REV'IT! Downburst H2O Jackets
What the heck is this thing? The REV’IT! Downburst H2O Jacket represents a unique collaboration between MotorcycleGear.com and REV’IT! We worked with the REV’IT! designers to create our own version of their perennial best selling Tornado line of summer jackets with features we think American riders desire, such as a more comfortable, easier fit. The liner also works as a destination style jacket. Let us know what you think of this design!Features Outer Shell
- Polyester Mesh
- PWR | Shell Ripstop
- PWR | Wax 500D
- Cuff zipper
- Short connection zipper (In both the removable liner and jacket shell)
- Stretch lips at elbows
- Two-way collar snap closure system
- YKK zippers throughout garment
- Large ventilated mesh panels on front and back of the jacket that breath directly to the body when the liner is removed
- Seeflex RV10-L2B CE Level 2 armor at the elbows
- Seeflex RV13-L2-B CE Level 2 armor at the shoulders
- Prepared for Seesoft type RV back protector (Sold Separately)
- Prepared for Seesoft divided chest protectors (Sold Seperately)
- Height adjustable elbow armor pockets
- Adjustment strap at lower arm
- Adjustment strap at waist
- Dual adjustment tabs at wrist
- Adjustment snap tab at upper arm
- Flexisnap adjustable collar (New design, holds position better than previous versions)
- Detachable hydratex 2L 2-in-1 full sleeve liner
- Detachable2-in-1 full sleeve thermal liner with hydratex 2L membrane
- Two zippered front hand pockets
- Two internal pockets
- One waterproof internal pocket in the removable liner
- Carbon reflective at upper chest
- Carbon reflective at upper arms
- Carbon reflective at back
- Carbon reflective logo at back
AMERICAN FIT This jacket does not fit like any other REV’IT! Jacket on the market today, please use the sizing advice below!
The most exciting update we worked with REV’IT! on for this Downburst style is the American Fit! We tried a size Medium and an XL on our Fit Check mannequins Huey and Dewey. Those are sizes they usually wear in an “American” cut jacket and these Downburst H2O jackets fit with some room left even with the liner installed. This does NOT fit like typical REV’IT! jackets, it is much more forgiving in the drop from the chest to the belly. In REV’IT!’s published size chart (below) for this style, you’ll see their estimate of chest size is more like their typical sizing chart when in reality the jackets fit more similar to what you’d find in equivalent US designed clothing.
We measured each jacket and tried them on and we’ve concluded that the fit is just about what you would find in ordinary US men’s clothing. For most people, this means you’ll be able to buy the size you normally wear. If you want a tighter European fit typical of most REV’IT! styles we would suggest going down a size.
Below is the REV’IT!-published chest size for each jacket’s alpha size along with our estimate of max chest and max waist/belly. This particular style is a touring style so there is only a moderate taper from chest to waist, and with a style like this you can effectively tailor the fit of the waist with the side waist adjusters, which makes the jacket look great and fit great, so don’t worry if your waist/belly is smaller than the max. We only list this for those that have a belly so they can know what minimum size they’d have to choose to fit the belly.
Note: Add about 1” to your chest and belly measurements if you plan to add a back protector. Add an additional 1” inch to your chest if you will add the chest protectors.
of Max Chest
of Max Belly/Waist
Our Two Cents
The new REV’IT! Downburst H2O jacket is one that you will find exclusively at MotorcycleGear.com. We teamed up with REV’IT! to bring a new option to the North American market that features classic REV’IT! refined style with a new size chart that is more tuned for the American rider.
The REV’IT! Downburst H2O jacket gets its name from a twist on the style it is patterned after. Close inspection will show several hallmarks of the REV’IT! Tornado family of jackets. We thought Downburst was a good twist on the Tornado name that would also evoke thoughts of strong winds, which this jacket is sure to let through the shell for maximum breathability.
The outer shell is a ripstop polyester taken from their popular Cayenne Pro jacket line with large mesh panels on the front, back, and arms taken from the Eclipse 2 jacket line. The result is a high airflow sturdy jacket styled to be an evolution of the Tornado 3 jacket. The mesh on the Downburst is a tighter weave than the typical Tornado mesh, which is something we had received feedback on in the past. The tighter weave looks more refined and still allows the air to flow through effortlessly. The mesh is a dark anthracite color that really pops on both the Sand and Black colorways for a distinct look. The addition of the Sand colorway was another custom request of ours, both the Cayenne Pro and Tornado 2 had this great color and it is missing from the current line-up of Tornado jackets.
The cuffs of the jacket have dual hook and loop closures for adjustment and a zippered opening to make getting the jacket on over gauntlet gloves a breeze. Further adjustability is at the forearm as a sliding strap, bicep as a snap flap, waist as another sliding strap, and collar in the form of a new Flexisnap closure that has been redesigned to hold its position more firmly once you set it in the desired spot. No more slipping around at the collar, and the Flexisnap can also be pinned back to hold the collar open if you desire. The main zipper on the Downburst has a large pull that is easy to work with a glove. We worked with REV’IT! to give the reflective a more stealthy look with this style and it results in a more subtle look in the daytime, but it still lights up bright when light hits it at night! (see our additional photos for this) The zipper on this style is still the standard REV’IT! European zipper (left hand), and the zipper pull is oversized so it is easily worked while wearing gloves.
Within the outer shell is a removable full sleeve 2-in-1 thermal and hydratex waterproof 2L liner that doubles as a destination liner. The elbows and shoulders have Seeflex CE level 2 armor installed, and the elbows are adjustable with small hook and loop pockets within the main armor pocket so you can adjust the height as needed. There are pockets at the chest and back for the optional SeeSoft chest and back armor (see related products below).
This jacket should be a perfect choice for the commuter or touring rider that wants maximum airflow. The removable liner will help this jacket serve in 3-4 season weather as well. And the price point we worked with REV’IT! to achieve allows us to offer this top-tier jacket at a mid-level price. Overall, we love what REV’IT! brings to the table with their gear and we’re proud to work with them on this unique collaboration to offer their products to a wider audience of riders here in the US. We’re excited to hear what you think of this new style, so if you pick one up please be sure to leave a review! :: Mike, 06/26/2023