Rukka AiRider Jacket
Saved my Skin and Bones
I was riding to meet my Brother and Friends in Waco Texas to leave on a 10 day Colorado trip. I made it to Conroe Texas and was T-Boned buy a Guy in a Chevy truck. The impact sent me tumbling down the HI way. Totaled my bike! I know that my Arai helmet and my Rukka Airider saved my bacon. My only injury was four broken ribs front and back. The jacket was scuffed up but intact...I may not have had the broken ribs if I had the Rukka back Armor but it was not included with the jacket. I have since purchased it. The Rukka armor works and the Rukka Cordura saved lots of my hide!
September 3, 2014
Great materials. Execution could have been better.
Purchased this as a summer jacket for when it's too hot for my leather jacket. Materials are top notch. The Cordura AFT does breath a ton of air and comes very close to a full open mesh jacket. The cut was a little shorter than I prefer (I'm 6'2"). I prefer my riding jackets to sit just below my belt and this was at or just above my belt line.
There in lies the problem that ultimately led me to return the jacket. The Cordura AFT material is not stiff at all. Even when I took the back protector out of my leather jacket and installed it in back pocket of the Airider, the jacket could still be pulled up very easily to my armpits (FYI, I did size the jacket correctly for my chest size).
This led to visions of sliding along the road feet first on my back or stomach, the jacket being pulled up my body by the road, and the resulting road rash on my chest or back.
This problem could easily be fixed by attaching the jacket to the matching Rukka pants, but I just couldn't cost justify spending that much money for a summer only option.
September 2, 2014
Rukka Jacket is Amazing!
I highly recommend this jacket! Although the sleeves run a little longer than my arms, it makes it a bit easier to move in it. Although I was worried about the Euro fit of this jacket, it surprisingly fit me rather well. It's also extremely breathable and comfortable. Overall VERY happy with my purchase!
August 25, 2014
Cool when moving, like the style.
I like to keep the safety gear on regardless of the weather. I haven't had a proper "mesh" jacket before, but the AiRider really does move the air even though you can't see thru it. I rode with it when it was in the low 90F's, on road and some off road. It worked great, but its best when you are moving. There are no vents to provide a more direct venting, so moving is good. Still, its light weight enough so its not too bad when standing still in the sun.
The jacket runs a size big, but you might want it a little big if you ever want to put a light jacket underneath for a cool morning ride.
Room for improvements:
Have to zip the zipper all the way up for the magnetic collar to stay attached. Magnets should be strong enough so that wouldn't be required. The collar, in practice, isn't really adjustable, the zipper-up defines the fit around your neck.
The zipper attachment for pants is large. I would like to remove it. Maybe Rukka could use a small zipper to hold that piece on, so it could come off for those of us not using Rukka pants in the summer.
Should include back protection.
August 6, 2014
Well-built warm weather jacket with good protection
I purchased this jacket (with airvision pants) for hot weather riding but did not want to compromise on protection so chose this over the many mesh alternatives. I also got the back protector - should really come with the jacket. The jacket appears to be well-constructed and the fit is fine (I'm 5 feet 8 in, 40 in chest, size 48). The ventilation works well when moving and the jacket is fairly light so not too stifling when sitting still. Minor complaint is the ridiculous magnetic neck closure - but it's a simple matter to stick on a little velcro. Looks good. I appreciate not being forced to buy a liner that I don't want as I will use this jacket only on hot and dry rides, and of course could use a thin barrier liner from another jacket in the stable if necessary.
July 29, 2014
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