REV'IT! Defender GTX Jacket
JUST OK FOR CLOSE-OUT PRICE
I bought this jacket about a month ago from another retailer for 1/2 price of $700. It is barely acceptable for that price. It's not worth a penny more.
After 3 weeks the draw cord at the ham pulled out...I don't remember an incident, I just noticed that it was hanging there. The cut of the arms has already been commented on by others but I have to say that Arnold must have modeled for the seam sewers. I find that a separate Gore liner is a cheap solution for a $700 jacket. For that price, The Gortex membrane should have been applied to the outer shell (see Klim Apex!). The separate liner adds bulk and is hot - it defeats having vents. I can just imagine what it will be like to get that thing placed inside the main jacket and all zipped up in a rainstorm while parked under an over pass (in the dark).
Another gripe is when the other day I got a taste of cooler weather riding, I found that this is not a warm jacket either. There is a space between the top of the main zipper and the cinch, or whatever you call it, that snaps to the collar. The wind gets in there so you will need to have some sort of neck gaiter with you to remedy this design failing.
Because of the separate liner and gortex insert, this jacket is somewhat tight with the liners in and somewhat baggy with them out.
Also, for a $700 retail, they can't put a real piece of armor in the back??? Just a useless piece of foam?
C'mon Revit...for 700 bucks retail, couldn't you have done better than that???
I suppose that I will have buy a Revit pant to zip in at some point but after that, because of poor design, poor execution and general lack of quality/dollar, I will look elsewhere for motorcycling apparel. Thankfully, I only paid 1/2 price.
September 30, 2015
The airflow is very good. The outhershell is pretty thin which help for the airflow but I am not sure for the durability and the protection. It is very well made with a lot of feature as armor in the elbows and shoulders. The outhershell is not waterproof and there is a goretex layer that you can put. This layer act as the waterproof membrane as well as a wind jacket. Finally, in cold weather you can also put the liner but the jacket is pretty tight when you have all the layers. To me this jacket does it all.
September 14, 2015
Nice jacket, shoddy workmanship
I've been riding with this jacket over six months now, so I believe I have solid grasp of quality and usefulness.
For reference of this review, I'm 5'9 225 with broad chest and shoulders, I ride a supersport touring bike with a large aftermarket windshield.
I bought the upgraded back armor, as the junk that comes with it isn't even worthwhile as a placeholder for the armor pocket.
Ventilation is lackluster.... at least compared to what I was expecting.
Fit of the jacket is a little smaller than I expected but still comfortable, at least until I need the thermal liner, that's when things get a bit snug in my gut area (which I could stand to reduce a bit, but that's another story).
The reflective features are spot on and very very effective. They seem to hold up well to my daily commute and whatever weather I can throw at them, there's no degradation of them to this point, which is around 15k miles.
The wrist cuffs are well designed with velcro closures AND zippers which allow you to adjust once with the velcro and take on and off with the zipper. This basically eliminates that pesky worn out velcro you always end up with after a while, however, once I tightened the wrist cuff to a comfortable fit there was about 1.5 inches of male velcro hanging off that snags on anything that gets near it. A longer matching section of velcro on the wrist fabric itself would solve this problem so I'm not sure why this wasn't designed into the jacket.
Now to my major complaints. For the record, revzilla offered to trade out my jacket for another one but I would have to return the original first and then wait for them to receive it and then send me out a new one.... I'm admittedly not a patient person so I just stuck it out with the one I had.
The first week I had the jacket I opened the left breast pocket which is secured with a very good quality high strength velcro - which promptly ripped the stitches that held it onto the jacket, now i have a long floppy piece of velcro to rearrange whenever I access this pocket by carefully pulling the velcro from the opposite side of the tear.
Two weeks later while riding, I opened the right breast vent pocket during some warm weather. This flap locks open using a little metal button which is not only stylish but terribly conventient, at least until the button self destructs. As I tried to secure it the whole button split in two and separated from the jacket rendering that right side vent pretty much useless.
All in all I'm terribly disappointed with the quality of this product line considering the premium price tag associated with them. I won't be purchasing this brand again.
August 29, 2015
Great deal on Sale!!
The jacket fits well except in my arm length. I am 5'9" and 44 Chest and ordered a XXL as there were no XL left. Chest and length are good. This jacket has kept me dry and cool during a rain storm. will be going on a long tour will follow up with any updates. The armor is very comfortable as it conforms to my joints. Venting works well even with Gtex liner on. Stayed very comfortable.
June 18, 2015
Lots of features that actually work! A great value for a high quality versatile jacket.
Watching the highlite video on Revzilla may have you rolling your eyes at all the whiz bang features listed for this jacket. But much to my pleasant surprise, they actually work! Vents are well placed and the 3-D mesh coupled with the sleeve ventilation kept my more than comfy even with the rain liner in. Fit and finish are likewise impeccable.
June 3, 2015
Good, close to great ... when on sale
Very comfortable, looks great, warm w/ liners in, cool w/ liners out and vents open. With liner management I think I could easily use this jacket from 40 deg (w/ a base layer) to about 90 deg.
Very nice build quality and stitching.
I went down pretty hard going about 35 mph and it is indeed crash worthy. No seam damage or rips. Jacket was very dirty, but cleaned up amazingly well. I was very very impressed at how there was no damage and only two very small stains I couldn't get out. Forearm and shoulder armor did a great job. Nothing sore, no bruises. I was wearing a separate back protector and had made modifications to keep the forearm armor in place (see below)
The not so good.
Rev'it cheaped out on the back protector. Give me a real back protector for a $700 msrp!
Arm fit is bad. Unless you are Pop eye you are going to have a lot of baggyness in the bicep and forearm. The bicep area had an adjustment which does a good job taking up the slack. The forearm snap adjustment... not so much. I actually added a 3rd male snap on the forearm adjuster to help keep the armor in place. Glad I did! On the upside you could fit aftermarket arm guards underneath if you ride offroad. Arm fit is completely different than the sands 2 jacket.
Pretty d*mn good jacket at 350 - 400 dollars. Put a little money into it to get the fit/back protection right and you will have a nice jacket that will last a long time. When not on sale, pass.
May 27, 2015
Terrific value; a great blend of form and function
After an extensive search I bought this now-on-clearance jacket and am not disappointed. Still not cheap, but a much higher quality product than any new-model jacket I could find at this price point (including Sand 2). Very high quality fabric mix, and a thoughtful pocket/vent design that works well. Top notch stitching. The rain barrier has proven an effective windblock and has been helpful for cool spring riding. Collar height is just right for neck coverage without interfering with the helmet. I'm 6'0", long-ish arms and slim (suit jacket size of 34 Long) and bought the L. It's a snug fit but I like it; feels securely connected, a tailored fit, not sloppy. If I were any bigger or longer this size would be too small; the L is not for those with thick arms belly or chest. Note that the Revit back protector for this jacket no longer exists. I was directed by Revzilla staff to a suitable replacement (Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector) and it seems excellent, well sized to the pocket and I sense no change in the jacket's overall fit.
May 14, 2015
great clearance buy
I bought this jacket and matching pants on clearance and so far I love them. First ride with then was 259 miles through rain and cold (35-40) temps when I bought my binge. I was dry and warn the whole time. Great layers and breathable.
May 13, 2015