REV'IT! Spectrum Jacket
nice 4-season jacket
this is an initial review as i've had only a few shorter scoots with the Spectrum. when the ice clears i hope to enjoy the longer runs in various weather.
the styling and features are classic rev'it - well-thought and good quality. some complain about the multiple layers - i find the options nice as i plan to use this jacket year round. the option of pulling 1-2 of the layers out, or replacing with a different pullover (or heated vest) makes this jacket extremely versatile.
i had originally tried a large, but it was tight, especially with all layers. an xl fits much me better, though i doubt i would use the thermal layer with a heated vest - one or the other is more likely. btw, i'm 6'2", 195lbs and more shaggy than fred (for the scooby fans).
the hi-viz is a first for me - i'm noticing more riders going this route and it makes sense. i'm not trying to pick up chicks with this jacket, just arrive home safe and sound. on my first ride with this jacket two people mentioned how well it stands out.
haven't had the chance to test the waterproof capabilities yet - i imagine i will when the snow leaves and spring arrives. i'll add my assessment of that component then.
btw, i had originally looked that rev'it Energy jacket, but the integrated waterproof liner was a con.
March 15, 2014
Design & Utility
Very confortable, you can dismount every part of it, and use it separately. i`m very please with this product
October 21, 2013
Does what it's supposed to so far
I've had this for a few weeks now and I definitely like it.
I've worn it in temperatures up to the upper 80s and it was comfortable, but it wasn't very humid either so I'll have to wait until next summer to see how it handles that. I've ridden with it down to the 50s with only the thermal liner in and it was warm enough, so I suspect with a couple layers and the waterproof liner as well it'll get me down to the low 40s and maybe even upper 30s without heated gear.
The second time I wore it was during a rainstorm heavy enough to drown the front cylinder of my SV - although the jacket shell was soaked the waterproof liner kept me bone dry after about an hour and a half in the rain. As long as the liner holds up I think it'll stay waterproof. I don't know if the pockets are supposed to be waterproof, but what I had in them seemed to stay dry.
My only real gripe is that the zipper pull is on the left side, which makes it a little tricky to get it started, but it's not a huge deal. Also the waterproof liner is supposed to fit in the back pocket, but it's much too bulky to keep in there as far as I'm concerned.
October 4, 2013
Great all around jacket
I have had this jackets for exactly one month and have ridden in it without the thermal/rain liner, in either a tshirt or a thermal fleece underneath.
Bang for the Buck: I think the jacket is a good value. The only thing that would make it an amazing value were if it had waterproof outer instead of a waterproof liner. If it had this, it would probably cost considerably more.
Style: It is a 3/4 length jacket, so you won't be stylin' unless you are with your ADV crowd. You will get old people saying you remind them of a show called "power rangers" that they used to watch with their grandkids. It is HIVIZ (at least mine was).
Comfort: The cut is very comfortable. It layed flat and did not rise up in the shoulders as I expected a 3/4 length jacket would. It is perfect for weather under 75-80 degrees, anything above that and I will wear my Rev'It Air. It has cinch-straps at the biceps so that fabric will not flap in the air.
Protection and Durability: Untested. My expectations are of my Rev'It Air, which lasted through a 25mph lowside.
Airflow: Works up until 80 degrees, then I would want a mesh jacket. Arm zippers are great for air airflow. I wish that it had a zipping back vent and front vents that zipped open horizontally as well as vertically.
Features: I like the collar hook, waterproof front pockets, and removable rain liner. Otherwise, nothing to write home about.
Fit is normal. I am 5'10" 175 pounds and wear a 40R suit jacket. Medium fit well with and without the liners. I would not go any larger in that zone.
October 16, 2013
great jacket in the adventure style
I used the sizing guide to order. Thinking I may have gotten it wrong I called in and one of the staff reassured me. Sure enough the size guide was perfect. Very happy with rhis experience
April 9, 2013
Step up from my REV'IT! Energy
Based on a successful season riding with a REV'IT! Energy HV, I sprang for the Spectrum. Key for me was the removable waterproof lining, as I find these liners too clammy and prefer to ride without. I also sought the added venting. The Energy's vents only air out the outer shell, with the wind deflected by the sewn-in liner. The Spectrum, by contrast, vents directly to the wearer at chest and forearm; big win. If I wear my Energy in the house, I overheat quickly. The Spectrum was much more comfortable, even without air blowing in the vents.
