REV'IT! Horizon Jacket
It kept me warm.
I was surfing the internet for a jacket and found Revzilla . I wanted something all season. So I bought the Rev'it Horizon Jacket on a partly cloudy 45 degree winter day. With a t-shirt on and my new Rev'it jacket I took my KLR 650 on a 92 mile ride from Philly up to Bucks county and back. The sun was weak that day and the only thing that got cold were my hands. So um I guess I'm in the market for new gloves.
March 25, 2013
A Good Waterproof Jacket
Rev'it Horizon Hi-Viz Jacket (XL)
I purchased the Rev'it Horizon Jacket, and Rev'it Horizon Pants to replace my ageing winter gear in December of 2012. Since then, I've used the gear daily while commuting in and out of NYC (approximately 9 weeks, and 4,000 miles).
I visited RevZilla with these specific requests for the new gear:
Waterproof on the outside, not some silly removable waterproof liner.
Pants with the armour in the correct place, and snug enough that the armour did not move about.
A jacket that did not ride up when I sat on the motorcycle.
Overall the Horizon jacket has proved to be excellent. The most outstanding aspect of the jacket is that it is waterproof, and waterproof! Between the Hydratex shell, and the front storm flap, I have yet to experience any leaking, be it rain, sleet, or snow during my daily commute.
The Horizon is neither a heavy nor a bulky jacket. With the thermal liner installed it tends to be snug, and form-fitting (I wear it over a thermal base layer) which I think is a benefit. Less bulk means the Knox armour stays in place, yet I still have the freedom of motion necessary to operate the motorcycle. This is my first Hi-Viz jacket, and I'm sure I'll be purchasing Hi-Viz gear again whenever it's an option, it's great!!!
The ability of the thermal liner to insulate at temperatures below 35 degrees is marginal, currently I don a micro-fleece over my base layer, and that combination is good to around 14 degrees (though the micro-fleece does increase the bulk factor). Perhaps the original plan for a thermal liner of exkin should be revisited by Rev'it.
The Velcro on the sleeve cuffs is beginning to lose it's ability to remain closed. Unfortunately this is a problem I've experienced with other Rev'it products.
The collar is abrasive to the neck area, perhaps a softer material would be more comfortable.
The collar could be a bit taller around the back to prevent cold air drafts from entering under the helmet.
The hand warmer pockets should have some means for closing, or just lose them all together.
The back pocket appears to have limited usefulness, dispense with it also.
Improve the insulation quality of the thermal liner.
Improve the quality of the Velcro.
I think with a little more attention to the usefulness of the Horizon jacket, Rev'it could go from a very good product to an outstanding product. Regardless, I really like my Rev'it Horizon jacket and pants combination, and do recommend them whenever someone asks.
February 16, 2013
You get what you pay for.
The quality of this product seems to be very good. All seems look strong and all of them looked to be intact when the product was received from Revzilla. I have used this product for about 400miles now. I have ridden in temperatures ranging from low 40s to high 70s. In the lower temperatures I was very comfortable riding with the thermal liner and just a t-shirt. With a decent mid layer 35 degrees should be no problem. When opening the vents you can still ride in temperatures around 70 with the thermal liner if needed. I think you can manage fairly warm days with this jacket without the liner. Venting is pretty good. I have come across drizzles of rain and downpours and I have still to find any drips of water leaking thru the jacket. Its waterproofness seems very good. I’m 5 9, 200 pounds, fairly wide shoulder and a little bit of belly going on. The XL has a great fit but on the tight side with the liner (in the belly area). The jacket is well worth the money they charge for it if you’re an all year around commuter like me.
October 15, 2012
Do it all Fall/Spring touring jacket
The Revit Horizon Jacket is my first cool weather riding jacket and I am impressed. I did not want a jacket that had multiple liners because that only adds bulk and does not allow me to wear my work clothes underneath comfortably. I also wanted to get a jacket that did not require a liner to make the jacket waterproof.
The Horizon has the waterproofing built into the jacket material so there is no need for an additional liner on the inside of the jacket. The only liner that comes with the Horizon is the thermal liner which is easy to remove and install. The mornings recently have been in the low 50s for my ride into work and the thermal liner has helped keep me nice and toasty. I think the thermal liner will allow riding down into the low 40s and possibly more with a base layer.
I purchased the Silver/Black coloration and it looks great. I have a pair of Revit Sand pants that match up nicely and can be connected using the full 360 degree zipper. The rear of the jacket has a nice Revit logo with reflective trim and a zippered exhaust vent for warmer temperatures. There is a medium sized kangaroo style pocket on the back for storage. I could not compress the thermal liner enough to fit into the rear pocket but a pair of riding gloves would feel right at home. The elbow and shoulder armor is comfortable and allows for non restricted movement on the bike.
The front of the jacket has two large touring style pockets. The right pocket is secured by a Velcro flap and has plenty of room for a cell phone, wallet and keys. The left pocket has a Velcro closure as well as a zipper. The opening to the left pocket is smaller and has slightly less room. Above the pockets on both sides are two VCS Aquadefense vents. The vents allow for ample airflow during warmer days and can be closed off during cool morning commutes. The jackets outer material covers the vent - zips and Velcros in place - to maintain full waterproof properties. I have not had a chance to test the waterproofing but I will report my findings once I do. Reflective strips are also incorporated into the arms and front panels of the jacket to help increase visibility. There are internal pockets on both the jacket and liner for additional storage. I replaced the foam Knox back pad with a Klim D30 Viper for increased protection. There was very minimal trimming required and there was no significant increase in weight or bulk.
