Rev'it Cayenne Pro
Rev'it Cayenne Pro Pants Review
by Rick for webBikeWorld.com
Summary: The new Rev'it
Cayenne Pro pants are designed to be the perfect match
for the Cayenne Pro jacket, but they're also make a very
nice all-around pair of trousers for touring,
sport-touring or general motorcycling.
sharp "Enduro/Adventure" styling, high-quality tailoring
and materials and dual liners that zip connect at both
the waist and leg cuffs. These are "360 Day" pants
that work in just about every temperature and weather
condition except perhaps on the very hottest days.
It's been about 60 days since we published our
reviews of the Rev'it Cayenne Pro jacket
First Look) and the new
Rev'it Sirocco mesh 3/4-length jacket
also First Look).
those reviews were follow-ups from the 2008 Powersports
Dealer Expo (report),
where I was introduced to the 2008 Rev'it lineup,
including the new and exciting Apache boots and the new
Rev'it "Fighter" waterproof boots and "Air Blend"
We're in the process of evaluating the boots, and
there's one more 2008 Rev'it item I wanted to cover: the
Cayenne Pro pants that are the subject of this review.
Rev'it now has such an extensive selection of
clothing, boots, gloves and other goodies (will helmets
be next?) that it's hard to choose just one item or
outfit. It's sort of like wandering into a
Konditorei in Germany -- there are way too many good
things on the shelves, and it's hard to make up your
mind, but no matter what you choose, you know it will
all be good!
So when the Cayenne Pro pants arrived, all of the
2008 Rev'it gear was swirling around in my brain, but I
was focused on
"Sirocco jacket" because the hot weather now demands
cool mesh clothing and the Sirocco is it.
As I was
unpacking and trying on the pants in this stupor, and I vaguely remember
wondering why a pair of pants designed to match the
Sirocco jacket would have the same type of thermal
liner that was in Cayenne Pro, along with a separate
windproof and waterproof liner. And where are the
Then it hit me -- these are the Cayenne Pro pants,
designed to match the all-around Cayenne Pro jacket!
I found these pants at the Indy show back in February
and I was impressed -- they have just about every feature
you can imagine (other than mesh panels, which would
compromise the waterproofing ability), and so far the
Cayenne Pro pants have proven to be an excellent all-around pair of
riding pants and the perfect replacement for my old pair
I've been wearing the Challenge pants for so long I
can't even remember riding without them, and they've
held up through thick and thin. I broke the zipper
pull one winter when my waist got a little too thick and
I tried to pull up the zipper with a pair of pliers, but
I fixed that with a combination of a keychain ring
through the zipper pull and losing a few pounds, and the
pants keep soldiering on.
The reason I mention the Challenge pants is because
the new Cayenne Pro pants seem to have a lot of
Challenge DNA in them. They fit me exactly the
same -- I had to return the Cayenne Pro size L "short"
for the regular length, just like I did with the
Challenge pants, but it's nice to see that Rev'it is using the same standard body shape and form
for their new pants.
The Cayenne Pro pants feel perfectly familiar when I
slide them on, due to their close kinship with the
Challenge pants. The updated lining material is now Exkin insulation; Exkin is also used in the Cayenne Pro
jacket, where we described it thus:
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
The Exkin liner has a shiny smooth fabric on the
outside (inside the pants); it feels nice and silky
smooth against the skin. But it's too hot for a
liner now, so I'll have to wait for winter to evaluate
the thermal protection; I have no doubts that it will be
at least as good, and probably better, than the thick
liner in my old Challenge pants.
Fit and Sizing
Another note about the liner -- most motorcycle
pants are sized to fit correctly or to fit slightly
loose with the liner installed. The problem with
this type of fit is that when the liner is removed, the
pants become too large by a size or more.
As we have stated many times, if a motorcycle jacket or
pair of pants is too loose, it probably won't offer the
same level of protection -- pants and jackets must be
snug to hold the armor against the rider and to keep the
abrasion-resistant material located at the points where
it will do the most good.
Rev'it has always taken a different approach; the
clothing usually fits snug with all of the liners
installed, so when they are removed, the pants or jacket
will fit closer to or exactly to size, as expected.
We think this makes more sense -- after all, you don't
want a lot of extra loose air space when riding in cold
weather, or the cold air can seep in.
In the case of the Cayenne Pro pants, the size L
regular length fits as I expected; a size 35-37 waist
and enough length to cover about a 30" to 31" inseam
with enough room to spare at the bottom of the pants so
they don't ride too high when sitting on a motorcycle.
The Cayenne Pro pants are available in short, regular
and long lengths and in sizes S-XXXL (regular); M-XXXL
(short) and M-XXL (long).
...And More on Liners
The pants do feel snug with both liners installed,
as they should. This makes the pants a bit snug in
winter, but that's a good thing, because it keeps the
Exkin liner close to the body, helping to prevent the
cold air from leaking in.
When I remove the insulating liner and the separate
wind-and-water-proof liner, the pants fit comfortably
and slightly loose, just what I need in the warmer
The wind/water proof liner is the standard Rev'it
"Hydratex" material. The seams are sealed,
probably with ultrasonics, so the liner is virtually a
single piece of material.
