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post #1 of 8 Old 04-07-2012, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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REV'IT! DEFENDER GTX JACKET

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Yep, Sand = GOOD! My Dakar pants are 5 years old with thousands of miles on 'em and holding up nicely.

My new BIG BOY jacket is on its way. REV'IT! Defender GTX Jacket Pants Review - YouTube

I'll write up a report when it comes in.
Ok I promised a report on the new jacket, so . . . . .

Premise: How much would you pay for a high quality, feature laden, infinitely comfortable, guaranteed not to leak for life touring jacket? I just found out.

Motivation: I wanted to take everything I loved about my last ReV'it! jacket to the next level. Truth is I watched that revzilla.com video one too many times and just had to have it.

First impression: Quality of material and workmanship is absolutely impeccable.

Fit: Try one on if possible. This is not your daddy's Cayenne Pro. I wear a 44" coat. The size XL Navigator was a perfect fit. While not enough to warrant stepping down a size, the Defender is even roomier than the Navigator and the sleeves are 2" longer. I do not have short arms - wear a 34" dress shirt and the sleeves are almost too long with liners out. Maybe it's a bit of a tradeoff to get the ingenious cuff closure which is well worth it.

Features: The long cuff zippers are outstanding - one of the features that attracted me to the Defender. In all my jackets to date the task of tucking the gauntlets inside the cuffs/rain liner was daunting and even more tedious with heated gloves. Not so with The Defender. I can just unzip the cuffs, pull the Gore-Tex liner over the gloves and zip the sleeves closed in a matter of seconds. BRAVO! The vent zippers have long corded pulls to make them easy to operate while in motion and triangular flaps on the chest openings are even easier to manage.

Construction: The new rip-stop Cordura feels lightweight with no hint of stiffness. All day comfort. The absence of stiffness is also attributable in part by not having the waterproof membrane laminated to the exterior material. The exterior, however, is coated so as not to soak up water and become heavy. The SAS-TEC shoulder and elbow armor is an improvement over the Pro Life which wasn't bad. As before, I elected to upgrade to the SAS-TEC back pad. I highly recommend this upgrade because the foam insert that comes in the jacket is useless. The bomb proof SAS-TEC material is quite malleable but designed to become rigid on impact.

I'll have more to add as my Defender GTX and I get better acquainted. Stay tuned.
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-09-2012, 05:35 AM
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Thanks for the review. Can we get a price, and some pictures of the features that you talk about?
Curious about those vents.

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Thanks for the review. Can we get a price, and some pictures of the features that you talk about?
Curious about those vents.
Revzilla lists it for $799. MotoLiberty.com in Dallas has one size Large in safari khaki/silver at the old price of $749 that I'll bet they don't want to sit on through the summer.

Webbikeworld gave an extensive and glowing review with lots of pics and video and revzilla .com dedicated 2 detailed videos to the Defender.

Rev'it Defender GTX Jacket Review - webBikeWorld

REV'IT! Defender GTX Jacket - RevZilla

https://www.motoliberty.com/prod_det...p?Prod_ID=1645


I'll get some close up's of mine up soon too.
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Unfortunately my experience with Rev'it hasn't been the best. I have a WARP jacket and pants that I used to use for commuting everyday, rain and shine. The back-up service was/is good around these parts, I have to say that.
Some back ground info: I used to commute an average of 20 - 35 minutes each way. Auckland is extremely wet (think Seattle and Vancouver). My commute consisted of urban and highway speeds.

I went through (I kid you not) 5 pairs of pants and jackets that would not stop leaking. The sizing was checked and rechecked by the store, as well as proper fit when on the bike. The jackets started leaking at the shoulders and also the front zip area, despite the double/folded zipper seams. The pants inevitably started leaking at the crotch. I am not talking about gear that was years old, either, but rather a month or 2 between exchanged sets, until I gave up taking it back to the store (it was getting rather embarrassing, although through no fault of my own). The leaks were quite significant as well, it was proper water rather than just a slight dampness coming through.

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Right, Farab, my first generation Dakar pants have been known to leak in the seat area. I spray the liner periodically with Tex-Port waterproofing to reduce the size of the pores in the membrane. I think Hydratex, like everybody's proprietary "waterproof" membrane pales in comparison to genuine Gore-Tex. Hydratex was effective in moderate rain but I was ready to up the antie to get something that could handle the heavy stuff for long periods. That was my primary motivation for buying the Defender. I am slowly converting all my gear to Gore-Tex. I began in 2009 with boots, TCX Air-Tech in summer and Sidi On Road in winter - both are amazingly still waterproof.
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I forgot the technical jargon or Tradename of the liner used, but according to the supplier, the jacket and pants wasn't supposed to leak and didn't require silicone spray (as I had resorted to), as the liner was supposed to be 100% waterproof. As I said, in the end I just gave up, as it became rather embarrassing constantly taking the suit back.

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any reviews on the jacket????

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any reviews on the jacket????
Yep, thought you'd never ask.

So I just lived in my Defender more than 4,000 miles in 13 days in temps from the mid 30's to the mid 80's. I had to get used to how supple the material is. The comfort level is way up there. My first motivation again was to get the guaranteed waterproof Gore-Tex liner. I did not encounter what I'd call heavy rain but there's no reason to doubt the quality of the Gore-Tex. The second most important feature is the long cuff zippers. Tucking in the gauntlets in preparation for rain riding has always been a pain in the ass but these big zips make it incredibly easy to pull the rain liner over the gloves - even the second glove - and then zip the sleeve closed in one stroke. I could not be more pleased. I wanted a two liner system so I could feasibly wear the jacket in higher temps. I rode in the mid 80's comfortably enough and would have been more so if I had chosen the gray instead of solid black. The gray looked too pale in the video but now having seen it first hand, it's a very good shade of silver/gray. Pocket placement is very good - I'm not much for pockets but I actually used them conveniently on my trip. The only issue I have is the fit, which is no fault of the jacket. It's a bit roomier than my last ReV'it! jacket which was also XL. It's nothing I can't live with. I had a chance to try on a size L at Revzilla in Philly and found it to be as much too snug on me as the XL is roomy.



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