Rev’It! Cli­mate Jacket

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About 15 min­utes af­ter pulling this jacket on for the first time, I leaned back in my seat and thought to my­self, “This might just be the best shit ever.” Thou­sands of miles later, it has proven that fact count­less times. It is the one layer to rule them all. The one layer to find them… Since the fate­ful day that my Cli­mate Jacket and I be­came one, we have gone from frozen moun­tain­tops to slightly brisk desert nights. We have sailed the open seas of the Pa­cific Ocean and flown on a 70-yearold DC-3 war­bird. Gone are the days of ex­pect­ing my flan­nel to do it all and feel­ing the con­se­quences when it comes up short. The Cli­mate Jacket cov­ers such a wide range of tem­per­a­tures; it’s all I need to bring with me any­more.

Rev’It! Sport’s Cli­mate jacket is a tech­ni­cal mid-layer de­signed to be worn un­der your pro­tec­tive mo­tor­cy­cle jacket or, in my case, all the damn time— ev­ery­where I go. Ny­lon rip­stop fab­ric (blue) makes up most of the body and in­su­lates very well while block­ing wind when wet or dry. Po­lartec Al­pha fab­ric lines the in­side of the arms, body, and col­lar to in­su­late in­cred­i­bly ef­fi­ciently but is also quick-dry if they hap­pen to get wet. Breath­able sec­tions (black) on the sides and un­der­arm are softer with more stretch and are very breath­able to al­low hot air its es­cape.

The jacket fits on the slim­mer side, but the four-way stretch of the ny­lon helps keep it from hin­der­ing any mo­tion. I am typ­i­cally be­tween a large and an XL and went with the large, as I in­tended to wear it mainly un­der­neath my jacket. If you’re a lit­tle thicker in the ch­est or mid­sec­tion, you might want to lean to­ward the larger size.

The Cli­mate Jacket has plenty of pock­ets, with three on the out­side and one in­side. All closed with zip­pers, they help the jacket feel a lit­tle less tech­ni­cal when you’re wear­ing it alone.

A soft layer of fab­ric comes down at the cuff and helps the liner seal with your gloves. Rub­ber ends on small rope pulls hang from ev­ery zip­per, which make them eas­ier to find when you have your gloves on. A short col­lar is just the right height for block­ing the wind but doesn’t run against any of my full-face hel­mets while rid­ing. A small piece of fab­ric cov­ers the top of the zip­per when it’s in place so it doesn’t flap around or get pulled down on ac­ci­dent. It seems they re­ally have thought of ev­ery­thing.

The Rev’It! Sport Cli­mate jacket has taken the guess­work out of my pack­ing. The range at which I can be com­fort­able in this jacket is in­cred­i­ble, and I have yet to be dis­ap­pointed in it in any sce­nario. The one thing that hurts? It’s $320. But look­ing at the rest of Rev’It!’s lineup, things aren’t rad­i­cally over­priced. You’re pay­ing for the tech­ni­cal fab­rics and the patents, not just the style. Some­times the best shit ever is that way be­cause it’s af­ford­able and just as good as more ex­pen­sive prod­ucts. Other times, it sets the bar for tech­ni­cal gear a lit­tle higher than any­thing we’ve seen, and that comes with a lit­tle big­ger price tag.

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