Rukka AiRider Jacket
Let there be breeze
I was worried about buying this jacket. I had concerns about the "over sizing" and getting it wrong for a reasonably expensive purchase (yeah I know they will replace, but that's a hassle I didnt want, Im in New Zealand!). I weigh 180lb and just under 6 foot. I got a size 50 which fits me fine. I'd say my arms are a regular length but my body is slightly on the long side. 50 is my normal size.
The jacket is a short style compared to my other jacket, an RST Pro Series Paragon III, at first I thought maybe too short, but that's just the style of these jackets (European cut). The risk of riding up is reduced by using the jock strap, although that takes a little getting used to and is the reason I dropped the comfort rating back one notch, otherwise this is a comfortable jacket. Especially while riding.
It looks cool and it feels cool on the road. My first impression was wow! this thing really is well vented in the arms and body, its a huge improvement over my RST for warm weather riding, which I had been finding quite uncomfortable on hot days. A few times I found myself looking down to see if maybe the arms had come loose or something - it felt like the breeze was blowing directly onto my skin. I notice the ventilation from around 15mph which is about half the speed of when I notice the venting on my RST.
The jacket feels substantial, it looks well made, the seams appear strong and the armour is top grade. I opted for the additional back protector which is not included with the jacket. That feels substantial too and I expect it to protect me if I ever need it. I have to assume overall this fabric is not going to perform as well as leather in an accident, but I do expect it to be last several years under normal riding conditions. I have no concerns about the jacket being safe and durable.
This is not a cheap jacket, but its far from the most expensive. I have only ridden in warm weather but with a thin warm layer underneath I think you could stretch it into cooler conditions, although it is reportedly not waterproof so you would need to deal with wet situations either by using a rain proof over the top or get a dedicated wet weather jacket (the RST is a great choice for cold and or wet conditions) I gave it a good because it is on the pricey side, but it is a premium product at a reasonable price for what it offers. I tried a few other summer jackets but no others feel as safe and sturdy as this and the ventilation is excellent.
I would not hesitate to recommend the Rukka AiRider Jacket. Keep in mind the shorter style and get ready to feel the breeze!
February 26, 2016
No back protector. Video verbally stated that its standard
I thought the back protector came standard with the jacket as stated in its video on REVZILLA, but when I received it the back protector was missing. After calling REVZILLA I was told that there of the text discalimer in the viedo which stated the back protector was not included.
Go come guys update the video to reflect the back protector is not included. I didn't notice the brief text message during the viedeo.
August 21, 2015
Great jacket. Good fit. Great airflow.
Great jacket. It flows a lot of air, which is what I wanted. It gets hot here in summer. Highly rated protection. Firs great. Like magnetic collar. I always forget to close it and it's easy when riding. Expensive but worth it.
August 17, 2015
Not quite "all things to all people"
I've been really looking for a summer weight jacket that will withstand the Southern California heat, but still offer protection. When I heard about the AiRider, and the new Cordura that allowed air to flow through, I was pretty excited. So I ordered it from RevZilla, along with the Alpinestars T-GP R Air, and the Klim Induction, two others that I was interested in.
When the jackets arrived, I subjected them to a simple test. I wore my lightest t-shirt, set up a big box fan on a table, turned on the fan, then put on each jacket (after taking out any interior wind-proof liners) to see how much air flowed.
Disappointingly, the Rukka flowed significantly less air than the liner-less Klim. This is not to say that the new technology didn't flow *any* air--I think there was more air coming through the Rukka than through the non-mesh portions of the AStars textile jacket--but don't believe the hype: The new Cordura still does not flow as much air as traditional mesh.
A couple of good points: On the upside, the Cordura fabric is more abrasion resistant than traditional mesh, so you're not getting as much air, but you are getting more protection. On that note, the internal D3O shoulder and elbow armor pads are HUGE (look at the RevZilla video for details). They cover WAY much more area than most similar armor in other jackets, and upon putting the jacket on, I definitely felt secure. So, if you want something that flows *slightly* more air than a traditional textile jacket, but less than a mesh jacket, and you don't mind paying a premium price, this is not a bad choice.
Also, the sizing notes are correct -- I'm 6'0", 170 lbs, 38-inch chest, and normally wear a Size 50 in all "Euro"-sized jackets. I ordered a 50 in the Klim and A-Stars jackets, and they fit me fine. I needed to go down to the size 48 in the Rukka, however.
August 8, 2015
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