General REV'IT! Questions
Q: How do I wash / clean my REV'IT! Textile Gear?
A: The most simple and effective approach is gentle hand washing in warm water if wiping down with a damp cloth won’t do the trick. Before attempting any washing, remove all liners and armor. We cannot "officially" recommend it, however, using a front loading washer on gentle / cold cycle for care and hang to air dry. NEVER use a top loading washer as the center agitator can severely damage your gear and NEVER use fabric softener. Over time the DWR (Direct Water Repellancy) coating on the outer shell can wear off. We recommend Nikwax for replenishing the moisture beading properties to the outer shell of REV'IT! garments.
Q: I heard REV'IT! sizes run small, is that true?
A: ABSOLUTELY TRUE! REV'IT! is a Dutch brand and their size grading is based off a slender European build. We recommend that folks in between sizes always go up. American riders typically will be a whole size larger compared to their American gear size. We recommend that anyone looking into REV'IT! gear measure themselves at the chest (circumference of the widest part of the chest, typically near the top of the armpits), true waist (torso circumference at belly-button) and inseam - then compare with the sizing charts. Do not use your jean size to determine your pant size for REV’IT! We have been sizing folks in REV’IT! gear for years, so if there are any questions, please call us at 877-792-9455 or contact customer service. Complete REV'IT! Size Charts
REV'IT! APPLICATION Questions:
Q: Warm Climate 4-Season Riding: What is the most flexible / vented REV'IT! jacket & pants with protection for cool and wet conditions?
A: The REV'IT! Tornado Jacket and Pant combo is designed for maximum airflow with large mesh panels on chest, back and arms, and comes equipped with a detachable waterproof/breathable liner that is lightly insulated. This combo is geared for maximum cooling for those on the West Coast and in the Southern US where the riding temp rarely ventures that much below 45F-40F. If taking it consistently below the 40F mark, proper base layers or heated liners can extend it’s seasonality. All that being said, we have found that the Sand 2 Jacket and Pants actually come close if not out-performing the Tornado in a wider range of weather conditions. With 3-D mesh chest panels, 2 arm vents, and 2 back vents, and a lightweight outer shell, it performs superbly in hot conditions.
Q: Temperate Climate 4-Season Riding: Best REV'IT! Jacket & Pants Combo for all-weather riding with more exposure to cold (e.i Northeast, Mountains etc)?
A: The Defender GTX Jacket and Pants combination are the best option in terms of all-season versatility and protection. They feature a Gore-Tex Performance Shell waterproof membrane, SAS-TEC Armor, SuperFabric Panels and Exkin Air thermal liners. They feature Next Generation materials and no expense was spared in their development. The Defender GTX setup is meant to be worn from 20F-90F depending on the liner configuration and your temperature tolerance. In 90+ heat, if you aren't moving, you will be hot regardless, even in a full mesh jacket. REV’IT! has some additional honorable mentions in the 4-season category, including the new Spectrum Jacket or Ladies Indigo Jacket, the Horizon Jacket and pants, and the Sand Jacket and Pants.
Q: Hot Weather Options - What is the best REV'IT! equipment for summer-only riding?
A: The Airwave Jacket and pant combination is the best hot weather combo for men and women. The Tornado Jacket and Tornado Pants combo will flow maximum air with the liners out, and keep you warm and dry when conditions go south as will the newer Levante Jacket. With a higher level of protection, the men's and women's Ignition 2 Jacket and Ignition 2 Ladies Jacket are a leather mesh hybrid with removable waterproof and thermal vest liners. The matching pant to the Ignition 2 Jacket is the new Gear 2 Pant. Click this link to see all of the REV'IT! gear suited for warm weather.
Q: Why should I spend $300 more for Defender GTX Pants over Sand Pants?
A: Functionally speaking, the two pants are very similar. They both feature a 4-in-1 set up, with separately removable waterproof and thermal liners and are geared towards the aggressive sport touring and adventure rider. The difference is in the technology and materials used. Some huge advantages that the Defender GTX Pants have are:
- Gore-Tex Performance Shell membrane, guaranteed to keep you dry
- SuperFabric in the (critical) impact areas
- SAS-TEC armor as opposed to Pro-Life armor
- Exkin Air thermal liner
- TFL Cool coating on outer fabrics to reflect an additional 30% of sunlight
- Coolmax interior mesh lining
Q: Can I use the SAS-TEC back protector in jackets other than the Defender GTX?
