Gear Review: REV’IT Cordite Motorcycle Jacket

Despite recent advances in materials science and improvements in textile jackets, I’m still passionate about leather. The leather seems fair right for me the right material for motorcycle equipment. I’ve mostly worn leather jackets since I started riding with a few review jackets sprinkled here and there. I like a good piece of skin though, and a sturdy leather jacket should be, in my opinion, as the final arbiter in all matters of taste and style here, the centerpiece of everyone’s wardrobe rider.

The Rev’It’s Cordite jacket is the perfect example of the type of leather jacket I’m talking about. It is a simple and practical jacket designed for everyday use. It has a classic straight fit, full body armor, a heavy-duty short connection zipper, and enough pockets and modern amenities to make it a must-have piece in your gear collection.

Available in lightly distressed black or olive green, the Cordite has a soft full grain cowhide leather outer shell with a soft and comfortable textile lining. The shoulders feature a tuck-and-roll style padded diamond pattern that really sets the jacket apart from its competition in the looks department. Along with the fancy shoulder stitching, the Cordite is a retro-style basic jacket reminiscent of the old-school racing leathers of yesteryear. It has straight sides, a sturdy central zipper and a mandarin-style collar with snap closure. It is, overall, a pretty nice jacket.

In terms of functionality, the Cordite is stripped down but still has all the functionality you would expect from a modern riding jacket. The waist is adjustable with external straps and buckles, and it has the normal range of pockets: two exterior slit pockets, an interior horizontal pocket and a hidden napoleon pocket just behind the zipper. The jacket also has two snap buckles to attach it to your riding jeans and even a built-in lower back zipper that allows it to be attached to Safeway series belts equipped with snap closures. Rev’It slide.

Cordite Green Hero

Exterior zippered pockets are nice and deep, deep enough to hold all your keys, knives, masks, chewing gum, slingshots, frogs, cool rocks, earplugs, and anything else that is part of your haul daily. They’re also well positioned in the jacket so they’re in a normal, comfortable place to stick your hands in. The internal horizontal pocket is just the right size for a larger phone in a protective case and deep enough to swallow the whole phone. The Napoleon pocket is, well, the but I don’t really use it.

For added safety, the jacket features full SEESMART CE-level 1 armor at the shoulders and elbows and has a ready-to-use prEN 17902 AA rating. The built-in armor can be upgraded with Rev’It’s CE-level 2 armor, and the jacket has a pocket on the back for the company’s CE-level 2 back protector. The armor is well placed in the jacket and does not hinder your movements even when you are all buttoned up. Even with the back protector installed, the jacket sits very comfortably on your torso with all the armor installed, and after a few minutes of wearing the Cordite you barely notice it.

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While Cordite has a lot of advantages, it does have some disadvantages. The full liner is uninsulated and there is no room for additional insulation. Due to a lack of vents and perforations, the jacket does not breathe very well and can get very clammy on hot days. The lack of insulation and ventilation makes Cordite more suitable for late spring and early fall riding than full summer wear. The only other real complaint I have about the Cordite is that the forearm/wrist zippers are on the top of the sleeve rather than the bottom. It’s not a dealbreaker, but it’s an odd stylistic choice that took me a while to get used to. Apart from these small flats, it’s pretty good.


On the road with my wife, my Ural and my Cordite Jacket.

Since around September 2021, the Rev’It’s Cordite has been my regular riding jacket. In fact, it replaced my Dainese Bardo as my everyday leather. It was one of two jackets I took on my trip through the Urals, and it was the jacket I wore the most during the 3,800 mile odyssey. I found it incredibly comfortable to wear for long periods of time, even in the scorching summer heat, and it blocks the wind well when you’re at speed. It’s sturdy, good looking and well fitted, everything I love in a jacket.

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My green Cordite with the rest of my Ural Ride gear. It matches the bike very well.

In the year I’ve had it, the Cordite has held up very well and now fits like a glove. The color has faded a bit, especially during the trip to the Urals, but it holds up well to daily wear and I can see myself wearing it for many more years. Hell, I may even buy a few more just to have backups in case my current one wears out or gets ruined.

If you’re looking for a stylish new leather jacket that balances form and function well, I highly recommend the Rev’It Cordite. It costs around $499 and is definitely worth it.