However, the big difference between the Yokohama and Valparaiso, and the Revenant is, of course, the waterproof membrane. As mentioned, the former two get Drystar against Gore-Tex used by Revenant. Now, both these membranes function in the same way. Their construction allows smaller sweat beads to escape and vapourise, but the bigger rainwater droplets can’t find their way in. Gore-Tex, of course, manages this better over a variety of temperature and downpour situations.
The Bryce and the Revenant are similar. But, while both pants use laminated Gore-Tex construction, which makes them light, the Revenant offers higher levels of protection. It has higher reinforcement in the knee and hip area –the two most common areas affected in a crash. It also gets armacore around the knee and the lower inner leg area. These are two touch points where the rider and motorcycle interact, especially when riding standing up. This should offer more protection, and possibly a more effective rider-motorcycle interaction. There’s also CE 2 rated armour for the knee, and there’ the option to upgrade to Alpinestars’ own nucleon hip armour.
Other highlights of the pants include adjustability at the waist, thigh, calf and ankle. These are all done via Velcro strips barring the waist adjustment, which uses a self-adjusting strap. The Revenant also comes with four outside pockets. The ones on top use waterproof zippers, while the large thigh pockets are convenient to throw in protein bars, chocolates, or even a spare Tee. Ventilation meanwhile, is taken care of by two thigh-mounted vents, which can be closed in case of heavy rain.