Tuesday, January 4

REV'IT! Tarmac Race Suit, Leather Jacket & Pants Review

Flying in as the replacement for the popular REV'IT! TT Race Suit, the brand new for Spring 2011 REV'IT! Tarmac Race Suit boasts some big upgrades over its predecessor, including a lighter weight construction and a brand new Hydra Bag ready speed hump. The REV'IT! Tarmac Leather Jacket and REV'IT! Tarmac Leather Pants also arrive as a two-piece race suit option or simply as a choice for aggressive street and sport riding. Beyond the technical upgrades, the styling is awesome as well (we think it looks like a superhero's race suit) so you'll be flying around the track in true fashion.

First up, check out our REV'IT! Tarmac Race Suit Review:



Utilizing a premium X-lite cowhide construction, the first thing we noticed about the REV'IT! Tarmac Race Suit is how remarkably lightweight it is. The size 50 worn by our model in the video weighs an astounding 13 pounds, so you certainly won't feel bogged down by this suit on the track. One shortcoming of the TT suit was the perf scheme; the Tarmac corrects that by added huge perforated and punctuated leather panels throughout the suit for high levels of airflow. Couple that with the PWRShell 500D Stretch panels along the inner arms, torso, crotch, and inner legs, designed for mobility and comfort but also to flow air, and you've got some serious cooling happening with this suit on. Further comfort is provided by the moisture wicking neoprene
comfort collar and cuffs that will keep you both cool and dry during active riding conditions. Ergonomically, beyond the PWRShell Stretch, there are elasticated panels at the shoulders, back, side of torso, elbows and knees to allow you maximum mobility when you're in the tuck on the track. The fitment is a snug race fit and all of these ergonomic features work together to prevent physical fatigue, crucial in active riding scenarios. Finally, the VCS Speed Hump now features a Hydra Bag ready system that can house a hydration unit and prevent dehydration on hot track days. It also has intake and exhaust vents to further the airflow. Moving into protective elements, ProLife CE rated armor is used in the shoulders, elbows, and knees, with foam hip padding
and an upgradeable foam back pad. Externally, dual comp protectors are on the shoulders and elbows; an aluminum plate for sliding welded to a honeycomb baseplate for impact protection. The knees feature replaceable dual compound knee sliders. The entirety of the suit is safety stitched using high tensile strength thread, and there are double leather reinforcements in the seat and other impact areas. YKK zippers are used throughout and autolocking zips are on the cuffs to maintain closure and strength in the event of a get-off. Lastly, the breathable mesh lining is fully removable and washable to keep the funk out of the suit. It'll be hard to find another pro-level race suit with this level of functionality, REV'IT's attention to detail, and their stunning visual designs.


Next, check out our REV'IT! Tarmac Leather Jacket Review:



The top half of a two piece race suit, the REV'IT! Tarmac Leather Jacket features all of the same performance and protective functionality of the Tarmac one-piece suit, but can be paired with the Tarmac pants for a customized fitting suit. Of course, it can also be worn for aggressive sport and street riding as well. The Tarmac Jacket also features adjustment straps at the waist for a snug fit and short and long connection zippers for pants-connectivity and track legality. Pockets are available on the outside if storage is a necessity, with inner pockets for your valuables. The Tarmac also has a removable quilted thermal vest liner to extend the temperature range.


Lastly, check out our REV'IT! Tarmac Leather Pants Review:



Essentially the bottom half of the Tarmac suit, the REV'IT! Tarmac Leather Pants are a premium 1.2-1.4mm cowhide construction and pair up with the Tarmac jacket to form a two-piece race suit, if sizing of a one-piece suit is an issue. They can also be worn for high performance in aggressive street and sport riding. The pants have adjustability at the waist to cinch them for a snug and safe fit in addition to a slit pocket if you need to store a valuable. There are very few other pants out there that will rival the Tarmacs level of functionality.

Another string of absolute home run products from REV'IT!, the new Tarmac line is going to put a lot of the competition on their heels as they try to catch up to what REV'IT! has done.

To see other suitable options, visit our Leather Motorcycle Jackets, Leather Motorcycle Pants, and Motorcycle Race Suits sections.

-RetroZilla

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