REV'IT! Defender GTX Jacket
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
I love this jacket!
So far, this jacket is awesome! The temperature in southern CA can go from 50 in the morning to 95 in the afternoon. So far it works well. I am 5'11", 185 lbs with an athletic build. I got a XXL. Overall it fits perfect. I like all the venting and all the little things that went into this jacket.
May 11, 2015
Nice Jacket, very happy with this product
Bought this while on the discount.
I went with the white red and blue. Yes it get dirty quick, but i like to seen while riding, and it helps staying cool in direct sun.
Good protection overall, I would consider upgrading the back pad. Something with a little more beef or something more breathable depending on the season.
Zippers are great, easy to adjust fit, not to much to fiddle around with or flap around when riding. You need 2 hands to open the Velcro on this jacket, HD stuff.
I'm very happy with this purchase, its hard to find this level of quality, protection, and gortex at this discounted price.
May 4, 2015