REV'IT! Oxford Jacket
Nice around-town jacket
I've had more high-tech jackets from Rev'it, but I'm really glad they brought their city line to the US. The Oxford contains a basic layer of protective gear and a very chic style.
As another reviewer mentioned, this jacket is actually very comfortable off the motorcycle, and I can walk around (or come in to work) without looking like a moto-dweeb.
The jacket fits a little small, but that should be expected for European gear. I'm 6'0", ~225 lbs and normally feel comfortable in size L shirts and jackets, but the Oxford fits me in XL size.
I feel like Rev'it did a good job in choosing the material and construction of this jacket. I've had other Rev'it jackets -- from $300 to $500 -- which started falling apart after only a few thousand miles of daily commuting. But the fact that the Oxford contains a single-material outer layer with very basic stitching inspires confidence.
It's urban, European styling can't be replicated by the lower-cost American brands, leaving only Dainese and possible Alpinestars as companies who could concoct a similar design for a similar price. However, that design comes at a cost, and I think the $300 pricetag is just a bit too high.
Bottom line: this jacket wouldn't be suitable for canyon-carving or touring, but it's great for the casual commuter and the city-residing millennial who wants to look nice off the bike. Pair this jacket with some Dianese jeans and Vera Cruz or TCX shoes, and you can achieve something approaching ATGATT without appearing out of place at a concert or bar.
PS, my wife says I look handsome with the /very/-Euro trench-style cross strap... so it stays (for now).
November 29, 2014
Stylish and comfortable
I bought this jacket for winter, mainly urban, riding here in central North Carolina. I have not ridden long distances in it but for short, around town riding this jacket has performed well and looks great. I have felt comfortable in temperatures in the low 30s even on my Triumph T100 which has no screen so I am exposed to the elements. The lining does not fasten, I would suggest they add a zip or other fastenings to provide all round insulation because I have felt a bit of a cold patch right down the middle. Otherwise, great jacket!
November 28, 2014
Found what I was looking for
I was in need of a riding jacket that could double as a townie coat, plus something that was fitting for my vintage BMW R50/2. This fits the bill very nicely on both fronts. It would be nice to have better ventilation, but the waterproof characteristic is very nice. It fits well and looks good even on me!
September 8, 2014
Disappointing build quality. Wish I had returned.
I was looking for a jacket that would provide decent protection and warmth for my suburban commute in Northern California. I chose a cooler weather jacket because the temperature varies so much here even during the summer.
When I first received the jacket it fit great and looked less like a moto jacket than most of them. I appreciated all the pockets, especially the hidden zippered breast pocket you can access even when it is zipped up. It arrived missing one of the armor pieces but Revzilla sent that promptly with no hassle. I was a little surprised this expensive jacket was made in China but I had heard good things about Rev'it quality and the fit was good (a true medium). It provided good warmth down to the high thirties with the liner and was wearable in the heat to the mid eighties if moving. I didn't get a chance to wear it in the rain.
Then I started noticing the loose threads. They are all over the jacket. It was too late to return so I decided to live with them. Two weeks into owning the jacket a large hole had developed in that inside pocket I mentioned. I never had anything sharp in there and only used it to hold my wallet/phone.
I sent it in for a warranty return and it'll be a month or two before I have a jacket again. Really disappointed in Rev'it's quality. Don't make the same mistake I did.
August 28, 2014
Great on/off bike jacket
First off, the Oxford is a pretty cool looking jacket if you want to look decent at work. The removable belt is a great feature for that. The belt loops aren't so bod as to look out of place without the belt.
Rev's vid helped me select my size, sort of. I looked at the model's height to determine my size. I usually order a small, but they didn't have it in stock. With the video review, I suspected I could get away with a medium, and I did! Score! Thanks Revzilla!!!
I'm 5' 8", 140lbs, 37" chest. So most times, a small is nice and snug.The Oxford actually fits me snug for a medium. May be the liner or the Euro fit.
Sleeve- since I ride elbows bent, it's just right.
Features- it was sub 37 deg at night in San Francisco, Bay Area. Trust me, that's cold for us spoiled west coasties, but the jacket held up. Core was kept warm in a 30-min 75mph and over ride.
I hope I don't have to test the jacket's abrasion resistance as it looks like it'll rip in a spill. At least the jacket comes with armor (shoulder/elbows).
Bottom line, get it if you think you like it. Maaaaaybe size up like I did. Then you can wear a vest under it, as well.
December 19, 2013