I test ride a lot different style of motorcycles and review so many different kinds of riding gearthat sometimes I mix up the styles, like I did here when I tested the REV’IT Levante mesh, waterproof textile riding jacket. But who says you can’t wear a touring motorcycle jacket on a cruiser or on a sportbike, as I am here on this Ducati 696?
The shell of the Levante is part mesh, part textile so it’s breathable and works as a summer mesh jacket when the liner’s removed. With the full-sleeve slightly insulated liner inside the jacket, you now have a waterproof jacket that’s also warm.
Where some lower priced jackets come up short, the Levante shines making it worth its $300 price tag. There are lots of roomy pockets with secure closers, soft no-scratch fabric or tags on the neck area, large reflective panels for night riding and an ultra thin laminated closer tab at the wrist that allows the wearer to tuck the sleeve under the cuff of a glove smoothly.
I wore the jacket in a light rain shower and stayed dry. I’ve not worn it in a downpour where I’m riding for hours; I’ll update this article on how the jacket performs when that happens. Because this is mesh, I don’t recommend wearing this in colder weather; it’s a summer jacket that is able to take you into cooler nights.