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THE HORIZON OUTFIt
THE AFFORDABLE 4-SEASON LAMINATED OUTFIT

Most of you have heard about laminated jackets and trousers. But when we talk to riders at shows or events, it is also apparent that it is not completely clear as to what the real benefits of a laminated outer shell are.

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THE BENEFITS OF A LAMINATED OUTER SHELL

When a product description mentions that a jacket has a 2L or 3L outer shell, it means that the waterproof layer i.e. the membrane (hydratex® or GORE-TEX®, in our case), is directly applied to the outer shell, instead of being a separate waterproof layer that floats between the fabric outer shell and the mesh or nylon inner lining. The latter is often referred to as a z-liner construction.

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THREE MAIN BENEFITS

A bonded membrane to the outer shell has three main benefits. The first is that it offers better breathability. Next, it has less water pick up so the garment stays lightweight and dries more quickly under wet weather conditions. And third is that it prevents cold (from the soaked outer shell) from being transported to the body.

This is a true blessing, especially for long distance commuters and adventure-touring riders that predominantly ride in cold and wet weather conditions. Less water pick-up automatically implies that the item dries quickly and is ready for the commute back home at the end of the day or to continue your trip in comfort.  

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DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

CHALLENGES

The downside of choosing a laminated outer shell construction is not so much for you, the user, but it’s a challenge for the designers since all the stitching seams in the jacket need to be taped to ensure 100% waterproofing. Every pocket, adjustment strap and other addition to the outer shell that is sewn on, means that there is a perforation in the outer shell that needs to be sealed at the back. 

Another design challenge when constructing a laminated item is to provide one of the most sought-after functionalities: direct ventilation. Until a few years ago, the only available solution was to apply a 100% waterproof zipper to create this effect. It worked well enough, but not well enough for us since the zipper opening never was big enough to let the desired amount of air into the garment.

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VCS | AQUADEFENCE

THE REVOLUTIONARY DIRECT VENTING SYSTEM

It wasn’t until 2014 when the REV’IT! R&D team came up with the perfect solution: the VCS | aquadefence system. After extensive testing at the GORE-TEX® style approval laboratories in Livingstone, Scotland, this system was first applied to the laminated Poseidon GTX jacket and trousers and later also in other GORE-TEX® styles, such as the Dominator GTX jacket and trousers. REV’IT! patented it and so it is a unique functional feature you will exclusively find in REV’IT! garments. In terms of air intake in combination with a waterproof laminated outer shell, nothing comes even close. 

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The VCS | aquadefence system is truly a result of out-of-the-box thinking and clever engineering.

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The way it is constructed also allows us to beautifully integrate it into the design of the item so no compromises necessary in terms of the desired esthetics of the garment. The VCS | aquadefence system is cleverly hidden behind 100% waterproof fabric panels that can be opened and closed even while riding and when wearing gloves. When you pull up the fabric panel you can hook the button in the FidLock® magnetic closure where it sits perfectly locked. With a simple tug, you can take it out of its cavity and fold it back. 

When opened, it reveals the actual VCS | aquadefence ventilation panel that is fully-perforated and allows for tons of air to flow freely into the garment. When applied to trousers, the VCS | aquadefence is always located at the upper leg. Looking closely at the actual panel, you see that there is a rubber-like rim surrounding the ventilation panel. This is what holds the water back when it’s closed. As soon as it starts to rain, simply close the panel and you’re 100% wind and waterproof. Water will not be able to pass the rim. 

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LAMINATED SHELLSFOR A BROADER AUDIENCE

After having introduced this technology in some of our 2 and 3-layer, high-end adventure touring and long-distance commuter jackets and trousers, we felt it would be a pity not to apply this technology to non-GORE-TEX® garments. All in all, most garments including GORE-TEX® waterproofing technology are found at the high-end spectrum of the price range. 

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THE RE-BIRTH OF AN ALL-TIME FAVOURITE THE HORIZON 2 OUTFIT

We chose an all-time favorite commuter outfit from the past, and one of our first laminated outer shells, the original Horizon with hydratex®|lite waterproofing technology, to be reconstructed, redesigned and equipped with our revolutionary VCS | aquadefence system. The story doesn’t end here. We also decided to grab the opportunity and introduce an elegant and figure-hugging ladies-specific variant as well.

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icing on the cake

To put some more icing on the proverbial cake, we also updated the outfit by incorporating our proprietary ventilated SEEFLEX™ CE-level 2 limb protection at the knees, shoulders and elbows. And the trousers also include the ventilated SEESMART™ CE-level 1 hip protectors. Optionally, you can upgrade the jacket with the SEESOFT™ CE-level 2 insert back protector, type RV. For enhanced visibility, we’ve applied plenty of reflective panels at the front and back of the jacket and trousers so you remain highly visible between cars when the weather is foul, as well as from dusk to dawn. Both the jacket as the trousers are equipped with a comfortable and removable insulation lining.

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Producing innovative and well designed motorcycle clothing is only one answer to the question "What do we do?" For us, a much more important question to ask ourselves is: "Why do we do what we do?" The answer to this question is clear, and resonates through everything we do: we want to inspire people to ride. . For more details, check out the full specs list. 

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