I recently upgraded my motorcycle touring gear and bought the new Rev’it Poseidon 3 jacket and pants. I wanted to test how waterproof they were and the versatility of this Gore-Tex kit before my upcoming motorcycle tour through Europe.
I evaluate how it performed in wet conditions and assess the adjustability, ventilation, and sizing. But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Is this the best gore-tex motorcycle jacket?
Why I Upgraded My Touring Kit
On a trip back from Scotland in cold, pouring rain, my old jacket and pants got progressively wetter and heavier. By the time I reached my destination, I was freezing cold even though I was technically “dry” inside.
Key Features I Was Looking For
- 100% waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex laminate construction
- Durable and abrasion-resistant outer shell
- Adjustable for optimized fit
- Good ventilation for warmer weather
- Suitable for long-distance touring
After researching different options, I decided to buy the Rev’it Poseidon 3 jacket and pants.
Test Ride Overview
My route took me:
- Over the Snake Pass in the Peak District
- Along the M56 motorway
- To the Wirral on the west coast
This gave me a mix of twisting mountain roads, steady highway speeds, and torrential downpours. Perfect for a thorough test!
I wore the jacket and pants without the extra thermal liners to evaluate their performance in wet and mildly cool conditions.
Initial Impressions of the Rev’it Poseidon 3
Before setting off, I wanted to share some initial thoughts about the Rev’it Poseidon 3 jacket and pants.
- Two large chest vents
- Two large thigh vents
- Lots of adjustment straps and zippers
- Removable CE-approved armor
- Neoprene collar to keep water out
- Waterproof YKK zippers
- Stretch panels on knees and seat
- Two large thigh vents
- Adjustable and removable CE knee protectors
- Connector zipper for attaching to jacket
Overall, I was impressed by the quality and attention to detail. The jacket and pants also have a nice touring cut without looking bulky.
Time to hit the road!
The Rain Descends: Testing Waterproofness
Shortly after setting off, the skies opened up, and it started pouring rain. This was a great opportunity to test the waterproof claims of the Poseidon 3 kit.
Not a single drop made it through, even during a particularly intense downpour. The Rev’it Poseidon 3 passed the waterproof test with flying colors!
After an hour of riding in torrential rain:
Staying Warm in Cool, Wet Conditions
With autumn temperatures and no thermal liner, I did start to feel chilly after the first hour of riding in the rain.
The waterproofing kept me dry, but the jacket and pants themselves didn’t provide much insulation. You’d want to add the thermal liner for colder or winter riding.
That said, I was still reasonably comfortable and never felt cold enough to need to stop.
Tip for Cool, Wet Rides
Wear a high-wicking or wool base layer under the Poseidon 3 kit to retain warmth when riding without the insulated liner.
Ventilation and Breathability
I was pleasantly surprised by how well-ventilated the Poseidon 3 jacket and pants were, even with the waterproof membrane.
With the vents open, air flowed freely through the jacket. It felt similar to wearing a well-vented textile jacket.
Freedom of Movement and Comfort
The Poseidon 3 jacket and pants provide a comfortable, tailored fit without restricting movement.
Key comfort features:
- Elastic panels and stretch fabric
- Pre-curved sleeves
- Adjustable waist, cuffs, and ankle openings
- Removable CE-approved armor
Venting on the chest, thighs, and knees prevented heat build-up.
The pants were comfortable in both the riding position and walking around off the bike. Definitely suitable for long-distance touring.
Durability and Abrasion Resistance
Rev’it reinforced high-impact areas with SuperFabric panels for added protection:
This kit provides better abrasion resistance than standard textile touring gear and should withstand years of motorcycle trips.
Sizing and Adjustments
Having a precise, customized fit makes a big difference in comfort and protection.
Jacket Sizing and Adjustments
- Available in sizes S-4XL
- Can cinch waist, sleeves, and collar
- Adjustable bicep width
- Adjustable elbow armor pockets
- Chest straps to alter silhouette
I’m normally a 42″ chest, and the large jacket fits me perfectly.
Pants Sizing and Adjustments
- Available in short and long lengths
- Adjustable waist with belt loops
- Adjustable calf width
- Adjustable knee armor pockets
- Short (5’7″ and under), Regular (5’8″-6’1″), and Long (6’2″+) lengths
The adjustability provides a tailored fit. I’m 5’10”, and the regular-length pants fit me well.
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Waterproof Zippers and Storm Flaps
All exterior zippers on the Poseidon 3 jacket and pants are waterproof YKK zippers.
After riding for hours in heavy rain, not a single drop made it past the waterproof zippers and storm flap. They work exceptionally well at keeping the elements out.
Final Verdict After 2+ Hours of Rain Riding
After the soaking wet ride was over, I carefully inspected the inside of the jacket and pants for damp spots. To my relief, the inside was perfectly dry!
The Rev’it Poseidon 3 passed the waterproof test with flying colors. My base layers were dry despite hours of riding in torrential rainfall.
Equally importantly, the jacket and pants’ outer shells remained relatively dry. They didn’t gain significant weight by soaking up water like my old jacket.
- 100% waterproof in extremely heavy rain
- Gore-Tex laminate construction keeps water out while allowing vapor to escape
- Durable 500D polyester outer resists soaking up moisture
- Remained comfortable even when wet
- Excellent abrasion resistance for touring
I’m thrilled to have the gear I can rely on for my upcoming Europe tour. The Poseidon 3 jacket and pants will be put to the test across thousands of miles this summer!
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Poseidon 3 come with armor?
Is the Gore-Tex permanently attached?
How easy is it to attach the pants to the jacket?
A 360° zipper attaches the jacket and pants together, preventing riding up and maximizing protection.
Are there different liner options?
Separate rain, thermal, and hydration liners are available for added comfort in different conditions.
Does Rev’it offer tall or short sizes?
The pants come in short, regular, and long lengths. The jacket has adjusted sleeve and torso lengths.
The Rev’it Poseidon 3 kit offers unmatched quality, protection, and versatility for three-season touring in varying conditions.
I’m confident trusting these jackets and pants on my upcoming Europe tour thanks to their:
- Bombproof Gore-Tex weatherproofing
- Abrasion-resistant construction
- Extensive adjustability
- Lightweight yet durable materials
I highly recommend the Rev’it Poseidon 3 jacket and pants for motorcyclists seeking premium touring gear. It’s built to last years of adventure riding, providing comfort and customizable protection.
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