REV'IT! Defender GTX Jacket
Love it so far.
This is a great jacket and pants so far. I bought the red and grey color. I'm 6'1, 230 and bought the 2x in the pants and jacket. Both are snug on me but thats what I wanted. With the liners out they fit a little loose and with everything in they are snug. They are good down to 40F for my comfort level. Below that I put in my gerbings liners. The collar is a little too small to snap with the gerbings liner. I leave it open with out any problems. I'll ride down into the teens with my gerbings liner. It hasn't been hot yet so I can't give an upper temperature limit. I will say that I'm impressed with the air flow. I think this jacket will be good for very warm temperatures as it tunnels lots of air up the arms and around the torso. As for waterproof I've had two days so far with rain. One day was just a misty drizzle. I stayed dry. The other day was a heavy rain. My left arm got wet. I had my waterproof glove gauntlets over the outer sleeve of the jacket. Water pooled between the jacket and the gortex liner. This then ran down into my glove and then when I picked up my arm it ran inside the gortex liner. I think that I need to tighten my glove or put it on the inside against the gortex liner and I should be fine. I recommend this jacket.
May 21, 2013
Excellent protection, great features.
I didn't get my GTX jacket untill November, and I live in Michigan; so I have only used it 5 times now. But this has been enough to get a good idea about this product. I love the quality of this jacket, I've owned several others over the years, leather and textile and this is by far the best build quality. it has good airflow, although I only opened the vents for a few moments; it's really cold here! hopefully summer riding in this will be just as pleasant. It does keep you very warm also. I do have heated grips, and a heated liner that I can use, but I have not used the liner with this jacket. I rode 30 miles in mid 20 degree temps and was never very uncomfortable. riding at slow speeds at these temps I was actually warm. I highly recommend!
March 9, 2013
Best jacket I have ever worn
Saved up for a decent jacket over a long time. The Alpine Star Durban was in my local store and I like it very much. Unfortunatly it was to small. I then read about the Defender and the shop ordered one for me to try. I got the 3 XL it fits like a glove, perfect size. I am 6'1 and 250 pounds 115 Kilos. The jacket is very comfortable. I recently rode from Napier to Christgchurch in NZ. Started of in 21 C temps and sunshine. Ended up in 6C and rain. I was comfortable the entire trip and did not get wet at all. They are a little expensive but worth the expense. The protection and finsih on the jacket is fantastice, much better than other similar jackets.
November 3, 2012
I'm still getting adjusted to the Defender jacket and pants. Having ridden several hundred miles I realize Revit produced this combo to fit better on the bike than standing around. The armor is the right place while seated, the airflow is fine...although the 100degree days are past and I like the pocket locations. I'm still on the fence with the three layer combined jacket since as each layer comes out the jacket gets bigger. I was right on the line between a large and medium and choose a large based on measurements but probably could have gotten by with a medium. I'll put the jacket and pants to the test in a few weeks on a longer ride into cold and rainy sections so that should really test the GoreTex lining.
Yes, I'd recommend this combo.
October 6, 2012
After 20 years, found the perfect jacket
Have been riding daily for the last 20 years, and this jacket is the first one of about 6 during that time that is just about perfect. Build quality is excellent. There is no velcro near my neck. Air flow quantity and control are both very well done, and I can change airflow while riding. The insulated lining is miles above the competition, and keeps me warm, but not too warm at 55 F, Fit runs a tad small: I am 200 5-11 and comfortable in 2XL.
October 4, 2012
excellent quality just missing a few things.
after recently loosing 65 lbs i found myself swimming in my old riding gear(aerostitch roadcrafter). so i began researching new gear and decided to go with the rev'it defender gtx jacket and pants. both are very comfortable with or without the liners in and offer excellent quality. the fit is perfect when in the riding position but a little big when not on the bike. air flow is supurb with out the liners in but it does get a little warm when they are in. i havent needed the the rain liner yet on any rides so i cant comment on the waterproofing yet.
so far the only things that rev'it can improve on as far as i can see is the zipper pulls and the leg zippers in the pants. it is a little difficult to close the zippers with gloves on since the zipper pulls are a little short and the zippers in the legs of the pants dont go up far enought to get the pants off with out taking my riding boots off. also the stock back protection is lacking. for the price you pay for the jacket i feel that it should come with a better back protector.
other than that i have no complaints or regrets with my purchase of this gear.
August 13, 2012
So I've had this for long enough to feel comfortable writing a review now. I actually low sided in this gear at about 20mph a few weeks ago. Thereare two small holes where the zipper impacted the ground through the materials. Both holes are therefore only in that overlap thing that covers the zipper so no big deal. Other than that it is spotless and I still ride with it. I did upgrade the back protector, but I walked away easily and was only sore for a couple days.
The ventilation is very good. I have riden this jacket in over 100 degree weather and was fine. A mesh jacket will get more airflow obviously, but I feel this is safer and mesh is not a 4 season jacket. My only complaint about the vents is I wish the velcro ones would snap closed, sometimes I find the vents opening on their own accord.
The coldest I've ridden in in this jacket so far is the 50's. I had the insulated liner in and found myself opening vents, so I have no doubt it would be good colder.
The liners keep you very dry, nothing more to say about that.
I was worried that the 360 degree zipper would be uncomfortable, however the way it is mounted makes so I don't even realize it is connected riding or standing.
Overall this has been well worth the money and if it comes time to replace it when it's still around I will probably get another one.
August 12, 2012
I purchased the defender pants first and they fit so well I figured... what the heck, I'll go for the jacket.
First, for $800, the sas-tec back protector should come standard.
I was able to order the XXL for the pants in a short so they fit me perfect. I am 6', 230 with a 44 chest. I purchased the XXL in the jacket based on what I hear about the revit fit. The jacket does fit me in the chest area and there is enough room to wear something under it. The length of the jacket is perfect. My problem is the sleeves... they are too long and really baggy... to the point where the elbow armor seems it would not work well.
I like the style of the jacket although the color selection should have a HV option... or at least a grey/orange option.
One issue I do have with the safety is the main front zipper. It has no "garage" at the top for it... so if I was sliding on my belly it could open. Water could get in as well but since the GTX liner is behind it... no matter. The GTX liner is outstanding BTW. I drove home from Fenway Park last night in a downpour and I was dry as can be. Even better, I wasn't clammy since the gore-tex breathes well. Very nice.
The fit and finish of this jacket is top notch. Best thing about it so far? The air flow is OUTSTANDING. I have a mesh jacket as well and this jacket provides about 90% of the airflow that does but protects much more!
I am becoming a RevIt fan boy but I'll only give them 4 stars for this effort. The fit isn't great in the arms, the zipper could have a garage, hey man... for $800 I expect perfection. Still, I like the jacket very much. It is my goto gear at the moment.
August 1, 2012