AMA Member Tested: Rev’It USA Chronos GTX Jacket
May 01, 2014
Well Suited For Adventure Riders Who Encounter All Types Of Conditions
By Jason Lisica
The Chronos GTX textile jacket from Rev’It USA is a good all-around jacket, but it’s particularly well suited for adventure riders who encounter all types of conditions and can benefit from comfort and comprehensive protection.
As I took the Chronos GTX out of its box, my fist impression was of the color—not quite white but something that perfectly straddled the line between silver and light tan. At $669.99, I definitely expected the Chronos to deliver luxury-level comfort, and I wasn’t disappointed. The thick Gore-Tex liner is very comfortable, and, at least in this reviewer’s opinion, the style is very fashionable.
My jacket was a large, and I was a bit skeptical of the fit. I’m 6-foot and 175 pounds. This would typically put me at the right size for a large, but it’s rare that I don’t have to go XL for arm length. Thankfully, the Rev’It must be made a bit on the large size because they nailed it for me. Arm length was good and it didn’t feel bulky around the chest. However, the jacket was a bit long for my personal preference. One of my pet peeves is when the stomach area curls or bulges when you sit on the bike. With a waist-length jacket like this, the seated stomach bulge is noticeable.
The most surprising element for me was the out-of-the-box placement of the armor. Everything was anatomically correct. The elbows bent easily and the shoulders felt protected.
I live and ride in Northern California, and conditions were perfect with 50 mph winds and heavy rain to test the waterproof claims of the Chronos. The jacket itself was indeed breathable, having large mesh panels and a webbed inner lining. The liner was warm and did not let in the slightest hint of moisture. An especially nice feature was the adjustable neck snap, allowing me to regulate the amount of air intake to the neck and chest area.
Overall, I felt the jacket itself was very well made, and the placement of the zippers and snaps was ideal. The wrists fit snugly, and the bendable areas left nothing to chance for protection. The liner was top notch, while the outer shell repelled water as promised and dried quickly.
Jason Lisica is an independent AMA Member Tester.