REV'IT! Flatbush Leather Jacket
Not cut right at shoulder / biceps
This is a beautiful jacket, well made, great bang for the buck. But it did not work for me and in retrospect, I should have paid more attention to other's negative review about the fit at the arms and biceps. It fits me well when I am standing and my arms are at my side, but it is not comfortable when I reach forward for the handlebars. There is no room or give at the shoulder / biceps area, my wrists stop moving forwards halfway to the motorcycle grips. My bike has my torso leaning forward at 15 deg, according to motorcycle egos website.
I am 5'-10", 180 lbs, and already own a Revit Rebel size 52 that works great and does not exhibit this problem even with the full liner in place.
I first ordered the Flatbush in a size 52 but it felt too small. I returned it and ordered a size 54 and discovered that it fits loose on me in most areas except the aforementioned shoulder / biceps area. So I am convinced it is not a fit problem for me but a bad jacket design.
Thanks Revzilla for making returns so easy.
April 26, 2016
Style for Days
First off, I really enjoy this jacket. I was looking for a solid motorcycle jacket that didn't look like a typical motorcycle jacket. The Flatbush was exactly what I was looking for. I had originally ordered the Redhook in a size 50. It came very quickly, but it was too big. Revzilla was great about the return and it was very convenient. I chose to try the Flatbush in a size 48. Less than a week later it was on my doorstep. It is very high quality and has a more stylish cut than most jackets. If it weren't for the pre-curved sleeves and extra material at the elbow, you wouldn't know it was moto-specific.
It doesn't have any ventilation, so it probably won't be my first choice in the summer. It also lacks some of the bells and whistles of a technical jacket, but I purchased it because it looks good on and off the bike. If you're looking for something stylish that has functionality, it is a great choice. If you are going technical I would keep shopping.
December 14, 2015
Very Stylish Jacket
I'm very happy with the jacket. It is very comfortable and well made. I bought a size up from the chart because it is a snug fit normally, and I wanted the option of wearing a sweater underneath. I'm glad I did.
September 7, 2015
This is one of the nicer jackets that I have and I have quite a few. I bought the 52 and 54 - I kept the 52 because the 54 is a full size too large. I'm 5'10" 180lbs, 41" chest, regular width shoulders, 16.5" neck and 34" arms as measured by my tailor. The 52 is not too trim where I can't fit a sweater underneath but not too loose where it looks sloppy. It feels a lot like the RSD Clash (size Large) in terms of sizing and sleeve length. Compared to my Dainese size 52 race fit jackets, this RevIt is a relaxed fit, much like how a Dainese Vintage in size 52 would fit.
The sleeve length on my size 52 jacket is right for my 34" arms. Keep in mind that there are no expansion panels so the sleeves ride up 2-3" when you're in an aggressive/tucked position.
My only gripe with this jacket is with the SAS-TEC armor - it doesn't conform as nicely as Dainese/Alpinestars armor and when I'm riding, I can feel the edges of the shoulder pads. When I'm off the bike and standing around, the elbow armor also protrudes a bit, taking away from what is otherwise a fairly incognito armored moto jacket.
Other than that minor gripe, this jacket is great. I might even try the Knox armor that other websites mentioned to see if it might improve the feel and contour of the jacket.
August 25, 2015
Nice jacket but strange fit on arms
I'm 5'9" 160lbs picked medium size. Everything's fine except arms.. they're too bulky and loose. Elbow protectors are too big and hard. Quality of leather is pretty good though.
May 20, 2015
Great leather jacket that's not aggressive
This jacket looks great on and off the bike and doesn't look like a motorcycle jacket at all even with a back protector. The light brown color starts to look better as it gets worn. The armor is a little stiff especially on the elbows but still comfortable.
I wore it under heavy rain and throughout the winter and it still looks new.
April 18, 2015
Got the Revit Flashbush jacket last month and it's the most stylish comfortable jacket I've ever had. Additionally I love how casual it looks. I can get off my bike and it looks like a regular leather brown jacket, not a motorcycle jacket.
Also I love how REVit makes their products for tall slender people! All other companies don't really make their products for taller people. I'm 6'2 170 pounds. I have really long arms with a small waist and the size 50 fits perfectly.
Only con is the airflow, since it's not perforated. Other than that, perfect jacket, well worth the money.
March 30, 2015
Weird fitting arms
I ordered the Flatbush after also considering the Rev'it Roamer for my brother (which I highly recommend). In general I'm a big fan of Rev'it products. However, I ended up being disappointed with the Flatbush for several reasons:
-The fit on the arms is not correct for me. Rev'it must have designed this jacket for men with a long arm/torso ratio. I can imagine getting a size smaller to fix the arm length issue but then I'm afraid the torso will be too short. I'm 5'11' 150lb and tested a size 48 which if anything was a size down already.
-The armor creates an ugly set of wrinkles/bulges of leather just above the pads behind your elbow. This might alleviate itself as the leather gets worn in and softens though. It also would have helped it I had longer arms.
-If you just stand with the jacket with arms relaxed, the arms hang outwards (in a strongly pre-curved way). This is good for riding but loses style points off the bike.
-I'm not a fan of the Sas-tec armor used in the Flatbush compared to the flexible Knox armor used in the Roamer and Airwave. Its too stiff and uncomfortable, especially since the leather itself is a little stiff. The shoulder pad doesn't cover the top of your shoulder enough.
-Some niggling quality control issues (pencil marks on the leather, inconsistent triple stitching)
-The tan leather although nice quality, seems quite fragile and difficult to care for (compared to a black or dark brown jacket).
October 24, 2014