The REV’IT! Cayenne Pro has a few subtle but significant changes to the original REV’IT! Cayenne jacket (review). The changes were prompted by the input from Cayenne jacket owners. This has made the Cayenne Pro one of the most versatile, highest quality motorcycle jackets available.
Here it is, almost the end of April (2008) and I’m still catching up from the Powersports Dealer Expo in February. The annual Expo is the place where the manufacturers introduce new clothing, helmets and other goodies to (hopefully) salivating dealers. The retailers will then (hopefully) place huge orders, so they can (hopefully) sell all the Latest undGreatest stuff to (hopefully) salivating motorcycle owners.
That’s the theory at least, and although it might not always work as planned.
It’s a lot of fun and they at least have one salivating fan — me!
It was a good year, and the 2008 Expo was pretty exciting, and if you haven’t already, you can read all about it in my report.
The Expo usually sets the tone for the year and it indicates the direction that many different types of motorcycle gear will take.
REV’IT! must have laid down some serious dosh — not to mention time and effort — to get their display up and running, and it was put to good use.
There are so many tasty products in the REV’IT! portfolio that it now takes a huge amount of square footage to show everything off, and their old booth was starting to look like a telephone booth.
During my visit, REV’IT! walked me through the new Sirocco jacket (review) and the new Apache Boots (First Look).
Also the updated version of their “flagship” jacket, the Cayenne Pro, which I covered in a First Look report from the show and which is now the subject of this report.
Other 3/4- or 5/8-length textile jackets have come and gone, but the original Cayenne is definitely my all-time favorite, and it’s been put to good use, protecting the backs of several riders over the last 3 years.
I’d have to say that the original Cayenne is probably one of the most versatile jackets around, and it can’t be beat when rigged in all-out winter mode; its Hydratex and insulating liners repel chills with aplomb.
But evolution is the name of the game at REV’IT!
And since the Cayenne has been one of the company’s best selling jackets, they wanted to update it by incorporating all the latest technologies to keep the sales momentum.
“The Cayenne was torture-tested over the last three years since its introduction”, said Jordan Levitt, who leads the U.S. REV’IT! office.
“And it was used in ways we never anticipated, so when it came time for an update, we wanted to improve every single aspect of it.”
Now if you think about it for a minute, evolving a product, rather than releasing something completely new and different, actually takes some guts in today’s marketplace.
But, it’s much harder to sell those incremental changes.
“The first thing we did was to change all of the zippers and all of the snaps…”, said Jordan. Huh? Ponder selling that to customers expecting the Next Big Thing…
But there’s a big difference here: the Cayenne and the Cayenne Pro aren’t aimed at your typical Ninja street squid.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that market segment, mind you — but Cayenne owners are usually hard-core world travelers who demand the best and don’t even look at the price. Well, maybe just a little…
Cayenne Pro Features
But seriously — who else would get excited about the fact that the Cayenne Pro now has the highest quality, spring-loaded, Italian-made Fiocchi metal snaps?
These little works of industrial art will get the toughest riders through the roughest trips on the planet without a complaint, from the looks of them.
You just don’t see that level of detail on your average everyday off-the-rack jacket.
In a surprise move, REV’IT! also went to good ol’ DuPont Cordura for the shell, in 500 and 1,000 denier.
Jordan said that REV’IT! surveyed owners of the original Cayenne, and as it turned out, more riders are familiar with Cordura than any other material.
Not that the Swiss materials used in the original weren’t good, it’s just that Cordura is just as effective and potential owners know exactly what to expect from it.
And it’s good stuff, I might add, that’s been torture-tested in many motorcycle garments for many years now.
The front ventilation panels on the original Cayenne had zippers that allowed them to be removed and stored in the back removable pouch pocket.
But owners told REV’IT! that they loved the vents but wanted the ability to convert back and forth without having to stop.
So the panels can now attach with Velcro and they can be folded up and snapped to the opposite corner, where they’ll remain in place, but can easily be folded back down, even whilst riding.
There are two additional chest vents on the Cayenne Pro, and both double as pockets.
Can you see them? They’re hidden behind the upper waterproof flap pocket, the one just below the fold-up chest vents.
Those mid-height pockets have a zipper in addition to the flap, and the chest vents are accessible by a vertical zipper that runs next to the placket for ease of access.
The lower pockets now have a horizontal zipper and — surprise — no flap cover.
Why? Apparently the feedback was that the flap made it too difficult to access these pockets when on the bike, and riders wanted a simple zipper pull that could be grabbed and instant access.
Hidden behind the lower front pockets are “hand warmer” pockets, accessible through a vertical strip of Velcro on the edge facing the rider’s sides.
