REV'IT! Defender GTX Jacket
Darn nice jacket if you have popeye arms
I picked this up on the clearance. I was a tad bummed to see a stain from what looked like a brush with a blue ball-point pen. Of course, this is on the bright area. Were it a black jacket I would never have noticed. It is pretty small though so I will let it slide. Not certain it is worth the hassle of trying to exchange it.
Aside from that it fit great. Be sure to watch the videos available and read the size chart. I am usually a large/XL in upper body wear. I had to buy a 2xl for this jacket and it fits great around my chest and waist. The arms are a great length for me and I am 6'4'' with a +0.75" ape index. This means my "wing span" is 3/4" longer than my height. So people with shorter arms might not like this jacket if the proportions are consistent through the size range.
The reflective material is very reflective, but also very sparse. It would have been easy to have twice as much of it and still remain good looking.
Where armor is concerned, the shoulders are great and steady. The elbow armor flops around like a cows neck when you have the liners out. With all liners in, it's not bad, but it can still be easily pushed down completely off the elbows. Also, the back armor is cheap, thin, foam. Not the same SAS-TEC that is in the elbows and shoulders. I wouldn't even call it armor at all. This seems like a huge oversight given the original cost of the jacket. On clearance though, I can't complain much. I'll pick up a replacement SAS-TEC unit and use up my Zilla Cash from this purchase.
April 8, 2015
Bought along with the Pants
Really have been enjoying the set (jacket and pants). I zipped them together and have never used them separately.
With both linings in, very warm at 40F 70 mph on the highway. With both linings out, cool and comfortable at 85F on the 45 mph back roads. I bought the light color for better warm weather comfort.
Only issue I've had is temporary staining. I use it for dirt (red clay mud actually) dual sport and had to clean the outer shell. I used NikWax cleaner in a bath tub with warm water. Line dried. Looks good as new again.
April 6, 2015
This is my first jacket, so I don't have anything to compare it too. Ill try to keep it simple. I bought this jacket on sale.
Pros- looks good, good air flow, good protection towards the cold weather (recently rode in sub 30 degree weather no liners short ride was good). good overall protection
Cons- A bit of a tight fit. no ce back protection. the chest pockets are a bit bulky (this is fixed on the new model)
Sizing- I"m 6' 2.5" 240 lbs 45 inch chest. 2x fits a bit loose w/o liners. With liners its a bit tight but doable. Overall, great jacket especially for the sale price.
April 6, 2015
1st serious jacket-trousers combo
As you've read above, this was my first "serious" motorcycle jacket-trousers combo. I've had other jackets, mostly street/race oriented, both textile and full grain leather, with and without liners. So that's what I can compare it to.
First off, I found it a little restricted for sizing. I'm a 6ft, 210lbs (1.80mt 95kg) guy, more on the belly than on the shoulders. I'm used to layering up (baselayer, microfleece, gore-tex, etc) but when trying on the jacket with all its liners, the jacket felt tight (yes, you've guessed right: around the belly), since I bought a size Large. HOWEVER, I don't ever plan on wearing this with the thermal liner, and so with just the gore-tex and the outer by itself it is a pretty neat fit, even with me being overweight hehehe.
If you've watched the video, I can and will spare you all the details and nit picks of the pockets and so on. It does as advertised.
I found the waterproof pockets on the chest a tad reduced for an iphone 6 plus (legthwise) but otherwise pretty ok.
I love its reflectivity, and its something people always comment about this jacket. Be seen, be safe!
The quality of the Rev'It line is amazing, hence the price tag. That's all I have to say.
The one thing is, the white textile gets really dirty. So much that I think I will end up washing it more that I'm really comfortable with and having to reproof it DWR constantly because of that. Time will tell.
March 14, 2015
What more can you ask for?
I wore this jacket on a 2-day, 800 mile ride at 30F temps and I was literally sweating. I only had on a t-shirt and this jacked on my upper-hald. Sweating at 30F: It was that warm. Every part of my body not covered by this jacket was freezing cold for the entire trip, but I definitely couldn't have finished the trip without this jacket. Fits a bit small with all three layers (I bought an XL. I am 6'2", 210 lbs, 42" chest).
The price had been blown out since November 2014. I would buy this jacket even if it was full price, and I am an extremely cheap person. Still at full price, the warmth and protection is offers is cheaper than a hotel room to wait out cold temps or a hospital room in case I go down. 10/10 would recommend. I also just picked up the matching pants.
March 10, 2015
First Rev'It purchase
I purchased this jacket at a discounted price, it is a discontinued item. Rev'It items have seemed expensive to me, with the purchase of this jacket I am now convinced that their items are generally worth the price. The jacket is well made with a focus on small details that make a big difference to functionality and comfort. I would not hesitate to buy Rev'It in the future.
March 2, 2015
Great, but oversized forearms.
This jacket is one of the nicest jackets for the motorbike that I have ever purchased and for the closeout price, you cannot beat it. I am a year-round rider in Colorado, so I will be out as long as the roads are dry and clear and this jacket fits the bill for a year round usage. Warm in the winter, cool and breathable in the summer, waterproof for the random showers.
I am a 145lbs, 5'8", size 37" chest, and a 29-30" waist, I was debating on whether or not to get a small or medium, but I decided to try the medium for a bit of extra room. With all the liners in, the jacket is a perfect fit: armor stated in place, perfect length on the hips. I took the liners out and it became and entirely different jacket. I had the waist adjustment as tight as it would go, the upper arm adjustment as tight as it would go, the forearm snap as tight at it would go and the jacket felt a size too big. This would have been alright except I was able to roll the elbow armor completely around my arm, rendering it useless for its intended purpose; due to this I rated the protection down to just average.
I decided to exchange it for a small and I am hoping for a better fit. Overall it is a wonderful jacket that has lots of pockets, a gore-tex liner, great thermal layer and more than adequate ventilation. Highly recommended if you can get the arms to work out.
February 25, 2015
awesome for the price.
I am moving from Super Sport to adventure sport so this style of gear/riding is relatively new to me. So here are my initial Impressions
After receiving this jacket/pants combo I went through it with a fine tooth comb. The over all build of the Jacket is of good quality. I would have liked to see the fabric little more reinforced in high abrasion areas with the super fabric. The thermal layer feels plush and warm and seams of equal quality. Going over the Gore-Tex liner it looks and feels like it will hold against rain however I have yet to try it out. The SAS-tec armor should have came as a standard at the base price.
I don't really have any opinion for the pockets.
Velcro for venting gives me the impression it might wear out a bit quicker than the rest of the jacket.
I particularly like how you can use one liner without having to use the other. However the cuffs could have been given a better option rather than just buttons. one liner comes with two buttons in the sleeve where as the other comes with a single button in the sleeve.
The have a large that fits really well and doesn't offer much additional room for additional clothing for a slimmer guy(that or a I'm a big guy with a slim mirror).
Out of all the liner jackets I have looked into/researched/considered I find this particular jacket to be of pretty good quality for the price and am happy with this being my number 1 pick.
Unfortunately I do not have any road time as of yet, nor have the tags been removed. Ill update as soon as I can give more info on the function
February 23, 2015