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Having worn Rev’it ‘s Cayenne Pro jacket and pants during my recent 50,000km, 14 month ride from Canada to Argentina, I was anxious to stop by the Dutch company’s stand to see what was new and exciting in the world of motorcycle apparel.
Although Rev’it has a complete line of motorcycle apparel, from from top of the line race gear to touring kit and everything in between, I was most interesting in seeing what improvements and innovations have been made in the so-called Adventure Touring segment.
I was very happy with the Rev’it gear I purchased for my trip. It proved to be very durable and comfortable in a wide range of conditions, from the extreme heat of the Texan dessert to the sub zero temperatures of the Peruvian altiplano. And although I (luckily) did not have the opportunity to test the crash worthiness of the Cayenne Pro suit, it managed to survived a huge number of low speed incidents and a very hard life on the road.
The Rev’it representative showed me their latest offerings geared towards the motorcycle rider looking to take the road less travelled, the Sand 2 jacket and pants. The Sand 2 suit had many of the features that have made Rev’it one of the go-to manufacturers for overland motorcycle travellers, including a heavy duty cordura - like outer material material, CE certified armour, removable thermal and rain/wind liners, well designed pockets and vents, and very high quality construction.
A new approach to venting has resulted in a 200% improvement of airflow compared with the previous Sand Jacket. The larger front vents can now be held open wide by the use of an innovative wind-catcher feature that uses a pull strap to keep the vents open, and an innovative front zipper flap contributes to improved air movement. Most notable is the jacket’s ability to work in unison with either the Leatt® or MOVEO® neck brace systems, the latter of which can remain attached when taking the jacket on and off. The Sand 2 jacket is also designed to integrate a hydration system, and can be further enhanced with the addition of a cooling vest for riding in really hot climates.
In addition to the excellent selection of touring and race gear, Rev’it also had a number of jackets from their urban line on hand. What made these jackets interesting was that although they incorporated many of the great features found in their other motorcycle jackets, including heavy duty armour, they did not look anything like motorcycle jackets. They simply looked like a really nice jacket that most people would be happy to wear on an evening out once they’d parked their bike. Not everyone wants to look like a biker all the time, and it’s nice to have the option to go under cover without having to sacrifice safety.