REV'IT! Galactic Jacket
Excellent 3 season jacket
I bought this jacket in 2013 and I've had the opportunity to use it on many long distance rides. I like its versatility and the ability to take out the waterproof liner if I don't need it. The liner does its job and keeps the wind and water out so you stay dry. The quality and fit of the jacket is excellent...I'm just over 5'9" with an athletic build and it fits me like a glove (with the liner). Without the liner its a comfortable (not snug) fit but far from loose. The quality of the jacket is high, but I feel like they could have done better with the zippers. The zipper tabs that you grab are small and if you have medium or larger hands you may have trouble grabbing them. Other than that, its probably the best "jack of all trades" jacket I've had (not including track).
January 22, 2014
Typical Rev it Quality
I really like the hybrid design: much of the protection of leather and armor stays in place. Also like the visibility of white/black: has white/black in the right places to enhance visibility and still be practical. I have fairly normal proportions at 6", 195lbs, 44" chest. The 56 is perfect in shoulders, chest and arm length, but a loose fit through abdomen even with SeeSoft back protector update. Mesh flows lots of air which you can feel even with the liner in place in cooler temperatures. Construction is top notch as I've come to expect from Rev it. Very satisfied.
November 8, 2013
Rev'it is one of the BEST period.
The fit is true to the size chart and if you upgrade the back protector its even more snug which I really like. once the liner is removed this jacket has very good airflow and even with the liner in its not uncomfortable. This liner in my opinion is about as good as it gets you truly don't know that your wearing it. Its very soft around the neck and wrist and flexible it moves with your body. The armor sits exactly where it should and appears to be a much better upgrade than the competitors. The construction of the jacket is simply the best when it comes to the materials they use. I would recommend this jacket. As im getting up there in years age 46 ive gone through a number of sportbikes and gear. ( and don't plan on stopping). I would say this gear Rev'it ranks the top 3 of all gear along with Alpinestars and yes Dainese in my world of sportbike riding. Its know wonder why so many MotoGP pro's wear them. Like De Puniet and V Rossi. I know gear can cost a good bit these days But protection and comfort is well worth it.
October 27, 2013
One Jacket to rule them ALL!
First off some details
so you understand where
my perspective comes from:
I am 30yr old male.
5 foot 7 inches 184lbs.
From: Washington state.
The temperatures ranged from 50F to 88F. I was caught in one rainstorm the other times there was a lot of sun and humidity on some days.
I have used this jacket for about 3 months now.
I feel after this much time I can give an accurate review.
My chest measurement is 40inches, my waist is 39inches”
Size 52 FITS PERFECT! I feel very protected and it gives me a feeling of invincibility. I ordered the 50 at first but with the recommendation of Revzilla staff, Andrew, he said because I was going to add a chest and back protector I could move up to the size 52. The other two jackets I had used extensively are the Icon Contra TEXTILE MESH jacket, and the Dainese Racing Leather Jacket. In fitment the Galactic is very similar to the Dainese Racing Leather but not as skin tight. The jacket, as explained by Anthony in the videos, is a sport oriented cut. This means that it will not be skin tight like a proper racing leather jacket. When in the upright riding position on my Suzuki GS500 it was very comfortable. I would only feel tightness if I stood up or tried to stretch my arms, obviously this does NOT MATTER because the only position it should be judged upon is the riding position. DO NOT judge a jacket if it’s tight when you are walking around. The jacket is meant to be in the riding position not talking to people at bars or the bank.
The air flow is somewhere I think this jacket lacks. Remember you can buy a COOLING VEST INSERT to incredibly increase ventilation. Compared to perforated leather jacket or a textile jacket this lacks airflow. It is not incredibly bad but I can imagine in 90+ degree humid weather, such as California or dry heat such as Arizona, it would be uncomfortable at anything below 25mph. For my weather in Washington though it was completely fine. I bought the jacket for protection and the airflow was sufficient. I only had an issue in stop and go traffic. Anything about 20-25mph and the jacket had average to above average ventilation. Remember any jacket will be hot in stop and go traffic no matter what jacket. I would definitely buy this jacket again.
The jacket performed perfectly. I bought it exactly for those times I would be in Seattle and it would rain. One day I put the waterproof liner in and I got caught in a huge downpour. Every part of my body was wet except my upperbody and helmet. I would like to add that even in the rain I got airflow. It did not feel like I was in a rubber suit sweating. It was comfortable and warm.
