REV'IT! Phantom GTX Gloves
A bit disappointing
My review goes against the flow on this product, but this review is written after a season of ownership, which might help inform you how the product has worn over time.
The Phantoms are stylish and comfortable and do an excellent job in the wet with their premium Gore Tex lining. My hand is a difficult fit, being wide but with relatively short fingers. This pair is just a bit snug on me (I usually take a size 9.5 or 10) with the fingers a bit too long. No demerits here; I find this typical.
They are nicely warm to about 45 degrees using heated grips, and acceptable to just over 40 degrees (at speed; work fine in town at lower temps). They are not a true winter glove as my finger tips get cold as temperatures near 40, even with the grips on high. Conclusion: this is a two and a half to three season glove, not really suitable for warm summer riding or colder winter climates.
I do have a couple of issues with them: First, the gauntlet is just a bit narrow (not a true touring glove: sort of a "sport touring" fit) , so they don't slide easily over bulkier jacket sleeves such as my Vanson Sportrider jacket, which is made of thick leather. They do slot over my Sand jacket, but are still difficult to get on and off if you prefer to wear the glove/gauntlet over your sleeves. I'd like it if the gauntlet was just a bit more generous. The straps and Velcro work well once you get the gloves on however.
Second and more importantly, they have not held up all that well. One of the gloves is showing significant color fading after barely one season, which seems odd as the other one looks better. I didn't use them very much at all during the summer and started really wearing them in early fall and into this winter's riding. The material used on the bake of the glove seems quite prone to surface scuffing and marring, and is already showing wear and scrapes on the hard knuckles and tops of the fingers. I have not crashed these gloves and they are stored in either a top box or my garage when not in use. They're probably OK for another season, but after only three or four months of routine use they look quite used and don't appear to be able to go the distance you'd expect of a premium glove. Maybe you need to spend more to get a really great glove, but if so, these seem like they are too expensive to be used for just one season, and not quite a true premium product.
They look good when new, and have proven waterproof, and retain decent control feel, all n their favor, but in respect to durability, I think they leave something to be desired. I can't talk about how they might hold up in a crash since I haven't done that (and will continue to try not to) but I expect a near premium glove to look good for more than one season, and early scuffing and fading suggests they will need replacement soon. I cant recommend them based on my experience.
November 30, 2013
1st time in the rain, they soaked through in less than 100 miles
After less than 100 miles in the rain of a 2 day 500 mile ride(400+ miles in the Pacific northwest rain) The gloves soaked through. I just got them broken in, they fit great and have lots of protection. I can put on my helmet and fasten the chin strap with these gloves, they are the best fitting gloves I have ever owned( I also have the Klim Caldera for winter)
Thanks to Revzilla's excellent return policy, they are on their way back for another pair that hopefully don't leak.
Over all they are still an awesome glove
October 1, 2013
Great three season all weather glove.
Although a little pricey, the Rev'it Phantom GTX is a truly great all weather glove that I believe could be used in three seasons. When I first tried them on (I wear a large) they were just a little on the tight side, but broke in rather quickly. I just got back from a 750 mile tour through the Appalachian mountains with cool mornings, warm afternoons, and one rainy day. My hands stayed dry and comfortable in all weather conditions. I live them! I would recommend these gloves to anyone.
September 30, 2013
Gorgeous glove, extremely comfortable.
I did a ton of glove research before buying these. They are, in my opinion, the nicest looking gloves I've tried so far. They're stealth-looking, so they aren't super flashy -- and I like that. The materials and construction are very high quality, and the fit is great.
I've ridden these in some pretty warm weather and they seem to do well in the heat, so I consider them to be true all-weather gloves. I gave the airflow 4/5 because they're not as breathable as a perforated summer glove -- but they're not supposed to be.
I would buy these again.
September 16, 2013
Good wet weather glove
I've had these for a few months and got to use them in all extremes of wet. Here are my thoughts.
GoreTex waterproofing works well on all areas covered. They're supposed to be "breathable". But under leather cladding, they don't breath very well. Mesh gloves they are not. One thing to note, as my riding position situates the hands lower than the elbows, there was the tendency for the water to roll down the waterproof liner of my jacket and right into the glove. That happens to be the one area not covered in GoreTex for obvious reasons. Wearing the glove cuff under the jacket liner solved this issue.
I also own or have owned several other Rev'It gloves, including the Chevrons(summer) and Kelvin(winter/waterproof). All have been in size XL according the chart and real life fit. However, I've found that the Phantom GTX are a bit tighter and bulkier making them almost a half size smaller than Rev'It's other gloves that I have owned. The combination of the leather and GoreTex adds extra bulk, especially at the crotch between the fingers and underneath the first knuckle. Initially, long rides resulted in pained hands. Several long wet rides later, they're beginning to break in.
The squeegee on the left forefinger is a nice touch. When visibility gets spotty, it allows you to scrape off the mist off your visor in a single swipe of the finger. No more "palm-face" moments trying to see on the move. There's also the plastic palm slider. It's a nice touch. More gloves should come with these rather than just the cheesy memory foam padding.
Overall, they're nice gloves for their intended purpose: staying dry on those wet rides.
August 26, 2013
Stylish and well built.
I was looking for a leather waterproof glove that I could use in the summer and that offered great protection and this glove ticked all the boxes.
The gloves look great and the construction is top notch. The quality of construction now has me looking at Rev'It for other products.
I'm between a medium and a large in most brands and went with large in these and they are a snug fit but appropriate for a sporty glove. They feel good on the controls due to the lack of insulation. Unfortunately, the slider on the palm of the hand is quite thick and causes discomfort after a while. Maybe if I had gone with another size up, I wouldn't notice it as much.
Although the gloves offer no insulation, there is also no ventilation. As a result, my hands still get a bit hot and sweaty over 70 degrees.
Besides the slider, the other thing I would change is that the gauntlet is unnecessarily small making it a pain to get over the jacket cuff. It works, but just barely. On the flip side, it's fairly easy to get under your sleeves.
June 10, 2013
Good GTX all season gloves
I think this is a perfectly good all season GTX gloves. It will be hot during the summer, but I would assume that one will only wear this on touring when expecting heavy rain (otherwise, wearing summer gloves).
Glove size runs small. In Dainese, I wear large, but this glove, I have to wear XXL! Even then, my index and middle finger feels a bit short, but not uncomfortable.
I think given the GTX, protection, and price, this glove is definitely a keeper for me to be used in spring, fall, and sometimes summer (if I am in a heavy rain situation during touring).
May 29, 2013
Best gloves I ever owned. They are a little more expensive but there is a reason...they are that well made. Revzilla is by far the best place to buy on the web.
May 27, 2013