Rev'it! Off Track Jacket and
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
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I think we can
safely credit BMW with popularizing the Adventure
Touring or Enduro styling movement way back in 1980.
I'm not saying that BMW started the fad; in
fact, this type of motorcycle, which is a sort of
two-wheel equivalent of an SUV, has one of the
oldest legacies in the sport.
Dual-purpose motorcycles trace their history back
through motocross, Enduro and even the
International Six Days Trial. The ISDT is the
Grandaddy of them all; it started in the very early
1900's when the vast majority of road surfaces around
the world were not paved and every bike was
"dual-purpose". Or more!
But it really wasn't until the R80GS was released in
1980 by BMW (which ironically was a company that until
very recently was known for some of the most
conservative designs in motorcycling), that the modern
Adventure Touring movement was born.
Not that anyone truly understood what was happening
at the time because it took almost two decades for the
concept to spread beyond a very small band of
Now it's 2007 and we have hugely popular
motorcycles like the R1200GS and its variants, selling
31,168 copies in 2006 that, irony again, have much to do
with the saving of BMW Motorrad as a viable company.
Of course, the market is still tiny
compared to the number of Sportbikes sold worldwide, but
U.S. sales figures for 2006 prove that the "Dual
Sport" segment is by far the fastest growing segment of
the sport, with a growth of 19% compared to a growth of
only 5.4% in the "Street" category. The wimpy 1.3%
growth overall in the 2006 motorcycle market in the U.S.
would have been in the negatives were it not for this
big pop in dual-sport sales.
My prediction is that this segment has
more growth left. As motorcyclists mature and as
Sportbike insurance costs skyrocket, many more riders
will find the "sit up and beg" riding position with
those huge tiller handlebars as the most comfortable way
to go, while still providing that dose of style that
The popularity of the new Triumph Tiger
(which is about as far from the original AT concept as
you can get) and the newly redesigned Kawasaki KLR650
are a portend of more to come.
Part of the allure of Adventure Touring can surely be
attributed to the fantasy of owning equipment that's
ready, willing and able to carry the rider around the
world at a moment's notice. Only the best
equipment and accessories will do in this arena, and
plenty of it, which means more stuff to lust after.
Of course, the aftermarket has responded, with plenty
of "farkels" (aka "farkle": function + sparkle = farkel)
available for which the Adventure Touring owner is
duty-bound to shed tons o' shekels.
Right -- so there's a support system in place for
preparing an Adventure Touring motorcycle to tackle the
Changthang Plateau (although as we've seen in the
wonderful videos like "Riding
Solo to the Top of the World" or "The
Last Hurrah" that just as much fun can be had on
beat-up old streetbikes). But what about clothes?
Can't forget them...
Well, if you want to go bare bones, you always have
motocross helmet and a
Barbour International jacket, but it was BMW again
that jump-started the market for Enduro-styled clothing
that is both functional and stylish.
There are probably one or two other motorcycle
clothing manufacturers that can lay claim to apparel
geared for this market, but my guess is that Rev'it! has
what is arguably the largest selection of what could be
called Adventure Touring or Enduro styled clothing
available today -- and that includes BMW.
Rev'it! Off Track Jacket
I first inspected the Off Track jacket and Dakar pants
2007 Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis back in
February and I was impressed with the styling, the
functionality and, of course, the typical Rev'it!
The Off Track jacket and the matching Dakar pants
(I'm not sure why the pants and jacket don't use the
same name) have a snug fit by design. The size
large jacket is a perfect fit on my 44" chest with my
34" arm length, so based on this one example, I'd say
that the jacket sizes run true to expectations.
I like the styling of the Off Track jacket, although
I'm sure the Rev'it! folks will cringe when I say it's
somewhat derivative of BMW's Enduro clothing.
The jacket has a 5/8 length, giving it a slightly
shorter hem than might be found on a typical 3/4-length
jacket. This helps the Off Track feel less
confining than a 3/4-length jacket and provides a
greater range of movement for either Touring or
Sportbike riding positions, while still providing good
Fabrics Used in the Off Track Jacket
The jacket is made from Kodra fabric, which is a type of
very tough Nylon, similar to Cordura. Kodra has
recently become popular for use in both motorcycle and
technical outdoor gear.
