Rev’it! Climate Technical Mid-Layer: Review

Insulating and breathable, the Climate jacket is the only layer we need

Rev’it! Climate Jacket
Rev’it! Climate mid-layer jacketJordan Mastagni

Riding to work early in the morning, I can see temperatures in the 40's, but most afternoons/evenings when I ride home will be in the mid-high 60's. Not to mention the drastically fluctuating temperature inside the office when I'm working. The Climate Jacket was recommended by another riding buddy as the solution to basically all my insulating needs and I thought he was exaggerating. 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 mountain tops to slightly brisk desert nights. We have sailed the open seas of the Pacific Ocean and flown on a 70-year-old 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 rip stop 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 also quick-dry if they happen to get wet. Breathable sections (black) in the sides and underarm are softer with more stretch and very breathable allow hot air to escape.

Rev’it! Climate Jacket
Rev’it! Climate mid-layer jacketJordan Mastagni

The jacket fits on the slimmer side but the four-way stretch of the nylon helps keeps 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 towards 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.

Rev’it! Climate Jacket
Rev’it! Climate mid-layer jacketJordan Mastagni

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 guess work 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 an item is the best in class 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.