Rev'It Poseidon Gear
OK, finally got a chance to ride in my new Rev’It Poseidon gear. The fit is almost perfect on me, the jacket fits exactly as it should. With the liner in I think there is room for my Gerbing’s as well, but didn’t try or need it today. The pants don’t fit as well as the jacket, but I bought the XL since it fit me when I tried it on last month at a nearby shop, but they were the regular length and were 3-4“ too long for my short inseam challenged legs. Should be able to also wear my Gerbing’s beneath them. The short leg length is perfect for me, they are a bit big at the gut or waist and if I lose much weight I’ll need to use suspenders. (Yeah, like I’ll lose some weight).
The finish is first rate, the seams, zippers and Velcro closures are very well done and show a real advancement in some of the other gear I tried on or considered. Others would do well to emulate this. My other consideration and was the Klim Badlands Pro and they are equal to the task as well. For me the final decision was fit. The Poseidon fit better that the BP, on me, so before you get your panties in a wad the final call was I preferred the Rev’It and especially when it came to the pants, Klim doesn’t offer us inseam challenged folks an option. At least if you are as short legged as I am.
Now to the ride…..the weather was 48-56 all day long and the elevation ranged from 700’ to 3200’, it was sunny and a light wind. I wore only my usual LD Comfort riding shorts and a t shirt as a base. I was warm enough for the 170 or so miles, but had the sun not been shining I would have worn a layer beneath the Poseidon gear. It is comfortable and movement was not hindered in any way. So I can safely say after my initial riding impression that the Poseidon gear exceeds my expectations and I think we’ll enjoy a long and enjoyable relationship. Anxious to see how it fares in the rain and warmer weather as well. Will update this when that happens.
March 24, 2014
Perfect fit and great product!
I've got it! Finally!
Thanks to my wonderful wife (thanks Honey!!!) I do have a jacket and pants. This is the coolest set I've ever had. I've been riding in rather low temp (34F) and nothing - I felt like in armor.
Cool, cool stuff.
I definitely recommend it!
February 19, 2014
Satisfies every need. So far.....
I just received the light grey Poseidon GTX jacket and pants today, but with only one ride so far wearing the new kit, I can tell that I have bought two ATGATT essentials that will last me a very long time.
The detailing (or 'make', for those in the garment business) on the Rev'It Poseidon GTX stuff is really, very good. Just enough pockets, inside and out; the attention to detail is evident; comfort-level is high, too. I have read about people not liking the lighter colour option, but having ridden in a black jacket for over 10 years (nicknamed "Punishment Coat"), I am not at all worried about looking like a NASA shuttle commander...
I am 6'2", 195-200 lbs and I have settled on the XL in both the pants and the jacket. The excellent adjustability on both the pants/ jacket mean that there is 'room to grow' for sure. I love the dual closures on the jacket's cuffs: a long, gathering zip and a strong Velcro tab make sure that it fits right, immediately. Once the Velcro is set, I only need to open/ close the zippers and everything is streamlined. Gauntlet-style gloves fit over the cuff without any issue. I have been riding all day in the Northern Washington/ Lower Mainland of Vancouver, BC in unusually cold (for here) temperatures: 0 to -4 degrees Celsius (32 to 24.8 Fahrenheit), at a standstill. At 120 kph (75 mph), it gets much colder and still, I was warm and toasty underneath the comfy, lined, two-piece suit.
I looked at the Dianese Teren D-Dry jacket/ pants as well but I decided that I was tired of zip-out waterproof liners: Gore-Tex Pro is the business and with the right care, this stuff should last me a while.
My only (minor) caveat is that at such cold temperatures, the SAS-TEC armour is much less yielding to bent knees/ elbows but thankfully, it doesn't get this cold often here and Spring/ Summer are just around the corner. Also, as mentioned in almost every review that I have read on the innanets, the included back-pad is useless and a jacket of this calibre should have the SeeSoft protection included instead.
Otherwise, LOVE this gear. Thanks again Revzilla for making this painless and swift.
