REV'IT! Sand 2 Jacket
Adaptable design at comfortable price!
The main appeal of this jacket, to me, was its adaptability. The removable liners (one waterproof, one thermal) both come in and out of the jacket very easily, ensuring that you'll actually USE them.
The fit is great. I selected the EXTRA LARGE. I am 6'2", 225 with broad shoulders and long arms. The fit is great all around.
The details make this thing....the adjustable collar closure, the simple attachment of the liners, the quality zippers and the tastefully but effective reflective strips add up to a fully functional jacket that looks and feels great!
With no liners the jacket works well @ 85F. The vents keep air moving and the relatively lightweight keep the jacket from feeling too heavy under the beating sun. At cooler temps the thermal liner keeps you warm and the water barrier keeps you dry.
I would not recommend this jacket for EXTREME wet conditions or temps below freezing, but for light to moderate rain and late fall/early winter this jacket will work just fine. Same with heat. Above 90F it may lack venting to stay cool but for weather before the dog days of summer hit, this jacket will be great! Not a do it all peice of kit, but it will do MOST!
September 21, 2015
A real four season jacket (Long term review)
This is a review I've been waiting all summer to write. I live in Utah, which is an extremely dry, high altitude environment. This makes motorcycle gear a real challenge to get right. For commuting you can easily see 45 degrees in the morning and 85 degrees in the evening. If you're headed up into the mountains you can expect high thirty's in the morning at 10,000 ft and then pick up 100 highs in the low valleys around 5,000 ft. Finding a jacket that doesn't leave me teeth chattering in the morning, but just right in the afternoon or cozy warm in the morning and question my will to live in the afternoon has been the challenge. I got this jacket back in April and its the real deal. I've ridden down to 38 with all the linings in and felt great and up to 105 with all the vents open and linings out and felt great. I also opted for the back protector, which is a separate purchase and why I knocked the protection down a star (if it was included I would give it 5 stars). What I have found is that when you are going over 30 the vents work great and you feel great. Once you stop, or you are trolling through traffic well 105 feels like 102 :-) In all seriousness I actually do feel cooler in the sun wearing the jacket that not. I think not having the direct sunlight on my skin makes the difference and I opted for the light colored pattern with this in mind. Also, I do tend to wear moisture wicking shirts, which work well with this jacket. Cotton t-shirts can form wet spots on the back in high temps.
As for the features, pockets, liners. Well it just works well. All the zippers work well. The front pockets and large rear pouch are rain proof, so if you through your phone in there you can go through the rain and not worry about it.
The waterproof lining can get a little humid inside when the temps get above 80 and you are stopped. However, when it's raining I've haven't noticed any issue. It definitely keeps me dry.
When I first got the jacket I put all the liners in the back pouch, but I felt they put too much weight on the back which caused poor airflow with the back protector. With the pouch empty I don't really notice the back protector at all.
September 14, 2015
Well designed and very functional
So far, I am a happy owner of that piece of clothing. I spent quite a bit of my time digging and figuring out what would be best for all-season jacket. I chose this one for its $$$/functionality ratio. The jacket has lots of feats as shown on video review. I like its colors, it is sized perfectly.
I am 6'1" (230lbs), 36" jeans waist-line (46" chest) and XL fits me just right. High quality material and overall the making of this jacket is what makes me happy.
September 8, 2015
Nice jacket for the on-sale price
First off, I like Rev'It products. I think they look good, high-end and lot's of protection and their designs are well thought out for the serious rider. I have been eyeing the Sand 2 Jacket, Klim, and BMW jackets but when the 15% sale was announced I jumped on it. I received the jacket and see-soft back protector (I will review this product later). Shipping was extremely fast. Thank you Revzilla! The first thing I noticed that it was a heavy jacket. Not having enough experience with high-end jackets, I can't say if this was lighter than most or equal. The fit was snug. I think it is supposed to be that way. I was used to the TourMaster box cut. The Gear Geeks were right about sizing up after I consulted with them even though Anthony, the Revzilla Video Reviewer mentioned this product was an American cut. With the next size up however I found myself with sleeves a little longer than I had hoped. Not a deal killer just yet. With the liners out, the fit improved tremendously. I will probably use it in this configuration the majority of the time. I took it out on its maiden voyage in 100 degree temps and baked. The ventilation was so-so but I need to wear moisture wicking undergarments with this jacket. I also think I need to get a hyperkewl vest too. If I had to nit-pick, the rain and thermal liners were easily removable but one thing I noticed is that when you remove the rain liner and only use the thermal, the thermal attaches via short zippers and snaps to the rain liner but there are no lower snaps located on the jacket. This may allow the thermal liner to rise or bunch up. Only the rain liner has the receiving snaps to secure the thermal liner. Don't know why that is but I'll need to put more hours on the jacket.
