Mesh Motorcycle Jacket
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motorcycle jackets have become very popular in the
few years that they've been on the market, and with good
reason. They're a very welcome solution to
hot-weather riding for those of us who like to have more
than Fruit of the Loom between skin and asphalt.
manufacturers have been hard at work, pumping out new
mesh clothing designs as fast as they can, but I'm
afraid it's time to go back to the drawing board.
REV'IT! has just trumped everyone with this Airflow Mesh
Jacket, ratcheting up the game by several notches.
REV'IT! is a fairly
recent name in motorcycle apparel, at least in the
U.S.A. Our guess is that you'll be hearing a lot
more about them as word gets around, because their
products are innovative and made with an attention to
detail that sets them pretty far beyond anything else
we've seen. This is serious motorcycling gear made
by people who ride and who think long and hard about
what works and what doesn't.
We were impressed with
the quality and features of the REV'IT! clothing
products that we experienced in our previous
webBikeWorld reviews (see the
R-Tech Jacket, the
X-Vent Pants and the
Ultra Gloves reviews to learn more). But the
designers at REV'IT! obviously haven't been resting on
their laurels. They've developed even more
innovative gear with "why didn't I think of that"
features, and it's become apparent that these folks are
really serious about owning the market.
REV'IT! also seem to have
done a lot of thinking about where they want to be in
the market on price vs. value. Lots of
manufacturers play the cheaper-is-better game, but
that's impossible to win, and not where you want to be
when your focus is on what's best for the rider.
The bottom line here is that you're going to pay a bit
more, but the prices accurately reflect the features and
quality. You can pay less and get a lot less, or
you can pay a lot more and not get as much -- the choice
is up to you.
Mesh jackets have been the answer to a prayer for
motorcyclists who like to ride in hot weather but who
want to do so with some level of safety. The
enthusiasm for mesh has been somewhat tempered by
concerns that the fabrics won't protect as well as
leather, or that the commonly used open weave mesh may
have a greater potential for catching something during a
slide. Anything that interferes with a smooth
slide can cause the body to tumble and can greatly
increase the chances of doing some serious damage in the
form of broken bones or worse.
Responding to these
concerns, REV'IT! has developed a combination of a
tighter weave, a fit that mimics motorcycle racing
leathers, some high quality Knox armor, and a touch of
synthetic leather here and there to offer what they
claim is "the most protective hot weather jacket on the
The Airflow Mesh Jacket
uses a mesh that's more tightly woven then any of the
other mesh jackets we've seen. It's a patented
design, made from
DuPont's Cordura in 500 Denier. When
you stop and think about it, more isn't necessarily
better when it comes to the number or the size of the
"holes", or openness of the weave. Once you get up
to speed, there's lots of air pressure pushing on your
body, and we've found that it doesn't take much of an
opening to let the air flow in and out.
The tighter weave and the
Lorica sections make the jacket slightly warmer than a
more open mesh, but our feeling is that this is
noticeable only when stopped or riding very slow in
traffic. The tradeoff for the theoretically higher
level of protection is well worth it.
The Airflow Mesh Jacket also comes with CE-approved
removable Knox impact protectors, aka "armor".
This is the good stuff, and the same type of impact
protection found in some of the best motorcycle racing
jackets. Knox armor has been tested and approved
to the European standard for impact protectors
(EN1621-1/97 and prEN1621-2:2000), and it's much better
than the generic foam padding found in most of the other
mesh jackets on the market.
Impact protective armor
can only do its job when it's closely fitted and secured
to the body. When you're wearing the jacket (or
pants), if you can push the armor around, chances are it
isn't going to help you in a crash.
designed the Airflow Mesh Jacket to fit tighter than
other mesh jackets; the fit is very similar to what you
might find in a leather jacket designed for motorcycle
A loose fit doesn't necessarily mean that
it will be cooler, because the perforations in the
material are what flow the air. I take a men's
U.S. size 43/44 street jacket, and the size XL Airflow
Mesh Jacket fits me perfectly -- just tight enough to
keep the armor in place whilst still affording very good
The Knox armor sections
cover the elbow and forearm, and there are also separate
pieces covering the shoulders. The back of the
jacket has Temperfoam padding covering the shoulder
blade area and the upper back. All seams in the
Airflow Mesh Jacket are flat locked at the impact zones,
and REV'IT! uses Lorica (synthetic leather replacement)
to cover portions of the lower forearm.
Each sleeve also has two
snaps on the outside that can be used to snug up the
fabric, helping to keep the elbow armor in place.
