REV'IT! Everest GTX Jacket
Very nice cool weather jacket
I got this jacket about month ago for fall/winter/spring riding in the Northeast. I wanted a jacket that stayed dry from the outside and didn't require a separate waterproof liner. I've ridden in some moderate to heavy rain in 50 degree weather and did indeed stay warm and dry.
I'm about 5'10" and 175 lbs and a large fits nicely with enough room for for my heated liner. The cuffs and drawstring at the bottom of the jacket do a good job of keeping wind out.
The armor fits well and is very comfortable. I replaced the cheap foam back pad with a Forcefield back protector from one of my other jackets.
There doesn't seem to be a lot of air flow so it's probably only good for temperatures below 80-85 but for cold weather, it's and excellent jacket.
November 11, 2013
Good adventure jacket
I like that the shell of this jacket is softer and more pliable than most in its class. It's completely waterproof and windproof. The sizing seems to run slightly small, I'm 6'3" 190 lbs and the size large works but is a little snug. I can't put more than a thin base layer on. I normally don't wear an XL but I think that size may have worked a little better.
The collar hook thing is a great concept, but it doesn't work that well. The loop comes off the hook pretty easily if you move around. Also the collar snap seems tight even though it's adjusted to the loosest I can make it. Again, maybe I should have gone a size up.
I can wear this without the liner down to about 50 degrees comfortably, and with the liner I don't know how low but 40's are no problem. The airflow isn't great, it could use some venting on the arms, but you'll be good up to 75 degrees before you need to unzip it. The liner is time consuming to put it, it's not something you'll want to do on the fly at a gas station.
It's easy enough to get in and out of. Pockets are fine, though there is no rabbit pouch. The cuffs do a good job of blocking the air.
October 30, 2013
Being Penny Wise and Pound Foolish is Very Foolish
It's no fun being in your sixties, except perhaps that you got to see the Rolling Stones in 1969, when they really were the Rolling Stones.
But aging is mostly unpleasant, except compared to the alternative, with one enormous upside. You *should* be wiser. Of course, not everyone is, and there are a lot of arenas in life in which to be wise or foolish. However, at least with regard to riding, I think we older riders are wiser than our younger counterparts.
When young it is easy to have an illusion of invulnerability. I had it myself and it's only through sheer luck that I'm still around to talk about it. I think I thought, "whatever I do, I'm going to be fine, because, heck, look at everything I've done, and I'm fine." I now have a much greater appreciation of life's value, and its fragility.
It reminds me of my daughter when she was 10 or 11. We gave her a very nice bicycle but could not get her to carry and use a lock. Her reasoning? "I've never locked it and its never been stolen."
"Yeah, and it won't be... until its stolen."
I suspect my daughter's thinking is similar to that of the guys that ride at 75 and faster on Interstates, wearing shorts, t-shirts, and tennis shoes.
"I've always done this and I'm fine - no reason to change."
"Yeah, and you'll be fine, until you're not fine; then if you're alive, you'll be sorry. Very, very sorry."
If we could somehow see into the future and tell these shorts-and-t-shirt riders, "You're going to fall two weeks from Friday," what would they do? (Let's remove, not-ride-that-day, as an option.)
They'd acquire and wear the safest riding gear they could get their hands on - perhaps a pair of $500 Sidi boots, $300 Dianese gauntlet gloves, a $700 Arai helmet, Forcefield armor, and a very high-end jacket such as the $900 Revit Everest, with the SAS-TEC back armor upgrade, & matching pants. (OK, granted, they'd probably be in leather, but leather is miserable stuff when adventure touring.)
The fact of the matter is every one of us to going to fall and/ or have another type of accident. it would be folly to think that we're the one person in a hundred for whom this won't be true.
Unfortunately and obviously, we don't know when or where or how. The wise thing to do is to wear that $3,000 of protection every time we get on a motorcycle.
