KIT REVIEW: Rev'It Livengood GTX Review

By Graham Field

Can gloves be described as exciting? They’re not really, are they? They are either good or bad, comfortable or not, warm and waterproof or cold and wet.

A new phone may be exciting, a new bike definitely is, but gloves? However, I have to say I was more that mildly enthusiastic when the new Rev’it Livengoods arrived for me to test. Luckily it was cold out and pissing down, and it’s a rare day when setting out in the rain is a preferable choice.

Rev’it say that the goatskin palms were designed to feel the benefit of your heated grips, check, that works. In fact I have never before felt the warmth when the grips were on low, however I was soon aware of heat radiation through to my fingers. Of course, the big selling factor is the Gore-Tex waterproof qualities. Now everyone has heard of Gore-Tex, right? But did you know that of all the waterproof fabric manufactures they are the only ones who demand that the product made with their trademark brand be given back to them to test, so their name is not put on substandard merchandise?

The gloves are a layer cake of leather and textile, branding and technology, including a Primaloft insulation lining, a ripstop outer fabric and many other ingredients. I'm not going to get too technical, there is plenty of info out there on a need to know basis.

Meanwhile back in the real world... Now, as I say it was a filthy day and how far was I really going to ride when, in all fairness, this was only going to be a test, my only destination was back home by the fire. Still, after an hour there wasn’t a hint of dampness on my hands. I stopped in town for a coffee and tied the ‘getting the wet hand into a dry glove test’. Its still a bloody pain, wriggling fingers in a futile attempt to get them into the appropriate position. By which time your visor has misted up, and the special wiper finger is next to useless when it comes to clearing the inside of the visor. That’s really not a fault of the glove, it’s just a fault of riding in the rain, or more accurately - stopping in the rain and taking off your gloves. The touch phone finger does work though if you like to stab at such accessories as you ride.