Rev'it Cayenne Pro
Rev'it Cayenne Pro
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
2008 Motorcycle Apparel of the Year Award!
Summary: Subtle but significant
changes to the original, based on owner input, make the
Cayenne Pro one of the most versatile, highest quality
motorcycle jackets available.
Here it is, almost the end of April (2008) and I'm still
catching up from the Powersports
Dealer Expo in February. The annual Expo is the place where
the manufacturers introduce new clothing, helmets
and other goodies to (hopefully) salivating dealers, who
will then (hopefully) place huge orders, so they can
(hopefully) sell all the Latest und Greatest stuff to
(hopefully) salivating motorcycle owners.
That's the theory at least, and although it might
not always work as planned, it's a lot of fun
and they at least have one salivating fan -- me!
It was a good year, and the 2008 Expo was pretty
exciting, and if you haven't already, you can read all
in my report.
The Expo usually sets the tone for the year and it
indicates the direction that many different types of motorcycle gear
will take; this
year the outrageous motorcycle helmet graphics and
colors made a big impression on me -- enough to create
special helmet photo gallery -- as did
the display of the new Rynus clothing lineup (review)
and, of course, the big, bold, new REV'IT! clothing
Rev'it must have laid down some serious dosh -- not
to mention time and effort -- to get their display up and running, and it was
put to good use. There are so many tasty products
in the Rev'it portfolio that it now takes a farmload of
square footage to show everything off, and their old
booth was starting to look like a telephone booth.
During my visit, Rev'it walked me through the new Sirocco
the new Apache Boots
(First Look); and the updated version of their
"flagship" jacket, the Cayenne Pro, which I covered in a
First Look report from the show and which is now the
subject of this report.
The Rev'it Cayenne Pro Jacket
The Cayenne Pro is an update to the original Cayenne
jacket, which we
reviewed back in 2005. Other 3/4- or
5/8-length textile jackets have come and gone, but the
original Cayenne is definitely my all-time favorite, and
it's been put to good use, protecting the backs of
several riders over the last 3 years.
I'd have to say that the original Cayenne is
probably one of the most versatile jackets around, and
it can't be beat when rigged in
all-out winter mode; its Hydratex and insulating liners
repel chills with aplomb.
But evolution is the name of the game at Rev'it, and
since the Cayenne has been one of the company's best
selling jackets, they wanted to update it by incorporating all
the latest technologies to keep the sales momentum.
"The Cayenne was torture-tested over the last three
years since its introduction", said Jordan Levitt, who
leads the U.S. Rev'it office. "And it was used in ways
we never anticipated, so when it came time for an
update, we wanted to improve every single aspect of it."
Now if you think about it for a minute, evolving a
product, rather than releasing something completely
new and different, actually takes some guts in today's
"IT'S NEW!" -- "IT'S DIFFERENT!" -- "YOU'VE NEVER SEEN
ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE!" marketplace.
Thus, it's much harder to sell incremental changes. "The first thing we did was
to change all of the zippers and all of the snaps...",
Huh? Ponder selling that to customers
expecting the Next Big Thing...
But there's a big difference here: the Cayenne and
the Cayenne Pro aren't aimed at your typical Ninja
street squid. Not that there's anything wrong
with that market segment, mind you -- but Cayenne owners are
hard-core world travelers who demand the best and don't
even look at the price. Well, maybe just a
Cayenne Pro Features
But seriously -- who else would get excited about
the fact that the Cayenne Pro now has the highest
quality, spring-loaded, Italian-made
Fiocchi metal snaps? These little works of
industrial art will get the toughest riders through the
roughest trips on the planet without a complaint, from
the looks of them. You just don't see that level
of detail on your average everyday off-the-rack jacket.
In a surprise move, Rev'it also went to good ol'
DuPont Cordura for the shell, in 500 and 1,000 denier.
Jordan said that Rev'it surveyed
owners of the original Cayenne, and as it turned out,
more riders are familiar with Cordura than any other
Not that the
Swiss materials used in the original weren't good, it's
just that Cordura is just as effective and potential
owners know exactly what to expect from it. And it's good stuff, I might add, that's been
torture-tested in many motorcycle garments for many
The front ventilation panels on the original Cayenne
had zippers that allowed them to be removed and stored
in the back removable pouch pocket, but owners told
Rev'it that they loved the vents but wanted the ability
to convert back and forth without having to stop.
So the panels can now attach with Velcro and they can be
folded up and snapped to the opposite corner, where
they'll remain in place, but can easily be folded back
down, even whilst riding.
There are two additional chest vents on the Cayenne
Pro, and both double as pockets. Can you see them?
They're hidden behind the upper waterproof flap pocket,
the one just below the fold-up chest vents. Those
mid-height pockets have a zipper in addition to the
flap, and the chest vents are accessible by a vertical
zipper that runs next to the placket for ease of access.
