Riding gear has largely been divided into two primary areas, dirt and street gear. Recent years, with the increase in popularity of adventure touring, we’ve seen touring suits morph into something that also accommodates off-roading. While that’s fine for that market, what about dual sport riders whose primary focus is beyond the pavement, but they’d like some protection on the necessary evils between trails? REV’IT! has answered this question with its DIRT Series of off-road gear. I took my recent conversion to dual-sport riding as an opportunity to check out some of the Dutch manufacturer’s gear. After I rode with it locally for a while on my KLX300, I decided to see if it had the chops for some adventure touring on our 2,000 mile middleweight adventure-touring Showdown from Sturgis to Los Angeles. The rest is history.
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The Territory jacket is constructed of a combination of 750D Cordura on the major abrasion areas, while the bulk of the torso and the inner arms is constructed of REV’IT’s PWR|Shell mesh for maximum airflow. The elbows and shoulders receive removable SEESMART CE-level 1 protectors; however, no back protector is included. Despite the relatively slim cut of the jacket, it allows full movement on my 5’11” dad bod. The sleeves feature elastic wrist closures and thumb loops to hold the sleeves in place in a slide.
Two hand-warmer pockets and a large pocket on the lower back are convenient for carrying things like the waterproof Smock Barrier. An additional pocket on the right upper chest can hold small items, I found the hand-warmer pockets to be more convenient.
The killer feature of the Territory jacket is its airflow, which is perfect for summer riding. The loose fit of the arms lets air move over your skin, though this will likely allow the standard armor to shift after the initial impact. Consequently, I paired the Territory with the Proteus protector jacket underneath it. The ventilation over the torso is as if I weren’t wearing a jacket at all – even in temperatures as high as 111° F.
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Now, REV’IT! doesn’t market the Territory as a dual-sport jacket, but rather as an off-road one. Still, dual-sport riders have been riding on pavement for years in dirt jerseys and gear offering limited street protection. The ripstop Cordura will offer more abrasion resistance than a Jersey, but of the “one and done” variety. The included elbow and shoulder armor is clearly a step in the right direction. Still, for on-road use, particularly at highway speeds, I consider the Territory to be a companion to the Proteus jacket, which elevates the pairing into lightweight adventure touring gear that I was comfortable in while racking up tons of miles at supra-legal speeds. Making the Territory jacket my current favorite outer layer when my dirt riding involves street riding to get there.
The REV’IT! Territory jacket is available in sizes S-3XL in either Mid Grey or Dark Green for $280.
The Continent pants from REV’IT! are another DIRT Series item. These ripstop 750D Cordura pants seem geared towards the adventure side of things, with their over-the-boot construction. Both inner legs receive Monaco performance cowhide for better grip and durability. PWR|Shell ripstop stretch panels allow for freedom of movement, and zippered vents on the thighs control cooling air flow. Speaking of zippers, the Continent pants have two zippered cargo pockets! While they could be a little larger, having them was essential on our weeklong adventure tour. The waist has a ratcheting closure in case you eat too much pie in your travels.
Protection comes courtesy of Seesmart CE Level 1 impact armor on the knees and hips. Both are removable, and there is enough room inside the pants for the use of beefier armor or knee braces. Side zippers in the lower leg make it easier to don boots while the other nifty feature is the boot gaiter that covers each boot. No, they won’t keep water out if you put your feet down in a stream (don’t ask me how I know this), but they keep out rain showers, mud, and sand. In fact, the over-the-boot design and the gaiters are why I consider these to be more adventurous riding gear than just dirt.
REV’IT! sells the Continent pants in S-3XL with Short, Standard, and Tall sizes available. You have a choice of two colors, Black and Ocher Yellow, for $370.
Can you wear off-road gear on the street?
When it comes to impact protection off-road armor should be fine on the street, but you should be aware that abrasion protection is minimal in off-road gear.
Where is REV’IT! gear made?
The two items in this review were made in Bangladesh.
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