Product Review: Rev’IT Memphis H20 jeans
Rev’IT Memphis H20 jeans: £199.99
Tester: Michael Neeves
Time used: 3250 miles
What’s good? These aren’t on sale until Spring 2015, but I tried a pre-production pair during a recent 3250-mile ride to Ibiza and back, on my BMW S1000R. Rev’IT claims the new jeans, which come with knee and hip armour, have extra abrasion protection and are also 100% waterproof, thanks to specially-treated denim. A mesh lining prevents friction against skin in a crash and prevents the jeans sticking to your legs, but I still wore an undersuit for comfort and extra warmth in the cold. They’re not as light as normal jeans, but they’re not overly bulky, so they’re comfortable to wear on and off the bike. The seams don’t leak and the jeans do their job and have kept me dry in rain, unless it’s particularly heavy…
What’s not?…we had two days of riding in torrential conditions for four or five hours on end - the worst rain I’ve ever ridden in. Eventually the relentless weight of the water seeped through the material and to my skin, but these were really exceptional conditions and the jeans will keep you dry for general wet-weather riding. The other downside is the price, as it’s a lot of money for a pair of waterproof trousers.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 3/5