The male snaps have a rubberized finish, and there are
two female counterparts on the sleeve for a choice of
tight or tighter, depending upon the diameter of the
owner's arm. The sleeve cuffs are closed using
"hook and loop" material, which provides some
adjustment. They can be snugged up close enough to
fit under the gauntlets of most motorcycle gloves.
There are also two
waistband adjusters on the jacket; these use "hook and
loop" fastener and offer approximately a 70mm (2-3/4")
range of adjustment to snug up the waist if necessary.
Stretchable "NYSPAN"2 fabric is used underneath the
adjusters to help provide a comfortable fit.
The Airflow Mesh Jacket is loaded with pockets, again
differentiating it from the competition. On
the outside of the jacket are two nice-sized slash side
pockets that have a 170mm (approx.
6-5/8", all inch sizes approximate) opening and
which use Dulon
are about 150mm (5-7/8") deep, big enough for a good
sized hand. The pockets have an outer flap that
hides the zipper and offers a bit of wind and water
protection, and the zippers have a small pull tab, but
typical of motorcycle jackets, they're hard to grab with
The zipper pulls do have a little
slot that could easily be used to attach a piece of
leather or nylon cord to create a pull extension if
There's an internal
pocket in the left-hand jacket flap; this one also uses
a Dulon zipper, rather than a piece of "hook and loop"
or a cheap button. This pocket opens to
130mm (5-1/8") wide and a very nice 200mm (7-7/8") deep.
It has a nice 20mm
(3/4") long zipper pull extension that makes it easy to
grab with or without gloves. The
A bonus pocket lives in
the right-hand side, this one has a fabric cover without
a fastener, but it's also about 130mm wide by 200mm
deep. The quality of the jacket and the attention
to detail is apparent by inspecting the the stitching
and the assembly. For example, all of the pockets,
including the pockets for the removable armor, are
perfectly finished, with details like rolled edges
covering the stitching.
The Airflow jacket goes
one better than the competitors by offering a very
useful outside zippered pocket at the upper part of the
left flap. We don't like to carry too many objects
in the pockets of motorcycle jackets for fear of having
them (or us) crushed in case of a fall, but this pocket
comes in very handy for a wallet, mobile phone or toll
booth change, or even to hold an "Easypass" type of
toll booth device.
The zipper uses the same type
of pull that's found on the slash pockets, and it opens
from top to bottom. This pocket has a 150mm
(5-7/8") opening and is rectangular shaped at 140mm
(5-1/2") deep. It also has a cool little "zipper
parking garage" at the top; it's a sewn-on piece of
plastic that houses the zipper pull and helps to keep
out water and wind.
REV'IT! uses traces of the
ubiquitous 3M Scotchlite reflective material in the
appliqué piping on the Lorica sleeve parts and in the
new REV'IT! logo on the upper arm. All
motorcyclists owe 3M a debt of gratitude for inventing
Scotchlite! The stuff is unobtrusive during the
day, serving as a design highlight, but
lights up at night when illuminated by headlights,
helping us to preserve what little visibility we can
The collar of the Airflow
Mesh Jacket has a comfortable fabric across the top that feels
somewhat like a cross between velvet and neoprene.
The collar uses a single snap closure at the upper neck,
and the snap has a rubberized coating. The only
problem here is that there isn't much room for
adjustment. I have a rather thick neck at 17.5"
(44.5cm) and the I can just get the snap closed.
Once it's fastened, it's not a problem, but it would be
nice to have a bit of adjustment here for different neck
Water Resistant and
Mesh motorcycle jackets can flow so much air that when
the temperature drops below 18C or so (65F), the rider
can experience some wind chill. It's hard to believe
that a jacket can be almost too cool, but it happens,
especially if you're caught out at night.
If it starts to rain or even if there's heavy
humidity in the air, the moisture flowing through a mesh
jacket to make the rider become wet, cold and
REV'IT! has included a detachable "Hydratex"
liner with the Airflow Mesh Jacket (see photos below).
This liner is similar to the waterproof version used in their cool
weather jackets. It doesn't have sealed seams,
because the sealing process is cost prohibitive in this
application, so REV'IT! calls this liner water resistant
This isn't really a problem, because a
mesh jacket simply isn't designed to be an all-weather
solution. It will help if you're caught out in a
quick storm, but its main purpose is to make the jacket
windproof, and this it does rather well.
