REV'IT! Melville Jacket
Exactly what I was looking for.
This is a great jacket for casual everyday commuter riding. It's definitely not a technical piece, but it's not meant to be. The Knox CE Lite armor is low-profile enough that you can wear this jacket as a casual piece without really needing to remove the armor. And the jacket looks nice enough that you can wear it casually.
It fits well for layering. I thought I'd have to get a medium to layer a hoodie or sweater under it. But a layer underneath is great with the liner out, perhaps a bit snug with the liner in (in the SF bay area, it makes more sense to have an insulation layer that you can keep on under the jacket rather than just one heavy layer).
I've only ridden it in one major downpour, and it kept me perfectly dry. I had a hard time believing that the jacket is actually (waxed) cotton! It even feels like a softer but strong high quality water resistant nylon.
I've only got 2 nits to pick. Rev'It (and pretty much every MC jacket manufacturer) has kinda missed the boat on not making the zips on the inner liner reverse matched so that it can be worn as a separate lightweight insulating layer. Some outdoor gear manufacturers do this and it makes so much sense! Secondly, I think elastic knit cuffs inside the sleeves would be ideal.
Hopefully I'll remember to update this review as the jacket ages as I plan on putting this jacket through its paces.
March 29, 2014
Nice Look but poor durability
I acquired the jacket at the end of October of last year. I think it looks and feels great on the bike. I ride an R1200 R and it fits the look and style of the bike nicely.
The liner is very warm and the waxed cotton material is also very rain proof based on my experience.
I have not had the opportunity to test how it would handle hitting the asphalt, but I would assume it could survive at least one significant incident.
However, I cannot recommend this jacket because of durability. Within one month the stitching came out of the front left pocket when I reached in to get my keys out. Then yesterday the stitching on the back of the right shoulder separated from the body of the jacket when I simply reached up to take off my helmet.
Revzilla has been very helpful with resolving the issue, but I wanted to ensure other potential buyers received my feedback.
March 10, 2014
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