It’s hot out, traffic is not looking good…this is why we love Rev’It gear, and in this specific case, the Airwave 2 Ladies mesh jacket. There are a handful of companies out there making a serious effort to design and build women’s gear that’s up to our demanding standards, and Dutch manufacturer Rev’It is one of them.
The Airwave 2 is a high-quality mesh jacket that seems to do a good job of balancing comfort, safety and style. Unlike its “sister” jacket, the Tornado 2 (which we also love), the Airwave 2 uses small-pore mesh that flows nearly as much air while looking and feeling more like standard textile.
The outer shell is a combination of 600D high-density polyester at abrasion or burst zones and what Rev’It calls a PWR | shell mesh that covers the chest and central torso, inner arms and back. It’s double-stitched throughout and includes Knox Lite CE-approved armor in the shoulders and elbows. (A SeeSoft CE level 2 back protector is optional.) Hook-and-loop adjustment straps at the hips, snap straps at the upper arm and a two-position snap strap on the collar help dial in fit.
Pockets are the standard zippered outer hand warmers and inner zippered/hook-and-loop cell phone/document holders. Like most basic mesh jackets, the Airwave 2 follows the minimalist approach. It doesn’t include any insulation or waterproof layers (although it will accept Rev’It’s cooling vest) and as a result is very lightweight.
Like all Rev’It gear we’ve tested, the Airwave 2 is flattering and stylish in a sporty, European way. It’s tailored to fit properly, i.e. snug enough to keep the armor in place in the event you take a short trip off the bike. We also like the large-tooth front zipper that won’t get jammed by a little dust (common here in dry, often windy SoCal).
If you’re looking for even more cooling, plus the flexibility of an included zip-in waterproof thermal full-sleeve jacket liner (and you don’t mind spending the extra money), the Tornado 2 is an excellent option. But for the price- and style-conscious rider looking for a basic mesh jacket that is built well and looks sportier than a lot of what’s out there, the Airwave 2 should be at the top of your list.
Sizing: Go down a size on Rev’It’s size chart; I am 5’9” and about 140 lbs and the size 38 fits me comfortably
Best use: HOT weather; sport-touring fit