Rev'it Jerez Gloves
REV'IT! Jerez Motorcycle Gloves
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
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Summary: Top-of-the-line race gloves from Rev'it
with all the bells and whistles.
Many protective features including very large and thick protective
armor, especially on the back and wrist.
Comfortable and surprisingly cool in hot weather.
I've been wanting to get my hands on
(or in) a pair of Rev'it Jerez gloves since I first checked
them out at the
The top-of-the-line Jerez gloves are new for 2009 and they
include a laundry list of protective features.
Those features include goodies like kangaroo leather, Pittards "Armortan"
WR100X treated goat leather, SuperFabric and big honkin' TPU
knuckle and wrist protectors.
Oh, and they also have a bit of that old-fashioned cowhide
The Jerez gloves are serious race tools, proven in MotoGP
combat by Rev'it rider Randy de Puniet (#14, LCR Honda), who
recently took a podium position with a third place at the 2009
de Puniet wears Jerez gloves, as you can see in the screen
shot below, taken from a Rev'it promotional video. Those are
Randy's Rev'it Jerez gloves with his number 14 painted on the
I definitely feel more confident knowing that a piece of
motorcycle gear is "the real thing". If Randy de Puniet
counts on the Jerez gloves for protection, then so can I.
Contrast this with the many faux race gloves hanging
on the dealers' shelves. Sure, you can get a pair that might
look the part, but what will happen the first time they have
to do their thing for real?
So it's very nice indeed to know that these gloves incorporate
just about every protective feature available. I'm a little
surprised they don't have the connected third and fourth fingers
to help prevent rollover injury, but I suppose the jury is still
out on the effectiveness of that one.
A screen shot showing Randy de Puniet's Rev'it Jerez gloves
(L). From a video on the Rev'it website.
Rev'it Jerez Gloves Construction
The most noticeable
features of the Jerez gloves has to be those huge main knuckle
and wrist protectors. They're made from TPU (thermoplastic urethane),
which seems to be in favor lately as the protector of choice
in high-end race gloves. TPU is a good material to use for molding
complex surfaces and it's also very abrasion and tear resistant.
TPU can be left transparent or it can be tinted -- the Jerez
gloves have both. You can see in the detailed photos that the
TPU protectors feature a clear section with some type of honeycomb
backing, which looks pretty cool.
Calling the cover over main knuckles a "knuckle protector"
is an understatement -- it's more like a hand slider. Rev'it
says it was designed with feedback from MotoGP racing, and I
wouldn't be surprised to learn that it's there to help protect
the hands in a lean, because the 800cc bikes are apparently
tipping over so far in the corners that elbow sliders are the
rule rather than the exception.
The TPU on this knuckle/hand slider covers nearly the entire
back of the hand, giving the gloves a more protective feel than
is usual. It makes other main knuckle protectors seem wimpy
in comparison. The TPU is molded to thin out towards the rear,
giving it some longitudinal flexibility.
The molding for the main knuckles also fits very perfectly
over mine, adding to the comfort in this area that can often
be a problem.
One issue with the matte gray knuckle protectors is that
they pick up scuffs like a magnet. I believe the matte finish
is the culprit -- as soon as it gets scraped against an object,
the matte turns shiny where it was struck, and the shiny marks
are readily apparent against the matte background.
The outer wrist protector is a separate large piece of TPU
sewn on to a separate flap that covers the wrist. It encircles
the outer part of the inner gauntlet and secures underneath
in one of those three-piece hook-and-loop gauntlet arrangements.
There's another piece of the stuff protecting the heel of
the hand; two pieces protecting the outside of the fourth or
pinky finger; and smaller sections of TPU are also used to protect
the second and third knuckles. So the message here is that the
Jerez gloves have plenty of hard armor in all the right places.
I'm not sure where the kangaroo skin leaves off and where
the goat and cow hide begins, because the gloves are made from
several different sections of material. But the different types
of leather overlap each other around the palm, the side of the
hand and the tops of the fingers.
