REV'IT! Outback Jacket
Great Jacket, Good Price.
I've had this jacket for a few weeks, and I'm very happy.
Perfect match with the Sand 2 pants, in style and features.
I'm 5'9", 170 lbs., 38" chest, and I bought a large.
The size chart puts me at the top end of a medium, so I went with the large. The medium fits, but was very snug. No room for any layers. Although you don't need any. I don't recommend buying a size up, but definitely go larger if your in between sizes like me. Also with the liners out, and all the adjustments taken in, the jacket still fits good, perhaps a bit roomy. That should help with airflow in the summer, so I'll consider it a good thing.
I have ridden in 35F in the rain, and was warm and dry, wearing only one base layer underneath. Just socks and some Fruit of the Loom Active Collection (think cheap Under Armour). I also wear Gore-Tex boots and gloves, a thin balaclava with a full face helmet. I have no problem fitting with a base layer plus jeans and sweater either.
The armour in this jacket is great; you don't even know it is there. It's flexible and comfortable. I've had other gear, where the armour is so bulky and stiff, I didn't want to put it on. The elbow armour comes halfway down the forearm. I plan to upgrade the back protector, but the foam is significant. It won't protect you from a sharp impact, but should provide a few seconds of slide time.
Lots of pockets. The four pockets with the flaps are water proof. Good place for you phone, wallet, and other dry items. There is also a zippered pocket on bottom left, great for keys and flash-light. The hand warmer pockets are small, but useful. There are interior pockets in all 3 liners. The rabbit pouch is not waterproof.
The tall collar and snap closure is great. Helps to keep the wind out of your jacket and helmet. There are also drawstrings at the bottom to keep wind and rain out at the waist.
The Hydratex liner can be worn by itself with or without the thermal layer.
My only complaint is the sleeves. I have short arms and the sleeves are bit long. Probably a good thing for most. Also, the velcro flaps that cover the zipper aren't quite long enough to keep it closed. It's minor. The dual zipper feature on the sleeves is really nice, but could be refined a bit.
April 4, 2014
Very good and comfortable jacket
When I watched reviews - before the end was not sure if there is able to comfortably keep hands in your pockets. Thought that access to the pockets only from the top . But when I received the package - I realized that pockets are two in one. There is a separate side access with velcro.
Traveled this jacket at 3°C and felt quite comfortable with all additional liners. And at 20°C felt comfortable without additional liners.
Shoulder and elbow protections are comfortable. Standard back protection - seemingly weak and it is desirable to replace for more serious "Seesoft Back Protector Insert".
March 31, 2014
Quality jacket at a reasonable price
This is primarily a sizing review, as it’s 25 degrees F outside here right now, with ice, salt, and gravel on the roads, and up to ten inches of snow forecast for two days from now. For reference, my measurements are as follows: 6’ tall, 165#, and 40” chest (actual measurements). My dress sleeve length is 34”. My waist is 33” if you believe nominal pants sizing, but 35.5” by actual measurement. (Who says men’s clothing isn’t vanity sized?) I have a 32” inseam, meaning my torso is a bit long and legs a bit short for my height. I’m relatively fit, but don’t have large arms. In regular clothing, I’m normally between sizes: a medium shirt or jacket will usually fit but may not be long enough in the torso or sleeves; a large will generally be blousy around the torso. I buy tailored-fit clothing. My two other jackets, one a Tourmaster and the other a Joe Rocket, are mediums and they both fit well, but I bought a size large in the Outback, and it fits me perfectly.
I live in Minnesota, but my riding buddy and I tend to go south on our extended trips, so I wanted a jacket that would deal with low temps on an early Minnesota morning, but won’t turn into an oven on a sunny southern afternoon. I looked at a lot of different jackets, from the cheap to the I-could-buy-a-car-for-that. The Outback looked like a good touring jacket with the features I wanted. I also wanted some style to the jacket, and my girlfriend approved the Outback. I was a little put off by the Revzilla description of the jacket as being an American fit; I prefer a more European-style fitted jacket, as I am slender. Don’t be fooled: the Outback may be boxier than previous Rev’Its, but it is not a loose-fitting jacket. I chose the anthracite/silver, hoping to avoid the heat-trap of black, but anthracite is very dark, more so than it appears on the Revzilla site. I still prefer it to the silver, for practicality.
