Backpack Friendly Rear Vents
• Integrated Goggle Cleaning Cloth
• Adjustable Wrist Cuffs on Outershell
• Lycra Powder Cuffs with Thumbholes at Wrists
• Interior Napoleon Chest Pocket
• Interior Durable Adjustable Suspenders
• Water-Sealed Vislon® 2-Way Full-Length Leg Zippers
• 1 Water-Sealed Vislon® Thigh Pocket & Gusseted Cargo Thigh Pocket
• 2 Water-Sealed Vislon® Inner Thigh Vents
• Expanding Elastic Waist with 2 Adjusters
• Waterproof Adjustable Powder Gaiters with Boot Clip & Snap
• Articulated Seat & Gusseted Crotch
• Articulated Knees with Removable Padding
• Raised Back Ankle Cuff
• Reflective 3M Scotchlite™ Panels & Print