Rev'it Ultra H20
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
NOTE: This article was originally
entitled "Rev'it Ultimate
Gloves" in error. The Ultra H20 gloves are a
brand-new release for fall of 2005.
The new Rev'it "Ultra H20" glove is an
update of the original "Ultra" glove (previously reviewed on webBikeWorld),
which was did not have a waterproof lining.
The original Ultra gloves were serviceable and
well made, but had a too-subtle styling that probably had
an effect on sales. But they broke some new ground
for motorcycle gloves with their use of exclusive Pittard's leather on the palms and leather covered
knuckle protectors on the backside.
I suppose Rev'it could have chucked the
original Ultra design and started again from scratch, but I'm glad
to learn that they have instead decided to evolve the
product instead. The mid-weight Ultra had some nice
features, and they have become one of the most
comfortable pair of gloves I own.
The Ultra gloves were soft and flexible,
but the Ultra H20 version is even more supple, probably
due a combination of the high quality leather and a
different lining construction. The lining is softer and thicker
than the original Ultra gloves, and it now completely covers the
internal seams and stitches to prevent any interference
with fingers and fingernails. I can't stand to
have seams bunched up around my fingertips when riding,
and the Ultra H20 gloves don't disappoint.
Another difference is that the Ultra H20
gloves now use the Rev'it Hydratex waterproof membrane,
which is located between the internal fabric lining and
the leather. Hydratex is designed to allow
perspiration in the form of water vapor to escape, while
also preventing the ingress of moisture from the
I wore the gloves and held my cupped
hand under running water at full force in a sink to evaluate the Hydratex, and after about 3 minutes
I could feel the gloves getting heavy with moisture
absorption. A single glove weighs 4-3/4 oz. (133
grams) dry; the wet glove weighed 5-1/2 oz. (157 grams),
so the leather or the liner must have
absorbed the water.
No water leaked through,
but the fingertips did feel slightly damp, although when
I removed the gloves, my fingers were dry. So my
feeling is that the Ultra H20 gloves should hold up
pretty well in all but the most persistent of downpours.
The Ultra H20 gloves are sized slightly
different than the original Ultra. I normally take a size
large men's glove, and the older Ultra gloves in size
large fit but were very slightly small.
I've found that motorcycle gloves have
to feel slightly long in the fingertips when trying them
on in a store. The extra length is necessary to
allow enough room for the fingers when the hand is
curled around the grips of the motorcycle.
The Ultra H20 gloves that I've been using
are size XL, and they fit me, well, like a glove!
They have the perfect
amount of room in the fingertips -- not too short and
not too long. The very soft and flexible leather
definitely adds to the comfort level.
The gauntlet fitted to the Ultra H20
gloves is somewhat larger in diameter and length than the
gauntlet on the original Ultra, which is an improvement. A
too-short gauntlet can interfere with a jacket's cuffs,
although some riders prefer wearing the gauntlet
underneath the sleeve cuff, to help prevent water from
running down the arm and into the glove when riding.
The gauntlet also has a slightly larger
closure that wraps under the wrist to secure the gloves
(see photo below). The Ultra H20 gloves have the
same back-of-the-wrist strap to secure the top.
This one-two combination is one of the best designs to
ensure that the gloves will stay put in case of a crash.
With both the top and bottom "hook and loop" closures
secured properly, I can not pull off the gloves, so the
design does its job.
The palms of the Ultra H20 gloves have
the same leather pattern that was used on the Ultra
gloves, so I'm guessing that this design has proved
itself and didn't need upgrading (photo below).
The fingertips of the forefinger and middle finger now
have an extra section of leather sewn on, compared to
the middle finger, third finger and pinky on the Ultra
gloves, which used sections of silicone instead.
Some riders complained that the silicone wore off the
fingertips, thus the change.
There are short flexible panels located
on the back of the glove, between the knuckles and the
second joint on each finger. The back of each
finger also has a section of leather-covered padding.
The flexible panels add to the comfort factor, allowing
the hands to straighten out with minimal resistance.
The Ultra H20 gloves still use the
leather-covered knuckle protector on the back of the
hand. It's well designed, and my knuckles fit
comfortably underneath. The gloves also use Schoeller Keprotec tear-resistant fabric, which also
incorporates Kevlar, which "ensures extreme tear
resistance, highest rub-proofing (sic) and perfect
By the way -- the Ultra H20 gloves still use
the same cool Rev'it! logo burned (with a laser) into the
piping along the outer edge, this time in color. A
couple of other minimal logos keeps the styling of the
Ultra H20 gloves subtle but slightly more aggressive than
the somber Ultras.
The new Rev'it Ultra H20 gloves are an improvement over
the original Ultra gloves. The addition of the
waterproof Hydratex membrane adds a level of moisture
prevention. The lining is very comfortable, and
add a moderate amount of insulation to the Ultra H20
The Ultra H20 gloves will be listed in the
Rev'it summer collection; our opinion is that these are
well suited for moderate temperature riding. The
Huricane Mesh gloves are probably better for use
during very hot weather.
Rev'it makes excellent, high quality
products, and the Ultra H20 gloves would be a great
choice for a long-lasting, all-around glove that is
suitable for a wide variety of temperatures and weather
Review: Rev'it! Ultra H20 Gloves
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Comments: Very comfortable, with soft, supple leather.
Mid-weight glove. Hydratex lining is claimed
waterproof. Leather covered knuckle protector and leather covered
padding on back of each finger. Flexible panels below knuckles on
back of gloves. Strap on back of wrist and gauntlet allow the
gloves to be securely fastened to the hand.
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