Based on past experience, I was originally tempted to get the medium, but bought the large because the Rev’It size chart recommends a large for a 39-41” chest. This appears to be spot-on; the large actually feels a bit tight with a standard shirt and undershirt under all three layers, becoming much less tight, but not loose, when the inner layers are removed. I’d also say it’s halfway between a full ¾ length jacket and a sport jacket; even on my shorter torso it doesn’t come down low over my hips. This actually works well for me, as I ride a Tiger 1050 with its upright riding position. The jacket doesn’t have gussets or a two-way zipper to provide more room at the bottom as might be necessary on a cruiser-type bike, but the bottom of the jacket is open enough to provide some extra room, and has drawstrings to close it up. I have the waist straps cinched in all the way, and also wear riding pants, so I don’t worry about cold airflow at the waist, and use an external rain suit in heavy rain. The sleeve length appears to be about perfect for my riding position, and the snap fasteners on the sleeves are just right for me in the loose position with the liners in; and just right in the tighter position when the liners are out. Warning: this jacket likely will not fit you well with both liners in if you have big guns.
As for ergonomics, one of the things that attracted me to the jacket was the pockets: it has five on the front, including two breast pockets, of which I will use one for sunglasses, the other for reading glasses. (Don’t be fooled by the extra flap on the right upper pocket; it’s a styling thing, not another pocket.) The four pockets with flaps all appear to be waterproof, with foldover vinyl or rubber liners. As for temperature control, it appears the jacket will have no difficulty in keeping me warm: I worked up a sweat within a minute or two of putting it on with the liners in at an ambient temp of 69 degrees F. Venting for very hot weather is still a concern, but I deal with heat better than cold, and have a mesh jacket if the forecast is for continual hot weather. I have not ridden in the jacket yet, so cannot opine on its temperature control on the bike.
So far I’m happy: the price was reasonable for the quality construction, styling, and features (although decent back protection should be standard}. Revzilla shipping was fast, as usual, and the video demo was helpful.
March 16, 2014
Got this jacket and it is simply wonderful. It fits nice and snugly. Armoring is adequate as well as the venting. This jacket does keep you very warm even in the colder weather (30 degrees F). Awesome features for the price!
March 3, 2014
One heck of a jacket..
As a first time rider, this purchase was very important to me, both in terms of safety, looks, and overall comfort. After wearing it for the first time yesterday on a 60-mile ride, I have to say that I couldn't be happier about having pulled the trigger on this particular jacket. The air flow kept me cool enough during the entire ride, the pockets were used for the important small items that I was carrying, and the looks are unique, sharp, and modern. If you are thinking about a jacket to use on long or short rides, look no more...this is it..guarantee it.
February 23, 2014
So So for me
I bought this jacket looking for something I could use for multi-seasons. It fit fine based on the size chart. I found it to be too much mesh and felt it would not be protective enough. My biggest complaint was that the armor was very loose in the jacket so I felt if I every went down in it the armor would be sliding all around and thus not really offer any real protection. I am sure its great for some but not what I was looking for.
I ride a cruiser.
January 26, 2014
I'm 5'10, weight 170 and purchased a size Large.
Perfect fit, the arms long enough and overall very comfortable when riding. It keeps warm, no matter what temperature, so I can ride as long as I want, or until my legs are frozen (the pants are next).
I went for a ride on a light rain (I though) and returned home two hours later warm and dry on top, but my jeans and boots were completely soaked.
The quality of materials and detail of construction are top notch. You feel well protected with it, great pockets in the right places, high quality zippers.
January 3, 2014
Love this jacket. Met all expectations. Comfortable and keeps you warm with only a shirt underneath in 30 degree weather.
December 30, 2013