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ALWAYS ASK WHY

One day, back in the early days of the new millennium when we were still young and restless - yet no less ambitious than we are today - we were looking at the patterns of a motorcycle jacket.

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There was the front, split up in two, divided obviously by a zipper, a back panel, two sleeves and some lines indicating other recognizable bits and pieces such as the pockets, cuffs and collar. 

“Cut them out, stitch them together and there’s your jacket,” someone said. “That’s how it’s done.” Someone else asked, “Why is it done like that?” No one around the table really had a good answer other than “just because.” We almost left it at that.

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THE YOUNG DESIGNER WHO ASKED IS TODAY’S CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT REV’IT!

Gerbrandt Aarts

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CHALLENGING
THE STATUS QUO

Why: that’s the million-dollar question. Why accept the things that are presented or perceived as the truth and nothing but the truth? Are there really no other ways to do it? To create something better, to work around limitations? Is there really no other solution?

Who cares what others have been doing for decades? Does it mean it is the only way to do it? We don’t think so. We always ask ourselves the why question. We do not accept things for what they are or appear to be. If you want to challenge the status quo, you have to think out of the box. That’s our specialty.  

In our continuous quest to provide motorcyclists around the globe with garments that enable them to ride faster, longer, more comfortable and above all, safer and more protected against all the elements Mother Nature might throw at them, there have been a few defining moments. 

The day Gerbrandt Aarts asked the why question when looking at cutting patterns, could be marked as the birthday of our Engineered skin® design method.

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WORK AROUND
HIGH-RISK ZONES

In traditional motorcycle apparel (and most sports and fashion apparel for that matter), a jacket has, simply put, a front and back-side, two sleeves and a few pockets. They’re stitched together into one single garment. The stitching lines run straight over the shoulders, hips and elbows. If you think about it, it’s not the safest way to construct a motorcycle garment considering that these are exactly the areas that first touch the tarmac in the event of a slide.  

So, we literally started to work around these “weak” spots, reallocating stitching seams to areas less vulnerable. Away from the knees, away from the hips, away from the elbows and shoulders.

Developing the method, it felt more like we were engineering protective panels to protect the human skin and the term Engineered skin® design was born. 

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JOINT
DEVELOPMENT

This wasn’t an easy task. Not one of our manufacturers got it right in the first few sample rounds. Some didn’t even want to do it. Those who did, are still with us today. They believed what we believed, and we are grateful for their partnership. 

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When you look at the cutting patterns of a product that is designed according to the Engineered skin® principle, it looks totally different. Somewhat confusing even. We admit. One of the first products we introduced that was a good example of a well-executed Engineered skin® design and development process, was the X-Ray outfit from 2002; an all-weather, sport-touring outfit in neutral colors. 

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FROM METHOD TO PHILOSOPHY

A beautiful, unintentional side-effect of the Engineered skin® design method is that it allows us to pre-shape our products better, securing a better fitting shape. A good fitting shape, meaning tight, yet without any restrictions in movement, is an important safety aspect. It also allows us to fine-tune the fit to specific riding positions. Garments developed for sports riders therefore have a more pre-shaped fit.

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SMART USE OF FUNCTIONAL FABRICS
Last but certainly not least, by strategically relocating stitching seams to low risk areas, we created large single fabric panels at impact zones that we could reinforce with extra-strong and tear-abrasive materials such as Superfabric, for example at the elbows, without having to construct a complete sleeve out of this high-end material.

FROM METHOD TO PHILOSOPHY 
Today, the Engineered skin® method is fully embedded in our design and development DNA and has transformed from a method into a philosophy. Every product, aside from urban rider-oriented products developed according to our Tailored Technology design method, is developed according to our Engineered skin® design philosophy.  

EVOLUTION
Over the past few years, Engineered skin® design has further evolved. It now also includes the way other safety aspects, such as visibility, are seamlessly integrated into the design of a product. Ventilation is not just an add-on, it is incorporated into the design in the most esthetic way. We feel this is important. 


We believe that these details spotlight our love for design. The Engineered skin® design philosophy is applied to almost every product in our collection. There is a balance though between design and performance. If you look at sports oriented products, for example, you’ll see that performance trumps design as there are some elements we can’t engineer around. When you look at adventure-touring equipment however, there is more design freedom and these products often reflect a clearer balance between design and performance.

Whatever the future holds, we know that the combination of applying our Engineered skin design philosophy and the continuous development in technical fabrics, construction techniques and smart design solutions lead to better and safer as well as beautifully designed high-performance gear. We’ll lead the way, you can trust on that. 

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