Rev’It Defender Pro GTX jacket £599.99 and trousers £429.99
Tester: Andy Davidson
Time tested: four months, 6,000 miles
What’s good? The Defender is a great suit and I’m getting on exceptionally well with it. What’s impressed me most is the versatility. We had some scorching heat in summer and the Defender proved to be the coolest jacket I’ve tested. There are arm length vents on the sleeves, four chest vents and one on the back. The trousers also have four vents. All of them are really easy to open and close, even while on the move with Velcro, poppers and big zip tags. It’s packed with nice finishing touches too like sliding straps on the arms and chest, collar fastener, internal pockets, card holder on the sleeve, a secret pocket, two waterproof pockets and a large rear map pocket. It comes with an easily removable Gore-Tex lining which has kept the rain out so far. It has plenty of protection, four decent sized pockets on the jacket and the cuffs open up enough to get my thick gloves under with ease. It’s a comfortable, well made and well thought out bit of kit.
What’s not? The removable liner works with this type of adventure jacket as there will be plenty of times abroad where you need a cool jacket, so I’m happy that it’s not built in or a laminated to the outer. But I worry it might not be warm enough in winter - only time will tell. But for £600 I’d expect it to come with a removable thermal lining.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 4/5