Rukka AiRider Jacket
Best Lightweight Protection, Love it!!!
First off I absolutely love this jacket! This jacket is so much lighter than my other jacket (Daniese Super Speed Perforated). Some people have complained about the magnet on the neck and how it doesn't stick, so far I have not had a problem and I love this feature instead of a Velcro or a button. It seems to get air in the arms more than anywhere else. I can't say much about the protection since I haven't had to put it to the test yet and I hope I never will although it's supposed to use high quality abrasion materials. It runs a bit large I'm 6ft 1, 180LBs with a 36 Inch chest and 36 inch waist and the size 46 fits perfect (THANK YOU REVZILLA, I was gonna get a size bigger since I wear a 48 In Dainese but there advice on size was perfect). Although the company is Finland (I think) the jacket is made in China (I wish this was not true because China is known for bad quality) however the jacket appears to be solid, also it has custom CE armor in the shoulders. I got the grey jacket with orange accents and I would highly recommended this jacket to anyone
July 27, 2014
This jacket is light weight, very flexible and has lots of great ventilation especially in the arms.
I tried on other vented jackets both leather and textile. I have always worn leather for it's protection value but I just couldn't keep cool enough. I tried a variety of styles in this genre:jackets with leather in the impact areas, 600 grade nylon, full leather jackets with lots of perforations, but none of them compared to this one. I read up on the Cordura material on line and I felt it was a good level of abrasion protection that fell between leather and 600 nylon material.
I have ridden in the jacket now a couple of times in 90 plus heat and I still sweat but not nearly as much as my leather jacket. I especially love the venting in the arms as the wind cools them down well. However, when I am in stop and go traffic, I still get hot but not as hot as my other jacket or even the others that I had tried.
Comfort is great and ingress and egress from the jacket is easy too. I think the styling is very neutral and that is important to me because I ride a Harley. The armor is positioned well and I went smaller on my jacket size as well. Just talk to the wonderful customer representatives for your correct size.
Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase.
July 21, 2014
Could have been great, but.............
I came within a hair's breadth of buying this jacket, because I love the quality of Rukka. The deal breaker for me was the grossly inadequate magnetic collar closure, which is essentially non-functional and worthless. Wearing the jacket, all you have to do is move your head to one side or the other and the collar tab comes undone, due to the cheap, weak magnets Rukka used. Nothing Rukka makes is inexpensive, and to use these weak magnets in what would have otherwise been an excellent summer jacket was a huge disappointment. I hope Rukka will take my criticism to heart and rectify this flaw, as even a velcro closure would have been better than this cheesy magnet closure. If you don't care about the collar closure, then this is a great jacket, but if you want full functionality, it's just not there.
July 12, 2014
Great jacket! Not quite as shown.
I used this jacket in a recent trip to the Smoky Mountains and it performed as expected. The temperature ranged from lower 50s to the low 90s. A windproof layer underneath was all I needed at the lower temperatures. When it was hot this this jacket really performs. It actually feels like you not wearing a jacket at all when you are moving, it flows that much air. When I stopped the jacket really did not get uncomfortable at all with it unzipped. I highly recommend this jacket for when the temperatures rise.
One thing to note on the grey colored jacket is that the Rukka logos on the front and back of the jacket are not the color shown in the pictures. The logos are not a bright red color (that almost matches the zipper color) but is a washout orange color. Also the piping on the back of the neck is silver not red as shown. I rather have the colors as shown. If the supplier changes colors the pictures and videos of the product should be updated.
I love the jacket so much I will not be returning it, but would be even happier if the colors were correct to the description.
June 27, 2014
This is a great jacket for summer riding. I am used to the standard mesh style that look much worse. My biggest issue was my right sleeve zipper pull ripped off the first time i zipped it, not worth sending it back in my opinion. Fit is generous, I am 6 foot 7 with a 48 inch chest and a 36 inch waist. I ordered a size 60 and it's perfect with the free back protector, a little loose in the belly but the velcro tabs help with fit. Overall, well worth the price, it's pricey yes but cheaper than hospital bills!
June 16, 2014
I know the price for this is high, but you get what you pay for. This jacket is extremely well built and the airflow is insane. It dries in seconds on the bike if you get wet. Definitely a summer jacket only. Everything on the jacket can be operated with gloves on as well. I like this Jacket so much I’m already saving for the 1200$ merlin jacket they make.
June 15, 2014
This is a great warm weather jacket. I've worn mesh type jackets before and this flows air just about as well. There seems to be a little more restriction than an open mesh design so the air kind of oozes through rather than passes but the effect is the same. Rukka's D3O armor is huge - the best shoulder coverage of any other armor I've used and the elbow-forearm are second only to the armor in my BMW jacket which come down to the wrist. The Cordura AFT drapes very lightly and is free-moving. I compared this jacket to the similarly priced Klim Induction and the light weight and flexibility of the Rukka, paired with the complete airflow as opposed to mesh panels on the other made it an easy choice. I would prefer the logos were embroidered over printed. The material in the sleeves is so flexible that it makes closing the cuff zippers difficult especially if the velcro is closed tightly. These are small gripes. The jacket really flows, looks good and it's a good price for Rukka.
June 14, 2014
Works as advertised
Ventilation is excellent, even in very warm California weather.
June 9, 2014