Rev’It! Defender 3 GTX Jacket Review After 2000 Miles

As someone who rides year-round, I’m always looking for jackets that can handle changing weather and varying temperatures. I need outerwear that keeps me dry in the rain yet doesn’t overheat when the sun comes out.

I also want jackets with versatile layering systems so I can adjust for warmer or cooler days.

The Revit Defender 3 caught my eye because it offers that elusive combination of weather protection and ventilation.

With a Gore-Tex waterproof/breathable membrane plus an array of vents, this jacket promises comfort across a wide range of conditions. I was intrigued to see if it could deliver on that proposition.

But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Is this the best gore-tex motorcycle jacket?

Rev’It! Defender 3 Gtx Jacket

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Key Takeaways

  • Heavy-duty construction
  • Expensive but high-performing jacket overall
  • Ventilation is impressive with a removable liner

In testing the Defender 3, I wanted to evaluate four key criteria:

  1. Weather Protection: How well does the Gore-Tex layer keep wind and rain out?
  2. Breathability: Does the jacket vent heat and condensation effectively?
  3. Versatility: Can the layering system adapt to different temperatures and conditions?
  4. Durability: Will the jacket withstand daily use and hold up over time?

Over several weeks of riding, I rigorously tested the Defender 3 to find the answers. In this review, I’ll share my experiences related to these criteria so you can determine if this jacket is right for your needs.

Revit Defender 3 Construction and Features

Before getting into my testing results, let’s look at how the Revit Defender 3 is constructed and some of its notable features:

Outer Shell

  • Mainly 750 denier PWR shell fabric, with ripstop reinforcement on lower sections
  • Tough Park Skin material on shoulders
  • Neoprene collar lining for comfort
  • Printed panels on forearms add abrasion resistance
  • Reflective panels improve visibility

Protection and Armor

  • Removable Gore-Tex 3-layer waterproof/breathable liner
  • Removable 140g thermal quilted liner
  • CE-approved Level 2 shoulder and elbow armor
  • Back protector pocket (protector sold separately)

Ventilation

  • Two large chest vents with fidlock magnetic closure
  • Long zippered sleeve vents
  • Rear exhaust vents
  • Ability to unzip waterproof liner for airflow

Storage and Convenience

  • Two exterior zippered pockets
  • Interior wallet pocket
  • Rear map pocket with expansion zipper
  • Connection zipper for pants

My First Impressions of the Revit Defender 3

When I first tried the Revit Defender 3, I was impressed by the quality and attention to detail. The jacket has a premium feel, with smooth zippers, strong Velcro closures, and neatly finished seams.

The outer shell fabric provides a reassuringly rugged feel while the collar and cuffs are soft against the skin.

The default fit strikes a nice balance between feeling protective and allowing a comfortable range of motion.

There’s enough room to add layers underneath while still avoiding excess bulk. I also appreciated that the sleeve cuffs and waist adjusters allow you to customize the fit.

Small touches like the magnetic chest vents and stowable rear map pocket demonstrate a thoughtful design for motorcyclists’ needs. This jacket was purpose-built for adventure riding.

Overall, my first impressions were very positive. The jacket seemed well-constructed, functional, and ready for the open road. Next, it was time to put it to the test in real-world conditions.

Testing the Revit Defender 3’s Weather Protection

Given its Gore-Tex liner, I had high expectations for the Defender 3’s weather protection. To evaluate this, I wore the jacket while riding in light rain as well as a heavy downpour.

In lighter rain, the Defender 3 kept me completely dry. Beads of water formed on the surface and ran off without soaking through. The jacket withstood a steady light rain for 30 minutes with no moisture penetration.

THE JACKET ALSO PERFORMED WELL when I got caught in a serious deluge. Even when utterly soaked, it kept me dry underneath.

I was impressed by how well it worked in heavy rain. Pit zips, cuffs, and collar sealed out moisture effectively.

I also found the Gore-Tex liner provides solid wind protection. Paired with the thermal quilted liner on a brisk 40-degree F / 5 C morning, I stayed warm and windproof.

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