REV'IT! Energy HV Jacket
Overall this jacket is just what I expected. Its a good commuting jacket, huge swaths of Hi-Viz will do the job. Pockets are a good size, the tops roll over some so you have to open it fully to really get things inside them. No opening one side and slipping in some small item.
Only one thing needs improvement. The main zipper is too small. I don't mean it doesn't zip up, I mean that its not very beefy. It should have been a bigger gauge. I figure it will be the first thing to brake on this jacket. Also makes it hard to get the two halves to get together.
Typical Rev'it sizing... go bigger than normal, you wont have to send it back then.
October 14, 2013
Good commute jacket for cool or wet days
I've been riding with the Energy HV for a season and happily recommend it. I've found it versatile enough for riding up to the mid 60s with the liner out and vents open and down to the foggy 40s with the liner in and vents closed. Since I run hot, you should probably add 10 degrees to both of those temps.
I have a 40" chest but need a size 42 suit jacket for the shoulder width. I wear a size medium in the Energy. I could wear a small without the insulated liner, but it would probably be tight over anything but a t-shirt.
My biggest complaint is against the waterproof liner. It is sewn into the jacket. Small mesh trim at the cuffs and jacket bottom allow air to flow between the outer shell and the liner. The front and rear vents allow the same; any wind blast stops at the liner. Consequently, I find the jacket clammy unless moving, particularly against bare forearms. Wearing the insulated liner actually improves this, I think by increasing trapped air volume and allowing more moisture to evaporate.
I can report that the waterproof liner works. I was caught in a downpour with 20 minutes of freeway riding ahead of me. Thanks to mesh overpants, my jeans got soaked. My torso and arms, however, stayed dry.
The jacket has no provision for bringing the insulated liner with you (such as a rabbit pouch on the lower back). Given that and its airflow limitations, you need to assess the weather before leaving. That makes it better suited for a commute rather than a long ride through varying weather. With another jacket for the warmest time of year, you'd be well-equipped.
January 22, 2013
Great short commute jacket
Not a heavy duty winter jacket, but is fine with layering. Where this jacket excell is in its visibility. It is now dark when getting out of work. This is an excellent short commute jacket.
January 14, 2013
Nice well made jacket
This jacket is well made and is very comfortable to wear. The armor is placed well and doesnt move around. However, it isnt for extreme cold or extreme heat. The liner works very well down to the mid 40s, below that and there is some cold leakage from the zipper area in the front. Some additional layering would be necessary to be comfortable at lower temps. And it just isnt a mesh jacket so dont expect to be comfortable over 80 degrees. Dont get me wrong, I really like this jacket it just isnt for extremes on either end of the spectrum. People will see you for MILES!
July 26, 2012
Nice Jacket, style, comfortable; single stitching poor ...
Needed cold weather jacket. Not bulky. Most comfortable jacket among this type I tried. Ride every day northern Jersey when there's not ice. Good by itself down to upper 30s. Upper teens wearing fleece layer. Need turtleneck to keep wind out between helmet and neck, but then fine. Like the movable cinch collar snap. Nice jacket, protection seems great but biggest glitch is the strong velcro closures along the front zipper are too strong for the single stitching. Stitching came undone in about a month. Went back to store, contacted manufacturer; they made it easy and gave me a new jacket in the Phili store. Nice folks. I attached my own velcro covering half of their velcro so there is less "pull" and this seems to be working. I like the jacket and would still recommend.
June 10, 2012
Another excellent Jacket from Rev'it/ super safe color
I finally had a chance to ride with this on, so I could give an honest review. Once again, a home run. It was a chilly day in New York today, but I was comfortable at 70mph. I had all zippers closed, and jacket seems to keep any air from venting in. I did open the chest zippers, and the rear zipper, and this will cool you more, especially if you take out the inner lining, which I kept in for this ride. The outer pockets are spacious, secure, and easily accessible. The rubber coated snaps are a nice touch, look good and feel good on the fingers. Collar snaps securely and comfortably. Armor is well placed, nice and long elbow armor, securely placed, doesn't move around. Just replace the back armor with sas-tec and you're good. If I could change anything, it would be one detail with the color blocking. I'm always concerned with getting hit from the side, by someone running a red, or considering doing so. I think it would have been a smarter choice to have black on the inner arm, and the neon yellow on the outside, where it's currently black. Just one more degree of visibility. But other than that, it's perfect, very sharp looking, and as others stated, the color is visible from the moon. I will just use my Rev'it Airwave when it gets warmer. Also, the Held Air Hero gloves are awesome, I siched the jacket over them, great fit.
May 7, 2012
This is a great jacket
Rev-it knows how to make a quality product. Just looking at this jacket closely, you can see that this is a quality piece of gear. It fits great, looks really cool, and as for visibility...you will definitely stand out in a crowd. I've been riding in 40-55 degree weather with the liner and there isn't a bit of cold air leaking in. It's plenty warm. I haven't had a chance to wear it in the hot summer days yet. And the price for this is unbelievably low. You cannot go wrong with this jacket. Highly recommended. And the Revzilla delivery time was fast and accurate.
April 1, 2012
HIGH VISIBILITY BARGAIN
If you check around these jackets can be expensive-this is jacket is a great bargain. On my second season as a 50 mile commuter in Pacific Northwest, starting in March through to November - subject to snow & ice.
Everything works including the removeable liner and air vents for summer days.
March 7, 2012