While there are plenty of us who can’t wear slim pants and tapered jackets, there’s also an entire demographic of riders out there who wouldn’t be caught dead in boot-cut jeans or blatantly branded jackets. Since 1995, Dutch manufacturer Rev’It has focused mainly on racing and performance apparel, so the first thing you notice about the Flatbush riding jacket is the quality of the material. This is sumptuous cowhide that’s made of natural pull-up leather. As the leather wears, a deep, rich patina will develop as the jacket breaks in and its inner layer comes through.
The tapered, pre-curved cut is ideal for taller, thinner riders. The outer side pockets and a breast pocket are sealed with YYK hardware. The left lapel’s inside pocket is zip-closed for valuables, while the deeper right-side one utilizes the simpler hook-and-loop fastening system.
The Flatbush sports adjuster snaps on the cuffs and at the short, padded collar. The satin-y polyimide liner is soft and extends to the wrist; however, it is not quilted, nor is it removable.
Even though it exudes a distinctly retro, unadorned look, the well-made Flatbush doesn’t skimp on safety features, with double- and even triple-stitched seams. It also comes equipped with CE-rated impact protection in the shoulders and elbows, which is made of high-end SAS-TEC armor that expands on impact and heats up with the body and molds to the wearer’s shape. An optional back protector is sold separately.
Like the rest of Rev’It’s City Collection, the Flatbush is motorcycle gear designed for a new generation of motorcyclists. Rev’It’s retro leather jacket is not cheap, but the fine materials and craftsmanship show why premium quality comes at a premium price.