Wearing a one piece outer shell is pretty cool given it’s simplicity, but do you really want to give up the option of taking off your jacket when you get a bit warm? The quick answer is “No, I don’t think so”.
Keep in mind, we always wear chest and arm armour. These trap a lot of heat, so if you don’t wear this stuff, which you should, then you can recalculate this whole product review.
One piece suits are great at keeping everything in place and keeping snow out, but you lose the flexibility of going topless should things heat up a bit – as they often do. We often ride with a thin insulation layer, and our armour. That’s it.
With that said, the Tobe Privus Mono Suit is very breathable, or more accurately put “a bit drafty”. I find their material to be well ventilated, which is a bit of a bummer when it is cold, but a positive when I get active or when the weather gets warmer. There is a fine line between being comfortable, and running a bit hot. This suit periodically has me crossing this line, which I see as a negative. Sweating in bad and needs to be carefully managed.
- One piece. Simple. Keeps out snow when wading through deep powder.
- Well constructed using modern fabrics and features.
- Sufficient room for knee braces.
- Breathes well.
- Cool / Drafty in cool conditions.
- When you get hot, you can’t take off the top independant of the bottoms.
- At 5′ 10″ this suit fits just right, but the the internal suspenders don’t quite hit my range for adjustability. The whole suit hangs a bit.
The Bottom Line
This is a well made suit and it is very comfortable to wear. I wear it about 1/3 of the time – particularly on cool (but not really cold) deep powder days.
The Tobe Privus Mono Suit is cool, but does not have the versatility that I need to call it part of my standard clothing.