Rukka AiRider Jacket
Much better than I expected
From seeing the review and the pictures, I was worried that it would be a thin product with no real structure to it.
When it came (different supplier) I was surprised at how "substantial" it was.
For me to compare, I've had the Rukka Argo in a 48 for almost 2 years and it's a little large for me (5'8" / 180lb) but comfortable when I want to wear the inner liner, a jumper and my Knox Aegis (8) back protector.
The AirRider is a slightly neater fit, so the 48 here is more like a regular 49 where the Argo is more like a 50.
I upgraded my Argo armour to the D3O stuff about 18 months ago and the armour fitted to this jacket is exactly the same - Rukka branded etc.
It's great armour and it's good that it's finally stock instead of the old basic Rukka mesh stuff.
Good points for the jacket.
It flows more air than a bunch of women gossiping.
It flowed noticeably more over the the arms and shoulders than the chest, but with my Aegis fitted there was virtually no airflow over my back. I tried with the cheapo Rukka back armour as well as without and airflow was still low, so I guess that may be due to the prone position of a sportsbike and/or maybe the extra layers of material for the protector pouch.
It's sturdy. It doesn't look it but it feels great and you can feel how well it's put together with the stitching and extra protection on elbows. Feels good and it's a good cut for a male torso.
Lots of pockets. 2 inside and 2 outside with good sized toggles for opening with gloves on.
The crotch strap :D
I started using the one on the Argo as a bit of a joke, but quickly realised how much better it makes the jacket fit. It just sits so much better with it strapped down.
No more adjusting or pulling it down a bit at traffic lights. You put on the strap and the the jacket just stays put.
I have to admit, the strap was one of the big plusses for me. It just feels wrong wearing a textile jacket without it now.
The magnet in the main zip garage.
I think I might be in the minority that prefer velcro to magnets. The benefits of adjusting how tight or loose you want it or to add a wee bit extra airflow far outweighs the occasional sticking to the inner liner when first putting it on.
Magnets just don't hold as well (although this one was better than I expected), but I could wipe credit card(s) if I place the jacket on my jeans/wallet.
That's a big no for me and I see it as a step backwards, so I'll be switching them later on.
The toggles on the cuff zips were too long and flappy for me, so I just cut them off. Just personal preference, but the zip tabs are big enough that I have no problem using them with my summer gloves.
I might struggle with winter gloves, but the jacket will long be in storage by then ;)
July 15, 2015
Excellent summer jacket
I read a lot of misleading reviews before I bought this jacket. It sat in my wishlist for over a year as I sat on the fence. Ultimately, I decided to pull the trigger and rely on Revzilla's great return policy to bail me out if necessary.
Fit: I'm 6'2, 180lbs with a 39" chest. I'm glad I ignored the advice to size down to a 48 since the 50 fits me exactly like my other size 50 jackets. For some reason, the sized down jacket on the model looks baggy and unsupportive while the same size I wear in Dianese and Revit fits great. I'm 100% sure the model has a bigger chest, shoulders, and arms than I do. Strange.
Someone mentioned the fear of jacket being too easy to pull up in a slide but it comes with a crotch strap. While leather has many protection advantages over this jacket, but I think this jacket with a crotch strap will stay put better than a leather jacket not connected to the pants.
Someone else mentioned the back protector being too thin but it's nearly as wide as my other protectors. Someone mentioned that it slips around loosely but not if you insert it into the inner pockets correctly.
As far as I can tell, this jacket is more breathable and cooler than anything but pure mesh while being more protective than anything but leather.
There's no doubt I'll wear leather up to 85 degrees but for the really hot days, when you feel like sacrificing a little protection for comfort, I don't think you can do better than this jacket.
I gave it 3/5 for value because the price for jacket and protector is high for a niche jacket.
I gave it 3/5 for comfort because it pulls under the arm pits a little and the elastic crotch strap is less comfy than swinging in the wind.
I gave it 4/5 for protection because 5/5 is reserved for leather.
July 7, 2015
Great jacket with a few minor dislikes
The positive: The jacket feels very light, it is seems lighter than any other summer jacket I have owned. The airflow is great even at slow speeds. I like look on the jacket. The negative: The belt loop/between the leg attachment isn't the best execution that I have seen. I wish the coverage of the back protector was a little wider at the top of the back.
June 17, 2015
Best lightweight jacket w/ protection I've ever owned
I have a few thousand miles on the jacket now and am impressed with the ability of this jacket to flow air on warm and hot days. The only annoyance I found and think it has been mentioned before, is the magnetic closure at the neck does not seem to be strong enough and easily opens.... otherwise, this is my "go to" jacket every time
September 29, 2014
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