The Rev’It Glide Jacket weighs 6.6 pounds according to my digital scale, with the CE Level 2 armor in the elbows and shoulders, along with the quilted thermal liner in place. And this is a good thing. The weight confirms the caliber of Brazilian cowhide in the body of the jacket, the energy absorbing volume of Rev’It’s award-winning Seeflex Red Dot Design armor and the totality of the construction of the jacket. The leather varies in thickness from 1.2mm to 1.4mm. The insulation material for the thermal liner is three-ounce polyester in quilted taffeta outer layers. Still, the Glide doesn’t feel bulky or heavy to use. It feels like a part of you the moment you put it on, as it allows for a full range of motion and flexibility.
Using the size guide on the Rev’It website ensures a good fit, don’t rely on the size you’ve worn with other jackets. Measure yourself as listed in the site’s product specific size guide and order accordingly. If you plan to order the optional split chest and back protectors, you may want to consider going up a step in size. Strategic placement of stretch textile material on the torso and pre-curved sleeves provide a snug fit that moves with you and doesn’t bind. . The style speaks for itself, lending a sleek aesthetic to a jacket that offers enhanced protection. The tailoring for the intended fit of the Glide is sometimes referred to as an “athletic” or “aggressive” fit, which should be considered when ordering. Again, it is essential to follow the size chart. The Glide has no cooling vents in the body or sleeves. Instead, stretch panels in the sleeves and body allow for some cooling effect. Wearing a lightweight long sleeve base layer with the thermal liner works well for cool riding conditions.
When things heat up, removing the liner and riding with just a short-sleeved t-shirt is comfortable. At higher temperatures, the Glide wearer may be tempted to ride with the main front zipper partially open as well, which we do not recommend. The short mandarin collar without closure is covered in leather with a soft fabric padding. The collar design prevents it from bumping into the bottom edge of a helmet padding. In addition to stretch fabric along the sleeves and up to the top of the shoulders, the sleeves are fitted with external hard TPU armor at the shoulders, internal Seeflex CE Level 2 protectors at the shoulders and elbows, as well as zippers. zipper and snaps on the sleeves.
The Glide is also prepared for the Seesoft CE Level 1 Split-Insert Chest Protector (MSRP $42) and ready for the Seesoft CE Level 2 Split-Insert Back Protector ($63). Like Seeflex, Seesoft is a Rev’It armor brand. A value added feature of Seesoft impact protectors, for those of us who live in four season riding country, is the flexibility and protection of the armor over a wide range of ambient temperatures. . The armor is molded in a three-dimensional honeycomb configuration that allows for full ventilation while minimizing weight. The Rev’It Glide Jacket is constructed with safety seams at potential impact zones. Securing seams, visible and invisible, are designed to hold the outer shell material together, even if the visible seam is torn. Double-stitched seams are visible in several areas of the torso and sleeves.
With the rugged nature of the Glide’s construction and the full complement of included and optional impact protection, I couldn’t help but think that the Glide, paired with the compatible leather pants, might be good for track days. . So I asked the people at Rev’It. Turns out they’re way ahead of me on that. While the Glide Jacket’s short back connecting zipper and belt loops allow it to work with most Rev’It pants, including Rev’It denim jeans, when used in conjunction with the Safeway 2 belt. However, Rev’It advises that the best choice for use in competition or on the track, the Apex jacket and pant duo. The Apex suit has a near full zip, in addition to a short connection zipper), making the Apex suit suitable for track day applications.
The Glide torso is constructed primarily with cowhide leather, with the use of synthetics limited to color accents and stretch panels on the sides. Inside, a polyester mesh lining creates a thin air space between the rider’s body and the jacket’s outer material. A deep chest pocket on the upper left side has a vertical zipper. The torso offers a bit more length than typical sport riding gear to make it a good choice for touring or urban riding. Near the bottom edge on the left side there is a box pocket in the lining with hook-and-loop closure. Just above this pocket is another hook-and-loop closure for a pocket that extends upwards for the insertion of the optional Seesoft chest protector. On the right side of the Rev’It Glide jacket is a matching pocket with hook-and-loop closure at the bottom edge. On the left side, a vertical pocket above is for the chest protection insert, and this pocket has a zipper.The inside back of the jacket has a large pocket for the Seesoft back protector. The main front zipper is a large toothed element backed by an internal leather storm flap to prevent air infiltration. The styling, construction of the Rev’It Glide Jacket, and functional features are pure high performance. The fit and weight, plus CE-certified impact protection, inspire confidence while providing comfort and a stylish look.Rev’It Glide Jacket Highlights
- Sizes: 46-58
- Colors: Black; Black White; black/neon red; Black/Fluo Yellow
- Protection: CE level 2 shoulder and elbow (back and chest protection optional)
Rev’It Glide Jacket Price: $550 MSRP