The Off Track jacket is a sort of stone gray color
with available red, blue, yellow or orange accents, and
this gives it a nice combination of visibility and that
you'll-know-it-when-you-see-it Enduro style.
The fabric has a soft hand, or feel, which also makes
the jacket immediately comfortable to wear. It may
not be obvious in the photographs below, but the
construction of the jacket and the method in which the
patterns and sections of fabric have been designed and
sewn together is very impressive and obviously different
than your typical cheap "off the rack" motorcycle
But in the typical Rev'it! method of combining technology
style, the fabric patterns aren't just thrown together
to look cool; everything is functional, having been
designed to help make the jacket fit correctly and feel
Interior of the Off Track jacket behind the windproof
and waterproof Hydratex liner.
The Off Track jacket has some unique features.
Foremost are the removable side panels, illustrated in
the photos below. The colored panels under the
arms on either side are removable via zippers along
either side and a strip of Velcro along the top.
Once removed, they expose a heavy mesh that provides
good cooling air flow (when the windproof and waterproof
internal liner is removed). The underarm area
seems to be a good location to allow cool air to flow in
without compromising the front and rear protective
qualities of the jacket, so the light color and good air
flow make the Off Track jacket a decent warm-weather
These photos were taken with an auxiliary flash on the
camera; note the
reflective tape on the rear of the jacket doing its job.
Another interesting feature is the use of large mesh
pockets, which are located on either side at the upper
chest. The mesh used on these pockets has a wide
and open weave and the pockets are accessed by the
vertical zippers located on the inside, nearer to the
centerline of the jacket. These mesh pockets could
come in handy for drying wet gloves or a small towel
while on the go.
The mesh pockets also have a small vertical zipper at
the outer edge near the arm, which open short air vents
that will flow air into the jacket when the inner liner
More cooling is provided by vents located at the
forearm towards the front, which use the waterproof
zipper pioneered by Rev'it! a few years ago. These
zippers are very high-tech and also pretty cool looking
and they probably don't come cheap.
Here's a close-up photo showing the partly opened
zipper, with the waterproof area still closed on the
The Off Track jacket also features several adjustments
to allow a snug fit, which is important when riding
through the brush to prevent any loose fabric from
Two large adjustment straps are located on each side
over the removable panels and the arms of the jacket
have an upper adjustment strap and a lower snap
adjustment to snug up that area if desired.
Pockets and Miscellaneous Features
In addition to two waterproof cargo patch pockets at
the waist in front, a large horizontal pocket is
located on the rear of the jacket. It uses a
double seal flap with a Velcro closure and it includes a
wide mesh outer pocket across the bottom, which is split
into two separate sections down the middle.
Two large reflective stripes appear across the lower
back section of the jacket, along with reflective
patches on the shoulders and other areas. These
are the new flat sealed, seamless fabrics that are being
used on other Rev'it! clothing (see photo below).
Wait until you see their new
suit, which uses more flat sealing and a
super-high-tech nanotechnology coated fabric and many
sealed seams, which give the garment a very sleek look!
The Off Track jacket also has the same Rev'it!
waterproof and windproof Hydratex membrane removable
liner that's used in other Rev'it! jackets, which gives
the Off Track a nearly four-season functionality.
The Off Track does include an additional removable thermal liner,
which makes the Off Track jacket and Dakar pants a good
four-season choice (Editor's Note: This is an update
from the original version of this article, which
incorrectly stated that the jacket does not come with an
insulating liner). The Hydratex liner and the jacket itself have chest
pockets. The liner has metal snaps for attachment
to the jacket and there's a section of elastic sewn into
the sleeve cuffs to keep out wind and rain.
The jacket includes CE-approved "ProLife" armor in
the elbows and shoulders, along with Temperfoam back
padding. A hard armor back protector is available
as an option.
The Off Track jacket includes both a full-length and
short zipper which allow it to be attached to the Dakar
pants or other Rev'it! pants. These zippers are
attached to a section of stretch fabric, which allows
flexibility when the jacket and pants are connected.
