Gear Pick: REV’IT Sand 2 Jacket and Pants

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Gear Pick: REV’IT Sand 2 Jacket and Pants

In the market for a new ADV jacket and pants combo? Look no further than the REV’IT Sand 2 jacket and pants. With an updated design for 2013, the Sand 2 Jacket is a three-layer design that is lightweight, long-lasting and chock full of innovation. Worth noting are the integrated CE certified shoulder and elbow armor, detachable waterproof liner and a zipper connection that allows you to attach the jacket to the Storm 2 pants. Speaking of the pants, they feature the same three-layer construction as the Storm 2 jacket; CE armor in the knees, EVA foam at the hips and a detachable thermal liner.

REV’IT Sand 2 Jacket
REV’IT Sand 2 Jacket

Price: $489.99 – $499.99 for the jacket and $329.99 for the pants.

Why We Like Them: Multi-functionality and compatibility. Both the jacket and pants are great on their own. Their three-layer build allows you to adjust for various conditions and the built-in armor ensures safety. The jacket is even Leatt and Meveo neck brace compatible. If you are looking for a great ADV jacket and pants the Sand 2 is as good as it gets.

REV’IT Sand 2 Pants
REV’IT Sand 2 Pants

Less Expensive Competitor: The Alpinestars Andes Drystar Jacket and pants is a lower-spec jacket and pants combo. Coming in at $249.95 for the jacket and $229.95 for the pants, the Andes Drystars are great for all-around riding and are adventure capable.

You Should Also Check Out: At $497.00 for the jacket and $327.00 for the pants, the Aerostich DarienLight series is a great alternative.

  • Brian

    I read the the review on these on a few weeks ago and came to the conclusion that this outfit/product is not for me. While I like the pants alot, for the money, it just isn’t a smart buy for my riding in my region.

    • Michael Howard

      Care to elaborate? What about the jacket doesn’t fit your riding preferences? What ARE your riding preferences?

      • Brian

        Well, right now I guess it really isn’t about my preferences( except coloration), but more my needs. Right now I have my Aerostich Roadcrafter jacket ( in that lovely common red that can fade to an almost pink over many years of usage) for fall, winter, and spring. For summer I have an older Dainese Invader jacket. I have a pair of the matching Roadcrafter pants that I have been just plain lazy about sending off to Aerostich to have repaired because of the expense. So I picked up a pair of Firstgear Escape TPG pants as an “in the meantime” replacement. My preferences, would be to have my Roadcrafter have better venting in the summer to make it closer to a better All Arounder, but that isn’t possible, and there really isn’t a good All Year Round do it all suit. Most have the need to install a liner in order to meets those needs. Those liners tend to be bulkier than I like in a lot of cases, and tend to get misplaced when not regularly used. The liners ( in a lot of cases) note the needs of most riders as an after the fact design addressing.

  • William Connor

    Nicely made gear. I will speak about my personal experience with it. This gear is not waterproof, nor is it really that water resistant. The outer shell holds water like it was designed to keep a dolphin hydrated in the desert. I rode with it in a rain storm here in MD and not only was I cold and damp feeling the entire ride when I got home my lower arms were drenched, my chest was wet from water coming in the front of the jacket, and it was miserable. It was a great dry weather jacket, it handled 100 degree humid weather and even into the mid 40s. (I did not sample it any colder as I returned it after the water issues.) I just don’t recommend this jacket for wet weather. I now use an Olympia jacket that has kept we warm and dry in rain, snow, and at 24 degrees. I have worn it into the mid 70s without over heating as well. Much better for way less money.

    • Travis Stephenson

      Did you have the waterproof liner in? I’ve got an original Cayenne Jacket/Ultimate Pant combo that I have had for 9 years of hard abuse. I agree that the shell holds water, but the inner liner always keeps me dry.

      Now after many seasons in many different areas the pants are finally getting beat up. I’ve replaced the zippers on the front vents and the other week a get off in some rocks had the bike land on me and my knee come in contact with the header and melted through to the armor. The jacket is still going strong, although pretty funky and ugly as I’ve sweated through in this North African heat more than once.

      Bottom line, I’m getting due for a replacement, and based on my past success with Rev’IT gear I would not hesitate to get it again.