I am 6" 150lbs and wear a medium. The CS guys at Revzilla were very helpful in pointing me to the correct size according to my measurements. I have very long arms so I was afraid a MD would not give me the length I needed but it does. With a pair of short cuff gloves there is a slight gap between glove and jacket but with a pair of gauntlets the transition is seamless. I also have a Revit Reflective Air Vest in MD that fits perfectly overtop of this jacket.
This jacket is best suited for Fall/Spring riding (winter if you have a high temperature tolerance). Riding in 50 degree weather in the morning it performs great but 90s on the way home can get a little sweaty. When you're moving at 60MPH the vents do a great job of flowing air but once you stop it becomes an oven. The only improvement I could suggest would be some under arm venting to stretch the jacket into the warmer months. I ride a Triumph Street Triple and the jacket does not look out of place while riding.
I own several other revit products (pants, boots & summer jacket) and the quality is always top notch. I would strongly recommend this product and cannot speak highly enough of the guys at Revzilla.
September 13, 2012
More than expected
My stats - I'm 175lbs, 5'10" and use the jacket for adventure and sometimes for work. The L is an excellent fit over street light clothes, even with the liner in. But because I live in a hot place, I mostly never use the liner.
It has nice features, I bought separately the back protector and fit perfect. You get What u Paid. I'm very happy with this jacket.
I have also the horizon pant and fit very well.
June 12, 2012
Robust, tough, hard wearing and good looking!
This is a great looking jacket that fits me perfectly (Sm, 5'8", 145lbs). I got it early in the riding season and so got to experience very comfortable rides in a wide range of temperatures from 40F (with the thermal layer in) to 96F (no thermal layer, back protector removed). Airflow is excellent with a slight exception at the elbows - leaving the wrists a bit slack in hot weather helps mitigate that. Some tiny elbow vents would make this jacket perfect in regards to hot weather airflow.
Comfort-wise Rev'It typically nails it, with very adjustable straps, the best neckline I've tried, and a good solid feel to the weight of the fabric. Armor is all in the right places. I upgraded the back armor with a modified sas-tec back protector. The back armor restricts some airflow - remove it on really hot days.
Although there are less outside pockets on this jacket compared to some others, they are large and easy to use.
On long rides in mild rain and in a single thunderstorm downpour that didn't last more than five minutes or so I was completely dry - I've managed to avoid any weather worse.
Looking forward to beating on this jacket for years to come!
May 28, 2012
Good Overall, but with Big Imperfections
So, I spend some time wearing the jacket around the house to make sure that I wanted to keep it. Right away I noticed that the neck is not nearly as comfortable as the other motorcycle jackets I've used (this is the 4th or 5th), especially the Rev'it Dragon it replaced which was the best of the bunch.
There are two main problems: 1st there are some very bulky, nearly pea sized seams that poke me right in the adam's apple. It's immediately noticeable, but not uncomfortable until using for about 15 minutes. 2nd, the inner collar doesn't lay flat, but rather it shoots strait out. There is essentially 4 collars, the outer and the liner and they don't work well together. Combine that with the bulky seam and at about 1/2 hour in traffic and my neck is very irritated.
Now, I do have a bigger than average neck, so this may be partly to blame, but this is still a major design flaw. If it wasn't for the fact that my wife is a skilled seamstress I have returned the jacket. As it is I'll have to have her fix it if I'm going to keep it.
I was also disappointing to discover that the liner is not the exskin as stated in the video. They have since added a note to state that it isn't included, but that was after I had already purchased it, partially justifying the price increase over the Dragon (now the Spectrum) by the fact that it had the liner.
I'm giving you the bad because it's so easy to hear the good stuff from other people. I really do like the jacket other than the neck.
A few notes: One of the pockets has the waterproof zip, one doesn't. Even in light rain the outer layer of the jacket will absorb water but you will stay dry. I hear the waterproof liner used by Rev'it (Hydratex) referred to as being "their version of Gore-Tex" but it's not in the same quality category. It's not a laminate, I believe it's sprayed on. It's just as waterproof as gore-tex, but not as breathable and although at this price I feel it should be a laminate, it's not a deal breaker.
The bottom line:
I have a couple of concerns about the long term durability of the jacket and Rev'it products in general as I have had issues in the past, and I am surprised at how "thrown together" the neck area feels, BUT this is a good overall jacket. I would not recommend it to someone who lives in an area that receives rain infrequently, but it's perfect for places (like here in Seattle) where rain is a possibility for months at a time. Before you decide to get this jacket I'd check out the Firstgear Rainier. It's probably a little bit better value although there's something about Rev'it products that I like.
May 21, 2012
It was time to replace a well-worn Tourmaster Transition 2 jacket, and I narrowed my selection to a more "upscale" choice in the Aerostich Darien/Darien Light or the REV'IT! Horizon.
Both jackets are top-notch. However, a friend who recently got a Darien let me try it on. Wonderful jacket, but it is thick. I'm sure it is bombproof, but thinking of wearing it above 85F made me sweat.
I selected the Horizon. As I have only 100 miles/one ride with the jacket, and have not yet tested its waterproof membrane, take this review with a grain of salt. The fit and finish is great - quality inside and out. Be aware that the detachable inner liner is not one you would be able to wear standalone. Also note, I am 5' 9", 205 lbs, stocky build. Normally I order a Large - in this case, I ordered an XL and would entertain going even to an XXL. Although the Horizon is supposedly more of an "American" cut vs. other REV'IT! jackets of a "European" cut, to say it is "full, American size" is not accurate. I'd put it halfway between European and American.
April 17, 2012