Rev'it! Alpha RF Chinos Review

Casual motorcycle pants that keep you cool, comfortable and protected

We always talk about how motorcycle pants that aren't all teched-out goofy are hard to find. Even harder to find if you don't want to pay $300 a pair. But Rev'it! Sport has figured out the formula, and is continuing to bring us great functioning, protective moto pants that look cool enough to rock all day off the bike. The Alpha RF Chino pant is a casual, surprisingly cool, protective pant that perfect for your daily commute and following work day.

Rev'It! Sports Chinos
Rev'It! Sports Chinos (Front View)Morgan Gales

Function
The Alpha Chinos come with Rev'it!'s patented SEEsmart padding, which is breathable lightweight and very flexible. I am a huge fan of their impact protection and have found them to be one of the least intrusive systems that I have tested to date. Thin pads in the knees cover a pretty large area and I'm confident that they would protect me in the case of an accident.

The outer shell is made of a 10.5oz Cordura that’s excellent for abrasion resistance. The thing that always gets me with heavy fabric and protective pants is that they get so damn hot. Kevlar liners and thick outer materials often mean that I’m sweating my butt off the second I get out of the wind, but Rev’it! has worked that out too. The heavy Cordura fabric has been treated with CoolMax to help wick moisture and keep you cool when things heat up.

Unlike many of Rev’it!’s denim styles, these ones are not waterproof, but living in Southern California, I would take the tradeoff of a pair of breathable daily pants for a pair of stuffy waterproof ones that I wear much less often.

Fit
The fit on these is pretty classic. You've got a straight leg with a bit of room that tapers a little bit towards the bottom. They're available in both long and short sizes, and being a little on the lanky side, I went with the longs. While they're a bit long off the bike, they are true to size here and perfect once I throw a leg over (I got sick of showing my socks all the time).

I’m a pretty true 32 in the waist and these pants fit me a little big. Honestly, they’re a little bigger than I would like through the thigh and knee as well, but maybe that helps hide the pads, which they do very well.

Rev'It! Sports Chinos back view
Rev'It! Sports Chinos (Back View)Morgan Gales

In all, they fit pretty well, they’re incredibly comfortable and they look clean and simple. The Camel color, pictured here, isn’t too yellowy or orange and has aged well over the few weeks I have been wearing them. For $200, they’re an awesome three season riding pant and they’re sure to see a lot more miles with me.