Rev’it also developed an entire line of windproof and insulating base layers to compliment the new GTX clothing lineup for Fall/Winter 2010.
The Karma WSP (Windstopper) is a neck warmer that covers the front of the chest and upper back at the bottom and is designed to easily fit over the rider’s nose and mouth to block cold air. The Windstopper fabric blocks the air, while the rip-stop stretch textile and very soft micro-fleece lining provides comfort.
The panels are laser cut and overlocked seams are used and the stitching is very flat so that it doesn’t cause discomfort. The Karma is rated water resistant and windproof.
The Velox WSP Windcollar is also windproof and water resistant. It’s a shorter version that covers the rider’s nose and mouth and back of the neck and fits under the jacket collar but doesn’t cover the chest and upper back.
The Amazon GTX Balaclava is designed for the worst weather conditions. It is a very thin balaclava attached to a neck and face warmer. It is made from Gore-Tex Taslan two-layer stretch material that stretches four ways. It also has the super-soft micro-fleece lining and the Gore-Tex membrane allows the Amazon GTX to be rated as waterproof and windproof.
It uses a new “baseball glove” style stitching across the top (photo below) to provide comfort over the rider’s head for riders with or without hair!
Underwear Base Layers
Rev’it said that the maximum benefits of the Gore-Tex breathable membranes will occur when a moisture-wicking base layer is worn underneath. The idea is that the base layer transports moisture from the rider’s body to the Gore-Tex membrane inside the jacket shell, which then takes over and transports the moisture to the outside.
New base layers for the GTX clothing lineup include the Polaris shirt and Frost trousers. These are basic breathable insulating layers with Polartec “Classic 100” material for warmth. They are not rated as windproof or waterproof but compliment the Gore-Tex liners in the GTX clothing lineup.
The Aztec WSP shirt and Inca WSP trousers. As noted by the WSP label, these use the Windstopper three-layer, four-way stretch fabric that also incorporates Coolmax technology. The windproof and water-resistant material is used in the chest and front of the arms.
The Aztec WSP shirt has a turtleneck and offset zipper to prevent bulk at the front. It also has elastic in the neck, cuffs and waist. All of the seams in the base layers are stitched with the overlock method for strength and security.
The Ranger WSP jacket also uses the Windstopper three-layer soft shell. It is windproof and water-resistant and breathable. It has a vertical zipper on a chest pocket.
The top-of-the-line base layer is the Samurai WSP. Rev’it isn’t sure at this point whether the Samurai will make it into production, but I hope it does — it’s a beautifully made jacket that can also be worn on the street. It uses the Windstopper three-layer soft shell with Coolmax, making it water-repellent and windproof.
The Samurai WSP also uses a new type of “hook” in the Velcro hook-and-loop system. The hooks are molded and are designed so they won’t catch on anything but the “loop” section of the Velcro! See the photo below.