Is that a lot of money? Compared to what? Compared to a $15,000 motorcycle? Compared to broken bones, serious lacerations, internal injuries, the loss of half your skin, a long hospital stay and longer recovery period? Compared to being crippled? Compared to being dead?
The Revit Everest GTX jacket is the safest, most comfortable motorcycle jacket I've ever seen or worn in-person. Simply put, it's a work of art. I absolutely love it. I don't know how it compares to the Rukka Armas Jacket, or the Klim Adventure Touring jacket, each of which sells for $1,300.
All three jackets have GORE-TEX integrated into the outer shells, making the jackets waterproof right there. Most textile jackets, even expensive ones, do not have the outer-shell Gore-Tex feature. For example, neither the now discontinued Revit Cayenne Pro or the current Defender GTX has this feature. These latter jackets provide waterproofing with an internal liner. If caught in heavy rain these jackets will end up with water trapped between the outer shell of the first of the two zipped-in internal liners.
As shown in the Everest description, and in Anthony's video, in addition to the GORE-TEX Pro Shell 3L, the Everest has exceptional outer shell protection constructed using heavy Cordura, ripstop, and other state-of the art materials. It has SAS-TEC armor, which I believe is the best money can buy. (You do have to upgrade to the SAS-TEC back armor.)
In my opinion, the Everest GTX is only a three season jacket. There's just not enough airflow for the summer.
A Word on Size
Once you figure out how various sized Revit jackets fit, I believe a proper fit is easy to obtain. I now have a Cayenne Pro and the Everest GTX. Here are my two-cents on Revit sizing. I'd love for other Revit owners to offer their views.
My experience is that Revit jackets fit about half a size, or a bit more, smaller than jackets with a more generous, "American" cut. For example, their Sizing chart indicates that Size XL covers chest sizes of 41 to 44 inches. If you have a 41 to 42" inch chest, a Large should be fine. However if you measure 42 1/2 or more, I'd go with an XXL, even though the chart indicates that XXL covers 44" - 46."
You can always wear a jacket that's slightly large, especially with the cleverly designed size adjustment straps. A jacket that is too small simply won't work.
I have a 44 1/2 inch chest, and about a 39 inch waste. An Everest GTX in XXXL (which the Size chart shows fitting 46 - 48 inch chests) fits perfectly - with the thermal liner zipped in, SAS-TEC back armor, Forcefield chest armor, and a light North Face, synthetic insulated jacket. I'm guessing this should get me down into the mid-30s, perhaps a little lower.
I suspect that the Revit Everest jacket was a good value for $900. However, Revzilla is selling it right now for 40% off. This has to be one of the best deals on a jacket of this quality that we're ever going to see. If the combination of protection, features, comfort, and overall quality can be matched for anything close to this price I would be very very surprised. I absolutely love my Revit Everest GTX jacket. If Revzilla has your size, I think you'll be very happy with this coat.
August 4, 2013
This jacket has all that I need for 3 season riding. Waterproof from the OUTSIDE. This alone demands a premium.
July 15, 2013
Hard to beat
I have worn this jacket (and pant) for almost 2 seasons. Previously I have worn outfits from BMW Motorrad, Rev'It, and Marsee that were not waterproof shell designs as the Everest is. This jacket is 100% waterproof, relatively lightweight, and very comfortable in temps below 80-85F. The collar of my size Large jacket is a little small, as my 15.5 inch neck requires the widest opening. The chest vent sliders open easily but can bind a little during closing (one handed). Also, the jacket should include SAS-2 back protection as standard item. Other than those nits, this is an incredible product. I would buy again if I had to.
October 11, 2012
I bought this in my quest for a perfect fall/winter/spring weather jacket and it does meet the requirements. I bought and kept this in size 3XL as this was largest available that fits me without any room to spare but is not too tight. I still have room for my Gerbing jacket.
