Airblaster Ninja Suit
Current Retail: $109.95
Historic Range: $54.98-$109.99
Current Retail: $54.71-$109.95
Historic Range: $43.98-$109.95
Looking for a "onesie?" The Airblaster Ninja One-Piece Suit offers all I need for a full coverage, draft free, mid-weight base layer...without the bulk!
- One piece/draft free
- Familiar front fly access
- Full length front zipper
- Full wrap-around waist zipper for rear access
- Thumbhole cuffs
- Unrestricting, form fitting hood
- Unnecessary drawstring waist
As is often the case for me (being on a fixed income) I enter review contests to win gear that I need (but can't afford) for my passionate pursuits. Winning another site's campground review contest, I garnered a coveted gift certificate to Airblaster (myairblaster.com).
I must admit, the gift certificate was substantial and I was no less grateful...but not enough for the desired merino wool Ninja Suit that I desired...so I chose the Ninja Suit with AirTech fabric.
My initial desire for the Merino Wool version is purely to eliminate/minimize the retention of body odors over long periods of use, which I have experienced over the years through synthetic material base layers. However, to date, I have not experienced odor retention in the Ninja Suit...though no multi-week hikes were taken.
Being 6/180, and normally a 32/32, fairly athletic build, I probably could have chose medium or large. I surmised the large would afford me longer arm and leg length, so I went with it and was not disappointed. Arm and leg length were more than adequate, so I experienced no "ride-up," nor was there "bagging" effect.
I personally like a slightly snugger waistband, so I don't have to keep repositioning, but being a one piece suit it did not matter. The thumbhole cuffs are great for both added wrist/hand warmth and eliminates the arm sleeve bunching or riding up creating a gap.
I haven't utilized a "union suit" or "onesie" since I was a youngster, so I wondered how I'd adapt. No worries. Not usually one to just toss on a new item before venturing out on extended forays I deviated and did just that with the AirBlaster Ninja Suit. Suffice it to say, I was pleased with no break-in period necessary.
There is comfort in the familiar front fly for one's nether region...just like your old whitey-tighties.
The wrap-around waist zipper is ambidextrous and gives plenty of room when you need to perch over a long. So taking care of business is straightforward and fairly simple.
A note on the waist zipper: I was concerned that the zipper would interfere and irritate beneath my pack's waistbelt, but it did not. The zipper is not truly a waistband zipper, it rides much lower than where a pack or even pants waistband rides.
(Photo shows from the rear view)
I've had my AirBlaster Ninja Suit since October, so roughly 10 months now. I've used it numerous times in the Rockies, Smokies, and Appalachians, in varying elevations. As with most of today's quality wicking materials, it does an admirable job of keeping you warm and dry. Though AirBlaster rates this suit as a medium weight, I felt it leaned more toward the lighter weight, which I preferred. My body tends to take minimal effort to operate on the warmer side.
On Halloween 2016, I donned the Ninja Suit under my Mountain Khaki Equatorial Pants, a lightweight Hind long sleeve, a Columbia fleece vest and fleece hat to jaunt up Pikes Peak Barr trail. I set a pretty brisk ascent/descent pace (for me) in clear but cold, windy (gusts to 65 mph) conditions. I initially planned to hike up and ride the Cog down, but due to high winds. The Cog didn't run and the park closed the road so I couldn't even hitch a ride and was forced to hike it back down.
The AirBlaster Ninja Suit performed like a dream. No drafts, no damp clammy (or freezing) skin...great moisture transference/evaporation. I had to use all necessary functions and zippers during this trip. All functioned flawlessly as designed.
Not being made of model material, nor an accomplished selfie taker all you're gonna get is a corner of the Ninja Suit hood beneath my fleece hat.
I believe the materials used, stitching and placement of zippers all add up to a unique and useful piece of clothing for the active outdoorsperson. AirBlaster's warranty claims are incredible should there ever be a need, so I believe everyone should give the Ninja Suit an opportunity. Plus, they come in some wild color schemes...and who doesn't want to look like a stealthy Ninja?!
Disclosure: The reviewer received a sample of this product from the brand or its representatives in exchange for a review.
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I kept the product after testing.)