On the seventh day.
7mesh Industries' design philosophy requires every item produced by the Squamish-based manufacturer to meet the requirements of one of two use periods: seven hours or seven days. With its unrivaled elemental protection and a fit that's articulated to accommodate an athletic body in the saddle or while on foot, the Revelation Jacket not only falls under the aegis of the latter category, it defines it. If we were given dominion over the laws of creation, we'd spend the first six days designing the various landscapes below the firmament. Then we'd spend the seventh, eight, and every day thereafter exploring it under the Revelation's sheltering canopy.
The Revelation's key feature is Gore-Tex's Pro three-layer membrane. 7mesh bills it as the most ruggedly weather resistant material in its line, and Gore itself positions this stuff at snowy summits on extreme alpine boot-packing adventures. It's literally windproof and virtually waterproof, but still strikes a balance between elemental protection and breathability that benefits the active user who's trying to stay dry and warm in unforgiving conditions. The seams are taped (8 millimeters), the hand pockets and side and forearm vents feature watertight zippers, and the collar and chin guard present a soft face to your skin, so you can batten down all the hatches in order to preserve the gains made by the Pro membrane.
Gore's legendary expertise with weather-resistant membranes takes the lion's share of credit for maintaining breathability, but the Micro Grid Backer lining incorporated in the Revelation also helps. It's soft and — of course — breathable, helping the jacket achieve a Ret breathability rating of <6. This puts it at the top of the scale, breathability-wise, and means it transitions between work and rest cycles without suffocating your body or turning your microclimate into a steamy sauna or clammy swamp. If you're on a multi-day adventure, the Revelation will keep you comfortable while grinding up to the snowline and when you stop for an alpine photo op on a windswept plateau or chilly descent through damp undergrowth.
Finally, 7mesh isn't immune to considerations of style, and the Revelation Jacket takes the less-is-more approach to looking good in bad weather. The only embellishments that interrupt its clean look are reflective highlights that help keep you visible in low-light conditions. When the sun, temperature, and rain are all falling at the same time, the Revelation's fit allows for thermal layering. The jacket is finished with hook-and-loop cuffs and literally capped with a removable hood whose low profile lets it nestle unobtrusively beneath your helmet.
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
This jacket defines form and function. I ordered the goldtone medium size (I'm 5.8 tall, 152 lb, 39' chest, 31' waist, athletic-muscular build). It's like this thing was custom built to order. I live in Fort Lauderdale FL so good weather is the norm in our "winter" with dry cool to warm days most of the time during the season. However, since this past January I wore the jacket the few mornings (I start the ride at 5:20AM every morning) when the thermometer hit below 62C, including a couple of rainy and windy days. I ride hard for the duration of my training jaunts so I sweat profusely. With this jacket on, the rides were comfortable at the coolish temperatures but once I warmed up I felt cozily warm and would sweat some by the end of the ride. My jerseys and base layers vent well under the jacket but they are short sleeve and the sweat from my exposed arms gets trapped by the jacket sleeves even with the arm and side zips fully open so it can be said that the gore-tex pro material struggles with breathability under moderately cool conditions.
However I loved the functionality and the fit from this jacket so much that I bought the black version as well and am now rotating them in my rides. And I find them perfectly wearable off the bike as well.
Quality materials and design
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Size Bought: Large
I've been riding in this jacket for a while now and I have to say I love it. The quality of the jacket is top notch and aligns with the quality I have come to expect from top notch companies like Arc'teryx. I also really love that the jacket has vents near your wrists. I find this allows sufficient air in when your riding, and is a unique placement that only a cyclist could really appreciate.
The GoreTex Pro material breaths very well and will keep you dry no matter how hard the rain pours down. This jacket also packs down small enough for me to carry it in my pack when on the trail.
Really the only gripe I have with this jacket is the fit. It is just a little too short in the torso for me. I understand this is designed to fit you while in the riding position but even then the rear is just an inch too short. The front is too short if you're not in the riding position, but when riding it does provide sufficient coverage.
Good jacket, needs a few improvements
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I am 6'1" and 160 lbs, 34.5" sleeve. A medium fits well, and arms are long enough for stretching over handlebars. would not get a small as too snug IMHO. Have used cycling (road and mtn), hiking, and general wear use over course of a month.
- Fabric works as advertised in terms of shedding water and breathability. also good so far in terms of abrasion resistance
- The arm zips coupled with unzipping the main front zipper help considerably when road biking to modulate temperature to keep from overheating on warmer wet rides. i was able to road cycle at 65F in a SS jersey and the Revelation without overheating, though did require the front zip halfway down.