We've discussed Rev'it's use of SuperFabric in a couple of
Rev'it reviews, including the
Infinity one-piece suit, the
Cayenne Pro jacket and others. This is an expensive fabric
that looks like tiny beads or shields, which offer good abrasion
resistance while remaining just as flexible as normal leather.
It's used on the outside of the thumb on the Jerez gloves, and
the SuperFabric adds more flexibility in that area than any
hard armor could.
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Besides the over-gauntlet described
above, which carries the TPU protector on a thick padded section
of leather, the Jerez gloves have a soft leather under-gauntlet,
which secures by a separate piece of hook-and-loop on the inside
of the wrist.
The gauntlet is acceptable in terms of its size, but like
always, I wish it was larger and longer. As far as I'm concerned,
it's nearly impossible to make a gauntlet too large or too long
-- it could always be cinched down tighter, if necessary.
Extra-large gauntlets are required for the heavy and thick
motorcycle jackets now available. Some, like the
Rev'it Cayenne Pro, have 3-4 distinct layers of insulation,
water-proofing, wind-proofing or padding material under the
sleeve, along with their own thick cuff connectors, which means
a robust gauntlet is needed as a cover.
The elastic at the base of the wrist in the Jerez gloves
butts up against the sleeve cuff on some jackets, resulting
in a different fit, depending on the thickness of the jacket
sleeve cuff. This is something that happens on many different
types of motorcycle gloves, not just the Jerez. A larger, wider
gauntlet is almost always the cure.
The Jerez gloves feature a hook-and-loop wrist closure, protected
somewhat by a section of leather that's embossed with the Rev'it
logo. It's part of the extra leather protector covering the
palm and not a separate piece, but it could be twice as long
as it is, because it just barely covers about half of the wrist
The combination of the race-like fit and the wrist closure
keep the Jerez gloves secure. Cinch everything up and the gloves
should definitely stay put.
External stitching provides better feel on the inside.
It's usually impossible to determine
what type of material is used for the stitching threads on a
motorcycle glove. It's probably better not to know in most cases,
because it's more than likely plain old cotton.
For some reason, motorcycle glove manufacturers don't want
to tell and they don't want the consumer to know -- not a good
sign. But Rev'it uses Kevlar stitching material for the Jerez
gloves and is proud of it.
Other bits of high-tech fabric are used here and there throughout
the glove. Besides the Pittards Armortan WR100X goat leather,
the Kevlar stitching and the SuperFabric on the outer thumb,
Rev'it lists Schoeller Keprotec used on the palm and Aramide
somewhere else -- where, I don't know. Aramide is another Kevlar-like
abrasion resistant material.
Rev'it says the gloves also feature something called Pittards "Digital"
grip patches, which I assume is the section of material on the
palm side, used for extra grip.
The fingers are stitched on the outside, which may look strange
to those more used to the more fashionable look of internal
stitching. Running the seams on the outside of the fingers can
theoretically give better feel to the rider, because the bottom
(palm side) of the fingers is one solid piece with no stitching
This is the case with the Jerez gloves; although I have a
bit of a sizing issue with this particular pair (more on that
in a moment). Only a nice, flat layer of kangaroo lies between
my digits and the grips, and the gloves have a minimum of internal
stitching and seams that can sometimes -- make that always --
Jerez Glove Sizing and Fit
This pair is a size
large, the size I usually take, but these feel about 1/2 to
1 size small. I thought they'd loosen up a bit after break-in,
but they haven't.
The problem for me is that the reach of my hands is compromised
-- the gloves are tight front-to-back in the palm, and the tips
of my fingers bump up against the tips on the inside.
My hands measure 24.5 cm (9.5") around the palms. The
Rev'it size chart (page 316 of their 2009 printed catalog) lists
a size 9 as a medium and a 10 as a large. So the size large
should fit, as I fall neatly in between. But I do think an XL
would have been better.
