REV’IT!’s offering to the adventure riding community is a labyrinth of a suit—in a good way. The Sand 2 presents the wearer with a maze of features. After navigating one’s way through the various layers, the rider is encapsulated in a suit that appears to be of a much higher build quality than its mid-range price would suggest. Donning one of these for a trek in the local mountains, I was reminded of the old TV show, Greatest American Hero. Feeling somewhat like William Katt’s Ralph Hinkley character, I was continually finding new features here and there throughout the day.
Before I even climbed aboard the bike, the fit of both the jacket and pants bode well for how the suit would work during a typical dual-sport ride. The glove-like cut places all the armor in the right spots without affecting movement, and the zippers are amazingly easy to work, even with gloved hands. In addition to typical Velcro adjustments at the wrists, the Sand 2 has welcome snap fasteners on a small collar around each wrist. This means the ends of the sleeves don’t give up should the Velcro get caked in mud from a tire change ... or some other event that puts a rider on the ground. To that end, should a rider find himself on the ground, the suit has ample CE-approved armor.
While the armor is smaller and lighter than what is found in more rally-oriented suits, it stays where it should regardless of movement and appears to be completely adequate for general on- or off-road use. Instead of Velcro, the collar features a unique adjustable snap closure that provides a very secure feel. Two vertical zippers on the chest open to reveal additional venting through a slightly padded material inside the attached liner. Both these vents appear to double as pockets for small items, but the odd size and how they open seem more suited to venting than storage. Amazingly easy to open and close while riding, these vents also might allow things stored there to inadvertently fall out.
Though much less technical in one sense, the gloves are engineered to the same level of detail as the suit and, well, both fit like a glove. Having both a perfect fit and protection in all the right spots, these quickly became my go-to gloves for general adventure riding. There is a rather thick leather and rubber patch on the palm (hypothenar, for you anatomy folks) that could
lead to cramping on long rides in the small and ring fingers for those sensitive to that. There’s also a thinner leather patch on the palm under the knuckles. Both of these felt quite comfortable for a day ride and arguably increase durability and protection.
Both the jacket and pants shipped with two liners—one for warmth, the other for rain. Visually, the Hydratex rain liners appear to have been borrowed from a BMW Rally suit—same gray color and taped seams but much lighter. At first, the thermal liners appear a bit unusual. While the liner for the pants is perhaps what one would expect, the jacket’s thermal layer incorporates small half zippers on each side. They connect to matching zippers on either the rain liner or the outer shell. Lacking a dedicated zipper down the front of the jacket, and having a usual arched cut from the front to the back, it is immediately apparent this is not intended to be worn as a stand-alone jacket. However, when attached to either the rain liner or outer shell, the strategic shape allows for a freedom of movement greater than with stand-alone type liner jackets. Essentially, there’s less material to get bunched up. All of these layers have a myriad of snaps and loops tucked away to hold everything very securely in place. Additionally, all three of the jacket’s layers (outer shell, rain and thermal) have interior pockets. Regardless which configuration you choose, there’s always a spot to stash a wallet or other small item inside.
Aside from internal pockets consistent throughout the layers, this suit has plenty of storage elsewhere. The jacket has two conventional Velcro-closure front pockets and a large pocket across the lower back. The pants have four
pockets, which is more than most dual-sport type suits: two zippered upper pockets and two Velcro-closure thigh pockets. The front of the thigh pockets has a zippered seam that opens to reveal the leg vents. Boot access at the lower leg is provided by both
zipper and Velcro attachments—another welcomed feature for this class of riding gear. Venting on the jacket is via full-length sleeve vents with upper and lower zippers, two openings along the sides of the back protector and the two pocket-like chest vents. Between all these vents lay an innumerable amount of adjustment straps and snaps to fine tune the fit of the jacket to an individual rider’s preference.
Even being a textile suit, REV’IT!’s “Engineered Skin” slogan seemed to apply. The suit you don’t notice wearing is typically the suit you’ll prefer. From freeway to twisty pavement to jeep-trail back-road terrain, I never once felt like I needed to reposition the CE armor or tweak a Velcro adjustment. Nor did I feel the need to open or close the vents. However, the conditions were relatively mild ... I’ll have to revisit the venting topic after a midsummer Baja trek. Trying this suit out with no prior knowledge or exposure to it was a joy. Numerous design features seemingly respond to the unspoken wishes of adventure riders, and they’re all wrapped up in a price point that begs all levels of riders to give the Sand 2 a serious look.
For more information or ordering, visit your local REV’IT! dealer or www.revitusa.com.
• Silver-Black Standard
• Black Standard
• S–XZL Standard
• M–XYL Short
• M–XXL Long
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Sand Pro Glove Sizes:
• Sand 2 Jacket $489.99
• Sand 2 Trousers $329.99
• Sand Pro gloves $119.99