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Once saturated with water the Challenger vest’s natural cooling properties are activated simply by opening your jacket’s ventilation features and exposing the charged vest to passing airflow. Once activated, the Challenger cooling vest helps riders maintain a comfortable body temperature and, ultimately, stay in better control. The Challenger can be zipped directly into select REV’IT! jackets for a clean, integrated fit—effectively amplifying a jacket’s existing airflow for up to six hours.
Outer Shell: PWR| Stretch mesh, 4-way 3D stretch mesh
Lining: PU coated ripstop
Insulation: HyperKewl Polymer Embedded super absorption cooling fabric
Excellent for an hour, still good for several more
Like others, I found the product "slimy" the first few times. Eventually that (whatever it is) washes away.
The vest snaps and zips into the Revit Sand 2 Jacket nicely. The elastic side panels are smart -- you want this to have maximum contact for the cooling effect to work. I generally wear a very thin, non-cotton, tight-fitting shirt under this vest. Both ultralight wool and ultralight polyester shirts work well. Those materials never really get nasty and wet the same way cotton does. But the vest is releasing most of its moisture in the other direction, anyways.
I found the cooling vest was really useful from about 25°C to 35°C. Below that, it could actually become uncomfortably cool with all the evaporation going on! Above that and, well, it didn't hurt but it also didn't feel cool at all anymore.
I paired this with the Revit Cooling Collar. Loved the combination.
If the vest was still wet or damp by the end of the day then it actually took a *long* time, just hanging up, to eventually dry off. i.e. overnight is not enough for it to dry on its own. So take a big ziplock or plastic bag if you're packing this with other things on a trip.
I would say this cools well for 2 to 3, maybe 4 hours. It's really good for the first hour. On long days, it has been easy enough to detach from the jacket, re-soak in a gas station sink, and then re-attach. (Ew, yes, beware the sinks!)
In desert conditions, I found I did *not* have to open up the zips of my jacket very much for this vest to work. I have only tested this in dry heat. I understand it may not work as well in humid conditions quite as well because it relies on evaporation.
April 12, 2014
Can't wait for a real test.
It's been far too cold to really try this out but I did soak it and wear it in front of a fan to see if I notice the difference and I certainly did. With the vents open on my jacket and riding I'm sure it will work even better. I hope this vest will be the lifesaver I think it is.
I know Rev'it makes a separate vest and isn't just an insert but I would have loved to have a couple snaps on the front so I could close the vest and use it in another jacket. I will probably sew something on some of the extra zipper things to make it work though. That said, it fits very well in my Sand II which is where I'll probably use it most of the time.
March 31, 2014
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John G: I didn't get enough airflow through my Rev'it Sand Jacket to really benefit, but I just picked up a Rev'It GT Air and it should be great with that set up.Apr 17, 2014
Joseph B: Living in the Phoenix area, a spring/summer/fall cooling option is critical - this will zip into the Rev'It! Galactic leather/mesh jacket and provide a terrific "all-in-one" option for keeping my body temperature at a reasonable level during the hot-season.Jan 17, 2014
Bryan H: I live in Texas, so staying cool while wearing all my gear is nice. I've known a few people, my driving instructor included who swears by these cooling vests. So i picked up one up based on friends and others suggestions.Oct 10, 2013
A shopper asked:I plan to use this riding across the U.S. this summer on my R1200RT. With so much wind protection on this bike, will there be sufficient airflow to even activate the cooling effect? I don't want to be wearing a soggy liner for hours with no ability to have wind flow through it.Apr 16, 2014
Jeffrey L:Airflow is required for this jacket to work. I've never ridden an R1200RT so I can't comment on the bike in particular, but this jacket magnifies any airflow you are getting around your torso already. If you're not getting much airflow currently, the effects of this jacket are diminished. Also, if you're riding cross country I would consider the relative humidity of where you'll be riding as this jacket foes poorly in high humidity as well.Apr 16, 2014
SEAN A:Worked fine on my V-Strom 650. Smaller windshield than your bike but most of the air came though the arm vents of my jacket and it flowed enough to keep me much cooler on a 100 degree day.Apr 16, 2014
RevZilla:It would be possible to wear the vest insert, but it will not zip into the original Sand Jacket. Check out the REV'IT! Liquid Cooling Vest for use with non-integrated REV'IT jackets.Nov 23, 2012
A shopper asked:I purchased the Rev'it Airwave Jacket from Revzilla,, XL, SKU 815204, MFG# RV-FJT1264020-XL, order # 10734183, May 21, 2012. Will the REV'IT! Challenger Cooling Vest Insert fit into this jacket? What size? (XL?). Thanks. Wayne.Aug 12, 2013
RevZilla:The Challenger Cooling Vest Insert does require the jacket to have a connection zipper for it that is found on REV'IT! jackets released this year. Previous years models such as the Tarmac Air do not have the connection zipper for the vest.May 15, 2013
RevZilla:Nada - the vest insert only works with the newest line of REV'IT! Jackets. If you have an Ignition 2 (or any other jacket, for that matter), check out the regular Liquid Cooling Vest.Apr 23, 2013
RevZilla:As per REV'IT, the cooling vest insert will only fit into the new line of jackets. Apparently there are some pretty specific snaps and zippers that the insert requires that the old jackets just don't have. They may look similar - and you are more than welcome to try fitting the insert into your Sand jacket, but we're fairly certain that it won't work. If you haven't already, check the standalone version.
And yes, you are correct, the new line has a more generous cut that previous REV'IT gear. The old MD calls for a 37-39in chest measurement, so we'd feel comfortable recommending it for a 38-40.Jan 24, 2013
RevZilla:The Cooling Vest Insert will not fit into the Cayenne Pro (it only matches up with the new REV'IT line). Check out the Liquid Cooling Vest if you want to stay cool in the hot hot heat.Jan 22, 2013
RevZilla:The REV'IT! Challenger Cooling Vest Insert will only work with the 2013 REV'IT! jackets that have the appropriate hook ups to integrate the cooling vest (check the product details page or call our Gear Geeks at 877-792-9455). If you are still interested in this technology, be sure to check out the some of the other cooling products that do not require jacket integration: