If you live in a tropical climate, a textile jacket like the REV’IT Airwave Jacket is essential. It’s all too easy to just ditch a jacket in favor of a t-shirt when the temperature is well over 100° every day and the moisture in the air is so thick you can almost drink it. Living in northern Thailand, these are the conditions I live with for over half of the year and given the dangers present on Thai roads, you really don’t want to leave yourself so exposed by not wearing a jacket. And therefore I’m so happy I found the REV’IT Airwave.
Just by looking at the jacket you can tell that it lets through a tremendous amount of air. Almost the entire front and back of the jacket is one big mesh panel. There’s also mesh on the inside of the sleeves to keep your arms cool too as well as down the sides of the jacket to just below the armpits. There’s by far and away more mesh on this jacket than not, which is why it’s so good for a hot climate.
And obviously why it’s not good at all for a more moderate climate. When I took this jacket back to the US for a trip home at the start of Fall, it was actually a bit too cold to use. It’s definitely a Summer/Spring jacket and you’ll obviously need something else during the winter months. Thailand’s winter is the US spring, so, no issue for me.
And if you’re wondering how it handles a crash, I can (un)fortunately tell you. Quite well is the answer. There’s a bit of false information out there that textile jackets are only good for one accident. No doubt in certain circumstances a textile jacket would probably get shredded in a crash (dependent on speed and road surface), but I’ve come off using this twice (once on the road, once at the track) and it’s held up fine. There’s no holes or tears in the mesh and the stitching on the REV’IT Airwave is top notch. In fact, despite this jacket being at the cheaper end of the scale, it really doesn’t skimp on qualify or features. It even includes a zipper at the base of the jacket to attach to a pair of REV’IT pants, like the REV’IT Airwave pants (which we’ll review soon).
The only complaint I can really make about the jacket is the collar. It’s just too small. Buttoning up the collar, you feel it rubbing against your Adams apple and if you don’t button it up, it flaps around and irritates you in a different way. But for the airflow you get from this jacket with the protection it still provides, I can live with that.
The REV’IT Airwave Jacket retails for $199 at the Motorcycle Superstore.