REV'IT! Melville Jacket
Not for Power Rangers
I'm 6'-2", 180 lbs. Very long arms. Jacket size- XL.
This jacket does not look like a motorcycle jacket, even with the armor the pads are still pretty low profile. This is good, for me, because I am afraid of being caught looking like a motorcyclist, and since I spent winter jacket money on the motorcycle jacket, I can now have both.
The "waxed-cotton," or whatever it really is, is very windproof and waterproof- The first three days of wearing this thing I was caught in the rain for about 1hr a day. It kept me dry and warm. It's very comfortable, and I think all of the rain helped it break in a little.
Since I have gorilla arms, the sleeves are just a little bit short when riding (BMW R75/6 with "American handlebars"), but that's just me.
TOP SECRET- the tags that come with the jacket have nifty diagrams of the Rev'it jackets and what kind of riding style/motorbike the fitments are cut for and, get this, the Melville has a picture of a person on a Vespa-like scooter. But I didn't let that hurt my masculine motor-man pride, because after all, this is advertised as an "urban" style jacket, and does in fact have a mellow appearance for a protective piece of equipment, and since it is a strong throwback to the 70's Belstaff, forget that scooter diagram.
There are lots of pockets, the zippers are good, the liner zips out easy and is warm, the main zipper is very strong, and the snaps are good quality. The belt, like everyone else said does feel a little chincy, but I chose to remove it anyhow as buckling a belt every time I unzip the jacket would be an extra step for fashion I am not willing to take.
The fit is a little slim, so get a size up.
Overall, this thing feels solid and looks great. Judging by the feel of the material and hardware, I feel good about this thing lasting a while and look forward to breaking it in and riding many miles into the future of motorcycle adventure. Yes, I recommend it.
November 6, 2014
Melville,amazing jacket by REV'IT!
fantastic jacket for a urban style , confertable very good for summer and winter . lots of storage and fantastic fit .
October 27, 2014
Awesome jacket! The removable liner keeps you super warm, this jacket is all around amazing. I recommend this jacket not only for brisk rainy motorcycle cruse, but also for just going out on a cold/wet, day/evening. my only dislike is the collar of the jacket being stiff but with time im sure it will brake in nice A+ on this jacket
October 20, 2014
classic style, modern protection
I get compliments everywhere, looks like a belstaff jacket but offers better protection
September 16, 2014
Great style and functionality
Man. I really like this jacket. It doesn't squeak as bad as my leather jackets. You can wear it out on the town and not look like you're trying to prove something as with an old school Brando style rocker jacket, but it looks right at home with my Ducati too. I like the weight. I like the style. I like the feel of the waxed cotton. The liner zips out super easy. I wear a hoody with it most of the time to punk it up a little. My only complaint is the lack of stretch gusseting in the shoulders. My Duc has clip ons and the sport riding position has the jacket cutting into my shoulders a tad on the front. The jacket would be 5-star all around if it weren't for this little oversight. Might not be a problem for a more upright position, but I could use a little more room. Overall great buy though! I'm stoked.
June 2, 2014
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