A few weekends ago, I got wind of a sample sale at the Rev’It corporate offices right here in Red Hook, Brooklyn. I had heard great things about this annual sale, and looked forward to finding 2 things: a good all-season jacket, and a pair of gloves that fit me better…
Assuming that being one of the early arrivals, would insure a good selection, I was shocked when we entered and saw a woman already holding 20 pairs of gloves and 3 jackets. This scene is cut-throat, and pickin’s might be slim.
Fortunately, I honed in on a Rev’It Sand Jacket ($469 retail), slightly scuffed, but complete with the 2 liners, for only $100! Rev’It makes only high-end, well-made motorcycle apparel, and I looked forward to finally being able to afford some of their gear, due to the hefty discounts.
The Sand is touted as a 4 season, armored jacket, complete with a dual, removable liner system (a wind/rain liner, as well as a thermal liner). The fact that these can be removed for tailoring to any particular weather scenario made perfect sense for someone who rides all year round in the Northeast. CE rated armor is provided at the elbow, back and shoulder, although many people swap the back armor out for something more substantial.
Marketed as an ‘adventure-style’ jacket, the Sand clearly assumes you will be experiencing every type of weather, and that despite this – you will continue to ride.
Upon closer inspection, it is apparent that time and energy have been spent making this jacket both functional, and well-built. The zippers are high quality, the pockets (with Velcro seals) are well thought out, and the placement of air flow is intentional.
But a jacket is only as good as it’s maiden voyage, and I was excited to give it a real-world test. The first thing I noticed was how light it felt compared to my old leather. Although I love that old jacket, it always felt like I have strapped a sack of bricks to my back, making long rides less comfortable. When I finally weighed the 2 jackets, I was shocked to realize that the Sand was only 6/10ths of a pound lighter. But in an industry every ounce counts, this difference felt like 10lbs.
For my first ride, I removed the thermal liner, because the temperature was already in the mid-50’s. Although there was only 1 liner in, it took a little getting used to having the liner move around inside the jacket, while you run your arms down the sleeves. Once on though, the jacket felt like ‘home,’ and the comfort level and lightness, was instant.
I saddled up, and quickly appreciated the zippers at the end of the sleeves. Putting on gloves, and having the ability to get them situated just right, and then closing the sleeve over them, was a huge improvement over my leather.
The only issue I had was with the European zippers, installed opposite from the typical right-handed USA style. This created more frustration than you’d imagine, but I finally got the hang of it. Buttoned up and ready to ride, I took off for a quick jaunt through Brooklyn. The jacket felt light and secure. There is something to say for a jacket that is so comfortable, you forget you’re wearing it. That was never the case with my leather, and this improvement in comfort was obvious.
Despite the wind and outside temp being a bit brisk, I never felt it through to my body. The wind protection was solid, and the jacket made me feel like any temp could be handled well, eliminating the concern for packing various sweat shirts and long-underwear.
Just what I needed. A high-quality, well-made, jacket for any season. In the coming weeks I will have more time to test it out, and will be reporting back on both the pros and cons of this new score.