Rev'it Cayenne Pro Pants have separate zippers for each
liner at the wais...
...and inside the leg cuffs.
Now here's what makes pants like these cost a bit more:
both liners attach to the pants with zippers. Each
liner has a full-length zipper at the waist and another
full-circumference zipper at the leg cuffs. This
is definitely a more expensive and time-consuming
manufacturing process, but the liners will absolutely
stay in place, because they become virtually a single
unit with the pants. The liner won't pull out or
bunch when you stick your leg down inside the pants!
Also, the material can't ride up and down, so the
pants stay stable when you're on the motorcycle, a much
more secure feeling. And finally, the pants can be
used without either of the liners; with the wind/water
proof liner only, or with the Exkin thermal liner only,
The outside of the Cayenne Pro pants also has many
thoughtful features. The pants are available in
black, which pretty much goes with anything, and the
"Dark Green and Grey" shown here. If this color is
green, it's pretty hard to tell -- it looks more like a
"clay" color to me, and the light parts are a sort of
The colors and the fabric pattern combination both
say "Enduro/Adventure", so if you're not into this
style, I'm sure the all black will do it for you.
The pants have a hidden full-length and short
attachment zipper, hidden under a thin strip of black
fabric just below the waistband. This allows the
pants to attach to the Rev'it Cayenne Pro and Sirocco
jackets and other styles.
The waistband doesn't have a lot of stretch to it --
I mentioned this to Rev'it senior staff and I'd like to
see more elastic used in the waist, due to "WEWS"; that
is, "Worldwide Expanding Waistline Syndrome".
There's a nice hook-and-loop adjuster on either side
though that is incorporated into the waistband styling.
The fly on the pants is backed by a V-shaped section
that forms a gusset, and the waist secures with a single
snap. I'd rather see a hook used for a waist
closure, the way most racing pants are secured, but I
guess the snap is fine for touring.
The pants have two vertical hand pockets on either side,
and each of these is covered with the waterproof style
zipper that we first experienced on Rev'it clothing
several years ago. As far as I know, they were the
first motorcycle clothing company to use this type of
The upper part of each thigh also has a waterproof
zipper that covers an air vent, just like on the
Challenge pants. Depending upon the style
motorcycle and its amount of fairing coverage, some air
does enter the pants through those vents for cooling,
but there is no mesh in the Cayenne Pro pants.
The knees are fully articulated, and there are strips
of flush-mounted reflective material bonded to the outer
sides of the legs. Inside the thigh, knee and calf
area on each leg the pants are covered with some type of
thick and grippy fabric, and each leg also has sections
of "Superfabric" laminated on the outside at the
Armor and Abrasion Resistance
The outer shell of the Cayenne Pro pants are made from a
combination of DuPont Cordura in 500 and 1000 denier.
Like the Cayenne Pro jacket, the pants use laminated
sections of Superfabric to cover the abrasion points.
Superfabric is a new type of abrasion-resistant
material; it's a ceramic-infused material, with "little
tiny ceramic shields" embedded in, according to Rev'it.
It's claimed to have four times the abrasion resistance
of leather and 15 times the abrasion resistance of
Kevlar, yet it's super thin, lightweight and flexible.
The SuperFabric is laser cut and directly bonded to
the outer Cordura on the Cayenne Pro jacket and the
pants; it can be seen as the dark gray panels just below
and outboard of the knees in the photos. The stuff
is extremely expensive, but Rev'it said that as the
price comes down, they'll use it in more locations on
The Cayenne Pro pants have the excellent SAS-Tec
armor in the knees (removable) and Temperfoam padding in
the hips. The hip padding seems more substantial
in the Cayenne Pro pants than in my old Challenge pants.
The Cayenne Pro pants are a direct beneficiary of the
Rev'it strategy of continuous and relentless evolution,
improving in small ways on the excellent Challenge
pants. The Cayenne Pro pants are a perfect match
for the Cayenne Pro jacket; the pair makes what is
probably one of the highest-quality, all-around
two-piece motorcycling outfits available.
I've been wearing the pants in temperatures ranging
from a cool (for this time of year) 62 degrees F. in the
morning, where they're perfect with the windproof liner
only, up to 82 degrees F., where they aren't bad
actually -- not as much air flow as a pair of mesh
pants, certainly, but more protection and without
compromise in the rain.
Sure, a Rev'it Cayenne Pro outfit is going to cost you about a Cleveland
(Grover, that is, whose image used to grace the M-note
when it was still in circulation). So they may not
be for everyone, but discriminating riders will know the
Next Up: Rev'it boots, including the Apache (first
review) and the Rev'it Air Blend and Fighter boots (review)
for wet-weather riding and hot-weather use.
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From "B.B." (8/10): "You may want to
add to the review of these pants that they are not for
the wide of girth. I wear 3XL short Joe Rocket
pants comfortably, so I ordered the same, XYL short, for
These would not fit by about 8 inches around the waist.
To the point that I checked the inner tags to be sure
that the correct size was shipped. They look like
great pants, but not for my extra wide size."