February 8, 2014
Not for where I ride.
Lo these many years I’ve searched for the “do it all” jacket. I like to travel light and not have to haul around a bunch of extra “stuff” to accommodate climate changes. Looks like I need to keep on searching as, at least here in southern Arizona, this ain’t it. Here in AZ, when we’re coming home from a chilly +/or wet ride up north, venting is a BFD. Those aqua-defense vents are billed as allowing “massive” air flow. Fact is compared to the venting on say, a Sand 2 the GTX is pretty pathetic. As to the “vents” on the sleeves; I have no idea what those are for as they sure contribute nothing to the interior airflow. Concerning the claim that the fid-lok vent hold open thingies are “a snap to operate even with gloves on”: Good luck with that; at least while sitting on the bike with a helmet on so you can’t see the gizmos.
One last thing. For a garment at this price point I think the zippers are pretty shabby. The wrist zippers would barely operate and I wouldn’t hold out a lot of hope that main zipper to go the distance.
So, it’s back to my trusty Sand 2 and a rain jacket in the saddlebags.
January 15, 2014
Checks all my boxes
I'm 5'10" 175, 42" chest, 33" waste, athletic build. Went with a large and it fits great, maybe a half inch longer on the arms then I would like but doesn't really matter once gloves are on and on the bike.
Minus rain, I put it through it's paces this weekend. Started of the day 40 degree's and brisk #live in SoCal# ended the day in the 80's. Started on the street and spent the day on the trails. Jacket liner was great and once removed airflow was nice. Went with the light grey and can say that I was a lot cooler in the sun then the others I was riding with once it got warm. The liner removal and replacement is great, I like the color coded sleeve attachment system, as well as the pouch for the detached liner. Neck collar is nice and soft. I've had other jackets wear after a long day it starts to annoy me, not so with the Poseidon
Few minor gripes:
- The neck collar can be hooked to stay open to allow airflow. Only issue is it's a hook not a snap so a few times it came undone and flapped a little. Not a big deal, my guess is that it needs to break in a little.
- The back protector if you want to call it that is a joke. For the price they should have given something a little better. If you buy the jacket, invest in an upgraded back protection.
- Velcro for the front seal over the front zipper. A slight concern over wear and tear. If it holds up over time then no worries.
Very pleased with the purchase, have to thank Drew from Revzilla for helping with selection and sizing. For me this should be a nice 4 season jacket. If you dip below 40 then I'd suggest an extra thermal layer. Probably sweat some if above 85, but that goes with just about anything. Probably invest in there cooling vest for the late summer months out here when hits those high dry temps.
December 16, 2013
Exchanged a Defender GTX suit for this....
I originally purchased the Defender GTX suit instead of the Poseidon GTX, for a couple of reasons: 1. I thought it would be cooler in hot weather, since the Gore-Tex liner is removable. 2. Better-looking suit, since the Poseidon jacket looks boxier to me, plus the Defender is closer to a white-silver color vs the Poseidon's drab shade of light gray. Once I received the Defender, however, I knew I had to return it. The sleeves were much too long. The forearms were so baggy that the elbow pads flopped loosely, even when everything was cinched together as tight as it could go. The little loop and hook designed to keep the collar open in warm weather wouldn't stay hooked. Too many liners = too much complication, especially when trying to stuff the gauntlet of a long glove beneath multiple liners. Zipping the jacket to the pants proved to be nearly impossible when wearing the liners, and almost equally difficult without them. Horrible placement of the connecting zippers, laying them one right on top of the other.
The Poseidon seems to have fixed most of these issues for me. For one thing, I can at least zip the suit together while wearing it now, which I couldn't with the Defender. Also, while I would still say the sleeves are perhaps an inch longer than I would prefer, they're not bad. And, even though the designs seem identical, for some reason the loop manages to stay hooked when I want to keep the collar open. I would greatly prefer a simple velcro or magnet method of pinning the collar open, but this hook-and-loop method did at least work (it remained hooked) during my ride.
