Rev’It Cayenne Pro Motorcycle Jacket and Pants Review

Rev’It Cayenne Pro Jacket and Pants
Rev’It Cayenne Pro Jacket and Pants

Heat and exertion can make it problematic to dress adequately for a ride. Adventure and off-road riding, for example, often requires a lot of standing and otherwise moving about on the bike, which quickly warms the rider to the sweating point, even in cooler weather. And when it’s hot out, most of the heavy-duty apparel you need to be adequately protected off-road or on can become downright miserable.

The good folks at Rev’It have addressed this issue quite well with the Cayenne Pro suit, a seriously protective but cool jacket and pants combo designed exclusively for warm to hot weather riding. There’s enough room to fit a thermal liner underneath the jacket when the weather cools, but the point of the Cayenne Pro is protection and comfort in the heat.

This is accomplished with an extremely abrasion-resistant jacket outer shell constructed of tough Schoeller Dynatec mesh in strategic cooling areas, leather and Lorica on the elbows and shoulders and Teflon-coated PWRlshell 750D for the main body, Rev’It’s take on Cordura. The Teflon coating repels water and dirt, and Safety Stitching ensures it all stays together. Generous reflective panels increase conspicuity at night, and CE level 2 armor with holes and webbing for ventilation is inserted in the back, shoulders and elbows. The jacket has two adjustment straps on the waist and each sleeve to customize the fit, and special adjustment tabs on the soft neoprene-lined collar and gusseted cuffs allow for extra neck wear and gloves.

Pockets abound—zippered breast pockets, waterproof cargo pockets and handwarmer pockets with snaps on the front, a sleeve pocket, a zippered pair of pockets inside and an XL cargo pocket on the back that expands for carrying a liner or vest. Tell no one about the secret zippered pocket inside for valuables, and your passenger can use the zippered one on the upper back for soft stuff like snacks and maps.

Special fasteners ready the jacket for options like a cooling vest, water bladder, neck brace and hi-viz vest. My apologies to the Netherlands-based company for calling the Cayenne Pro the Swiss Army knife of warm-weather jackets, but that is the best description.

Cayenne Pro pants zip to the jacket in back or all the way ’round, and are similarly constructed, with zippered slash and cargo pockets, CE level 2 armor in the knees and level 1 in the hips. Large gusseted zippered cuffs with hook-and-loop flaps allow them to be slipped on over smaller boots (but not my size 12s). Like the jacket, the pants fit trimly in the European style, which holds the armor tightly to your body for best protection, yet the motorcycle riding cut, flex panels and various adjustments give you good freedom of movement. Most importantly, the Cayenne Pro suit flows lots of air and breathes very well, so it keeps you very cool considering how well protected you are at the same time. Wearing it I feel like I could be shot out of a cannon into a dumpster full of rocks and come out unscathed.

The Cayenne Pro jacket comes in Black, Light Gray-Red, Light Gray-Blue (shown) and Sand-Black in sizes S-XYL (3XL) for $559.99. Pants come in Black, Light Gray-Black or Sand-Black in sizes S-XYL, M-XYL short (thank you!) and M-XXL long for $399.99. Rev’It also offers matching Cayenne Pro goatskin summer gloves that work very well for $179.99.

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