The arm vents use the waterproof zippers that REV’IT! pioneered, and the Cayenne Pro has two vertical vents in the rear, just below the rider’s shoulders.
The Pro now has stretch Cordura panels on the backs of the elbows and a stretch Cordura panel on the back of the neck, just below the collar.
The wide 3M reflective panels that outline the chest vents, on the arms and across the back are laser cut and laminated directly to the jacket shell without stitching, which makes for a nice, clean look.
The new REV’IT! logo is also laser cut and laminated.
By the way, the Cayenne Pro now has matching trousers that feature the same high-tech treatments and they’re a nice match for the jacket. They have stretch Cordura and brushed leather panels inside the legs for comfort.
The jacket and pants now use CE-approved SAS-TEC protection.
The protectors in the shoulders is larger than normal to protect more of the rider’s shoulder, and the jacket has thick armor that covers the elbow and back of the forearm.
The Cayenne Pro jacket includes a section of Temperfoam, but a SAS-TEC back protector, very similar to the one we discussed in our review of the urygan “Fighter” jacket,, is available as a relatively low-cost option.
The Cayenne Pro has dual liners similar to to the system used in the Sirocco.
The zippers and snaps have been arranged so that the owner can use the waterproof/windproof liner or the insulating liner or both — or none.
The waterproof/windproof liner has laminated, sonic-welded seams and 3 layers; Jordan says that it offers better waterproofing than anything they’ve used before, again based on owner input.
The insulating liner is new and it’s now made from “Exkin” (pronounced “Eks-skin“).
Exkin is a new material; it’s a moisture wicking fabric that was tested at two times the warmth factor of the DuPont Thermolite insulation used in the original Cayenne, at half the thickness! Hey, that’s progress!
This means that a 1 oz. liner is as warm as the old 2 oz. version.
Now most of the other manufacturers would probably throw in any old stuff just so they could say the jacket is insulated; leave it to REV’IT! to be obsessed with a detail like this.
But here’s the secret that’s probably one of the best features of the new Exkin liner: because it’s thinner, the jacket has a more consistent fit when the liner’s removed.
That is, the jacket doesn’t have the “balloon” effect of other jackets with a too-thick liner, where the jacket grows a chest size or two when the liner is removed.
A more consistent fit also helps keep the armor in place when the liner is absent.
The Cayenne Pro now has a pants connection zipper bonded directly into the waterproof membrane in addition to a zipper bonded to the inside of the shell, so the matching Cayenne Pro pants can be attached in a wider variety of conditions.
Also, the last 6″-8″ of the bottom of the jacket inside the shell, up to the spot where the attachment zipper is located, is now fully lined with waterproofing material.
This was done to prevent any water from wicking up inside the jacket if you’re riding in severe conditions.
Another innovation that Jordan was very proud of is the incorporation of “SuperFabric” abrasion-resistant panels on the wear points of the Cayenne Pro.
REV’IT! claims to be the only motorcycle clothing manufacturer currently using SuperFabric — in fact, REV’IT! is featured on the SuperFabric website.
SuperFabric is ceramic-infused material, with “little tiny ceramic shields” embedded in. The SuperFabric is laser cut and directly bonded to the outer Cordura on the Cayenne Pro; it can be seen as the black panels just below the elbows in the photos.
Superfabric is claimed to have four times the abrasion resistance of leather and — get this — 15 times the abrasion resistance of Kevlar, yet it’s super thin, lightweight and flexible.
Unfortunately, the stuff is extremely expensive, so REV’IT! is currently using it in the two most important places, the back of the arm and the knee/shin area on the Cayenne Pro pants.
As the cost of SuperFabric decreases, REV’IT! plans on making wider use of it in their clothing.
The REV’IT! Cayenne Pro is now available in sizes S to XXXL and in some nice color combinations.
In addition to the very bright, high-visibility orange and gray shown here, the jacket is available in black, black/light gray, light gray/red and a nice, earthy dark green and gray.
UPDATE: We had an incorrect price posted earlier; the correct list price is $549.99, which means that the jacket isn’t quite the bargain we initially thought, but compares well with high-end jackets from BMW and others.
wBW Video: REV’IT!! Cayenne Pro and Sirocco Jackets
It’s nice to find a company that has created a popular product and instead of dumping it and starting from scratch just to satisfy the marketing department, they gathered owner input to further develop the concept.
It both validates the original idea and also helps make the customer feel like they haven’t been abandoned.
The Cayenne Pro doesn’t look like a radical change from the original — which, by the way, is still a very worthy jacket — but it incorporates some sophisticated technology that has made it even more versatile.
