The RH+ Revo jacket is a high-quality, slim-fitting jacket that'll keep you warm in the cold weather.
It's made from brush-backed polyester fabrics and it's windproof throughout so you get plenty of insulation. The collar is tall and close fitting so it stops the cold air from getting in, and the full-length zip has a flap behind it for more draught exclusion. That flap extends over the top to avoid any scratching of your neck.
If you do find yourself overheating when the terrain gets tough you can open that front zip, and the zips on either side of the chest are vents rather than pockets, providing a useful amount of cooling.
The Revo is cut close to the body, which I really like. RH+ call it a 'slim fit' and they actually have a 'form fit' which is closer still, but get the right size and you'll have very little excess fabric here – certainly not enough to flap and let in unwanted cold air. I got on really well with the shape, finding very little bunching at the front when leaning forward to the bars (although, being tall, I should have gone with a larger size for more lower back coverage).
The arms are anatomically shaped, again minimising bunching when you're on the bike, and all the panels are stretchy across their width, especially the black panels with raised dots on the surface, so that the body-hugging fit feels comfortable.
A 5cm-wide elastic microfibre band draws the bottom hem in while the sleeves are double cuffed – there's an internal elasticated cuff to keep the outside world outside, and it works well. On top of the usual three pockets in the lower back you get an extra zipped one that's big enough to take your phone and/or wallet.
There's quite a bit of reflective print back there too. There's more reflective print on the left arm although, if we're being picky, it would be better positioned on the right arm for left-hand side of the road countries.
You'll get a lot of use out of this jacket when the temperature dips below about 10°C. I've been wearing just a base layer underneath when it's in the higher single figures, and putting a second layer on underneath when it's closer to freezing (some people won't need that second layer).
The Revo has worked really well in both scenarios, providing plenty of warmth, breathability and comfort. It's a top quality cold-weather jacket.
Warm, slim-fitting windproof jacket that really is excellent quality throughout.
road.cc test report
Make and model: rh+ Revo Jacket
Size tested: Medium Orange
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
RH+ list these features:
*Preshaped anatomic structure
*Multi thickness calendered inserts in thermal windproof bonded fabric
*Adjustable front ventilation with zipper
*Longer back for added protection
*Bottom jacket with visible microfiber elastic depth 5 cm.
*Sleeve with internal elasticated cuffs
*Open-end front zipper with customized camlock
*Lasered front zip garage
*4 Rear pockets, 1 with zipper
*Fabric inserts with differentiated stretch
*Seamtaped reflective applications
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
This is part of RH+'s AirDryGold 250 series of clothing designed for a temperature range of 8°C down to -6°C
Excellent construction throughout with high-end fabrics and good zips.
It's windproof and pretty breathable with a couple of really effective vents.
The stretchy fabrics make for an excellent level of comfort, and the cuffs, collar and bottom hem keep the cold air out exceptionally well.
It's high-end quality with excellent attention to detail, and it's priced accordingly. It does deliver in terms of performance.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
An excellent jacket for keeping you warm and comfy on cold rides.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The warmth and the slim fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Reflective print on the left arm is poorly positioned for countries where we drive/ride on the left. It's because RH+ are an Italian company.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, very much.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, it's an excellent winter jacket.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
At £185, this clearly isn't a cheap jacket, but it's a high-tech softshell that puts in a great performance. Compared to jackets that put in a similar level of performance from other brands, the price is justified. You might argue we should knock it down a mark overall for the price, but I think the exceptional performance deserves a 9.
About the tester
Age: 43 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.