    • Joshua Prince

      I had a VERY different Rev’It Sands experience—this, an excerpt from a Tsunami-like ride in Vermont, where I was pre-soaked before drying off and zipping in the rain liners… (original post here:

      “The soaking continued for well over an hour, as I threaded south through NH, jumped back over to Route 5 in Vermont, and made my way down to Massachusetts. In Bernardston, MA, I decided that I’d better find a way to ride more drily and comfortably, for safety’s sake. I pulled off next to a liquor store on Northfield Road; they had a front porch covering their store (and the closed pizza place next door), with a slanted concrete ramp on either end of this area. A guy who apparently worked in the store (I think his name is Duke—Harley dude) waved me onto this porch, and let me park there. We joked about the ferocity of the rain, and I mentioned that I had rain liners in my bags.

      “Well then why in the frick don’t ya put ‘em on!?” said Duke, dragging on his cig.

      So I did. I used their bathroom and a beach towel to dry off, slipped into some dry skivvies, socks and tee, zipped the liners into my jacket and pants, squeezed out my gloves, and reassembled. Then I thanked Duke, battened down the hatches on my panniers, saddled up, and headed out.

      Rev’It Testimonial: this kit worked. I can’t say enough about the Rev’It Sand jacket and pants combo. Maybe not as logical or ideal as a full-on rain suit, but for an armored kit with rain liners (and integrated connection-zippers so it becomes like a one-piece suit) it literally kept me bone dry. In pissing rain. (And the winter liners work great in colder weather, too).”

  • John Tiedjens

    Can anyone make anything that’s not BLACK, White, blue and Black or Red and Black? OK there’s gray…. zeesh. As soon as it’s over 70 degrees you’re stewing in your own sauce. Olive…. Khaki… saddle….taupe…..???? At least these guys don’t make you a walking bill board for their gear.

    • the antagonist

      I had the original sand jacket in this brown/khaki color ( and loved it. Not as hot as all black in the summer and didn’t show stains and bugs as easily is that really light grey they use. And it just looked good, IMO.

      No idea why they dropped it for the Sand II. Maybe you and I are the minority opinion and it wasn’t a good seller.

  • Justin McClintock

    I’d recommend my Frank Thomas jacket to anyone….but you can’t get them in the US anymore. Stupid CycleGear.

    • Simon Borg

      Not so much CycleGear, more that Frank Thomas went bust a few years ago. Still some places here in the UK selling off the remaining stock. Try

  • Reid

    This is a legitimate (if decidedly vain) question: if one has a textile summer jacket – in my case an Alpinestars T-GP Plus – is it a super-lame thing to do from a styling standpoint to 1. mix brands between jacket and riding pants and 2. wear adventure-style pants with a non-adventure jacket? The reason I ask is I feel like ADV pants would be considerably more practical for my day-to-day riding than would those of the “knee-draggin” variety, but I really don’t want to come off as more of a dork than I admittedly already am. So please, knowledgeable RideApart readers, help a brother out.

    • Ayabe

      If they zip together fine go for it. I doubt anyone is going to notice without really looking and if they do? So what, you rock!

      • Reid

        Thanks for the tips, gentlemen!

        • Lourens Smak

          FYI I have a Rev’it jacket and riding pants, and both of these items came with the other half of the small connection-zipper. Very good thinking of them and very useful if you want to mix brands but also keep the zip-together functionality. But, maybe this is normal these days, I can’t remember if my older gear (various other brands) came with the 2nd zipper half…

    • Wes Siler

      Most people go for a versatile pair of leather trousers, then mix and match jacket to suit individual conditions. Keep your leather pants oiled and they’ll be as weather proof as you need, it’s your upper body that needs the GoreTex or ventilation variety.

  • sharper86

    One nice feature of the Sand 2 (and many other Rev’It jackets) is that it connects to their hi-viz vest ( Seems like a great balance between increased visibility when you need it and not always looking like a highlighter.

  • Martin

    Who among the Ride Apart staff and contributors owns/has used this suit? For how long? Under what conditions?

    I appreciate that creating original content on an almost daily basis is quite a challenge, but most of the Gear Picks are less informative than RevZilla product pages. Creating some context for these Picks would go a very long way.

    • Tune

      RevZilla typically provides a good amount of information in their product page, but where they really shine is there videos. Most of their products, or at least decently popular gear has a showcase video where they explain the gear.