The build quality is great! There are many fine details Anthony covers in the video review. Suffice it to say I did not think this jacket was lacking in anything here. It was above and beyond what was necessary. There are plenty of pockets, you can add back protector, it is waterproof, and with the separate cooling liner you could even make this jacket usable in very hot weather. One thing I did not like was that the neck liner on my jacket felt rough. It is mentioned in the video it is supposed to be soft but mine was rough. After about 2 weeks riding it though it became softer. It was a not an issue after 2 weeks. My riding conditions have been 45 deg. F to 88 deg. Fahrenheit and the jacket has been great. Around 50 degrees, I just close the zipper and my body feels nice and toasty. At 75 degrees or up, I just open the zipper a little.
Overall, I really like this jacket. All the functions advertised by Rev’it are true to their words and I'm glad I chose this jacket my guilty pleasures jacket
September 30, 2013
Awesome summer jacket
I seem to be hard to fit since I have tried 4 other jackets of different brands and styles. I am 5'8" 185 lbs, 44" chest 37" waist and take a 33" shirt sleeve. Many coats were too tight and sleeves too long. I got a size 52 and it fits me perfect which according to the sizing chart I should be in a 54.
It fits a little snug, just right, which feels great while riding since you don't have sleeves or the jacket body flapping around.
I just got back from being caught in some heavy rain and my shirt was bone dry with the liner in. I don't think it's a good idea purposely wearing the coat in the rain since the leather is too nice to keep soaking in water. The liner also helps cut the cool wind down when the temps get below 70 deg.s.
I am not sure how low a temp you will want to wear it, but with a good thin layer, like a merino wool base layer you should be able to extend its range.
I have been wearing it on a lot on hot days, 85-90 no problems, plenty of air flow, this is where the coat really shines.
I would have preferred a less power ranger look but the white logos and accents does give the rider more visibility for our adversaries, other vehicles.
So it's comfortable, looks good, fits well, and I feel safe riding with it unlike all these Idiots who are riding in T shirts.
Thanks to the Revzilla staff for being very helpful.
September 2, 2013
Great Versatile Jacket
This is a great jacket. The main thing is that it comes with so many extra features and at the price point it provides a lot.
The waterproof liner works very well and I have been through a few storms and it works great. Obviously it's still a sport-cut jacket so it may not protect all the way down your waist depending on how long your torso is, but still a great option for when you know it's going to be a wet out. You will definitely want to zip and button the liner all the way up otherwise your chest will be wet from the chest zipper. Have everything properly secured and you will be weatherproof.
Two issues with the jacket. First is air flow. This is definitely a great jacket for 3-3.5 seasons for the reasons mentioned above. However since it is a full leather jacket with very little perforation, it still is a little uncomfortable at anything above 80 degrees or so. Even when moving at high speeds, it doesnt flow quite enough air. I personally would keep a backup mesh jacket or something around if possible. It's not that it is completely undoable, as right now I ride an hour every day two and from work, but it could use a little more air flow. Issue two is build quality. The product is great everywhere so far except for the sleeves. The zippers so far have held up great, but the button clasps and the loops inside the sleeves holding the liners are very weak. The buttons and loops have all ripped out and did so within the first two weeks. I remember them happening when I turned to check for traffic and the right side loop and clasps snapped off and the button flew across the bike. Maybe I just had a dud, but this is concerning.
Overall, this is a great jacket and if you're looking for a lot of features and a sort of all in one jacket, I highly recommend this jacket (assuming the buttons and loops were a one case thing).
July 31, 2013
Very nice jacket
No complaints at all. Sizing is a step larger than Euro standards.
June 24, 2013
Nice jacket with three season practicality
For reference, I'm 5'9", 170lbs, size 42 chest but a very skinny build, long arms and relatively small waist.
I originally bought a Racing Leather Jacket size 50 - it was way too small. Next was a Racing in size 52, a little too big and I also found the jacket's features were budget for the price (i.e. cheap zippers).
So I tried the Galactic in 50. Fit nice in the shoulders and chest, little loose in the arms and gut area (I wanted a tighter fit). What I really like is the versatility of this jacket. Cold, put the liner in and wear a warm base layer and you're fine. Warm, remove the liner, and let the air flow. This jacket will get a lot more use than either a full leather jacket or dedicated mesh jacket. Two knocks 1. is the cheesy Rev'it name on the arms and back, I wish the jacket was a little more low profile and 2. The stomach area is too loose for a sport jacket.
May 27, 2013