As usual for REV'IT!, the fit is trim. I'm a 40" chest but need the shoulder width of a size 42" suit jacket. I settled on a size small. The rain liner binds in the shoulders at that size, but the jacket itself has a bit of stretch and is comfortable. The sleeves were too long for my 31" sleeve length, again as usual. However, the body is tailored closely for my chest and 33" waist. Sleeves are easier to fix.
In appearance, I like this jacket better than the Energy. For one, the Energy has black detailing down the entire outer arm. The Spectrum, by contrast, has hi-viz from elbow to wrist, the better for getting drivers' attention when gestures become necessary. The Spectrum also has a nicely exaggerated silhouette, wider in the shoulders.
I've saved discussion of function until last for a sad reason: a miscommunication with my tailor resulted in overshortening of the sleeves, rendering the jacket unwearable. I'm working through that. Hemming the sleeves was necessary to get full use of the forearm vents. When pulling either zipper slider down toward the wrist, the fabric is naturally pulled taught by the shoulder and the zipper action is smooth. When pulling either zipper up, however, the fabric must be held taught by the wrist. Since the jacket bunched at my wrists, the zippers were difficult to operate. That would never have worked for quick airflow changes while riding.
I hope to resurrect this jacket with my tailor. If I do, I can add info on riding with the Spectrum.
January 22, 2013
It is so good.
I live in Tucson, AZ where is everyone know how hot are they. I wear it daily, hot or very hot or cold it work very well.
November 26, 2012
jacket looks great on spec sheet and feels nice around house, fails on bike
well built jacket, though I am not sure who it would fit and where it would be used. the jacket forces you to sit bolt upright with shoulders back and down, and elbows in, chest out. if you dont adopt their specific body position it poofs up in the back (not from wind), ballons in the chest, pulls across the back, and rides up on the bottom. I am thick through the midsection and their adjust sat directly above my belly, so tightening it only made things worse and pulled up higher, and the bottom adjuster didnt seem to help anything whatsoever. the arms were really narrow, and short. It was shaped all wrong for sport touring.
the wrist vents are a good idea, and did move some air, but they were angled too far in (even with thumbs almost) so missed most of the air hitting the outside (even with ring or pinky finger). the zippers were also too floppy to easily zip with one hand, and the other hand was inside the sleeve. the snaps that held in the liners would always stick out of the cuff, and they were snapped to themselves, just badly placed. so instead of setting the cuff adjustment once and easy in/out with the two way zip (like on another jacketI tried out) I had to push the liner snaps in, open the adjust to hold the sleeve with the fingers on the hand in the sleeve so I could unzip, zip, close the velcro tab, readjust the cuff, then open the vent..... a long process and a completely failed feature. Also I did not feel comfortable with the level of protection available with the vents open either, the mesh akwardly does not go all the way up.
the elbow and shoulder armor feels nice, looks nice, and would likely do well in a crash.
the collar was a cool idea, but didnt always stay open on its hook, perhaps a strong magnet would be a better idea.
the main zipper was akward, the zip was on the wrong side, and the flaps together with that wrong way zipper made you have to stop at the bottom, rethink how to use a zipper, and then get it off, also there was no two way zipper for the main, with a 3/4 or 2/3 jacket this is a must and leaving it out ruins the jacket.
why they left the chest vents as vents alone when a few more square inches of mesh would give two large chest pocket (like on most other jackets out there) and leaving pockets out of there really kills the jackets functionality and is a huge oversight. especially when the only pockets are always folded up over or under themselves because its a 3/4 length jacket without a two way zipper, so you have to roll or fold it on the bottom, so you have anything in those front pockets.... making the only usable pockets useless.
I really wanted to like this jacket, but it fails completely on the road. seems they tried to fit a few glamourous features in the jacket, while ignoring other basic features, and getting things wrong along the way. I have had a lesser "quality" jacket for years, and there were more vents, more pockets, better adjustability, and the protection was better.
July 2, 2012