REV'IT! Defender GTX Jacket
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
Great product with couple of issues
This is a great jacket for adventure riders. There are only couple of minor issues with it. Pockets are hard to use, and belly side is not with belt you have to tighten which looks ugly a bit.Rest of it great, you feel the quality as soon as you wear it. I do recommend this to all weather users.
February 16, 2015
I have purchased ride gear before based on reviews. Picking the right size is always a challenge as sizing differs by maker. I am 5'10' 230lbs.62 year old dude with belly and I purchased a 3XL and it fit just right with the liners in. This is the 2nd revit jacket so it was easy to judge the size.I did not rate the air flow since I have not rode with it yet but it is a well made piece of gear.
February 12, 2015
Best Jacket Ever!
Had been wanting this jacket for years, but at almost $800 wasn't able to find the money. Well at the end of the year I retired and decided it was time to treat myself. So I went to RevZilla to finally buy the jacket.....well when I looked up the jacket and found it had been put on clearance at $399!! so I got the pants too!! GREAT jacket and pants! lighter than expected, soft material and great armor! LOVE IT!
February 11, 2015
Need a good 4 season Jacket...
Myself and some friends are planning a 3 week cross country motorcycle camping vacation this coming summer and with space and money at a premium I need to find equipment that will not only give me the best bang for the buck but be as multi-functional as possible. With possible temperatures ranging from the 30s to 100+ I needed a dependable comfortable and affordable jacket and pants combination. As luck would have it I found the Rev-it Defender GTX on sale.
At 6'2" 190 lbs according to their size chart I needed a LG or XL. I opted for the XL figuring I would rather have a little extra room rather than not enough and I've had issues with sleeve length on jackets in the past. My order was delivered a few days later. The first thing I noticed was the label on the box "total shipping weight 10.06 lbs". One spec I had failed to research was the weight of the jacket and pants. I have jackets by themselves that weigh that much, +1.
I tried on the suit and with all the liners in it felt not just comfortable but comforting. The length in the sleeves and pant legs were great, just below my ankles and wrists standing and about 1" above while sitting on the bike. With the liners out it's a little loose in areas but I'm willing to live with it instead of having to pack a second unlined jacket and pants. All in all I'm very pleased with the fit and quality. I'm going to give it a test ride one night this weekend and see how it handles the cold and if I'm lucky I might find some rain.
Style was not a major concern of mine after all I would rather walk away from an unexpected dismount than to look good laying on the side of the road. It's a little puffy in some areas and the chest pocket placement only exaggerates it but not to the point I look like the Michelin Man. In general it looks good for all the protection you get.
The hardware is excellent, zippers, snaps and velcro. I need to upgrade the back and hip pads once RevZilla replenishes their stock
February 7, 2015
One Major Flaw
I really wanted to like this Jacket- and I did, at first. But the design of the jacket makes it impossible to fit me safely.
I was looking for an upgrade to my current Rev'it Outback. I am concerned that the 600D polyester used in my current jacket does not provide adequate abrasion resistance. On that front, the Defender shines. It's made with materials that have been tested and shown to withstand much higher levels of abrasion and friction heat.
Unfortunately, the fit of the jacket is completely strange. Around my torso, the fit was fine, but the arms were completely huge. To be fair, I'm not a huge guy, and I don't spend every waking hour lifting in the gym. But I'm pretty average for a 5' 7" guy, and I can fit my thigh into the sleeves. The upper arm has a nylon strap that can be cinched down to fit your arm, but the forearm area does not. I think this is a major design fault. The forearm has a standard two button cinch like most other Rev'it jackets, but this only allows you to reduce the total circumference of the forearem by about an inch.
I think it's reasonable to expect a certain level of looseness with these types of 4-season jackets. There needs to be room to fit the waterproof liner, and the insulation liner, which oftentimes can be quite bulky. But even with all the liners in, I could still rotate the elbow protectors a full 90 degrees around in both directions from its original position. In the event of a crash, I need to be able to trust that the armor will be exactly where it's intended to be. The moment my elbow touches the pavement at any speed, I am convinced the force would contort the jacket into a position leaving only fabric between my skin and the tarmac. Of course, it all depends on your level of safety tolerance, but if you're paying for an $800 price point jacket, wouldn't you expect it to fit at a minimum?
It's a shame to send this jacket back. The build quality is excellent, and materials are top quality, and it's much more comfortable than my Outback jacket. But I urge you not to get caught up in these features. If the gear doesn't fit your body snugly, it doesn't matter what kind of magical materials it's made of. Leather and fabric that bunches up cannot perform its function well, and creates concentrated stress points that results in lower-force tearing than in a taught sample of the same material. At that point, you might still be better off than if you were wearing a t-shirt, but I wager it wouldn't be much better.
For your reference, I have a 36" chest, 130 lbs, and I ordered a small.The Rev'it Outback in small fits me much better in all areas.
February 6, 2015
I love the Defender GTX!
I have to admit, I bought this because it was on clearance. I also bought it for a 4 day ride up the coast of California this past weekend, but after wearing it for the past 4 days I can say I would have gladly paid full price for it!
It fits true to size, at least for me, at a size medium. It's jam packed with features and although there isn't really a winter here in California it did get into the 40's at night on my trip and I never felt less than comfortable.
February 4, 2015