REV'IT! Melville Jacket
Just like the traditional British Belstaff & Barbour Jackets
Back in the 70's I purchased a Belstaff Jacket & pover pants. I loved this set and road many miles in storms with out ever getting wet. I grew bigger and the jacket would no longer fit & I've been looking for a replacement. The Melville has filled this void and then some. The look and feel is close to the Belstaff with a waterproof wax cotton outside. In side are the big improvments such as a breathable detachable thermal liner which the Belstaff didn't have. There is also removable armor in the sleeves. I take a size large in most jackets but moved up to an XLG because I don't like tight fitting jackets.
The XLG will allow a thicker shirt to be worn. This jacket looks great off the bike as well and won't mark anything I sit against, cause the wax won't rub off like the Belstaff. For the price of the Melville , with it's improvments, you get the best of all worlds which a new Belstaff or Barbour can't come close to. The Melville also looks good with the Belstaff over pants that I can still wear.
February 3, 2014
Felt like I was wearing a cheap costume
I don't own this jacket, but I did have the chance to try it on at a local moto shop that sells Rev'it gear last week. I was debating between buying this or the Opera- I'm glad I chose the Opera.
The "wax cotton" just made the jacket look and feel so tacky. The bulkiness of the jacket doesn't help; some people might be able to get away with it, but if you have a slim frame, you're gonna look ridiculous wearing this jacket. Also, the belt was really cheap and practically useless; Rev'it should have stayed with the prototype design that's used in Revzilla's video review.
Like i mentioned, I don't actually own the jacket so you can take my first impression of it with a grain of salt. If you're really into the whole Belstaff Trophy/Trialmaster style of the jacket, I would suggest either the Oxford (no wax cotton, but at least it'll feel like a real jacket) or the Concorde (with the detachable hood off, it somewhat resembles the Melville & it has a better fit & finish)- just be aware there are other jackets out there than this.
January 20, 2014
Great Jacket, near-perfect clone of my BefStaff TT coat.
Great Jacket, near-perfect clone of my BefStaff Tourist Trophy coat.
December 30, 2013
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