- Goldenrod color is excellent.
- Jacket is lightweight, though it does not compress hugely.
- Zips in back do in fact allow access to jersey pockets underneath. have not noticed whether they are as effective as pit zips yet.
- Torso length - The jacket barely covers my waist when standing and when in a road cycling position, my jersey hung out the back below the Revelation (and got soaked as a result!) .Suggest 7mesh either lengthen the torso 1-2" or provide a snap up/down flap ala some of the Assos wind vests. the former would be preferred to allow better use off the bike as well.
- Hood - while basically ok, when not worn under a helmet, the lack of drawcords on the sides means the hood catches wind when hiking/walking, etc. Single drawcord in back does not provide enough adjustments. Suggest either some minimal side drawcords, and possibly also ability to roll up hood into collar with velcro roll fastener ala RAB jackets.
What is the weight or denier of the G-tex pro?
Does the hood have a bill? Any pics of it from the side or front in use?
Would this piece also be appropriate for winter snow sports as well?
If so, would I need to size up to accommodate a fleece mid layer?
The Fabric is 40 denier face fabric but it?s a super high tenacity nylon face that has the abrasion resistance of fabrics twice the weight.
There is a small bill for the under helmet hood. I will try to get some pictures taken and posted.
I have used mine for Hiking, snowbiking, and some light backcountry, but it doesn't have a longer waist or powder skirt of a true ski shell so it might be limited. I was in between sizes and went up because planned to use it for more than just riding. If you're planning to use a fleece, I would definitely size up a size.
Here's the hood with visor. As you can see its small but effective as its so close to the eyes. This is the first hood I've worn that i didn't notice at all.
The Revelation Jacket's collar and chin guard present a soft face to your skin.
The Revelation Jacket offers unrivaled elemental protection and a fit that's articulated to accommodate an athletic body.
Gore-Tex's Pro three-layer membrane
The Revelation's key feature is Gore-Tex's Pro three-layer membrane. It's literally windproof and virtually waterproof, but still strikes a balance between elemental protection and breathability. The seams are taped (8 millimeters), the hand pockets and side and forearm vents feature watertight zippers.
Access to rear jersey pockets
Side venting allows access to rear jersey pockets.
The Revelation jacket features a removable hood whose low profile lets it nestle unobtrusively beneath your helmet.
Micro Grid Backer lining
The Micro Grid Backer lining incorporated in the Revelation helps the jacket achieve a Ret breathability rating of <6. This puts it at the top of the scale, breathability-wise.
Arc'teryx and Assos just made a baby...
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
...that's how it was phrased on Bicycling Magazine. They were right. I'm lucky enough to the owner of several Assos items, and I ski (resort and backcountry) in Arc'teryx. It's the nicest money can buy. Bring together the minds, designers, marketing and sales folks from each company and you get 7Mesh.
Fit - It's made to be ridden in. I'm 6'0" 156lbs. I have long arms. I wear a small because I like form-fitting pieces. It is slightly tight on my chest when I stand up-right but in the saddle it is perfect. There is not too much bunch in the chest and the arms are long enough.
Features that matter - Why has it taken so long to include pass-through zippers on the rear rather than more pockets? I wear a jersey under my jacket, I don’t need a total of 6 pockets. This solves that with two horizontal zippers that also act has vents which is very handy.
Thin drawstrings keep things tight around the waste just the way I like it. Two front pockets are there and handy when commuting with a phone but I wouldn’t use them for long rides. However, when spending this much on a riding jacket that makes it more versitle off the bike, which helps justify the cost. It’s Gore-Tex Pro after all and is meant to summit peaks above 25,000 feet. I’ll use this for ski touring too, to that point.
Hood - A snapoff hood is awesome when you need it. Its like 4x4 on a truck. Most of the time you don’t need it, but when you do it’s a lifesaver. This fits snug under your helmet and doesn’t bunch at all. And those snaps…can a snap be called sexy? Yes.
Fit - It's made to be ridden in. I'm 6'0" 156lbs. I have long arms. I wear a small because I like form-fitting pieces.
I wouldn't call this a Road or MTB jacket in particular. It's just a riding jacket meant for the people that expect the most. It's subtle design will look good for at least a decade. I LOVE the Goldstone. It's not "Tour de France" yellow, but more like earth tone yellow, more gold as the name implies.
Bottom line - If you want to own a single jacket for all riding types, and other adventures too this is it. There is not elastic to wear out and the material is durable yet breathable enough for snagging up a few KOM's when nobody else is out riding in that shit weather.