I remain dubious as to how I'm supposed to stuff the gauntlets of my gloves beneath the liner—I can do it with a bare hand easily enough, but once I have a glove on I can't manage the other glove—and that remains my primary concern with this suit. They should have made the wrist closure wider to accommodate gloves in wet conditions. As it sits now, I have to wear the gauntlet over the sleeve cuff when I'm wearing the liner, which means water will find its way into the glove. Also, I almost can't close the lined cuff over the glove. Again, the cuff needs to be wider, with a greater range of closure.
And having seen the gray color in the flesh, now I'm wishing I'd bought the black suit. The gray jacket with the gray pants looks like a space suit, according to the comments I've received so far. I figured the black version would be too hot in summer, but now I'm thinking I would make that trade.
My only other issue with this jacket so far is that it feels a bit constricting, especially in the right underarm area. I think a large would have fit me best through the torso, but then the sleeves would be WAY too long, which is why I stuck with the medium. Hopefully it will loosen up once it breaks in, and everything will be fine.
So, those are my only issues with the jacket. Oh, and it could also use more easily accessible pockets for keys and wallets and things, as opposed to those two lower pockets with their very narrow openings. At least they're waterproof, though.
On the plus side, this jacket seems exceedingly well made, with very high-quality materials. I'm a little concerned about the long-term durability of the main zipper, which seems like it could stand to be a whole lot beefier, though perhaps that's a necessary trade-off in order to ensure the jacket's waterproofness. Otherwise, everything else seems built to last. Its relatively snug fit is a welcome attribute on an upright naked bike. No flapping at all. The armor sits exactly where it should, and it doesn't move around. It's not going anywhere. I feel very secure in this thing.
One huge positive is that the snug fit combined with the excellent thermal liner has allowed me to go without any of my heated gear, which is downright amazing to me. I can scarcely believe it, but even in high-thirties/low-forties temps I'm doing fine with just the liner.
Makes me wonder just how warm this suit is going to be once it gets hot again, even with all the flaps open. And, come summer, I sure hope that hook-and-loop collar opening continues to stay hooked.
All in all, other than the color choice I made, I'm thinking this suit is the one. I'm ridiculously picky, and still the Poseidon looks to have everything covered. It's not quite perfect, but it's probably about as close to perfect as a single four-season suit can be, at least for me. As long as it loosens up a bit upon breaking in, and if the collar manages to stay open when needed, AND if I can figure out how to stuff the gauntlets of cold-weather gloves beneath the sleeve cuffs with the liners in place, this should end up being my every-day go-to suit for the next ten years.
December 16, 2013
Excellent and Versatile Jacket
I've had the opportunity to take a few rides covering a few hundred miles since receiving my Poseidon jacket a couple of weeks ago. Temperatures have been between around 62 to 38 degrees (F). The jacket is comfortable down to around 55 degrees with the thermal liner installed. Below that I add a heated liner. Some might wish this jacket was warm enough to not need an electric liner, but I think that if that were the case it would probably be too hot in the summer. I can feel some airflow through the jacket which makes me optimistic that it will still be OK when the weather warms up.
I bought a size XL, and it fits very much like the XL Sand jacket I've owned for a few years. The vents are easy to open and close with one hand while riding but I haven't had a chance to test them in warm weather yet. The cuffs close with a zipper, which I find more convenient than a Velcro strap on other jackets, and it seems as if leaving the zipper unzipped will allow air to be scooped up into the sleeves.
The Velcro on the pockets seems to be better quality than on some other Revit jackets. It holds very securely and doesn't seem to be wearing out almost immediately, as some other jackets did.
I like to take motorcycle trips lasting 3 or 4 weeks and covering several thousand miles a few times a year. On a trip like that you need to be prepared for every kind of weather. I think the Poseidon is going to handle a broad range of weather conditions better than any other jacket I've tried. I've filled a closet with jackets in my quest for the perfect one. The Poseidon looks as if its going to be the closest to perfection I've found so far.
December 10, 2013