Rev'it Cayenne Pro
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
February 19, 2008 - The annual Powersports
Dealer Expo show officially opens on Saturday morning
each President's Day weekend. I usually wait until
Sunday morning for my annual visit to the Rev'it booth,
when things slow down a bit and while everyone else is
still recovering from the previous night's
This year was no exception, and the Rev'it staff
took me through the "What's New" tour. Regular
webBikeWorlders know that we've been big fans of Rev'it
gear for three basic reasons: attention to detail,
continuous improvement and probably the widest array of
motorcycle gear offered by any single company.
This is high-quality stuff -- some of the best
equipment you'll find, in my opinion. And it may
cost more, but serious riders will pay for gear that
I also like the the strategy of continuous
improvement, year after year. It's hard to go
wrong by listening to owners and incorporating their
feedback, no matter what business you're in.
Rev'it Cayenne Pro Jacket - Front
So that's what they've done with the Cayenne jacket,
now called the Cayenne Pro. We
reviewed the original Cayenne jacket back in August
of 2005, and it's held up like a champ ever since.
I haven't found anything that beats it in harsh
conditions and for riding in winter extremes.
I hope to have a new Rev'it Cayenne Pro soon for a
detailed review, but in the meantime, here are some
photos (below) illustrating the details.
The outer shell of the Cayenne is now made from a combination of
500 and 1000 denier DuPont Cordura, which has been
proven many times over the years in all sorts of
motorcycle gear and is more familiar to motorcyclists
than the previous Swiss fabrics.
There are now Cayenne pants to match the jacket, and
they have stretch Cordura on the inner thighs for
comfort and ventilation. Look at the photos of the
jacket and pants outfit below and you'll see an
example of Rev'it attention to detail; the patterns and
colors exactly match up down the entire length of the
jacket and pants.
All of the zippers and snaps have been redesigned.
The removable panels that covered the vents on the upper
chest are gone, replaced by a fold-up section that snaps
to the upper chest, as seen in the photo below.
All of the snaps are now high-quality, spring loaded,
which offer a more positive feel and should pretty much
last through anything.
The middle pockets are waterproof as are the
flush-fitting zippers; Rev'it was the first to use
these, as far as I can determine. The jacket also
has zippered vents in the upper back above each arm.
The reflective material and the fabric is laser cut
for accuracy, and you can see in the close-ups that much
of it is laminated to improve the integrity of the
fabric (less stitches = stronger). This also helps
give the jacket a sleeker and lighter look.
SASTECH armor is now used throughout the jacket.
The shoulder armor is the extended type to cover the
shoulder blade for more protection.
There are more stretch panels added here and there,
like on the sides and the upper neck in back.
The waterproofing membrane is new, with three layers
and it's sonic welded to avoid stitching seams. It
has also been added to the final 6" of the bottom hem of
the jacket. The rear attachment zipper can be
accessed through the liner, so it's usable whether the
liner is installed or not.
The liner is a new material called "X-Skin" (not sure
of the spelling), claimed to have twice the thermal
factor of DuPont Thermolite Plus but it's half as thick.
It's also sweat wicking. Thinner is better,
because this makes the jacket fit more correctly whether
the liner is in or not. Some jackets with a thick
liner can gain a size or two when the liner is removed,
causing problems for the wearer.
The Cayenne Pro comes in several color combinations
and the gray color on the arms is a sort of clay or
earth color that matches well. The orange shown
here is a pre-production sample; the actual orange
fabric is brighter and higher visibility, although I
actually like the muted orange myself.
The other big news is the use of "Superfabric"
in the abrasion points, like the elbows.
Superfabric is thin and light and uses ceramic with
something like tiny ceramic "shields" embedded in it.
The Superfabric panels are laminated to the jacket and
not sewn, avoiding the issue of having the stitches
tearing loose during a slide.
Superfabric is supposed to be, well, super abrasion
and cut resistant. It's also super expensive, but
the benefits are obvious for motorcycle protection.
It's something like 4 times the abrasion resistance of
leather and and -- get this -- 15 times the abrasion
resistance of Kevlar on the Martindale abrader scale!
The laser cut and bonded Superfabric again keeps the
jacket light and sleek looking.
The Cayenne Pro jacket and pants are more expensive
than less technologically advanced clothing, but Rev'it
clothing is in the same market segment as BMW clothing,
for example, which is extraordinarily expensive, and the
Rev'it gear is a few hundred dollars less.
The other big news is the new
Rev'it Sirocco jacket, designed
specifically for warm weather. I think it will be
a huge hit... And Rev'it has incorporated your
feedback into a redesigned version of the Rev'it
Freestyle boots we reviewed not long ago; more on that
in a bit. In the meantime, here's the
Rev'it 2008 online catalog.
Rev'it Cayenne Pro Jacket - Rear
Rev'it Cayenne Pro Jacket - Shoulder Detail and Vent
1. New "X-Skin" thin liner and outlet for zipper.
2. Attachment zipper on liner.
3. New waterproofing panel at hem.
Rev'it Cayenne Pro - Superfabric on elbow and details.
Notice how the cut lines on the panels all fit
and line up, even on this pre-production version.
More attention to detail: Assymetric sleeve cuff
to allow correct and snug closure.
Also, a new type of "soft" Velcro is now used.
Rev'it Cayenne Pro sleeve, showing waterproof zipper and
laminated and bonded reflective material.
Rev'it Cayenne Pro Outfit - Gray jacket and pants.
Rev'it Cayenne Pro Pants - Close-up
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