It has protected me from all day long Maine rain and cold in temperatures between 48 and 60 F without heated gear, just the Gerbing jacket not plugged in and not using the inner liner that came with it. After few hours of rain it developed a very small leak in the abdomen area, but nothing serious and maybe it could have been prevented with more attention when closing the main Velcro fasteners. I couldn't tell since the rain subsided to a drizzle.
Things I would have preferred better especially at this premium price are:
Main zipper seems not particularly solid and is more of average off the shelf item that can be damaged by prolonged use. I consider this unacceptable.
Velcro fasteners on main storm flap and hand cuffs will eventually wear, perhaps a more durable solution should have been built in.
Neck collar and flap closure is quite stiff at first, and only have certain adjustable room, so if you have a wrestler's neck may find yourself a bit strangled. I removed the included extra fabric internal collar to make more room and that just about provides me enough clearance to not be uncomfortable. It also gives in a bit after several days of wear.
No back protector??!
Although I recommended buying this, I kept i it since it was already worn on the bike and am generally OK with the jacket. But next time I will be either going back to a faithful crotch leaking Aerostich or looking for alternatives.that justify this price. I just don't wan to have to stop and put rain gear on and then take it off.
I wore the jacket in temperatures up to 90 F and with the vents open when stuck in traffic, the heat is quite acceptable, and no issues when actually moving.
I also have the Revit Sand in same size and like it much better except for it's lack of outer shell waterproofing, which is why I bought this one. I would wear the Sand jacket for any cross country summer trip but in cold and rainy weather this has much better features.
October 24, 2011
Could be a great jacket
The styling is excellent. The quality is excellent. I believe the durability would be excellent. The technology is excellent. The waterproofing is excellent. The comfort, not so great.
I was very anxious to get this jacket. At the time Revzilla did not have stock so I purchased from a local dealer as a special order in early March 2011. I needed something waterproof and reliable. Past experience with Revit told me that this was the jacket to have. My issues are with sizing and comfort. I wear a XL in most of the Revit jackets I have looked at or own. The collar on the Everest is maybe a inch or half inch too small. It is extremely uncomfortable when closed and chaffs my neck when open or closed when worn without the removable neck liner. The collar when opened and hooked to the collar loop does not stay in place when removing or putting on the jacket. This has never been a problem with the Cayenne Pro. Trying to hook the collar loop when it comes unsecured while riding is almost impossible for me without two hands. Very annoying and never an issue with other jackets or the Cayenne Pro. The shoulder area is also a bit tight in the front. The lock out zippers are somewhat difficult to close when sitting on the bike in traffic. The pulls are easily found but because the zipper tracks "poof" out from the jacket they are hard to close unless you pull down on the front of the jacket so the zipper tracks are straight.
My biggest disappointment is with venting. Anything over 80F and the jacket is just too darn warm in the arms and there is noticeable moisture on my skin and shirt. In my opinion the venting could have been much better on such a high priced product. I believe this would be a excellent jacket for the Northwest or in areas where the temperature is usually below 85. Anything higher and it is just too uncomfortable for me. To compare, I wear the Cayenne Pro well into the high 90s and even 100s and have been very happy with the venting and overall comfort. I didn't expect the Everest to be as good as the Cayenne Pro for venting but did expect it to be somewhat comfortable to at least 90. I was wrong.
October 17, 2011
This product has great features
I live in Vancouver BC and do a lot of riding in Washington and Oregon. We experience extreme weather changes and condition I purchased both the jacket and pants and I do have to say that Revzilla gave me the best deal.Now for the suit,IT IS WATER PROOF SO FAR,I have ridden about 2000 miles in it and probable 800 miles in rain and cold weather and it has preformed beyond my expectations.With the liner I didn't have to use my heated gear when others did, in the rain I was dry and did have to put outer rain wear on or zip in waterproof liners like my riding partners The only thing is I'm 5'10" and 175 lbs I wear a large jacket and medium pants long so make sure you call and go over the size with a rep it will save you time in the end. LOVE IT!!!
October 17, 2011