If you’re looking for an affordable and good quality summer riding jacket, the Rev’it Eclipse might be the perfect answer.
If you understand the value and importance of motorcycle riding gear, you’d know that a riding jacket is an important part of the kit. I bought my first riding jacket nearly a decade ago when I was still in college – an Alpinestars T-RC1. If memory serves me right, it cost me roughly 8 months of pocket money back then. It was surely an expensive purchase but worth every penny. I still use it for my daily commute, magazine shoots, touring, and have virtually abused the hell out of it in all weather conditions. Apart from a broken zip pull, there’s still nothing wrong with it – not even a stitch has come off, and the Velcro straps on it still stick together like high-school lovers.
As much as I love my Alpinestars, I must say that it’s not meant for summer riding since it’s not a mesh jacket. I’ve been looking to buy a mesh jacket for over 2 years now, and fortunately, earlier this year in February, I got myself a Rev’it Eclipse.
For an entry-level mesh jacket, the quality of the Eclipse is very impressive. The jacket is made of 600D polyester to provide maximum resistance against abrasions and has large perforated mesh construction at the front and the back. It comes with Knox Flexiform CE Level 1 armour for the shoulders and elbows, which are usually first impact points in a crash. You can also fit a CE Level 2 Seesoft back protector. There’s no chest protection, neither does it have any provision to fit a chest protector, and that’s a bit disappointing.
Rev’it says the Eclipse has a regular/touring fit, but it doesn’t look baggy at all. In fact, it looks quite sporty and fits perfectly on my rather imperfect curves. I ordered a size M – I am 5’8 with 40-inch chest – and it feels as if it’s tailor-made for me. There are also various adjustment straps, and it also comes with loops to attach riding pants/jeans.
Although it’s offered in many colours, I decided to go for the brown. It looks classy and goes well with the overall muted styling of the jacket. As compared to my rather sporty and snug Alpinestars, the Rev’it looks quite understated, meaning I no longer look like an active member of the Power Rangers club during my office commute. It’s also much lighter, with superb air-flow. For daily summer riding, I highly recommend the Eclipse.
Coming to its price, I ordered my jacket from Germany since I was getting a good deal. I paid around `11,800 (including shipping + customs duty). However, if you want to save yourself some time and hassle, I suggest you buy it in India itself, although you’ll have to pay a slightly higher price of INR 13,500.