The liner attaches to the jacket
via snaps at the bottom of the inside of the sleeves,
and it zips in to the jacket using two internal zippers, one
on each side of the jacket. The liner uses a
front closure similar to the unique REV'IT! multi-layered
zipper flap system, fully described in the wBW
review of the REV'IT! R-Tech jacket.
closes with a single zipper, then two wide flaps fold
over each other to protect the rider's chest from wind
and water intrusion. The weather has been hot and
sunny, so we haven't tried the liner in a downpour, but
REV'IT! claims that it's windproof, waterproof and
If there's a mesh motorcycle jacket out there with
better features, we haven't seen it. REV'IT! has
advanced the state of the art in jacket design for hot
weather riding. The combination of features,
protection and the windproof and waterproof liner,
combined with the modern styling have made this jacket
our favorite for summer riding.
Unfortunately, REV'IT! doesn't have a matching set of
pants...yet. The Airflow Mesh Jacket has both a short
and full-length zipper attachment that allows it to be
combined with one of the several versions of REV'IT!
textile pants, but none of the current pants have the
same level of venting for those really hot days.
REV'IT! is working on a matching Airflow pants, so stay
combination should provide a great solution to hot
is a synthetic leather material, registered trademark of
Lorica Sud S.r.l.,
Milan, Italy. Lorica is claimed to be "a very
popular, exceptionally light synthetic microfiber nearly
identical to animal leather. Lorica is
ultra-stain-resistant and washable.
2. NYSPAN is a stretchable
trademark of the Young Poong Filltex Co., Ltd.,
Seoul, South Korea. It
is claimed to be "light & soft, strong & comfortable,
natural look(ing), water proof & breathable,
anti-bacterial" and with moisture wicking properties.
Airflow Mesh Jacket
Retail Price: $229.99
Red, Light Gray, Yellow, Anthracite
in: Designed in the Netherlands,
manufactured in various countries.
Product Comments: Uses tighter mesh size,
closer fit and Knox armor. Includes claimed windproof,
waterproof and breathable liner. Has five pockets,
including one external upper pocket. Full length and
short zippers allow attachment to other REV'IT! pants.
Available in Unisex sizes XXS to XXXL.
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From "C.M.": "After
surveying the riding clothing market extensively, I agreed with
your REV'IT! clothing reviews, as I became an initial fan of
their gear right when you did. Down here in Florida, I have the
Airflow jacket (summer mesh), Combat pants (lighter weight with
leg vents), Hurricane gloves (summer mesh), and the Celsius
gloves (winter PCM-material). I have recommended the REV'IT!
gear to others and they have purchased it. I still love the
This clothing line is fairly new (at least in
the US), so word on durability will just now begin to come in. I
question durability so far.
1. Airflow jacket. After 8 months, some
non-impact, non-stress area seams are ripping apart (go figure).
I have to get a tailor/seamstress to repair them.
2. Airflow jacket rain liner. The first 6
months, the rain liner worked great, kept me dry in tropical
storms. The liner is no longer waterproof, to the point that
water soaks right through it, as if I wasn't wearing it, in
about 30% of the surface area (and growing). I am going to get
some waterproofing material from a hiking gear store and re-coat
it. In addition, the liner is thinning badly, I feel like it
won't structurally last much longer even if I re-waterproof it.
3. Combat pants. These have no insulation and a
built-in rain liner (both features great for summer and/or
Florida weather). The first 8 months, they worked great, kept me
dry in tropical storms. Now, the liner is splitting/tearing in
the crotch area badly, resulting in an 8-inch hole (multiple big
rips and growing), and now leaks water badly (totally soaking
crotch). I am going to try and get it repaired, but I don't know
if it can be done under the circumstances.
4. Celsius gloves. Only 3 months old, so no
durability measurements yet, but I have one critical comment.
These were the "revolutionary" gloves on the market this past
winter, PCM material being thin for dexterity yet very warm in
winter due its technology of body heat absorption/storage (first
technology to eliminate the warmth vs. thickness/dexterity
trade-off, wow!). $150 gloves, wow. If they fit perfect, they
are the best in my opinion and worth the dough (so far) and the
raves. BUT, they must fit PERFECT -- every inch of material
hugging every inch of fingers/hand. Any air gaps at all and the
PCM material does not work to keep you warm, rather, it
backfires in the opposite direction by retaining coldness and
freezes you in the air gap area!