There’s probably not enough here to convince original Cayenne owners to upgrade, but surely it will attract new customers, especially now that Adventure Touring has become one of the most popular forms of motorcycling sport.
And I’ll bet that Cayenne owners will upgrade to a Cayenne Pro when it comes time for a new jacket.
The problem, of course, is that the original Cayenne is so well built that it may be years before that happens!
From ‘K.S.” (7/09): “I had emailed you about a month ago with a question about a jacket. You suggested the Cayenne Pro or the Sirocco.
It took about a week to find someone who had them in stock. I’m in north New Jersey and found a dealer called RevZilla in Philadelphia who had them. I just want to thank you for your help.
The Cayenne fit me better than the Sirocco and I ended up buying it. I couldn’t be more impressed with the jacket, well made and comfortable.
The Darien is going on eBay to find a new home. Thanks again for your help and I’ll keep reading webBikeWorld since your reviews always seem right on the mark.”
Editor’s Note: RevZilla is one of our webBikeWorld affiliates and they are great guys to work with. Also, if you purchase any of your motorcycle gear through one of our affiliate links, we make a few bucks to help support the site!
From “J” (6/09): “I just purchased a REV’IT! Cayenne Pro jacket. I find it very comfortable. I particularly like the collar. Often I find the collars on jackets bothersome.
There are so many pockets I will need create a spreadsheet to organise them. There are also many vents. The quality seems good, no errant stitches or little flaws in the fabric.
I do not find the jacket to be very warm. I ride in the Pacific Northwest, where the range of temperatures encountered in one day can be pretty wide.
Last week (mid June) when commuting to work, the temperature was in the high 40s in the morning warming up to the low 70s in the afternoon.
In the morning, the jacket was not warm enough for me with the liner and a sweatshirt.
After some experimentation, I found the most comfortable arrangement is the liner in the jacket along with my heated vest in the morning. In the afternoon the vest is left out.
Since the jacket flows so much air, it was not uncomfortable leaving the liner in as long as I kept moving. I do not want to have to deal with reconfiguring the jacket every day, but I was hoping to avoid the heated vest in the summer.
Another nit is the upper pockets on the front of the jacket. The handle on the zippers get in the way of the snap for the flap. Just a small complaint, but this jacket did cost more than 500 bucks.
Another change I might suggest is moving the waist adjustment straps around to the front. That makes for a more convenient location for the heat controller that goes with my heated vest.
Overall, my initial impression has been very positive. I think that I will find this jacket to be like some European cars and motorcycles I have owned in the past.
Once you have learned to accommodate to it’s peculiarities or demands, and are willing to pay special attention to it’s care, it should be quite satisfactory for a long time.”
From “D” (8/08): “Just got my Cayenne Pro Jacket and pants and what can I say but the review was spot on and the suit is the best – by far I have ever ridden in.
I still have some winter riding to see how it all adds up but I am having a hard time thinking it will be anything less than stellar.
I am tall and skinny and have trouble finding pants that do not put the knee cups up around my thighs without also being too baggy. The REV’IT! pants come in long sizes so the fit is perfect.
Actually the best fitting motorcycle pants I have ever used.
If I had one request it would be a simple strap around the bottom of the knee to secure the pads.
I normally sew this on the outside of my pants as it helps them from riding up when I get on and off until they settle in on the bike.
I am in and out of my gear during a day frequently and even though this suit is not an around town suit it accommodated closing and opening a number of times without making me cranky.
Also the redesign of the pockets and access of them noted in the review also worked very well. The sealed zippers take a bit to get used to but once familiar they work very well.
The cuffs close with hook-and-loop and are very generous to fit over gloves I guess; I normally like a zipper and will have to see how I adjust to it.
Like the rest of the jacket they have put a lot of thought into it so I am thinking it is just me and my old habits.
The collar had a very nice touch to it that I did not see in the review and it is a simple button snap to close then it adjusts by pulling and sliding a tab to adjust.
That’s very very slick and a lot easier than trying to find two or three different snaps or having Velcro to rough up your neck. And, the pull tab hooks on nicely to a plastic hook to keep it open when hot.
And, that is also another great point – venting. It is warm right now August and I use only one jacket/suit for the 4 seasons.
It is very hard to get any jacket combo to work very well in all seasons and to be honest I should have a vented suit for the high temp rides but cannot afford it.
This suit blows very very good air and in the right spots. Best of all they are easy to open and close with good long pulls for the ones on your back.
And… last but not least – a fanny pack/pocket. The single most important and efficient addition to any jacket and I have to guess pretty cheap to add. I do not know why more manufacturers put them on.
Anyway, I will send a note once I put more miles and ride in the cold – to see how it holds up but I am confident it will be pretty good – as noted above – build quality is pretty nice…