REV'IT! Tornado Jacket
I've had this for several hundred miles now. I live in Yuma AZ and wanted a jacket that would flow some air yet also have the ability to handle cooler temps. With the liner in I can go to low 60's with just a t-shirt though it gets a little brisk. This is on a Ducati Monster which for all practical purposes has no wind protection, so you may be able to go lower.
Fit is pretty good, I always have a hard time since I am 5'4" 165 with broad shoulders. The sleeves are usually an issue if I can get a jacket to fit, but this one works very well. Highly recommend this jacket for summer and spring, maybe later with layers.
November 14, 2013
Great fit and flows plenty of air.
I purchased this jacket to replace an old Dainese mesh jacket. I ordered a size 50 which was one size smaller than the size chart showed for my measurements, as recommended by Revzilla staff. The fit is very good although the sleeve length could be a little longer for my 35 inch arm length. I love the jacket so far for summer riding. I'm looking forward to using it in the fall with the liner to see how it works in the shoulder seasons. My only complaint is the cheap back protector that comes with the jacket. At this price level you should get something better than a cheap foam insert.
August 26, 2013
Good fit - sort of!
I bought this jacket based on the measurement guide, and the shoulders fit me perfectly. However, the waist balloons like a tent! Revzilla says it's made for the American market and our larger waistlines, but I could put on 40 pounds and this thing would still be loose.
On top of that, the zipper is backwards from what I'm used to. Like a women's jacket, the pull is on the left! If this is made for the American market, why use a European zipper styling?
But, let no opportunity go untaken, I've heard, so I am using the extra room to ride with my Geigerrig hydration pack under the jacket.
In other areas, the jacket seems well made. The pockets are deep and retain their contents even with their zippers open. the sleeves could use a better tightening system, but it's adequate. I like the inner liner, and I could see wearing it without the outer jacket, just as a windbreaker. It's large, too, but maybe I'll eat a big dinner sometime... :-)
July 30, 2013
Very Comfortable Jacket
Hey guys, After weeks of browsing the internet I finally decided to pull the trigger on the Rev it HV jacket. Thanks to all of the videos I was able to et the right jacket the first time, and if I didn't I wasn't to worried with the free return policy.
I ended up buying a size 52
Sleeve (dress shirt)- 34/35
Neck (dress shirt)- 16 1/2
And I have a bit of a long torso for a 6'2"
This jacket fits me great! Sleeves were perfect, and it felt long enough that my belt was covered. I hate the jackets were the bottom of the jacket is way above the belt, doesn't look right in my opinion. Just putting it on and you feel like you have a jacket that was well made.
Oh yeah, it is super bright!!! I did a couple tests with my bro in the car behind me and he said it made a big difference as far as visibility. Riding in the Washington DC area this is a must!
August 12, 2013
Wonderful hot weather/commuting jacket
A whole lot of this jacket is mesh panels, it flows air extremely well. The jacket as a whole is lightweight, very comfortable, but still seems built well, or as well as you should expect something with so much mesh to be.
Previously I had a Joe Rocket jacket which blew seams out just wearing it. The Tornado appears to be far better constructed, heavy stitching at seams, and I like the way they use mesh panels in low-likelihood contact areas and heavy cordura anywhere near seams or contact points. Despite feeling very lightweight it feels well constructed.
I like the cinch straps on the arms near the elbows, which help keep the pads in place, and at the waist. It's not hard to get it to fit.
The boxy cut allows it to fit well even if you don't have the physique of a greek god; it's roomy and comfortable even if you have a bit of a paunch.
The zipper is left-handed, unusual for male American clothing, but not hard to get used to.
The wrist cuffs are velcro and cannot be opened up enough to fit glove gauntlets under. I'm not a big fan of that; I would rather have zippers that open up.
The liner is easy to put in and take out, but has enough attachment that it isn't a pain in the neck when it's in. I'm not really a fan of liners for rain protection, I use outer layers for that, so I have no idea how well it works in the rain. It's warm enough for three-season wear though, making this my commuting suit of choice these days when paired with the Tornado pants (strongly recommended!), at least if the weather is halfway decent and most especially if it is hot.
The included back pad is worthless -- it's too thin to do anything at all. Its only claim to fame is that it passes a lot of air, and in that tradeoff I think it goes far too far in the wrong direction. You really need to replace it with something; consider that when pricing it out. I'm a little surprised at how bad it is since the elbow and shoulder pads are good quality. I replaced it with a SAS-TEC pad.
I was quite surprised to get airflow through the back even with the SAS-TEC pad on; it's not a lot, but it's better than anything else I use, presumably because it has a few holes in it. Even with the pad the jacket feels light and airy.
I don't think the mesh panels would hold up very well in a slide, although the edges and hard contact points are much more durable stuff. Even so, I'd rate this below full single-crash coverage, although perhaps not by much, and the good pads in the shoulders and elbows and cinch straps give it a boost in my opinion. In any case it's hugely better than the Joe Rocket jacket.
So: If you're looking for the best crash protection, you should probably look somewhere else. (I'd suggest leather.) But if you're looking for a suit that provides decent protection and excellent ventilation, this is good -- as long as you replace the useless back pad.
June 24, 2013
Airflow is great, can feel it even when I'm just walking. It fits me really nice although I do wish it was more tapered at the bottom so it would fit my frame better. The armour is great...I wish it had some chest pads though, then I would look like a superhero, haha
June 18, 2013
Great construction/styling, but protection could be improved.
I'm 6 feet, 195 lbs., 44" chest: 54 is best fit for me; a little loose without liner/ just right with liner. Construction, visibility, and style are excellent in my opinion. There are, however, two things which could be improved: 1# The back protector pocket stops just above the lumbar spine #a very vulnerable area#. There is really no reason for this, as there is plenty of room for it to extend lower, thus allowing a longer back protector. 2) The shoulder protectors sit too far back instead of directly over the shoulder. I suppose this could be justified by saying that everyone is different, and with a non-adjustable pad, the best you can do is place it middle of the road so to speak: the problem with this logic is that I am a very normal size and shape with decent posture and have never had this problem in other jackets. I suppose both these problems could be addressed with alterations of the mesh pockets #I have considered this,but have not looked into it yet). However this would be an added expense to a already expensive jacket. The simple solution: Rev it should make the back protector pocket large enough for full spine coverage, and redesign shoulder/elbow protection to make them adjustable. An added expense granted, but anyone looking in this price range already, probably would be willing to pay the difference.
July 25, 2013
Good temperature range, good fit
I am 5"9", 190 lbs (definitely not an "European cut" body) and I wear a 52 - fits well. This past week, I wore the jacket on a trip during which I experienced temps in the high 50's (with the liner in) to 102 (liner out, obviously). The jacket flowed air nicely - at 102 I was very warm but, hey, the temp was 102!
June 8, 2013