REV'IT! Chronos GTX Jacket
Good features, but really strange fit.
I've been trying to find the "perfect" summer jacket that has a good mix of protection and airflow. Most of the sub-$300 mesh or mesh-and-textile options from Rev'it feel a little cheap; plain velcro closures on the wrists, thin-seeming fabric and flimsy-seeming armor in the impact areas, etc.
The Chronos certainly does not feel cheap. The armor seems to be upgraded from the other jackets in the Revit line, the fabric and even the mesh seems really beefy and well put-together. The adjustable snap on the collar is a nice touch, and everything about the jacket seems like a real upgrade, quality-wise, from Revit's sub-$300 mesh/textile offerings.
However, that quality comes with a price. At $670, you could buy two Tornados or *three* GT-R Airs, and while it's a real upgrade, I'm not sure it's 2X/3x as good. And that price doesn't even get you a back protector -- not even a cheap piece of temperfoam; that will set you back ANOTHER $55. $725 for a textile jacket that's not a full-fledged totally waterproof adventure jacket seems really steep.
Also, the fit is really strange. I'm tall and slim (6'0", 170 lbs., 38-inch chest), and in most Revit products, I wear a Medium. In this, the Medium was too big; the Small fit my shoulders well. However, with the liner removed (the way I would plan to wear this jacket 90% of the time), the sleeves were HUGE. Forget full-length gloves; I could have been wearing medieval plate armor knights' gauntlets, and the sleeves still would have fit around them. I'm a pretty athletic guy, but I was swimming in the sleeves; I have real doubts about the elbow armor staying in place if I were to fall. It would have required arms roughly proportioned like Popeye's to keep the elbow armor in place without the lining.
Bottom line -- $670/$725 (w/ back protector) is just WAY too steep for a supposed summer/spring/fall jacket that would be either too big during the summer or too small during the fall, and which doesn't even have a waterproof shell.
August 27, 2015
Nice, but could be perfect
Really nice jacket.
I'm impressive of air flow provided.
Purchased Light Grey colour for use when ride to office and back, and only two concerns I have:
- Easely soiled (expected due to colour);
- Absence of any back protection. Main things - for example, here, on Revzilla, particular type and size of back protection are not availiable. I don't think it is expensive option to include it in stock supply. Thus, chose Forcefield BackPad Insert Pro. Hope it will sutable for my Jacket.
Yesturday tested in shtorm weater (with GORE-TEX waterproof Soft Shell jacket). Works very well.
Also, very happy to find that after a long ride at high speed flies traces was removed from the jackets easily.
August 11, 2014
It's only been hot around here so far, so I can only attest to the summer capability, but the airflow is great. Sooo much better than the leather I was wearing before I got this.
I am looking forward to see how this performs as the weather gets cooler. The Gore-Tex liner is beautifully made and fits well.
For fit, I am 5-11, 195 ish pounds.. and I am at the top end for the fit for this jacket. The L is just right, but I wouldn't want to go any smaller. Layers might present a challenge for me.
July 21, 2014
Great for warm weather
This jacket is this first for me to offer too much venting. That's not a bad thing it just requires the liner below 65 deg. to stay warm. Excellent purchase.
May 12, 2014
Fantastic spring/summer/fall option
I just got back to Baltimore after visiting the Philly store and purchasing this jacket. I've been in the market for a summer-only jacket with a max budget of $400, but after trying on a number of different options in that category, I decided to spend a few more bucks and pick up the Chronos.
Quality - The jacket feels well put together when compared to most of the others I tried. The others weren't cheap feeling, but you can tell this one will outlast them.
Fit - I'm 6'0, 195 (just like the guy in the video#, and this jacket in L felt great with or without the liner. I typically don't care for removable liners because it's hard to get a comfortable fit for all configurations. If the jacket fits well with the liner in, then it's baggy with it out. If it fits well with the liner out, it's restricting with it in. This jacket is not like that at all. It has a nice cut, it has soft stuff in all the right places, and sealing up the collar is not uncomfortable thanks to the adjustable snap thingy. I also really like the length of the jacket and extra material on the backside. The sleeve length is also perfect for me. I tried on a couple Klim jackets and the sleeves were shortish.
The liner - This isn't really a liner. It's pretty much a goretex spring jacket you wear under the shell. They have half a dozen snap tabs to hold it in, but I don't see the point of them other than being able to call it a liner. I will probably just treat it as a separate layer. It is very nicely built. The microfleece inside feels great with a t-shirt on.
Pockets - The shell and the liner both have inside pockets and side pockets. The chest pocket is a bit perplexing to me. It's like the size of a change purse. Not sure what you're supposed to do with it. Toll money I guess?
Airflow - I started back to Baltimore in about 60 degree overcast weather. It was about 55 on the way there, and I was getting pretty cold in my leather with the quilted liner in. I left the liner in the Chronos for the ride home and also wore a long sleeve base layer with my t-shirt. I was plenty warm, but I don't think the jacket is going to be appropriate much below 55.
As I got closer to home, the sun came out and somebody turned on the heat #finally). It got up to around 80, so when I stopped for gas I took out the liner and shed my base layer. So now I had just a t-shirt and the shell on. Airflow was great and I was very cool at speed. It's probably possible to get more airflow if that's the parameter you want to maximize, but this jacket provided ample cooling at speed. At stoplights it started to heat up some, but that would be hard to avoid in any jacket.
I took a star off on the style category because I really wanted a hi-vis jacket, and they only offer it in grey and black. They offer a hi-vis vest to attach, so I bought that, but I kinda regret it. It's expensive and not very well-made. It doesn't really fit the jacket very well so I may try to fix that with some fabric tape.
I also gave it 3 stars for bang for your buck. Sorry, this is a fantastic jacket and fits my needs best, but it's not for the value-shopper.
One last thing - The Revzilla staff are fantastic. This is my second trip to the Philly store, and both times they were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, attentive, and patiently allowed me to go through the process and make my choice. Thank you Revzilla!
May 8, 2014