A: The SAS-TEC back protector will fit in the following jackets without modification:
However, any jacket that normally takes the Knox TP2 can be fitted with the SaS-Tec 1/12 with some simple modifications. Simply remove the temper foam back pad which came with your jacket and use it as a template to *trim as needed. This can be done very easily, however there are 2 caveats: You void the warranty on the back protector
If you are in a prolonged downpour, since the internal foam is now exposed on the SAS-TEC it is possible it could absorb water. Make sure to air-dry it if you suspect it has had a good soak.
*Per the manufacturer, cutting the back protector will not change its protective qualities.
Q: How do I select the correct size (for my) SaS-Tec back protector (for my jacket)?
A: Only the REV’IT! Gore-Tex collection (utilizes different sized back protectors for different jackets) needs to have the size jacket and the size back protector match . For all other REV’IT! jackets and modifications for jackets not listed above, use the SaS-Tec 1/12 size. For Gore-Tex jackets, including Legacy GTX, Defender GTX and Everest GTX, follow this guide:
- GTX jackets size Small and Medium - use SaS-Tec 1/11
- GTX jackets size Large through XXL, use SaS-Tec 1/12
- GTX jacket size XXXL or XYL, use SaS-Tec 1/16
Q: Can I use REV’IT riding pants as overpants?
A: REV’IT riding pants can be sized one size larger to be used as overpants, however, the cut and design will be less than ideal. For the best results, wear the riding pants with only a baselayer underneath and use overpants like the REV’IT! Axis Pants or the new Horizon Pants to wear over street clothes
Feature, Component & Technology Questions:
Q: What is SuperFabric?
A: SuperFabric® technology is an advanced process that transforms ordinary fabrics into unique, highly protective materials. Protective shields (tiny ceramic scales) are applied close to each other but remain separate to allow maximum flexibility. Those micro guard plates provide an additional layer of protection without adding weight and will help resist abrasion to underlying fabrics. SuperFabric® is 4 times more abrasion resistant than 1.4mil leather with only half the weight. It is used in the Defender GTX, Cayenne Pro Jackets and Pants, Turbine Jacket and Pants as well as Bastion GTX and Jerez Gloves. See more information at http://www.superfabric.com/
Q: What is Exkin and ExKin Air Thermal Insulation?
A: Maximum insulation with minimal weight - ExKin material is used in several of the high-end REV'IT! products. ExKin is half the thickness / weight and (offers) four times the warmth of (the) previous materials used for liners such as Dupont Thermolite. ExKin Air is approximately the same thickness / weight of ExKin, but provides even better insulation.
Q: What is Hydratex® Lining?
A: Hydratex® is REV’IT’s branded waterproof breathable membrane. A waterproof layer is laminated onto a carrier to construct the REV’IT! Hydratex® membrane. The carrier in turn protects the membrane against rub and tear damage. The seams of the membrane are taped to ensure (a waterproof seal) waterproofing. The REV’IT! Hydratex® membrane is used in garments that demand a high level of all-weather protection.
Q: What is SAS-TEC Armor?
A: SAS-TEC protection, manufactured in Germany, has the highest CE rating available (CE level 2). The intelligent protection armour is constructed from smart molecules: in case of an impact the armour will rapidly freeze and harden, absorbing the shock and distributing it over a large area to reduce the risk of fractures. The soft exterior of the armour offers a great deal of comfort and mobility. We rate this armor as BEST AVAILABLE.
Q: What is Pro-Life Armor?
A: CE level 2 approved armour designed in Italy; it is constructed from elastomers, which contain micro pores of trapped air. This trapped air considerably absorbs the impact of a shock and distributes the deriving forces. We rate this armor as BETTER
Q: What is Knox Armor?
A: CE level 1 approved protection armour designed in the UK. The newly developed version is a closed cell foam, similar in construction to Pro-Life, and much more flexible and comfortable in riding gear. KNOX® is used in a broad range of REV’IT! products and offers a highly effective means of protection. KNOX® amour is extremely durable, lightweight and flexible. We rate this armor as GOOD
Q: What is Schoeller Keprotec?
A: Keprotec is a high tech fabric manufactured by Schoeller which is extremely rub and tear resistant. Keprotec is used in REV'IT leather items and gloves. Stretch Keprotech is also used in their high-end race suits. See more details on Keprotec via the Schoeller Keprotec Overview (pdf)
Q: Will REV'IT zip together with Olympia Gear?
A: In our tests, the short (21cm) connection zippers ARE compatible between newer (07 and later) REV'IT Jackets. and Olympia Pants and vice versa. (But don’t tell Olympia...)
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