The REV’IT! Flare Jacket is a genre-bender. A sport-cut, waterproof, well-insulated textile piece in camouflage with a hood. Is it trying to be all things at once? Maybe.
I think it works, though. A clever coat that can’t help but stand out in a line-up of jackets at similar price points with comparable features. And that’s on top of the fact that it’s got advanced safety features and excellent build quality.
REV’IT! sources its CE-approved armor from the British brand, Knox. It’s Knox’s Flexiform kit, which is vented and designed with two-hinge points for unrestricted movement. The pads are thick yet pliable and feather-light. The two shoulder pads together weigh under one gram and the jacket as a whole, with full shoulder and elbow armor, thermal liner and hood installed, tips our scale at three pounds 14 ounces. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also install a SEESOFT CE-level 2 back protector, sold separately.
The compartments that house the armor are precise to the size of the Knox inserts, so there’s no adjustment available in this regard. But for me the pads fall perfectly where they’re supposed to and there’s been zero shifting.
For abrasion resistance, REV’IT! constructed the chassis from 600 denier, polyester rib weave material. It gives the exterior a subtle, textured look and durable feel. Paired-up with REV’IT!’s Hydratex|G-liner coating, the Flare Jacket does a remarkable job protecting against rain and wind.
This is a three-season jacket, no doubt. In milder spring and autumn months it’s prepared for whatever Mother Nature might throw at you, from unexpected showers to chilly breezes or calm, sunny days.
It’s high collar protects a decent potion of my neck when fully zipped, the Velcro-secured cuffs seal tight at the wrists and the full-sleeve quilted thermal liner is thick enough to be a warm, stand-alone piece in cooler temps. It’s not designed to be worn apart from the jacket, but you get the picture.
I did have some discomfort with the main chassis zipper fully closed though. The large, metal zipper pull sits right below my chin, so rubs whenever I move my head. To solve this, I’d leave the zipper down slightly most times.
My only other gripe is with the position of the exterior hand warmer pockets. Since the Flare is more sport cut, the pockets sit high on either side. This made it cumbersome to open and close the zippers with gloves on. Not impossible, but definitely a more focused task than with other styles of jacket.
Otherwise fit is true-to-size, the large closing up easily without being too snug. The double front zipper is a nice layer of defense against the elements, and the Flare is particularly good at protecting against wind.
It’s comfortable on the bike, allowing for the full range of movement, and is even nice off the bike. The detachable hood comes into play more when you’re not riding, a nice convenience against the elements once you’ve removed your helmet. Just remember to keep it snapped down while riding, because it will flap around in the wind at speed if you don’t.
One design element that could prove troublesome in more inclement weather is the short cut of the torso. The base of the jacket ends just below the waistline, so doesn’t offer additional coverage down the back when in the ride position like more traditionally styled wet-weather touring jackets. REV’IT! does provide a single belt loop at the center base of the back of the jacket, as well as a short zipper connection for corresponding pants and belts. The cut never bothered me, but is a styling element to take into account if you’re expecting to face serious rain on the road.
I’m a fan of the sport design and think the subtle branding incorporates nicely with the black and blue camo colorway. It’s slim without being restrictive and blends functional features, like the arm vents and fitment adjusters on the arms and waist, in an understated way.
REV’IT! has since expanded the available colorways too, now offering an army green version of the Flare as well. At $299.99 it’s not cheap, but you get the full gamut of features you’d expect from a top-quality riding jacket.