MO Tested: REV'IT! Westport Overshirt Review
A stylish shacket to keep you warm and safe
This time last October, I was flying through serpentine roads in the foothills of the Sierra just south of Yosemite on board a Ural Gear Up (okay, I was hardly flying) to meet some of my closest friends for a camping trip prior to getting married the following weekend. The temps began to drop rapidly as we ascended in elevation, making me all the more happy to have chosen the REV’IT! Westport Overshirt as my jacket of choice for the ride.
REV’IT! Westport Overshirt
A Ural Gear Up And The Road Ahead
The REV’IT! Westport is more of a stand-alone jacket than other overshirts in REV’IT!’s line, like the Tracer or Hudson. The fact that it has a built-in quilted liner adds to the feeling, making the jacket a bit to warm to use until temperatures begin to cool. I’d waited for the long drawn out California summer to GTFO so I could wear this handsome jacket, er.. overshirt for some time. After having worn it all fall and winter of 2017 and now that we are getting into sporadic Fall weather he in SoCal, it’s time to pull this staple of stylish motorcycling gear out of my closet and put it back in the rotation.
Though the quilted pattern covering the front looks the part of some sophisticated high-fashion jacket, I ensure you, the Westport is more than just a pretty face. The outer is made from 11-ounce Cordura denim combined with REV’IT!’s own PWR shield knit on the shoulders and elbows for extra abrasion resistance. The denim feels substantial and rugged without being overly stiff or abrasive to the touch, while looking and feeling like a quality piece of kit. Brass hardware covers the outer snap closures of the wrists, chest pockets, and down the front, which conceals a standard zipper behind the visible snaps. The collar corners also feature snaps to keep them in place at speed. A nice touch, though the top snap to keep the jacket buttoned up snuggly around the neck must be fastened before the right side collar snap can be. The REV’IT! Arm logo found, on a Velcro panel on the left side, allows users to choose to keep the patch or slap their own Velcro-backed insignia on easily.
Inside the Westport, REV’IT! uses its SEESMART CE level 1 protectors in the shoulders and elbows and includes a pocket for a back protector which is sold separately. Be sure to match your jacket’s size to the correct size of SEESOFT back protector when considering the extra protection.
The pocket count lands at an impressive six, four outer and two inner. Two chest pockets with snap fasteners and two slit pocket which also use a single snap to keep your pocketed goods inside. I would like to have seen zippers used for the side pockets. I rarely use them for anything while riding for fear of losing items due to the lack of a secure closure. The interior of the REV’IT! Westport includes a zippered vertical pocket on the left, with a snap-closure pocket on the right.
The overall fit of the REV’IT! Westport is neither loose, nor slim. I have noticed that some customers have called the jacket slim fitting. I don’t agree. The fit is perfectly between, in my opinion. I was able to wear a slim mid-layer sweatshirt underneath, and while it was snug with the extra layer, it was by no means uncomfortable. I tend to run warm, so for most of my riding here in California, I can only use the jacket in the Fall to Winter months and generally wear a t-shirt underneath. The jacket also features a zipper for attaching it to REV’IT!’s Safeway 2 belt or elastic straps for simply connecting it to your jean’s belt loops in order to keep it from riding up. The only note for fitment that I would make is the jacket is a bit long in the torso with an even longer dropped seat. Not an issue, just an observation.
Just like last year, I’m looking forward to the cooler nights that have been making an appearance here and there in southern California. Hopefully, daytime temperatures start to drop too so I can start using this jacket again. At $299.99, it’s not cheap for an overshirt, but it’s not really an overshirt anyway. If you’re interested in a sharp-looking jacket that will let you walk around off the bike looking almost as good as you do on one, the REV’IT! Westport overshirt (it’s a jacket) will fit the bill.
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Very simple but looks comfy for any weather riding.