The lower pockets now have a horizontal zipper and
-- surprise -- no flap cover. Why?
Apparently the feedback was that the flap made it too
difficult to access these pockets when on the bike, and
riders wanted a simple zipper pull that could be grabbed
and instant access. Hidden behind the lower front
pockets are "hand warmer" pockets, accessible through a
vertical strip of Velcro on the edge facing the rider's
The arm vents use the waterproof zippers that Rev'it
pioneered, and the Cayenne Pro has two vertical vents in
the rear, just below the rider's shoulders. The
Pro now has stretch Cordura panels on the backs of the
elbows and a stretch Cordura panel on the back of the
neck, just below the collar.
The wide 3M reflective panels that outline the chest
vents, on the arms and across the back are laser cut and
laminated directly to the jacket shell without
stitching, which makes for a nice, clean look. The
new Rev'it logo is also laser cut and laminated.
By the way, the Cayenne Pro now has matching
trousers that feature the same high-tech treatments and
they're a nice match for the jacket. They have
stretch Cordura and brushed leather panels inside the
legs for comfort.
The jacket and pants now use CE-approved SAS TEC
armor. The armor in the shoulders is larger than
normal to protect more of the rider's shoulder, and the
jacket has thick armor that covers the elbow and back of
the forearm. The Cayenne Pro jacket includes a
section of Temperfoam, but a SAS TEC back protector,
very similar to the one we discussed in
our review of the Furygan "Fighter" jacket, is
available as a relatively low-cost option.
The Cayenne Pro has dual liners similar to to the
system used in the Sirocco. The zippers and snaps
have been arranged so that the owner can use the
waterproof/windproof liner or the insulating liner or
both -- or none. The waterproof/windproof liner
has laminated, sonic-welded seams and 3 layers; Jordan
says that it offers better waterproofing than anything
they've used before, again based on owner input.
The insulating liner is new, it's now made from "Exkin"
(say "Eks-skin"). Exkin is a new material; it's a
moisture wicking fabric that was tested at two times the
warmth factor of the DuPont Thermolite insulation used
in the original Cayenne, at half the thickness!
Hey, that's progress! This means that a 1 oz.
liner is as warm as the old 2 oz. version.
Now most of the other manufacturers would probably
throw in any old stuff just so they could say the jacket
is insulated; leave it to Rev'it to be obsessed with a
detail like this.
But here's the secret that's probably one of the
best features of the new Exkin liner: because it's thinner,
the jacket has a more consistent fit when the liner's
removed; that is, the jacket doesn't have the "balloon"
effect of other jackets with a too-thick liner, where the
jacket grows a chest size or two when the liner is
removed. A more consistent fit also helps keep the
armor in place when the liner is absent.
The Cayenne Pro now has a pants connection zipper bonded
directly into the waterproof membrane in addition to a
zipper bonded to the inside of the shell, so the
matching Cayenne Pro pants can be attached in a wider
variety of conditions.
Also, the last 6"-8" of the bottom of the jacket
inside the shell, up to the spot where the attachment
zipper is located, is now fully lined with waterproofing
material. This was done to prevent any water from
wicking up inside the jacket if you're riding in severe
Another innovation that Jordan was very proud of is
the incorporation of "SuperFabric"
abrasion-resistant panels on the wear points of the
Cayenne Pro. Rev'it claims to be the only
motorcycle clothing manufacturer currently using
SuperFabric -- in fact, Rev'it is featured on the
SuperFabric is ceramic-infused material, with
"little tiny ceramic shields" embedded in. The
SuperFabric is laser cut and directly bonded to the
outer Cordura on the Cayenne Pro; it can be seen as the
black panels just below the elbows in the photos.
Superfabric is claimed to have four times the abrasion
resistance of leather and -- get this -- 15 times the
abrasion resistance of Kevlar, yet it's super thin,
lightweight and flexible. Unfortunately, the
stuff is extremely expensive, so Rev'it is currently
using it in the two most important places, the back of
the arm and the knee/shin area on the Cayenne Pro pants.
As the cost of SuperFabric decreases, Rev'it plans on
making wider use of it in their clothing.
The Rev'it Cayenne Pro is now available in sizes S
to XXXL and in some nice color combinations; in addition
to the very bright, high-visibility orange and gray
shown here, the jacket is available in black,
black/light gray, light gray/red and a nice, earthy dark
green and gray.
UPDATE: We had an incorrect price
posted earlier; the correct list price is $549.99, which
means that the jacket isn't quite the bargain we
initially thought, but compares well with high-end
jackets from BMW and others.
It's nice to find a company that has created a popular
product and instead of dumping it and starting from
scratch just to satisfy the marketing department, they
gathered owner input to further develop the concept.
It both validates the original idea and also helps make
the customer feel like they haven't been abandoned.
The Cayenne Pro doesn't look like a radical change from
the original -- which, by the way, is still a very
worthy jacket -- but it incorporates some sophisticated
technology that has made it even more versatile.
