Rev'it Air Jacket
REV'IT! "Air" Mesh Jacket Review
by Rick for webBikeWorld.com
Summary: The Rev'it Air jacket is new
for 2008. It's designed for hot weather riding and
it offers sophisticated styling with high levels of air
flow with Rev'it quality and a competitive price.
Rev'it Mistral Mesh Pants Review |
| Owner Comments (Below)
The Rev'it Air jacket is new for 2008 and it's the
lightest weight hot weather jacket in the Rev'it lineup.
It's one of the few Rev'it jackets that does not include
either a zip-in Hydratex liner or an insulating liner, because it's
designed for one purpose only -- hot weather riding.
The jacket has protection and abrasion resistance in
all the right places though, with Knox CE-approved armor
in the elbows and smaller sized Knox CE-approved armor
covering the shoulders. A thinner but removable
Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) perforated back pad is also
The Air jacket has wide swaths of mesh material in
the front, back and arms, while
the abrasion points on the outer sections of the arms
and shoulders are covered with solid polyamide fabric
(similar to nylon).
The jacket still provides the quality of
construction and materials and the styling that Rev'it
is known for, but it has a list price of only $179.99, a good deal in our opinion.
The sophisticated styling is complimented by the
not-too-loose fit, and the Air jacket is available in
several color combinations. The jacket looks great, especially when
it's paired with the
mesh pants (review).
The color patterns include the light gray and red
colors shown here; a light gray and black that includes
a single small red stripe on each arm; gray and black
and all black, so one of the hardest things about
choosing this jacket is figuring out which color to get
-- they all look good.
When mesh jackets were first popularized with the
original Joe Rocket Phoenix jacket (review), they were
all mesh with very little sold material for abrasion
resistance. Most of the mesh jackets found today
include some areas of solid fabric on the arms and
shoulders, so there's a tradeoff between air flow and
The Rev'it Air jacket flows a lot of air through the
mesh. When the temperatures climb over 90 degrees
F. or so, nothing is really comfortable, and the air
coming through the mesh is hot to begin with, so the
effect isn't as dramatic as it is when the temperatures
drop below 90.
I went for a ride the other day when the temperature
dropped to a relatively low 82 degrees, and I actually
felt too cool, even riding behind the small fairing of
the Multistrada! It's all relative, of course --
82 degrees does indeed feel cool after the 95+ degree
weather that has been the norm over the last few weeks.
But the point is that the slightly cooler
temperatures allow the mesh to really do its job and the
difference is noticeable.
Zippers and Adjusters
The Air jacket has a straightforward zipper up the
front with a decent sized tab. It has an
adjustable collar snap that slides back and forth to
give about 25 mm or so of play, and a matching snap down
at the bottom of the zipper in front at the waist.
A single adjustment strap is located at the top of
each sleeve, but they're more for show than anything
else, because the jacket has the typical Rev'it slightly
snug fit, which is a plus, as it keeps the fabric closer
to the body where the abrasion wear panels can do their
job during a crash.
Arms and Cuffs
The arm cuff features a sewn-in gusset that allows the
cuff to be opened wide,
but the hook-and-loop fastener opposite the attachment
strap is slightly too short, so the cuff can't be closed
as tightly as I'd like.
Perhaps a nitpick,
and most owners may not be bothered by it, but I miss
not being able to close down the cuff as tightly as I
can on other jackets.
Pockets and Zippers
The jacket includes two outside slash pockets that
zippers. A horizontal pocket
is located inside the left breast, but I don't use it
because it's backed by mesh fabric and storing anything
will block the air flow.
The Rev'it Air jacket is very comfortable and very
light weight, so it's almost like riding with no jacket
at all. It includes a short attachment zipper
in the rear, allowing it to be connected to the
mesh pants (review) and other Rev'it jackets.
The Rev'it Air jacket is an excellent choice for riding
in very hot weather. It's part of my minimal
riding outfit, which also includes the Mistral pants,
Rev'it Air Blend boots (review), the
Roadgear Carbon Maxx gloves (review) and the
J1 helmet (review).
Rev'it Mistral Mesh Pants Review |
| Owner Comments (Below)
Opinionator - The Rev'it!
Very light weight
Cuff attachment could use more
Good air flow
Slightly less ventilation in the
Could use more collar adjustment
Styling and light color
Review: REV'IT! Air Mesh Jacket
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Retail Price: $179.99
|Colors: Light gray/red;
light gray/black; gray/black or black. Sizes: XS to XXXXL.
|Review Date: July
2008 Notes: Jacket was provided by Rev'it for this
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From "A.P." (8/08): "Thanks for the
review. I have used the jacket almost every day for a
month. I am usually a medium size and had to purchase an
XL for proper fitting. The wrist adjustment straps and
the velcro do not align very well and the main zipper is
way too small and difficult to get started, even without
gloves. Gloves would be impossible."
Editor's Reply: Thanks for the
feedback. I'm surprised about the sizing, my L
fits exactly as expected, although Rev'it clothing is
sized to fit correctly (i.e., snug), unlike most
motorcycle gear that's 1-2 sizes too big. I hear
you about the cuffs; I think the strap is slightly long
and doesn't have a long enough hook-and-loop section.
We mentioned that in the article, although I've gotten
used to them.
The zipper pull is small, but I never thought about
that, it didn't really bother me and I guess I don't
pull up my jacket zippers when wearing gloves.
I've found that I can usually tie a piece of nylon
string or something in the little loop at the tip of the
zipper pulls on most jackets to give a little something
extra to grab."