Rev'it Gore-Tex GTX Jackets
Rev'it Everest GTX Jacket Preview
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
Rev'it Everest GTX Jacket
The top-of-the-line Rev'it jacket for Fall/Winter 2010
is the new Everest GTX (GTX = Gore-Tex). This is
the top-of-the-line Rev'it GTX jacket, which includes the very latest
Rev'it high-tech feature set and the best Gore-Tex
guaranteed waterproof removable membrane.
Jordan Levitt, the U.S. Director of Operations for
Rev'it, said that the Everest GTX is designed to provide
maximum flexibility (in terms of comfort and usage) for
the rider with 100% waterproofing. The Everest is
a "no expenses spared" jacket that is a virtual
showplace for the latest Rev'it and W.L. Gore technologies.
Rev'it worked directly with Gore-Tex and DuPont to develop and
incorporate the Gore-Tex and Cordura technologies used
in the jacket, such as the top-of-the-line Gore-Tex Pro-Shell 3L
(three layer) with Armacor and the Gore Lockout zipper,
which were then built into the Rev'it motorcycle clothing
that is tested and approved by Gore-Tex to carry
the Gore-Tex label.
The Everest GTX carries the lifetime "Guaranteed to
Keep You Dry" label by Gore-Tex, which means that if the
jacket fails to stay waterproof, Gore-Tex will repair or
Remember that not all Gore-Tex membranes are created
equal; very old Gore-Tex licenses are still in use.
These are licenses that could never be renewed; if
anything in the process changes, the manufacturer would
have to apply for a new license, and since the
manufacturing processes and testing tolerances are much
different for the newest membranes, it is not easy to
acquire a new license.
And it's extremely difficult to produce the
highest-quality and technology clothing that is backed
by Gore-Tex with the lifetime waterproof guarantee.
The three-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell is used in the
highest performance Rev'it clothing. The outer
Cordura jacket material and the Gore-Tex shell are one;
i.e., bonded together as a three-layer system.
This means that the Everest jacket has the lowest
amount of water retention in the shell itself, unlike
other jackets with a removable membrane where the outer
shell becomes soaking wet. Many webBikeWorlders
have been asking for a completely waterproof jacket
where the jacket shell itself is waterproof and
breathable, and the Everest is it.
Performance Shell comes next (used in the Cayenne Pro),
which can be either removable or bonded to the shell.
The GTX designator signifies the top-of-the-line
Rev'it clothing that utilizes the latest Gore-Tex
membranes and best Rev'it technologies. For
example, the Gore-Tex Pro Shell three-layer membrane
used for the Everest GTX jacket shell includes Armacor, a
Kevlar/Cordura fiber composite used in military fabrics
(and very expensive), woven into the outer layer. This
provides the highest level of membrane strength in the
Gore-Tex arsenal and allows Gore-Tex to guarantee the
jacket waterproof for life.
The reason we had so many black-colored jackets on
display in the Rev'it showroom is because these were near-final prototype
production versions. The Everest GTX also includes the
TFL Cool treatment on the external shell fabric,
which reduces heat absorption by reflecting part of the
solar spectrum. TFL Cool is claimed to reduce
surface temperatures by as much as 25 degrees C or 30%
of the heat it absorbs in some
However, the Everest GTX is also available in a very nice light
gray with black trim, which has more of an earthy stone
shade that is one of my favorites. The lighter
colored Everest GTX also has the TFL Cool treatment,
although it's most noticeable in the black colors.
The front vents of the Everest GTX also feature the
Gore-Tex "Lockout" zippers we told you
about in 2009. This is a revolution in closure
technology -- it's flat, it's soft and flexible, it's
self healing (should it ever come apart, which is
unlikely as we had difficulty trying to separate it by
hand), it's easy to operate and, best of all, it
is completely waterproof, unlike a toothed zipper.
Lockout zippers are used in the front vents of the
Everest GTX jacket and are laminated to the shell and
placed with a complex system of materials and techniques
to ensure the waterproof integrity and the Gore-Tex
The Lockout zipper allows the shell of the Everest
GTX to be completely waterproof, while still allowing an
opening vent to maintain that waterproof integrity.
The Everest GTX includes the Exkin Air lightweight
high-performance removable liner and, of course, the
separate Gore-Tex Pro Shell liner is removable.
Each liner can be used independently or in any
combination, and Rev'it has color-coded the snaps and
zippers to make liner removal and insertion as easy as
The Everest GTX includes SAS-Tech armor in the
shoulders and elbows and an optional SAS-Tech back
protector. Large Superfabric abrasion-resistant panels
are used along the outer
arm. Superfabric is a type of ceramic-coated
material used for very heavy-duty military and police
tactical gear and it is claimed to provide much more
protection against abrasion than either leather or any
type of textile, such as Cordura.
Matching Everest GTX pants are also available, with
the same high-tech liners, Superfabric panels and other
The Gore Lockout zipper used in the Everest GTX jacket.
Note the "garage" for zipper pull!
Close-up of the new Gore Lockout self-healing zipper.
Gore Lockout zipper fully open.
Rev'it Everest GTX jacket and pants (L); Defender GTX
(second from left) and Legacy GTX jacket and pants.
The Everest GTX uses large panels of Superfabric to
protect the arms.
Reinforced backing for the Prym metal snaps shows
attention to detail. Note rip-stop Cordura on
Removable Exkin insulating liner in the Everest GTX
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The Gore-Tex Pro Shell liner can be mixed and matched
with the Exkin insulating liner in the Everest GTX
Comfortable moisture-wicking material used in the
removable collar of the Everest GTX jacket.
Waterproof pockets and large waist adjustment straps
used in the Everest GTX jacket.
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The Everest GTX jacket features a removable collar.
Another view of the arm and waist adjusters on the
Everest GTX jacket. Note striped 3M Scotchlite
Large elastic waist adjuster is designed to prevent
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