Rev'it Mistral Pants
REV'IT! Mistral Mesh Pants Review
by Rick for webBikeWorld.com
Summary: Stylish mesh pants with Rev'it
quality. These fit better than the
Rev'it Airvent mesh pants we reviewed several years
ago. With the zip-in Hydratex wind- and
water-proof liner, these could be three-season pants,
depending on your local climate. Get 'em while you
can though; our sources tell us that the Rev'it Mistral
pants will be gone next year.
Part I: Rev'it
Air Mesh Jacket Review |
| Owner Comments (Below)
A quick look at the Rev'it website shows 16
different types of textile pants for sale in 2008, and
you'd think I'd have noticed that one of them is a new
mesh design. I've been wearing the Rev'it Airvent
pants and Airflow mesh jacket in hot weather since I
first reviewed the pair in 2005, and I was ready for a
new pair of mesh pants for this summer's hot weather.
The Airvent pants were always a bit tight in the
waist, but they were a nice match for the Airflow
jacket, which still fits perfectly, and I felt safer in
that outfit than anything else I could wear when the
temperatures reach their yearly zenith.
But when Rev'it sent one of their new "Air" jackets for
a review, I discovered that in the interim the zipper
design has been changed, so the Air jacket wouldn't zip
to the old Airvent pants. Rev'it changed the zipper at
some point in the past 3 years for some reason -- I hate
when that happens!
That's when I discovered the Mistral mesh pants,
which have the new zipper configuration to mate with the
Air jacket and other new Rev'it styles. Now I
probably could have brought the pants and/or jacket to
the tailor to have a matching zipper sewn in, but why
not get the whole outfit to evaluate the latest Rev'it
Fit and Comfort
I'm glad I did -- the Mistral pants definitely fit
me better than the old Airvent pants. The size 52
Mistral pants shown here
provide a nice and comfortable fit around my 36" waist, and
although I always have a problem with the location of
knee armor, the Mistral pant legs are proportioned
correctly for the waist and they are tapered, so they
fit my 30.5" inseam with just the right amount of
room to spare.
Since I'll only be using the Mistral pants for
hot-weather riding, I pulled the removable knee armor out of the
pockets, removed the full-length Hydratex wind- and
water-proof liner and I was ready to go.
"Cool Air" armored pants (review) underneath the old Airvent
trousers, so no reason to change now. If it's
too hot for a mesh jacket (with armor), mesh pants with
the Bohn undies underneath, boots, gloves and a helmet,
then it's too hot to ride, as far as I'm concerned.
The Air jacket and Mistral pants are the
next-gen replacement for the Airflow jacket and Airvent pants, and although the old outfit still works,
there are a few good motivators for upgrading.
I've covered the Air jacket in a separate review,
but besides the more comfortable fit, the Mistral
pants also incorporate some stretch fabric in the legs
and they have
CE-approved Knox armor in the knees.
The Hydratex full-length liner attaches to the pants
with full-circumference zippers at the
waist and the leg cuffs, not just the cheap snaps or loops
that most manufacturers use, so the liner stays securely
in place when it's installed and the entire package feels more
secure, especially when riding, because the liner can't
With the Hydratex liner installed, the Mistral pants
have everything you should require for 3-season riding.
These pants are designed for warm weather, so they do
not come with an insulating liner and they don't need
should be roomy enough to wear a pair of insulating
underpants underneath if you'd like anyway, which should
provide the required warmth in anything but the coldest weather,
when you'll probably want something like the
Cayenne Pro pants (review).
Mesh Fabric and Air Flow
The Mistral pants follow a trend we've
seen recently in most brands of mesh motorcycle clothing
-- the surface area of pure mesh is decreasing, while
the area covered by abrasion-resistant and
non-breathable material is increasing.
This is always the tradeoff with mesh clothing, no?
More abrasion resistance means less room for mesh, but
when it's hot, you'll always wish for more air flow.
The Mistral pants are a decent compromise between safety
and ventilation; they have enough mesh that one day when the
temperatures dropped to a relatively balmy 82 degrees F., I actually felt
On the other hand, when the temperature soared over
95 degrees with matching humidity for a couple of days,
nothing was cool enough and I could only ride for 1/2
hour or so just for evaluation purposes. With
temperatures that high, nothing is comfortable.