To make things even more confusing, our affiliate RevZilla
lists the Jerez glove sizing as 9" for a large and 10"
for an XL. On top of that, there's a comment posted on the
RevZilla Jerez page from a rider who says the gloves run
2 sizes too big. If that's true, then perhaps there is too much
variation in the manufacturing process, which, by the way, wouldn't
be uncommon -- we seem to be having an awful lot of trouble
fitting gloves of all different brands lately.
The tightness shows up with my two-fingers-on-the-brake riding
style -- it's a stretch to keep my hand in that position, the
pre-curved leather resists slightly and my hand feels a bit
cramped after a while.
Fit is very important, especially on gloves costing as much
as these, so either try before you buy or when they arrive,
make sure you're going to be happy with the fit before you take
them out for a spin.
The Rev'it Jerez gloves are available in sizes from XS to
XXXL, which, in the Rev'it scheme of things, is XS to XYL. They
come in the black with white shown here; mostly white with black
(the reverse of the gloves on this page) and mostly white with
The Jerez gloves have no vents or holes,
other than some perforations in the inner gauntlet. But the
inner gauntlet is covered by the outer gauntlet that holds the
TPU wrist slider, and the gauntlet fits over a jacket sleeve
anyway, so the holes really don't provide any ventilation that
I can feel.
The absence of vents would seem to indicate that the gloves
will feel hot in the summer, but curiously, this is not the
case. Indeed, the Jerez gloves are listed in the Rev'it summer
gloves catalog...but that may simply mean that they are not
insulated (which they are not).
Now it may be that the lighter weight kangaroo and goat skin
breathes much better than cow hide. Whatever it is, I honestly
feel a breeze blowing through the gloves when I'm riding.
Well, maybe saying a breeze is overstating it a bit, but
in this summer of relatively mild mid-80 degree temperatures
(~30 C), the Jerez gloves are a big surprise -- they just don't
feel anywhere near as hot as they should.
This may also have something to do with the lining; the gloves
are lined on both sides on the inside, with a full lining of
the protective Aramide material on top (something not found
in many or most or any other gloves in my recollection) and
a soft material on the palm side. Both apparently do a very
good job at absorbing and transferring moisture.
It's also possible that the poor kangaroo and goat that gave
it up for this pair have hides that simply breathe better than
the cow skin that other gloves are made from.
TPU is used extensively in the knuckle protectors and elsewhere
on the Jerez gloves.
Jerez gloves feel more protective than just about any other
full race glove I can think of. This is mostly due to the extensive
use of TPU in the large protectors, but surely there's a psychological
benefit of knowing that these are the very same gloves used
by at least one MotoGP racer.
They cost a bit more than your average
run-of-the-mill super-street gloves, but to be fair, they're
actually priced relatively low for what you're getting here.
Compare that to, say, the $300.00+
Hurt Schizo (review) gloves and others. If you're looking
for no compromise race gloves with the latest protective features,
the Rev'it Jerez gloves may be just the ticket.
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From "S.S." (8/09): "I
just purchased 2 pairs of Rev'it Ultra gloves on eBay
for about half of retail. I am assuming they were last
year's model, but they were brand new, so the price
was excellent. I'm not sure if all Rev'it gloves are
sized similarly, but I thought that I would mention
that I wear a size L in the Lee Parks Deer Tours, and
initially ordered a size XL having read your review
of the Ultras.
These were short in the fingers and too snug, so I kept
them for my daughter, and ordered a 2XL, which fit correctly.
I would encourage anyone ordering any Rev'it gloves
online to be sure and check their hand dimensions and
perhaps contact the vendor for some suggestions prior
to ordering, as these seem to have their own sizing
system which is unique to Rev'it.
Although the sizing takes some extra effort, the results
are definitely worth it, as these are very high quality
gloves with excellent attention to detail. I am anxious
to see how many miles they have in them. Thanks for
a great magazine!"