by "Burn" for webBikeWorld.com
See the Ultimate Pants Slide Show
The Rev'it X-Vent pants were my favorite
cool-weather motorcycle riding pants, bar none.
They fit well, they were comfortable and they kept me
warm in throughout the cold winter months.
There were two features that I wish were
different though, and both of these (and more) have been
addressed in the new Rev'it Ultimate pants.
Ultimate pants have an adjustable waist with a nice,
wide swath of elastic on each side and a short
ratchet-style belt adjuster, also one on each side.
This provides a better fit for a wider
range of sizes, especially for those with "evolving"
waistlines. The X-Vent pants had a very narrow
fitment range that, I'll have to admit, sometimes
conflicted with my 36 to occasionally 37 inch waist.
The size XL Ultimate pants are a perfect fit for my
waist and 30" inseam.
Which led to problem #2: the metal wire
loop zipper pull on the X-Vent pants broke off in my
hands, most likely from me having to force it closed
over my midsection. Believe it or not, I kept the
little metal looped piece in my pocket to use as a hook
to grab the zipper runner to open and close the pants!
The Ultimate pants use the same type of
wire loop metal zipper pull, but this time with a hefty
piece of "hook and loop" fabric wrapped around the end,
making it much easier to grab (See the Ultimate Pants Slide Show).
I'm not too keen on using a bent piece of wire for the zipper
pull, but the comfort waist with all its elastic seems
to have enough give that I don't think I'll have to use
anywhere near as much force to close the zipper.
It certainly can't be that my waist has gotten any
thinner over the last couple of years...
Outer Shell and Twin Liners
The outer shell of the Ultimate
pants is made entirely from 500-Denier Schoeller Keprotec fabric with
Kevlar. Although this material is more expensive,
Rev'it said that they have used it because it provides
superior abrasion resistance. The pants
have CE-approved knee armor and a large and thick
section of Temperfoam hip padding covering each hip.
But that's only the beginning. The
Ultimate pants do their name justice. They have -
get this - not one, but two removable liners!
Starting from the inside out, a thick insulating liner
attaches using full-length zippers, both in the waist
and at the cuffs. If you've ever stepped in to (or
out of) a pair of lined motorcycle pants and got caught
up on the liner because it was attached with only a
couple of measly snaps at the cuff, you'll really
appreciate this design. The zippers hold this
liner in place absolutely, with no undesired shifting or
In between the thermal liner and the
outer shell lives a Rev'it Hydratex membrane removable
liner. Hyrdatex is claimed 100% waterproof and is designed to
let water vapor (from perspiration) out, but keep rain
water droplets from entering through the liner.
According to the information sent with the pants, the
liner is composed of three layers of fabric; a top
layer, the Hyrdratex membrane itself and a lining.
The Hyrdatex liner also attaches to the
pants with a
full-length zipper at the waist and cuffs. This
means that the waist and each cuff have two sets of
zippers. But the zippers are designed to fit under
each other, and although the pants feel slightly more
bulky than one might expect, the extra zippers are not
noticeable. In fact, I didn't even realize that
the liners were attached with zippers on top and bottom
during the first few times I wore the pants. I
just noticed that they went on without the bunching that
is usual with lined pants.
The pants have a soft mesh permanent
liner, so when the insulating liner and the waterproof
liner are removed, the pants are still comfortable.
There are two 10" (~26 cm) long vents across the top of
each thigh. Each vent is closed with a
"waterproof" zipper (See the Ultimate Pants Slide Show
for a zipper closeup).
The outer fabric that covers the zipper teeth slides
underneath the zipper runner as it is opened and closed,
effectively covering the zipper itself. The
special fabric used on these zippers also includes a
reflective coating, giving each leg a 10" by 3/4" (26 cm
by 20 mm) reflective stripe. The Rev'it! logo is
also discreetly laser printed on each for contrast.
The lower legs of the Ultimate pants each have a zipper
on the outside that opens to 16" (41 cm) long, giving
more than enough room to slip a pair of motorcycle boots
on or off. Each lower leg has a full-length
section of heavy liner to maintain the integrity of the
The Ultimate pants have four pockets; two slash pockets
on each side in the front and two cargo pockets
mid-thigh, located towards the outside of the leg.
The slash pockets close with zippers and have a heavy
waterproof lining. They have a 6" opening (~15 cm)
and are 5" deep (~13 cm).
The cargo pockets are completely
external; that is, they are sewn on to the outer shell.
Each pocket is about 6-1/2" wide (16.5 cm) and 6" deep
(15 cm). The cargo pockets have a double-roll top
section of fabric underneath the flap and are lined with
a waterproof lining. The flap closes with "hook
and loop" fastener and has a short section of rubbery
plastic material that can be used as a pull.
The Ultimate pants also now include a
full-length and short internal zipper for attachment to
Rev'it jackets. This feature was sorely missed on
the X-Vent pants and I'm very happy to see it included.
If I had to choose a single pair of motorcycle riding
pants for an around-the-world adventure, the Ultimate
pants would be it. The pants are as rugged and as
well made as you're likely to find, and I have no doubt
that they'll take just as much abuse as my old X-Vent
While the price may seem relatively steep, they can
be considered as three pair of pants in one. The
insulating liner is as warm as it gets, the Hydratex
liner keeps out moisture, and although the Rev'it
Airvent mesh pants are probably more suited for
extremely high temperatures, the Ultimate pants will
cover just about every other weather condition.
The full-length zippers are a first, as far as we can
tell, and they hold both liners firmly in place, adding
to the rugged feeling of the pants. Rev'it has
developed a reputation for high-quality, innovative
products and these pants are no exception.
Review: Rev'it! Ultimate Pants
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Retail Price: $349.99
|Colors: Black Sizes:
XS - XXL, shorts and longs also available. Weight: 4 lbs. with
liners, size XL.
Comments: Nice compliment to the REV'IT! Cayenne jacket.
Two liners, a waterproof removable liner and an insulating liner use
full-length zippers at the waist and cuffs. Knox CE-approved knee armor.
Waist has adjustable cinch straps and elastic. Fully lined.
Very comfortable and substantial feeling.
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