August 17, 2015
So disappointed. Leaky and hot.
I really wanted to like this jacket. It looks slick. It fits well. It has some great features. Sadly I now feel like I threw away 500 bucks. I got this jacket right before riding 1600 miles to Sturgis. I threw on the outer shell with all the vents open and hit the road. Soon as it got to about 85 degrees it was miserably hot in this jacket. I ended up riding most of the way without it on. I was disappointed with that but figured I should have gone for mesh. My fault. Then a rain storm hit. I pulled the jacket back out and put the rain liner in. I might as well hadn't bothered. I got completely soaked. My cheap First Gear pants kept my legs perfectly dry. Oh. One last little complaint. The snaps for the chest vents and the snaps for the bicep adjustment catch each other and sometimes unsnap because of it. I really wish I could return this and upgrade to something like the Rev It Chronos but since I wore it I guess I'll have to try eBay.
August 13, 2015
Worth the extra money of fit.
I've had a number of different jackets and touring gear, and I've tried on dozens trying to get the perfect fit. IT seems that sizing charts are across the board. One brand is always too small. One is always to big. Theres are never even close. Zippers pop, get stuck, pull loose. Fits in the chest but the arms are to long. The arms are too short, even different lengths!
Rev'it is not like that. The gear is well thought out. Fits well, Has the right material in the right places. The zippers work! the fasteners can be adjusted when you need it. The venting seems to be perfect! I opened up the jacket and rode on a hot day and it vented as well as my Rev'it Air jacket. And it didn't fill up like a parachute when I did.
The only down fall is not getting a Back Protector included.
August 10, 2015
Great Value Compared to, Well, You Know.
When I was shopping for a new ADV suit I started with "the K standard", but the price point is so high now I decided to expand my thinking and settled on the Sand 2. For the money this an unbelievable jacket in terms of quality, fit and features. You do give up the integrated goretex liner you get with other gear, but, it's a small sacrifice to make for a comparable jacket at roughly half the price. I have yet to ride wearing it in a rain storm so I don't know yet how the waterproof lining works (removable), but I imagine it will work just fine; I'll come back and let you know if it doesn't.
For fit, if you follow the instructions for fitment you shouldn't be disappointed. I was instructed to purchased the large even though I typically wear a medium and it fit perfectly with the right amount of room for additional layers without making it too tight. I went with the light version (silver) and I love it. Sure, it shows the dirt, but it's cooler than black during summer riding and I just like it better than all black. Also, having lived in Holland for six months last year I was more than happy to purchase a Dutch design (made in Vietnam; another country I enjoy).
To summarize; great performance and a great look add up to an exceptional value. I'm a REV'IT! customer now.
July 29, 2015
I would recommend this jacket
I am 205 lbs, all in my gut, 6' 1" tall, and I ended up buying both the L and XL, and ended up keeping the Large. With both the rain and warm vest liners, it was very tight, but I live in San Diego so none of those are needed normally, and the jacket fits perfect without them. The XL was very baggy, even though I am big in the middle. I could have cinched it down, which was nice, but without the liners, it would have been too baggy, and you want a jacket that fits better. My shoulders are narrow and felt way narrow in the XL. I wish Rev-It had more options with the hold open colar, but I leave it unsnapped and it does not bother me at all. This was a big deal when I was searching for the right jacket, and it is a non-issue. This jacket handles the wind very well. It vents very well. It does not fill up with air at all. The sleeves were way too long on the XL, which made that decision easier, and I am a 34 length sleeve. The XL was like a 37. The large sleeves are perfect, maybe 34/35. There is a snap on the cuff that is annoying. It works fine, but it is bulky with my gloves. That it the one thing I would change or fix. This is a WARM jacket. I can't imagine needing a liner or more than a T-Shirt for anything over 50 degrees, seriously. The wind protection is excellent. Close the vents if it is cold. It looks cool. This is a nice jacket. The silver is like an off white grayish, not really silver. The harness buckles are black, not red. I was pleasantly surprised when the jacket arrived. I thought the red ones in the video would look weird. I wish they did not exist at all, but black is fine. Pockets are great. No need for a tank bag. My cap fits in the back pocket and my sunglasses and garage remote fit in the front and I don't feel them. I ride a KTM 1290 Super Adventure and a Ducati GT 1000, and this jacket works well with both. Shoulder pads are not the best, but they are fine.
July 6, 2015