Conclusion: Off Track Jacket
This is a comfortable jacket with styling that's a
combination of function and coolness that makes it a
success in the Adventure Touring/Enduro market. My
feeling is that it's one of those rare jackets that
immediately feels broken in and will probably last for a
long time, providing excellent service.
This jacket would look perfect with an R1200GS, a
990 Adventure or a new KLR650!
Rev'it Dakar Pants Sizing
It's become apparent over the last few years that
motorcycle clothing manufacturers do not consider my
body shape -- that is, my leg length -- to fit their
definition of "normal" proportions.
My femur ("thigh bone") is apparently shorter than it
should be for the length of my leg, and the results are
that most of the knee armor in what should be the
correct size pants ends up located down on my shins.
Funny that I never had any problems with this before...
I have a hard time believing that I'm the only
motorcyclist with this problem. But the only
motorcycle pants of any type or brand that I can
honestly say fit me exactly right are Triumph's leather
Jeans II", because the knee armor on those pants is
Rev'it! has greatly expanded (pardon the pun) the
available sizing range for most of their clothing and
the Dakar pants (and most of their other pants) are
available in short, regular and long lengths. The
Dakar pants are available in waist sizes ranging from Smalll to XXL.
Rev'it! originally sent a size large Dakar pants in
the short length, figuring that the knee armor would
fit. The leg length of the size large, short
length pants is just about 30", but motorcycle pants
need a couple of inches of length at the cuff to account
for the extra room needed when the legs are bent while
riding, thus the short length would be fine for me as a
street pant, they were too short for riding.
The knee armor in the short length is located just
about right though, but the waist on the size large felt
like it was closer to 34" than 36" with the standard
windproof and waterproof removable Hydratex liner plus
the insulating liner installed.
So I asked for a size XL, also in the short length,
as a replacement. These have what I believe to be
the correct 36" waist when both liners are installed,
but because they're short length instead of regular,
they're still only 30" long so they also ride up on my
lower legs a bit too much for riding.
I may eventually try a size XL waist in the regular
length, which I bet will fit everywhere other than with
the knee armor. This will mean that I'll have to
forego the Rev'it! supplied armor and wear my
"Cool Air" armored underwear, which perfectly
locates the knee, shin, hip and coccyx armor on my lower
Since I have to do this with most motorcycle pants
anyway, I'm used to it and I've found the Bohn product
to be comfortable and at least I know the armor will
stay in place.
This problem with fit is apparently rare and related
to my body shape, so it's not a condemnation of the
Rev'it! gear, but I'm mentioning it so that others are
aware of the availability of the short, regular and long
Sidebar: Fitting Motorcycle Clothing
We've mentioned this before, but most American
motorcycle riders purchase motorcycle apparel that looks
at least one or two sizes too large. Don't believe
me? Take a look around the next time you're at a
motorcycle event and you'll see what I mean.
The problem is that although loose clothing may feel
comfortable, the loose fit can prevent the armor,
padding or abrasion resistant materials from staying in
place during a crash. Loose clothing can twist or
catch on something as the rider falls or slides,
potentially causing more damage than might otherwise be
But there's a difference between clothing that's just
snug or tight and clothing that fits correctly.
We've found that in most cases you'll get what you pay
for; that is, lower-priced motorcycle clothing is almost
never really designed to truly fit.
Sure, it comes in small, medium or large -- but low
price usually means you're not getting the time and
effort that goes into the correct fabric patterns and
materials; the piecing together of fabric sections that
fit the body and add the most protection; the
correct methods of stitching and the darts and all those
other little apparel construction tricks that make the
difference between looking good and being good.
Rev'it! motorcycle clothing is normally tailored to
fit more closely to the rider's body than other brands,
but I think the Dakar pants have a slim fit even by
Anyway, after a couple of rides I've become
accustomed to the fit of the Dakar pants and I can now
honestly say that I like the feeling of less bulk.