My example: I am between M and
L sizes for perfect close fit, M being too tight to function, so
I went with L size. Air gaps in some fingers and both thumbs
froze those fingers and thumbs in 45 degree (f) weather while
the rest of the hands were toasty warm. I cannot wear these
gloves in winter because of those few air gaps. Its almost like
you need custom fitted gloves for the PCM material to be
successful (but when it is, you will be very happy!). One
solution might be for REV'IT! to make a wider array of sizes and
advertise you must have a perfect fit?"
UPDATE: REV'IT! response to C.M.'s comments:
I was surprised and concerned to hear your
comments about the longevity of our products. I assure you that
we take these things seriously. Both of the garments you
mentioned having problems with are under warranty, and we would
be happy to repair/replace them as needed. We pride ourselves on
manufacturing top quality products, and wish to meet our
We test our products very thoroughly prior to
releasing them to the public. In 10 years of selling REV'IT!
products in Europe, we have never seen a claim
relating to seam failure. Please contact me at the number provided
at your earliest convenience so that we may rectify the problem.
Jordan Levitt Director of Sales,
UPDATE #2: C.M. took REV'IT! up
on their offer and sent this update: ""RevIt is
standing behind their products, they offered to replace the
entire jacket and pants, but the jacket is great and it was
not necessary. I had them send me a new rain liner and
new pants. RevIt reported to me that the Airflow
jacket, likely a number one seller for them, only has 0.5%
warranty claim rate. Considering the high build
quality I see in their gear, I believe that statistic.
So, I guess my experience is certainly an exception and
shouldn't be considered as an example.
As a follow-up to the "winter" Celsius gloves, I am
wearing them every day all spring and summer here in Florida
because the PCM material is fine in the heat as well as the
cold (as a temp regulator, it works both ways to an extent).
I have the mesh gloves but choose the Celsius every day
because they are solidly waterproof, comfortable, highly
dexterous, and have top notch protection. I highly
recommend them as an all-year glove (as long as they fit
well, like I said in my prior comments for winter use).
I am still a big fan and will check them first when
looking for new gear. They just added boots to their
line, Italian-made, which look top notch, check 'em out!"
wBW Visitor "L.A." writes
(in an email to REV'IT! copied to wBW):
"I just wanted to let you know I got the 44 Xena jacket
yesterday when I got home from work.. It fits me great!!! It is
very comfortable even with all the protection and I should be
able to wear a thin fleece underneath. which is always a great
option since temperatures can vary so much when your riding!!
The styling is really clean,
classy and functional - what a nice choice!
I zipped it up to the Quest pants I
had ordered and it worked well. I think this is such a nice
feature. I guess I wont have to try to adjust my pants
constantly as I get on and off the bike. That is always a
constant battle for me...
The Rev it Ultra gloves have an
excellent fit, premium protection and luxurious comfort. I have
never had level of feeling through any other pair of gloves
which is helpful with throttle control etc.
Again I would like to tell you
many thanks for the great advice, information and OUTSTANDING
customer service you have provided to me personally, not to
mention the superb quality of this line.
I would will gladly recommend
REV'IT! gear to any rider out there and for women riders in
particular, who have found it difficult to find great quality,
style, and fit. All the way along I can say REV'IT! has shown it
can and will do what it takes to provide quality gear and first
rate service to its customers."
"Just a quick email to let you know, that largely based on your
review, I bought a Blue/Black REV'IT! Airflow Mesh Jacket from
REV'IT! direct. They were accommodating to work with and
their exchange and shipping policy is very generous.
With the help of Jordan at
REV'IT!, I ordered a "large" jacket and three days later it
arrived...and fit me like it was tailor made. What a nice
jacket this is! The styling is first class (I do like to look
good when I ride) and the fit and shape is perfect. I have
actually received many questions and compliments on the jacket.
It comes with a
windproof/waterproof liner. It (the jacket and liner) packs up
very small (compared to some others I have first hand knowledge
of), and is easy to transport. The armor is perfectly
positioned and stays where it should. The air does flow
through as advertised. I have owned another summer mesh
jacket and I can say the REV'IT! Airflow Mesh Jacket is better
in every respect (cost less, too!).
I have not "crash tested" it
(hopefully I won't), but I can say that in every category I
would rate a motorcycle garment, it would get the highest
possible score. I have already picked out my next REV'IT!
jacket (a "three season" type) to complement my REV'IT! Airflow
Mesh Jacket, and will be ordering it soon. I am sure I
will try their gloves as well.
So, thanks for your excellent
review (including great pics!)...keep up the good work. And
thanks for the objective and clear reviews. They are greatly