There's probably not enough here to convince
owners to upgrade, but surely it will attract new
customers, especially now that Adventure Touring has
become one of the most popular forms of motorcycling
sport, and I'll bet that Cayenne owners will upgrade to
a Cayenne Pro when it comes time for a new jacket.
The problem, of course, is that the original Cayenne
is so well built that it may be years before that
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Sizes Available: S to XXXL Review Date: April 2008
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From 'K.S." (7/09): "I had emailed you
about a month ago with a question about a jacket.
You suggested the Cayenne Pro or the Sirocco. It
took about a week to find someone who had them in stock.
I'm in north New Jersey and found a dealer called
RevZilla in Philadelphia who had them. I just want
to thank you for your help.
The Cayenne fit me better than the Sirocco and I ended
up buying it. I couldn't be more impressed with
the jacket, well made and comfortable. The Darien
is going on eBay to find a new home. Thanks again
for your help and I'll keep reading webBikeWorld since
your reviews always seem right on the mark."
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From "J" (6/09): "I just purchased a
Rev'it Cayenne Pro jacket. I find it very
comfortable. I particularly like the collar.
Often I find the collars on jackets bothersome.
There are so many pockets I will need create a
spreadsheet to organise them. There are also many
vents. The quality seems good, no errant stitches
or little flaws in the fabric.
I do not find the jacket to be very warm. I ride
in the Pacific Northwest, where the range of
temperatures encountered in one day can be pretty wide.
Last week (mid June) when commuting to work, the
temperature was in the high 40s in the morning warming
up to the low 70s in the afternoon.
In the morning, the jacket was not warm enough for me
with the liner and a sweatshirt. After some
experimentation, I found the most comfortable
arrangement is the liner in the jacket along with my
heated vest in the morning. In the afternoon the
vest is left out. Since the jacket flows so much air, it
was not uncomfortable leaving the liner in as long as I
kept moving. I do not want to have to deal with
reconfiguring the jacket every day, but I was hoping to
avoid the heated vest in the summer.
Another nit is the upper pockets on the front of the
jacket. The handle on the zippers get in the way
of the snap for the flap. Just a small complaint,
but this jacket did cost more than 500 bucks.
Another change I might suggest is moving the waist
adjustment straps around to the front. That makes
for a more convenient location for the heat controller
that goes with my heated vest.
Overall, my initial impression has been very positive.
I think that I will find this jacket to be like some
European cars and motorcycles I have owned in the past.
Once you have learned to accommodate to it's
peculiarities or demands, and are willing to pay special
attention to it's care, it should be quite satisfactory
for a long time."
From "D" (8/08): "Just got my
Cayenne Pro Jacket and pants - and what can I say but
the review was spot on and the suit is the best - by far
I have ever ridden in.
I still have some winter riding to see how it all
adds up but I am having a hard time thinking it will be
anything less than stellar.
I am tall and skinny and have trouble finding pants
that do not put the knee cups up around my thighs
without also being too baggy. The Rev'it pants
come in long sizes so the fit is perfect. Actually
the best fitting motorcycle pants I have ever used.
If I had one request it would be a simple strap around
the bottom of the knee to secure the pads - I normally
sew this on the outside of my pants as it helps them
from riding up when I get on and off until they settle
in on the bike.
I am in and out of my gear during a day frequently
and even though this suit is not an around town suit it
accommodated closing and opening a number of times
without making me cranky. Also the redesign of the
pockets and access of them noted in the review also
worked very well. The sealed zippers take a bit to get
used to but once familiar they work very well. The cuffs
close with velcro and are very generous to fit over
gloves I guess - I normally like a zipper and will have
to see how I adjust to it -- Like the rest of the jacket
they have put a lot of thought into it so I am thinking
it is just me and my old habits.
The collar had a very nice touch to it that I did not
see in the review and it is a simple button snap to
close then it adjusts by pulling and sliding a tab to
adjust - very very slick and a lot easier than trying to
find two or three different snaps or having Velcro to
rough up your neck. And, the pull tab hooks on
nicely to a plastic hook to keep it open when hot.
And, that is also another great point - venting.
It is warm right now August and I use only one
jacket/suit for the 4 seasons. It is very hard to
get any jacket combo to work very well in all seasons
and to be honest I should have a vented suit for the
high temp rides but cannot afford it. This suit
blows very very good air and in the right spots.
Best of all they are easy to open and close with good
long pulls for the ones on your back.
And... last but not least - a fanny pack/pocket.
The single most important and efficient addition to any
jacket and I have to guess pretty cheap to add. I
do not know why more manufacturers put them on.
Anyway, I will send a note once I put more miles and
ride in the cold - to see how it holds up but I am
confident it will be pretty good - as noted above -
build quality is pretty nice...
I would suggest the suit to anyone."