REV'IT! Tornado HV Jacket
Great jacket, especially when bought from CycleGear
I have the Rev'It tornado pants and the Cyclegear special jacket that goes with it, which is a different color-schemed Tornado jacket. I don't know if you can still get it from CG but you can get it here!
I bought the spine protector to go into the jacket and the hip pads to go with the pants.
The spine protector requires a little bit of force to fit in the pocket but I have never had the slightest difficulty with the hip pads like you see described here, I don't know what the difference is from my products to theirs.
Recently I was in a relatively minor accident (20-30mph, slid maybe 30meters). I hit on my hips and slid on my back. No damage to flesh or bone in either place!
My pants have a little bit of abrasion to the fabric on the right knee and my jacket has similar on my lower back and elbows, otherwise they're still good and I wear them to work over my scrubs every day.
The pants and jacket are so easy to get on and off, and quite comfortable. The jacket's cut does give you a gut kinda. I'm a fit guy so that is not a benefit aesthetically but sometimes when my backpack is full I can fit some extra groceries underneath haha.
I did make a line of stitching on the knee armor pockets. The velcro that makes them "adjustable" is very weak and they kept dropping to the bottom of the pocket, too low for my fit. A needle and thread, maybe 20 minutes and I stitched them closed beneath the pad where I wanted it and that problem was solved.
Would buy again! Especially with that cyclegear discount on the jacket price! Unbeatable.
Most important: Zips snaps and velcro on the jacket are still like-new strength and quality after almost a year of near daily usage.
As always, mad respect for RevZilla's returns policy, though I didn't need it for these!
Can't link to the hip pads for some reason...
February 1, 2016
Tremendous bang for the buck!
This jacket is a true multi purpose jacket. It is a warm as any cold weather jacket I've owned!
With the liner removed, It's a very breathable jacket. My only fit issue is the collar. I have a 17 1/2 neck and the collar snap is very tight with the liner in.
This is a great jacket for the money!
January 26, 2016
Very nice, Very Visible Jacket, Love It!
1. Fits perfectly
2. Very visible, which is why I bought this particular jacket
3. Has inserts for shock-absorption
4. Water-resistant (haven't tested it, yet)
5. Quality manufacturing (based on 3-month use)
6. Has two pockets on the outside for gloves & such. I even sneak a little water bottle in the right pocket and a Protein Bar
7. Has two inside pockets, one inside the thermal insert and one on the outer liner, which are both capable of holding an iPhone 6+ (big phone)
November 28, 2015
Super comfortable and excellent visibility
I got this jacket primarily for the visibility. It's a great mix of high-viz yellow in a humanoid shape with large reflective panels for nighttime visibility.
With the liner in it's not overly hot but keeps me comfortable up to about 80 degrees. Over 80 I pull the liner out and then it's very well ventilated without making you freeze during the early morning commute.
I have broad chest and shoulders so the jacket isn't a perfect fit - I got the 52 to fit in my upper area but it makes the arms slightly loose (you can cinch them down somewhat). I would've liked the 50 for my arms and waist, but at least the waist has easy pull adjusters to snug it up a bit. The jacket is also slightly short at the lower back when on a supersport bike with aggressive riding position, I would've liked another 2 inches there. It's not gapping, but it would be tight if I had matching pants and tried to zip them together.
Overall a very well made jacket with useful features and provides all the visibility you could ever need.
September 21, 2015
Just got my jacket, first purchase and wasn't sure how sizing would be over the internet, all the recommendations for measurements seem to be accurate. I'm 5'7" 185lbs with an athletic build, so sometimes have issues getting chest/shoulder sizes to line up with waste and sleeve sizes for off the rack items. I ordered the 52 and it is spot on.
August 20, 2015
Fits very well. Don't even notice the armor (upgraded to revit back armor) while wearing. While moving you will be the same temperature as the outside air; it flows that much. Inside pocket easily fits smart phone. Neck snap is pretty tough to get on with gloves but stays put. Fits true to sizing guide.
August 24, 2015
great for real hot weather
Great jacket, air flow is awesome. My only problem with the jacket is the straps around the waist and arms wont stay put. If I pull them down tight, they just work there way out to wherever they want to stay. needs to be velcro.
Other then that it's great
August 3, 2015
Pass on this one
Okay gents, after several glorious season riding in the Rev'It Airwave Jacket/Pants, I decide to "upgrade" to the Tornado after losing a bunch of weight. Bottom line up front, the Airwave and Tornado differences are minimal, VERY minimal, not over $100 worth of difference. If you are thinking of Rev'It mesh, go with the Airwave. They both pretty much fit the same. I like the sinches on the bicep better on the Tornado, but I hate the sliding button on the collar. seriously, save some cash and get the Airwave
July 15, 2015