Leg Cuff and Zipper
The leg cuff zipper on the Mistral pants is very
similar to the system used in the Airvent pants.
The zipper is on the outside of the leg, and it has a
wide gusset underneath that must be kept out of the way
of the teeth to avoid getting caught. But the
zipper pull has a nicer tab on the end, making it easier
to get the pants on and off.
One feature the Mistral pants inherited from the
Airvent pants is the hook-and-loop
cuff attachment, which may not have enough length to
securely close the cuffs for some riders with thin legs
(like me). It seems to be about 50 mm or so too
The Air jacket has a similar
problem at the wrist cuffs -- I can't get the cuff
closed tightly enough because the attachment runs out of
mating hook-and-loop on the sleeve. I think this may be an area where the Rev'it designers somehow overruled the engineers
by going for a sleek cuff attachment at the expense of
The leg and arm cuff hook-and-loop attachments could
both stand to be about double their existing length.
I can get it fastened, but I wish I could get it
tighter. This probably will not be an issue for
most riders, but I'm noting it anyway.
But other than that, the Mistral pants are the
nicest and most comfortable (and best looking) mesh
pants I own. The waist includes the short
attachment zipper for the minimalist Air jacket and a
full-length waist zipper for other Rev'it jackets (and
there are many).
The knees and shins are generously covered by
abrasion-resistant non-mesh material, which I assume is
the Lorica synthetic leather
listed on the information tag. The pants include soft padding
for the hips
and a couple of zipper-covered slash pockets in front.
A couple of reflective panels are located at the
knees and upper leg.
Waist and Adjusters
The waist has a front snap instead of a metal hook and
loop; my feeling is that all motorcycle pants should have a
metal hook and metal loop
attachment at the waist, because this is a much safer method
to keep the waist more securely connected, preventing
the pants from coming off in a crash.
Besides, a simple snap
can be too easily popped getting back on the bike after
a two-wiener meal at the local greasy spoon.
The waist circumference is adjustable with hook-and-loop straps on
either side; it would be nice to have some elastic
included on the sides. I mentioned this to the Rev'it CEO a couple
of years ago as a feature that should be included in all
of their pants.
I'm a big believer in adjustable,
elastic waists -- many modern street pants now include
"hidden" waistbands that make the pants comfortable over
a range of a couple of inches, which helps with
expanding and contracting waistlines.
This would really help on a motorcycle, when you're
forced into a sitting position for long periods of time
and an elastic, expanding waist would add to the comfort
The Mistral pants come in an expanded size range,
from Men's 46-58 (Euro) standard length to Men's 50-50
Short; Men's 50-56 Long and Women's 34-44 standard.
Snap rather than hook at waist
Decent air flow
Could use elastic in the waist
Waist and length are proportional
Could use more mesh surface area
Needs longer hook-and-loop at cuff
Liner zips at waist and leg cuffs
Hip armor feels thin
The Rev'it Mistral pants fit me better and more
comfortably than probably any other textile or mesh
pants I've tried. The proportions seem right and
the waist is roomy without feeling baggy.
They're a perfect match for the Rev'it Air mesh
jacket, and the pair are now my favorite riding outfit
when it's too hot for leathers.
Part I: Rev'it
Air Mesh Jacket Review |
Review: REV'IT! Mistral Mesh Pants
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Retail Price: $229.99
|Colors: Black. Sizes:
Men's 46-58 (Euro) standard length; Men's 50-50 Short; Men's 50-56 Long
and Women's 34-44 standard.
|Review Date: July
2008 Notes: Jacket was provided by Rev'it for this
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From "D.M." (10/08): "I have to say
that I love these pants. They are extremely comfortable
with a soft feeling to them which makes sitting on the
seat for extended periods a pleasure. By
comparison, I bought the BMW Venting Machine pants this
summer and find them quite abrasive and uncomfortable on
long rides. The Venting Machine pants don't
include a wind/rain liner which is a mistake in my
The inner liner has not been tested in rain yet but
in this cold, October weather they did the trick in
keeping me warm. I also own the Rev'it Typhoon
jacket which is a match for the pants. I used this
jacket all summer in the heat and, literally, in
typhoons and was never let down.
More people should get their hands on Rev'it
products, in my mind they are top quality. Despite
my affection for BMW Motorrad clothing, I find I am
equally, if not more satisfied with the Rev'it line."