REV'IT! Melville Jacket
Classic look in a cold weather jacket
I love the look of this jacket, as it reminds me of the classic British waxed-cotton jackets. It's not waxed cottton, though. It's more like a plastic-covered nylon. Think waterproof tent, not classic Belstaff jacket. Don't get me wrong- I think it looks good, and I'm sure it's wind and waterproof. I guess the good news there is that it won't stain like waxed cotton or need to be re-waterproofed.
The fit is normal. A large fit me nicely, though snug with the liner in. I have a 42 inch chest and 33 inch waist. Bulky in the waist, but the belt cinches that up so you don't look too tubby.
I actually ended up returning the jacket so can't comment on its rideability. It looks great and appears to be warm. There were two problems with it, though. The belt is super chintzy- you'll get the version in the pictures, not the prototype in the video review (which I would have preferred). The belt has a super thin metal buckle and always has to be buckled, adding to the hassle of getting dressed. Secondly, there are no vents in the back or side (slits, I mean, like on a suit jacket) and the zipper runs pretty low. I tried it on and sat on my bike (classic, upright riding position). The jacket had a ton of stress on the bottom of the zipper and I could feel it riding up. A zipper that unzipped both directions or a back vent would have solved this. There's no way I could ride with this jacket in any type of sporty riding position. It would ride up over my shoulders and look ridiculous, or blow out the bottom of the zipper in the middle of a ride. Maybe the experience would be different for other rider/bike combos, but it didn't work for me.
In short, I think this is a great looking jacket. It just wasn't the right one for me. I returned it and bought an Opera- I'm very happy with it.
Like always, Revzilla Customer Service was top notch. They took the jacket back no problem and credited my account right away.
November 29, 2013
Finally a cool jacket with proper protection
I like leather jackets and all weather jackets (Barbour, for example), but wanted a jacket that looked good and had decent protection for riding. Rev'it has several to choose from, but the Melville fits well and is a classic.
I have looked at BMW and Olympia and Alpinestars - but I am not a superbike dude nor do I think these brands look all that good. I think you should be able to find a jacket that offers a great deal of protection and still looks great.
November 14, 2013
I am size S, but buy M. It is perfect. Very comfortable and warm.
September 16, 2013
Would have loved to love this jacket
Got this jacket looking for one that would work for 3 season riding. Liked the old school look but the only thing I couldn't come to terms with was the sizing. People report that it is an urban fit but if you're tall and skinny even this won't be for you.
I'm 6'1, 160 LBS, and have longer than normal arms and for me the sleeves are too short in the riding position and the body even with the liner is too big.
I suppose that all motorcycle jackets are going to look bulky but I think that's part of the problem. Roland Sands is on to something but for the price I'd rather just get a jacket custom made.
August 29, 2013
Good style, good fit. Almost looks like a normal jacket, but you will look like you've bulked up.
Looks like it will protect me just fine in a crash.
April 1, 2013
Nice looking jacket
Bought this for cold weather riding and only tested it once so far in a heavy downpour at about 40 degrees. Kept me warm and dry just as I thought it would. The sleeves were kind of hard to get into my gauntlet style gloves but after snapping up the buttons to the tighter setting and rolling them around my wrist, it worked just fine.
Also works well as a non-riding jacket if you pull the armor pieces out. The outer shell is somewhat stiff but maybe it needs to be broken in. Very nice looking jacket!
December 11, 2012
Great jacket, can't wait for the waxed cotton to break in. The only gripe would be that in the riding position the sleeves are a bit short, but off the bike the jacket fits perfectly. Can't have it all.
November 12, 2012
A jacket that out performs the competitiors
Pros: Warm and waterproof four season comfort
Cons: Thin fabric offers little abrasion protection
The Rev'it Melville jacket does everything it promises. It is warm and windproof enough for New England nights that drop below 40 degrees. Rev'it took a classic design from the 1940's and modernized it to bring the jacket to today's standards. Something that Rev'it's competitors have yet to do.
I have worn the jacket on two hour bike rides through the twisty roads of New England's mountains.The Melville kept me warm and dry the whole time, keeping the cold wind out, and my body heat in. This is the jacket you need if you are planning to ride year long, and want to look good when you get to your destination.
If Rev'it had constructed the jacket out of heavier waxed cotton canvas and paid more attention to little areas like the belt the Melville would blow away jackets that cost almost three times more.
The Rev'it Melville offers quality and style all at an affordable price that should keep riders smiling "On Any Sunday."
November 5, 2012