REV'IT! Excalibur Jacket
I took a ride to the RevZilla store in Phila to try on a bunch of jackets I liked. I'm glad I did because the one I thought I liked best fit me poorly. I tried on the Excalibur and it was like it snapped into place. I'm 6'1" 260 and 3X fits well. I usually take XL or 2X. The jacket favors movement better than the others I tried. It was low 40s (F) and overcast and I was perfectly comfortable wearing it with just a long john top under it. Clean lines and fit with no extra pockets to flap around and the adjustments are easy. Left-handed zipper. REV'IT! is great stuff.
November 24, 2013
So far I love this jacket, fits great and has tons of good features. Taking the liners in and out takes a bit to get used to but becomes easier every time your do it. I bought it for Spring and Fall riding and it has been great for Fall so far and now even into Winter its a great jacket. The only thing I would like to see would be bigger or more vents on front and actual zippered vents on back and this would be a all season jacket. I will see how it does in the real heat of the summer but I have a mesh jacket for when it really gets hot.
November 18, 2013
Love at first sight.
My first need in my first motorcycle jacket was quality. Rev'it nails it. Second was usability. Living in coastal San Diego I enjoy some of the best climate anywhere in the world. I can use this jacket on cold rainy days like today and warm sunny days (like 2 days ago). I don't have to deal with extremes very often and Excal lets me cope with whatever mother nature is bringing my way. I also needed visibility. The silver not only looks gorgeous (I fell in love with the photo) but is great in the dark. Finally I didn't want my choice of jacket to pigeon hole me. The jacket has a great sporting cut and a utilitarian approach. It looks and feels just as at home on the trails and in the mountain twistys as it does on the freeway commute and 'round town run abouts. I feel like I could walk into anybody's bar if that makes sense.
I was nervous about NOT trying the jacket on in store before I bought. Nobody in San Diego stocks Rev'it. I figured with RZ's return and exchange policies I would roll the dice on what I believe to be the best textile jacket for me on the market. After watching the RZ breakdown video and reviewing the size chart it appeared to me that Buzzsaw was wearing a coat one size small. He should've been, by the size chart, wearing an XL-2X with a 44" chest. He is wearing a L. He and I are similar in size. I'm a 45" chest, 36" waist at 215 6'. My build is a bit thicker through the chest and arms and a bit less in the belly than his. I figured I'd get an XL, as he fit into a L and could always exchange up or down depending on fit. Not needed. The XL is a dream fit. With both liners in it is a bit restrictive but not bad...almost feels like wearing a full sleeve wetsuit. With the liners out the XL is PERFECT for me. It feels light and even, the armor fits perfectly, I can move around in the saddle comfortably, and the collar couldn't be better. The jacket has the adjustability in the wrists, arms and waist there is no flapping at all either. Love it. If I lived in a colder wetter place, I'd have wanted the 2x to more comfortably fit both liners. As it is, I'm wearing a full size smaller than their size chart indicates I should wear and am exceptionally comfortable and I don't look like I'm stretching the thing out at all.
The only 'less than perfect' (which is still pretty good if you ask me) detail of this jacket comes from, you guessed it, ventilation. What do you expect though, really? It isn't a summer jacket. For me, again, in my area of the world this is a 340 day coat. Those 25 other days will be spent in the cage under the AC. For my normal conditions the arm and chest vents on this Excal are great. I've been comfortable in all weather so far. The hottest I had was last week when I got to about 80-82 in the afternoon. Sitting at the lights in that heat was a bit sweat inducing but once I got on my way the air moved well enough to get me dry and comfy in short order. Really, the venting isn't bad but it just isn't magical.
All said and done I am exceptionally happy with the Excalibur. I don't see how anyone would be unhappy with the product. I can't call it a bargain as there are other jackets out there for less but all things considered (usability, aesthetic, comfort etc) this jacket definitely delivers value for money. I was glad to spend it and would do it again.
October 10, 2013
Ideal for winter, excellent fit, I am very happy with the product and the service
October 9, 2013
It's a great jacket but runs a little on the small side I think. If you're in between sizes go with the larger size, especially if you plan to have the rain and extra jacket zipped in. I like the bicep strap and forearm snaps to help with the airflow. This jacket can get pretty warm in hot weather and I'll probably get a lighter weight one for next summer.
October 1, 2013
Very good product
The jacket is very good for the buck. It fits great and looks amazing. Both insulations included work great. It doesn't have a big air flow but according to the REV'IT webpage you can fit the challenger cooling vest to it. I'd definitely recommend this product.
September 15, 2013
Great 3 Season
I bought this jacket becaues it's cheaper than a skin graft. I'm pleased with the amount of protection it provides and the amount of adjustments that you can make to size. REV'IT!'s five position adjustable collar is a great feature for those with different sized necks or want to wear something underneath the jacket like a balacalva during winter months. The included waterproof liner does its job and the thermal liner keeps you warm when it gets colder. My only complaint is that it's not the best summer jacket as there isn't much venting. I find myself leaving the wrists open to get more airflow in during city riding.
August 29, 2013
Very comfortable, nice design. Comes with actually 3 different layers. All unzip with ease. Not too bad on airflow. Well made high quality product.
August 16, 2013