This would probably be an advantage in the outback, to
prevent branches, rocks and what have you catching on
the pants as you're zooming by. The relative
softness of the Kodra fabric and the cut of the pants
also helps in this regard.
So I'd say that the Dakar pants fit more like a pair
of "classic" tailored jeans than like a pair of bulky
motorcycle pants. This may either be a plus or a
minus, depending on your point of view.
Dakar Pants Liners
I mentioned above that the Dakar pants have the standard
Rev'it! Hydratext windproof and waterproof liner.
The Dakar pants also include a thermal liner and both
liners use full-length zippers to attach to the pants at
both the waist and and at the leg cuffs.
The full-length zipper attachment is obviously much
more expensive and time-consuming to manufacture, but it
provides a much nicer "solid" feel to the pants.
The full-circumference zippers at the leg cuffs are an
especially welcome surprise; most pants usually have a
couple of snaps to hold the liner, which either come
loose, cause the liner to bunch up or even pull loose
when entering or removing the pants.
The new Rev'it! logo.
Features of the Rev'it Dakar Pants
The Dakar pants have two vertical "slash" hip pockets,
one on either side at the waist, closed with a zipper
that opens from bottom to top. The zippers have
the typical Rev'it! metal wire pulls, but they can be
hard to grab when wearing gloves...although I don't
suppose you'd be entering the pockets wearing gloves
The outer covering of the pockets use a type of
rubbery-grippy fabric that looks cool and helps protect
the zipper pull from scratching the paint.
The pants also have a patch cargo pocket on the
outside of either leg. Each pocket is covered with
two strips of the same flush sealed reflective striping
used on the jacket.
Just on the inside of the patch pocket is a short 5"
zipper that opens a vent. The vent opening faces
forward, but since it's located on the upper thigh, it
doesn't seem to provide much air flow. Note that
both liners would have to be removed for the air to flow
The fly zipper has a large pull, which makes it easy
to operate, but the pull sticks out of the top of the
fly due to the short fabric flap that covers the zipper.
The pants fasten at the top with only a single button
snap; I wish they included an additional metal hook.
The Dakar pants have tab adjusters at the waist, but
since the waist itself is solid fabric, the adjusters
can only be used to make the waist smaller, not larger.
I'd really like to see elastic used in the waist of
motorcycle pants or they should have some feature that
allows 2" to 3" of true adjustment either way.
This would help fit more individuals and could also
theoretically reduce return costs for the manufacturer
if the garment had a wider range that would fit more
The pants have both a full-length and short zipper to
attach to the Off Track jacket and other Rev'it!
jackets. And the inner thighs are covered with
leather panels, which work very nicely to help the rider
keep a grip on the tank with the legs.
The knees have removable CE-approved ProLife armor
and Temperfoam padding is used in the hips.
The Dakar pants are available in the gray and black
color shown here, in sizes S to XL in short and regular
lengths and S to XXL in the long length.
Rev'it! Dakar Pants
The Dakar pants make a perfect match for the Off Track
jacket. The expanded size range, with Short,
Regular and Long lengths should help the pants fit more
owners. Although the pants fit tighter than most,
they're flexible enough to be comfortable.
Neither the jacket nor the pants are perforated, when
the liners are removed they make a decent warm-weather
riding outfit, especially with the lighter colors.
Rev'it! continues to make some very high-tech, leading
edge motorcycle clothing. Their complete 2007 catalog is
available online and it's huge, covering every single
segment of motorcycle apparel that I can think of.
The Off Track jacket and Dakar pants are just one
example, and I can tell you that wearing both make me
long for something like a new KLR650 just so I can wear
them in style!
November, 2009 - The Rev'it Off Track Jacket and Dakar
Pants have now been replaced by the new
Rev'it Sand Jacket and
Rev'it Sand Pants combo for 2010!
Rev'it! Off Track Jacket and Dakar Pants
REV'IT! motorcycle clothing at RevZilla and help support webBikeWorld!
Retail Price: Jacket - $449.99; Pants - $299.99.
|Colors: Jacket - Gray with Red, Blue,
Yellow or Orange. Pants - Light and Dark Gray.
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Date: May 2007
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