A Better Barbour?
Don’t tell Ben and Andrew but there just might be a more practical alternative the the classic Barbour and Belstaff jackets we all know and love. The classic waxed cotton Barbour International or Belstaff Tourist Trophy do an OK job of keeping you warm and dry, but that is about it. Imagine a jacket that retains the same classic look of the 4 pocket waxed motorcycle jacket, yet affords all of the protection of modern armor and waterproof breeathability. This is exactly what REV’IT! has done with the Melville and Oxford Jackets. Both have REV’IT!’s Hydratex G-Liner which functions similarly to GORE-TEX and will keep you super dry in the wettest or riding conditions (I know I have tested it out). These jackets are made of heavy duty cotton and have Knox CE rated armor in the shoulders and elbows with a pocket to add an optional back protector.
REV’IT! Melville (without thermal liner)
The Melville comes finished with a heavy wax coating that feels almost like rubber. If the ultra rubbery waxed finish isn’t your thing, the Oxford has a nice, more traditional brushed cotton finish that is water resistant. Both jackets are basically the same aside from the finish and come standard with spring loaded snaps and heavy duty YKK zippers that won’t wear out. They also have a storm flap that ensures water doesn’t make it past the zipper.
One of the biggest selling points on these jackets is the removable insulated thermal liner that they come with. With the liner in, these jackets are the warmest I have ever worn. I have to put it on right when I leave the house, otherwise I will start sweating immediately. With the liner out you can easily stretch the jacket in the the late spring and early fall.
So if you’ve been looking for that perfect 3 season (Fall, Winter, Spring) motorcycle jacket, but don’t want to sacrifice protection or style you should seriously consider picking one of these up. I bought the Melville in September and have been very impressed with the quality and functionality thus far.
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Published - Feb 26, 2015
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