REV'IT! Challenge Pants
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
| See our review of the Rev'it
Airforce mesh jacket and
mesh gloves, which are a good match for the Challenge pants.
Rev'it updates their clothing probably more
frequently than any other company I can think of.
For example, during the time that the Shoei RF-1000
helmet has been available, Rev'it has gone through three
complete generations of both their winter and summer lines of clothing.
This rapid evolutionary pace is pretty amazing, and it must take a
huge amount of resources to keep up the frantic pace.
Motorcycle pants are usually last to receive any
updates, and Rev'it already had several different styles
of pants for sale.
For example, they
still list the
Airvent pants in their extensive catalog. But
the new Rev'it Challenge pants are newly designed as a mate
for the recently released
occupying the top of the Rev'it range of textile mesh
It's very difficult to photograph black clothing, so
it's hard to tell in these photos, but the mesh used on
the front of the Challenge pants is very similar to the
tightly woven mesh used in the Rev'it Airforce jacket.
Liner and Outer Shell
The pants have the same waterproof and windproof
Hydratex membrane liner that has become standard in
other Rev'it winter and summer clothing.
This liner has a rubbery feel on the outside and a
silky smooth feel on the inside. I'm comfortable
wearing these pants in temperatures down to about 60
degrees Fahrenheit (with the liner inserted), and
although I've worn them in colder weather, they're
really designed to be worn in temperatures above 70 or
The liner uses a full-length zipper to attach to the
waist and another at each of the leg cuffs. A
zipper attachment usually works better than snaps for a
pants liner because the zipper will ensure that the
liner stays in place as the pants are put on or taken
The outer shell of the Challenge pants uses the same
high-tech alphabet soup of fabrics as the Airforce
jacket; a mixture of Cordura, Dynax mesh, Kodra stretch,
Schoeller Keprotec stretch and Kevlar.
The Challenge pants are made for hot weather and they
flow lots of air when the liner is removed.
Opening the thigh vents doesn't seem to make much of a
difference, but the temperatures here haven't been warm
enough yet to tell; I'll bet when it gets up to 90
degrees or so, any extra vents will be welcomed.
Padding and Armor
The pants are padded in the hips and use ProLife
CE-approved armor in the knees. The knee armor on
the regular length pants is the one place I had a bit of
a problem, because the placement of the armor is not
adjustable, and it seems too low for the length of the
I take a size 36W 30L (US) normal length street pant,
and the size 52 (Euro) normal length Challenge pants fit
nicely at the waist (the waist has an elastic hidden
insert for a bit more freedom) and the length is correct
for riding; that is, about 2" long when standing but
correct when riding.
hand is at the middle of my kneecap; the
armor is located 4" below.
However, the knee armor is about 4" too low for my
knees. I don't think I have legs that are out of
proportion, but I have run into this problem on more
than one occasion with motorcycle pants.
center of the knee armor in the Challenge pants is
approximately 25" down from the top of the waistband
when the pants are being worn, and about 14" below my
crotch. To fit correctly, the center of the knee
armor should be about 21" from the top of the waistband
and 10" from my crotch.
The Challenge pants are available in an expanded
range of sizes, from 48 to 58 (Euro) regular; 58 to 68
long and 50 to 58 short, and I've never taken a short
length street pant, but perhaps these might fit better?
By the way, the Rev'it
Ultimate pants have adjustable knee armor, so it can
The bottom line is that you'll need to check the
proportions of your legs to make sure that you order the
correct length Challenge pants. I remember a
couple of years ago at the annual Dealer Expo in
Indianapolis talking to one of the Rev'it principals and
suggesting elastic in the waistband. That wish was
granted, so now my next request is for adjustable
positioning for the knee armor!
Waistband and Pockets
The waistband on the Challenge pants has belt loops, but
I use only the built-in hook-and-loop cinch to snug up
the waist. The pants have vertical hand pockets on
each seam that are closed with a zipper. Each leg
has one of the Rev'it waterproof hiding zippers on
either side, located about mid-thigh. These
zippers have a cover that closes automatically as the
zipper is shut. The cover is also reflective and
has a laser etched Rev'it logo and design.
The pants also have a full-length and shorter zipper
that will attach to other Rev'it jackets, including the
Airforce. This is important and makes for a safer
The Rev'it Challenge pants are a good match for the
Airforce jacket. The liner is windproof but the
pants flow lots of air when the liner is removed.
The expanded sizing range is helpful, but just make sure
the armor fits correctly. It would be nice if
Rev'it had a chart that listed the distance from crotch
to the center of the armor so that potential owners
could match their proportions with the correct length
By the way, the pants also work great with the
Kochmann Scout boots!
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Retail Price: $269.99
Comments: Available in an expanded size range from
men's 48 to 58 (Euro) regular; 58 to 68 long and 50 to 58
short. Review Date: April 2006
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