Thursday, August 5

REV'IT! Defender GTX Gore-Tex Jacket & Pants

The godfather of the new REV'IT! and GORE-TEX collaboration is the REV'IT! Defender GTX Jacket & REV'IT! Defender GTX Pants. With its multiple liner system, SAS-TEC molecular-level armor, and next level technologies throughout the outfit, it really is a best-in-class all-weather all-season ADV Touring suit.

In Part 1, we detail the application, features, and fit of REV'IT Defender GTX Outfit.

Part 2 is the detailed breakdown of the armor and the liner system.

A logical progression from the REV'IT! Cayenne Pro Jacket & REV'IT Cayenne Pro Pants, the REVIT! Defender GTX Jacket & Pants has set a new standard for the serious ADV Touring rider. The Defender GTX outfit integrates a detachable GORE-TEX Performance Shell and keeps all the elements out but allows your body's perspiration to pass through. It also features the REVIT Exkin Air thermal liner: completely removable for the warm months, 1/2 the weight & 1/2 thickness of DuPont Thermolite but offering 4x more warmth and insulation. You're completely dry and warm for the cold and rainy times; pull out the liners in the jacket and pants, open the zippered ventilation panels, and you're flowing a ton of air and staying cool in the hot months.

Let's delve into the protective elements of this outfit. The outershell is constructed with Cordura 1000D ripstop & 500D PWRShell with 1000D & 1200D Cordura ripstop reinforcements. All of these materials are treated with a Teflon coating to give an added level of water repellency. With all of these beefy fabrics, one would think the Defender GTX would be bulky and crunchy, which couldn't be farther from the truth. REV'IT! managed to develop a nearly indestructible outfit that is still comfortable and soft to the touch. There are large SuperFabric panels on both the elbows and knees for great abrasion resistance. SuperFabric is 14x more abrasion-resistant than Kevlar; tiny welded ceramic plates that slide longer and do not conduct heat and therefore don't transfer heat to your body. Space age stuff no doubt. Protecting you in the event of a get-off is SAS-TEC molecular-level armor. SAS-TEC becomes soft and flexible with the heat given off by your body, but at the moment of impact rapidly turns rigid and disperses the energy across the surface area. SAS-TEC has the highest CE rating available. So that covers the safety and protective features.

For warm weather riding, once you've got the liners out, the large velcro-open and snap-down panels on the chest and legs flow a great deal of air. These panels are backed with 3D mesh, which is a thicker mesh construction that facilitates excellent circulation of air and essentially creates a microclimate that will keep your body very cool. There are two more ventilation zips on the chest and two-way ventilation zips on each arm. All of this airflow cools your body and flows out of two large exhaust vents on the back, creating that great venturi effect.

As with every garment in the REV'IT! lineup, the attention to detail in the REV'IT! Defender GTX Jacket & Pants is second to none. The creature comforts are absolutely off the charts: the 7-way adjustable collar with hook & loop lockdown system; adjustability at the cuffs, the lower and upper arms, waist cinching, hip drawcord, and adjustment tabs at the ankles; Karvin anti-heat and anti-wear cowhide at the inner leg to prevent wear and heat damage from pipes; stylish 3M reflective paneling; waterproof stash pockets; and the CoolMax antimicrobial moisture-wicking washable lining. The list goes on and on and on.

The REV'IT! Defender GTX Jacket & REV'IT Defender GTX Pants are really something to marvel at in the ADV Touring motorcycle industry. REVIT continues to innovate and integrate new technologies with great R&D to produce the finest adventure touring gear out there. We're impressed. And that's a massive understatement.

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