Wouldn’t it’s nice to have one set of motorbike gear that may actually sort out each journey, whether or not you’re blasting by means of a storm on a motorway or wrestling a motorcycle by means of snotty sand within the desert warmth? Properly, that’s precisely what the oldsters over at REV’IT! assume they’ve performed with the brand new Stratum GTX.
So after we heard about REV’IT!’s new gear right here at ABR, we couldn’t wait to have a look.
In spite of everything, us journey riders are a demanding lot on the subject of our selection of jacket and trousers, and with the Dominator and the Sand 4 already gracing REV’IT!’s lineup, we couldn’t assist however surprise: what units the Stratum aside?
So, how does it work? Right here’s what’s new with the Stratum GTX jacket and trousers.
What’s new with the Stratum GTX?
Stratum is the title for separate, distinct layers of fabric, reminiscent of rock, that type a whole substance. And that’s precisely what REV’IT!’s new journey swimsuit does. It’s constructed round a two-in-one design that mixes a definite Gore-Tex waterproof shell with a mesh inside layer that additionally homes the swimsuit’s armour.
You may put on the mesh inside jacket and trousers individually, or you may put on the Gore-Tex waterproof shell by itself off the bike. Or, they cleverly mix Transformer-style to operate as an entire set of waterproof and protecting journey gear.
In impact, you get three totally different combos of jacket and trousers that may be tailored to suit any climate and sort out any terrain.
However what’s the profit?
What’s the benefit of a modular set-up in contrast with an all-in-one jacket or trousers? Properly, in the event you’ve learn ABR for any size of time, you’ll have seen us harp on about layering.
Layering is the follow of carrying a number of layers of garments as a substitute of counting on a single layer to fulfil all of the duties anticipated of journey motorbike gear. And the rationale we layer is just because it’s the simplest solution to keep snug, dry, and guarded within the saddle, regardless of the climate or terrain.
As adventurers, we would like our motorbike gear to maintain us dry when it’s raining, cool when it’s scorching, shield us from slides on the highway and falls on the path, be snug sufficient to put on for days or even weeks at a time, and be trendy sufficient to put on round city.
That’s a frightening want checklist for gear designers to wrap their heads round, however that’s why the Stratum GTX exists. So, how precisely does it work in follow?
What’s the Stratum GTX wish to put on?
One of many benefits of the Stratum is that it’s light-weight, snug, and simply packable into panniers in contrast with related gear. And though the jacket is CE AA licensed, REV’IT! says that in follow, the mixture of the Stage B outer shell and the AA rated inside layer is equal to AAA rated gear, which is significantly spectacular for such light-weight gear.
Eradicating the shell leaves you with a cosy becoming inside layer of jacket and trousers which really feel extra like devoted path driving equipment than typical journey put on.
The ballistic and abrasion resistant mesh is extraordinarily breathable and versatile, permitting loads of air by means of to your physique whereas nonetheless offering AA stage safety, due to the Stage 2 armour within the elbows and again.
Nice for driving within the warmth
It will get scorching driving in heat temperatures, and in the event you’ve ever ridden off-road, you’ll know the way bodily exerting it may be: there’s a purpose jerseys exist for off-road racing.
Typical journey gear tends to over-perform in gentle temperatures and underperform when it will get scorching, as a result of zippered air flow solely takes you up to now.
However the Stratum’s inside layer supplies about as a lot breathability as you’ll discover in any motorbike gear, and it’s the right selection for summer season or off-road driving.
What about when it begins to rain?
However don’t neglect, the Stratum doesn’t cease there. If the temperature drops or the rains come pouring down, you’ve bought a state-of-the-art Gore-Tex professional laminated membrane shell that rapidly and simply zips to the inside layer, creating an ideal waterproof seal.
If it’s nonetheless scorching, there’s air flow that may be zipped open, and mixed with the mesh inside layer, the ensemble stays breathable and versatile.
It’s value noting that there’s little thermal insulation supplied by the Stratum, and so an sufficient mid and base layer is critical for when it actually does get chilly.
However as talked about earlier than, one of the best method to carrying the suitable gear is by layering it. Even with jackets that do have a thermal liner, 9 occasions out of 10, I’ll be driving with a further mid layer, if not a base layer as nicely.
For somebody who finds it a lot simpler to heat up than to chill down, the Stratum is hitting all the suitable notes as actually journey gear.
So, in the event you’re on the lookout for actually versatile motorbike gear, I counsel you head over to REV’IT!’s web site right here to seek out out extra concerning the new Stratum GTX.