Rev'it Airvent Mesh
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
This is Rev'it! month at webBikeWorld --
in addition to this review of the new Rev'it! Airvent
mesh motorcycle pants, we're in the process of
evaluating the new Rev'it! Cayenne jacket, Ultimate
pants, Ultimate gloves and their new Fusion boots.
I got a quick overview of these new
Rev'it! products during the spring Dealer Expo in
Indianapolis (see the wBW
"Live From the Dealer Expo" report) and came away as
impressed as ever.
Rev'it! is very serious about
producing the best motorcycle gear in the world, and our
feeling is that they're right on track.
We've been big fans of Rev'it! clothing
since the line was first sold in the U.S.A., and each
iteration of their products does nothing to diminish our
What's really amazing is the rate at
which the company evolves the product line, with each
update building on the previous, adding features and
making changes suggested by owners.
I'd like to think that my suggestion for
a pair of mesh pants that would match the Rev'it!
Airflow mesh jacket (see the wBW
review of the Airflow Mesh Jacket) was the
impetus behind the development of the Airvent mesh pants
I've been wishing for a matching set
of pants for the Airflow ever since the jacket arrived about a year ago.
Well, they're finally here, and worth
the wait. The Airvent pants and Airflow jacket
make a perfect hot weather riding outfit, and both items
have the added
bonus of the updated Rev'it! waterproof liner, now
called the "Hydralining".
These are high-tech,
full-length removable and waterproof linings that also
serve as a wind blocker.
Hydralining provides a vapor barrier
that helps to extend the riding season, making the
Airvent and Airflow pair a serious contender for the
only riding outfit necessary for all but the coldest
temperatures (the Cayenne jacket and Ultimate pants
combo handles that with ease - review coming soon!).
Rev'it! motorcycle clothing is designed
to fit slightly tighter than most of the other clothing
I've used, and this is a plus. Most motorcycle
clothing is too loose fitting to provide maximum
effectiveness in a crash.
Armor and padding is useless if it gets
whacked out of position as soon as the rider hits the
ground. We've gotten too used to wearing too-loose
motorcycle clothing in the U.S., but it doesn't take
long for proper snug fitting clothing to feel normal.
That said, I'm guessing that Rev'it! has
modified their standard body templates with this new
release. I have lost a bit of weight recently, but
my "normal" street pants size of 36W and 30L should
correspond to a size large motorcycle pant.
Motorcycle clothing sizes seem to vary
greatly, and since most of the products are designed in
Europe for a different (i.e., more slender) body
template, I usually have to jump up one size to get the
But my Airvent pants are size XL, and I
actually think I could use a size large instead.
So my feeling is that the Rev'it! sizes now run pretty
close to actual U.S. sizing standards, which is
something you may want to keep in mind when ordering.
The Airvent pants include Knox
CE-approved armor in the knees and thin padding in the
hips. Rev'it! uses less surface area of the mesh
fabric than other mesh products you may be familiar
with, to give a potential for better protection in case
of a slide.
The pants are designed to be
worn alone -- that is, they are not overpants, so it's
actually better to have more solid fabric covering
critical body areas. There's enough mesh to keep
the legs cool while still offering a level of protection
that I think is close to non-mesh motorcycle pants.
The outer shell of the Airvent pants is made from
100% Polyamid (the alternate spelling for Polyamide),
which is a tough type of Nylon fiber. The pants
also have the signature Rev'it! use of Lorica, a
synthetic and more breathable leather, on the lower part
of the legs.
The zipper on the lower leg (see photo) slides open
32 cm (~12.5"), and the cuff opens wide enough to slide
over a pair of motorcycle boots. The cuffs cinch
up with a section of Velcro. In addition to the
removable Hydralining, the Airvent pants have a
full-length mesh lining, which makes them comfortable to
wear over bare skin.
The Airvent pants have two slash hand pockets in
front; each pocket closes with a zipper and the zipper
is covered by a fabric flap. The pockets are
approximately 13 cm wide (5") by 23 cm (9") deep, and
are fully lined with a taffeta material.
Could it be possible that another suggestion I made once
to the Rev'it! corporate senior management staff has also
been implemented on the Airvent pants. I suggested
an adjustable waistband, and my wish has been granted
The Airvent pants have Velcro adjusters on either
side of the waist, which allow a wider range of fitment
than my original pair of
Rev'it! X-Vent pants. The Airvent pants also
have a slightly stretchy elastic panel on the back, but
it's below the waist and full-length jacket zipper
attachment, so it doesn't seem to add that much to the
The full length zipper around the waist of the
Airvent pants matches perfectly with the Airflow jacket,
and the zipped-up combination of the two provides a good
potential level of security.
Since the Airvent/Airflow combination can now be
zippered up all the way around, it's become my de
rigueur hot-weather riding outfit.
The one complaint I have is that the leg openings of
the Airvent pants are not tapered enough at the bottom
to tuck them inside a pair of motorcycle boots, and must
be worn over the outside instead. I prefer to wear
my boots over the pant legs to help prevent the pants
from riding up my legs in case of a crash.
wish there was a larger section of "hook and loop"
fastener around the bottom of the legs, because I can't
get the lower legs to fit as tight as I'd like around
the outside of my boots.
I've been wishing for a matching pair of mesh pants that
match my Rev'it! Airflow jacket, and they're here.
When the jacket and pants are attached using the
full-length zipper, the combination provides about as
much protection as you can get for mesh clothing, while
still allowing enough air flow to make for comfortable
riding in warm weather.
The pricing is also very
competitive, especially considering the quality and
execution of the design.
Review: Rev'it! Airvent Mesh Pants
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Retail Price: $199.99
Comments: Nice compliment to the REV'IT! Airflow jacket.
High-tech waterproof removable liner. Knox CE-approved knee armor.
Adjustable waist. Fully lined. Comfortable and provide
decent air flow. Review Date: July 2005
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