Rev’It Sand 3 textile jacket review

Review
Rev'It Sand 3 textile jacket

Overall SBS Rating 92 /100
Reviewed by: Andy Herbert
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Review Conditions
Mileage
3000
Seasons
Summer
Motorcycle
Triumph Tiger Explorer

I don’t enjoy being hot and uncomfortable in warm weather so I chose the Rev’It Sand 3 textile jacket for a summer trip to Ireland to see if its abundance of vents worked as well as they should.

The Sand 3 feels high-quality right from the off. The cut is nice, with adjustment for the waist in the form of two sets of straps each side, together with a drawstring around the lower hem. This is nice if like me, you’ve put a bit of muscle on around your waist over the years!

Immediately noticeable is how the armour feels planted and substantial, unlike so many jackets with armour that feels a little loosely positioned and wanders slightly until you’re settled.

Seeflex CE Level 2 armour is supplied as standard and offers the usual benefits of being tough when it needs to be, but flexible enough to mould around you.

The jacket incorporates a pocket for Rev’It’s Seesoft back armour, but as this was not in stock at the time I opted for a D3O back protector from the Held range, which fitted into the pocket perfectly and didn’t affect the comfort of the jacket.

The Sand 2 has LONG arms, which is a real bonus if you’re quite tall. I’m 6ft 2in and with my hands on the bars, the cuffs on my XL-sized jacket sit a good inch lower than my wrists, which is great for tucking gloves well out of sight. The cuffs are fastened via a combination of Velcro and a press stud.

The overall length of the jacket is also quite generous and ensures that no draught shall pass. It incorporates both long and short connection zips to attach to Rev’It trousers, although I don’t normally bother as the hem of the jacket sits way lower than my jeans anyway.

Adjustable straps on the arms allow you to tighten the arms to take up the slack if you take out the removable thermal or waterproof liners, while a ‘flexisnap’ feature allows you to adjust the fit around your neck. This also includes a tab which allows you to hook the collar to one side, giving maximum airflow should you need it.

The jacket has a good amount of reflective material incorporated into the arms, back and chest for extra safety at night.

Straps for mounting an action camera are included with the Sand 3, however I didn’t use them as I choose not to have a camera filming me wobbling two up around mountain hairpins in an ungainly fashion.

Two generous storm flap style pockets are fitted to the lower front part of the jacket, with press stud secured stash pockets behind these. The storm flaps themselves are secured via both Velcro and studs, which is a nice touch. I would generally keep my wallet in one pocket and phone in the other (in a sealable bag just in case any water does get in) A waterproof pocket is situated in the chest area inside the waterproof liner and a large ‘map type’ pocket sits on the rear of the jacket.

The arms incorporate a full-length vent running from shoulder to cuff. This uses two zip pulls, enabling you to customise which areas you want to open. Further large vents are sited each side of the chest and on the rear of the jacket to act as an exhaust. Combined, these allow an excellent amount of airflow.

Testament to the efficiency of the waterproof liner arrived during my summer tour while riding on a motorway near Galway. I was hit by possibly the biggest cloudburst I have ever experienced, which reduced traffic to a crawl as visibility became absolutely appalling.

Although I had both arm vents open from shoulder to cuff, together with the chest and rear exhaust vents, I remained completely dry inside the jacket. At the same time I had a bizarre sensation akin to walking into an air-conditioned room, as the cold water flowed over the liner. Very cool, in both senses of the word.

I came out of the experience far better than my brother-in-law, who was riding behind me. He had the misfortune of total kit failure and was instantly soaked right down to his lucky charms!

My only quibble with the Sand 3 is that on a seriously hot day the waterproof liner feels slightly clingy next to my skin until I get moving and air starts to flow around me.

Despite this, this is without a shadow of a doubt the best all-season textile jacket I have ever worn. The fit is excellent, the protection gives great peace of mind, the features are extremely well thought out and it looks damn good to boot.

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92/100
Textile jacket scores
  1. Fit & Comfort
  2. Protection
  3. Waterproofing
  4. Build Quality
  5. Features

Features

    1. Breathable waterproof membrane
    2. Elbow & shoulder armour
    3. Scotchlite panelling
    4. Sleeve fit adjustment
    5. Long connecting zip
    6. Ventilation zips
    7. Waterproof pockets
    8. Thermal lining
    1. Back protector
    2. Storm collar

Fit & Comfort

20/ 20
I could have opted for my usual fit of a large, but with the inclusion of the two liners (waterproof and thermal) I could wear no more than a t-shirt underneath. Not ideal for the winter, so I chose the XL, which still fits a treat but allows the option of a thin fleece.

Protection

15/ 20
It feels robust and everything is held in place properly so I have confidence it would do the job if needed. The lost marks are because there’s no back protector insert as standard.

Waterproofing

19/ 20
Even the notoriously persistent Irish rain didn’t faze this jacket. It kept out some serious downpours. It loses a bit on breathability because, stood still in the sun, the waterproof liner does feel clammy against my skin.

Build quality

19/ 20
The finish and overall build quality of this jacket is excellent, although there was a small amount of bobbling picking up on the waist straps.

Features

16/ 20
There’s no back protector as standard, and no detachable storm collar (more for winter than adventure riding), but otherwise it’s a full-house of features.