The Honest Review: Rev’it Fly Gloves
Let me start off with saying… I love the Rev’it Fly gloves! They’re the most solid pair of gloves I’ve worn in a long time, on and off the bike. And with the Rev’it Fly 2 gloves on the way, you can find these for a sale and save yourself a few bucks (God knows motorcycle gear is expensive as it is). I really like what Rev’it is doing with their lineup of riding gloves. The fit and finish is top notch and wearing them on the road is comfortable (for the most part, which I’ll get to later on), and really stylish. While these won’t be any good for winter riding (or cold weather below 40F, reasonably), they’re not marketed as such anyway. The Rev’it Fly gloves are solid Spring, Summer, Fall gear.
I appreciate that Rev’it didn’t brand their gloves all over the place with obnoxious graphics or logos. The Fly has small reminders that what you’re wearing has the Rev’it seal of approval – around the wrists. It has a subtle, understated look that fits right in with whatever gear you’ve got on. The rubberized Rev’it logo at the wrist is solid and doubles as a grip when putting them on. Putting on and removing the gloves are just as easy as regular gloves and they’re super convenient. While they’re not gauntlets (the Fly is a short-cuff), I feel well protected!
The perforated leather of the Rev’it Fly is a bit stiff at first, like all leathers, but breaks in nicely. It took about 2 weeks of riding until these gloves felt like a second skin. The velcro around the wrist just makes it that much easier to take on/off. The Fly are tough and soft in all the right places, while looking good with most jackets (and gasp, also no jacket) too. I rode with these gloves for a solid year and they’ve held up better than expected. I ride almost everyday and they still look as good as the day I bought them.
The stitching on the Fly is better than anything else I have… this is the first pair of gloves that didn’t start fraying at the edges. Each joint is still going strong and the leather has not pulled apart anywhere on the glove. The padding on the palms and handlebar grips have held up to all my abuse and has not worn down at all. The knuckles have remained tough and provide good protection, along with the smaller knuckle armor down each finger. There’s no splitting or leather deterioration across the top surface of the hands at all. The manufacturing quality of the Fly gloves is unbelievable, to say the least (liek I said, I’m a daily rider and these definitely get a workout).
While the Rev’it Fly has been my go-to glove for most days of the week, I do have some gripes about its maneuverability. While not a deal breaker for me, the joint inbetween my index finger and thumbs is just a tad too strong. I find myself having to reposition my hands in order to reach turn signals and horn. I’d prefer to be able to reach them without having to let go of my handlebar every time I switch lanes. Generally this isn’t an issue, but in a pinch, when quick actions are needed, this can become a hassle. While I don’t have the widest hands in the world (pretty average on the slimmer side), I know I’m not the only one having issues with full fingered extensions.
Another noteworthy item of the Rev’it Fly is that my throttle hand has developed a nice callous in the shape of a line across my palm – at the base of my fingers (where the palm and fingers meet). This is partially from the weird bend in the glove material, and the stiffness of the underside of the glove material. While I want this surface to hold up in the event of a crash, it still needs to be pliable enough not to pinch the skin. It took a while for my hands to adjust, while a slightly uncomfortable period of time, with the callous, it doesn’t really bother me much anymore. It’s just a bit strange that the glove would pinch so consistently in this one spot.
Those are really all the complaints I can say about the Re’it Fly gloves, and I’ve put these suckers through the ringer. They’re a solid riding partner and will hold up to even the busiest riders. With these gloves on sale (I got mine for $80 USD) and still in stock at most stores, you just can’t go wrong. I actually can’t believe this is the first generation of the Fly lineup, and I’ve got to say, Rev’it is doing something right here. I’ve heard that the Rev’it Fly 2 gloves have improved on the design, with mobility being one of the key factors in the new design refresh. These will be my next pair of gloves that I add to my gear loadout. Once I do, you can watch out for my next review to see what all the hubub is about.