Rukka AirMan Jacket
Expensive but seems to be built like a tank
I bought this jacket having seen the effects of a get off on a mesh jacket, which was the same jacket as the one I owned at that time. That jacket was from reputable manufacturer (and not cheap) but the crash showed up a weakness in the seams which had parted and which resulted in a large patch of road rash.
Because of the foregoing, I started looking around for a replacement mesh jacket and having already reviewed several of the more expensive jackets out there, I eventually ended up at the Revzilla shop to look at the offerings on sale there.
The jackets that stood out there were the Rukka's. The first thing that you notice is their weight. They do not feel like other mesh jackets but like fully armored textile jackets.
The next impression, is that no way can these be proper mesh jackets due to their look and feel. Having mention this to the sales person, I was advised to go and stand in front of an air fan, which had been the store has set up for testing purposes. This confirmed, much to my surprise, that the jackets did flow a goodly amount of air.
Third impression is build quality, the jackets look and feel substantial and looking at the stitching, they seem seemed to have been constructed along the same lines.
There reason for going for the Airman rather than the less expensive Rukka model, was that it includes a Gortex rain liner.
Two downside to the jacket. Firstly expense, but what price do you put on safety, and, secondly, a back protector, for which there is a built in pocket, is not included with the jacket although shoulder and elbow armor is.
October 5, 2015
If you're looking for a jacket with textile protection and decent airflow this jacket will deliver it all. It won't push as much air as a mesh jacket would, but definitely a considerable amount when moving. It will retain heat in traffic though. It doesn't breathe air like large mesh pores do, but it does flow.
I can tell you straight up I LOVE my AirMan jacket. It is a super premium jacket with great features, comfort and style. The video does a great job at outlining it's features, and I would just like to add that the amount of pockets/storage capacity on this jacket is monumental. Especially the two interior pockets, which I feel as though I could almost stuff a baby in there. The back pocket was smaller than I anticipated though, which disappointed me because I couldn't stuff my GP Tech gloves in there. They are gauntlets, however, in this amazing jackets defense.
The comfort this jacket provides is incredible. I feel as though it was tailored for me with the waist cinches and the arm buttons. The way this jacket was constructed also makes you look like you're 15 lbs heavier in all of the right places. It makes you look really good, and the jacket itself has so much style.
Just and FYI - The only difference between the AirMan and the AirRider jacket are minor things (collar, back pocket, waist and arm cinches, and style, I think), and the only big thing is the Gore-Tex/outlast lined inner jacket that you get with the AirMan. So, Unless you're planning on using the inner jacket I'd recommend buying the AirRider.
I highly recommend both of Rukka's Air products though. I bought the AirMan and could not be happier.
September 5, 2015
The best jacket in fifty years of riding!
I'm 6'2" and 190 pounds with a 48" chest. The size 58 fits perfectly. I've owned it for a year now and have about 10,000 miles of riding on it. It is a four season jacket for me because I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and the weather is never terribly cold. If I need protection from the rain or need to add a bit of warmth I carry a two piece rain suit with me in my tank bag; its easier than adding or removing the liner (I've used this system for many years on various riding suits and it works well for me). I find that even though I have a closet full of riding gear I always wind up using the Rukka Airman jacket. I've already preordered the Rukka Airman pants and hope they are released before my trip in late June to Oregon and Washington.
June 7, 2015
Great Jacket - First Impression
This is a first impression review. I have worn the jacket for a short ride thus far.
The fit and finish is great. The sizing is one size large so as the video states, if you are a US42 then the Rukka 50 should fit you perfectly. I am 41 - 42 chest and 32 - 33 waist and like the fit and look of the jacket. I ordered the black with high viz and really like the look.
The jacket does flow air and it is a very even flow throughout the jacket. I have not used the liner yet, but have worn it around the house. It definitely retains heat.
The magnets seem to hold well. The trick with the collar magnet is to attach it where it belongs. It appears to hold fine for me, although I am fairly protected from the wind. The inside pocket is large and will accommodate my iPhone 6plus.
Overall I am very pleased. My only small gripe would be with the main zipper. It should be a larger zipper for easier use.
May 17, 2015
Great jacket for airflow. the only problem so far are the zippers, way too small delicate.
After 5 days of adventure riding in Death Valley (its first use ) the the zippers started to degrade with each day. The teeth on the zippers on the jacket, chest and sleeves are too small and delicate for dusty, sandy off road riding conditions. The chest zippers seized almost completely completely and the sleeve zippers became so hard to open or close that I had to hold the sleeve with my my teeth to pull the zipper closed. Not sure why Rukka went with such dainty zippers on Adventure jacket designed for max airflow. I'll be return the jacket for repair.
Other than that.. great jacket!
October 25, 2014
Really Well constructed Jacket
Wanted to find a jacket that would fit well, breath well, and protect well and this jacket hit the spot. Normally wear a size 52-54EU and bought a 50EU based on the video review and the fit is spot on. On one of my spirited rides the temperature range was from a 79 (city) degrees and went down to a 52 degrees (mountains) all within 65 minutes and even with the liner in the jacket it kept me feeling fine at cold temps and not too warm in the city temps. The jacket feels great and moves quite well. Definitely recommend this product in all weather except the cold of Winter!!!
October 6, 2014
Nice quality, great fit.
I ordered the Airman Jacket because I wanted a quality summer jacket. I live in Virginia Beach, VA and the humidity can be horrible. When I received the jacket, the fit was spot on. I did all the measuring, called Revzilla support and confirmed everything and it fit great. I then took a 4 day trip through the WV/VA mountains and I can say that it does move a ton of air. 70 degrees in the morning and you could use the GoreTex insert to keep comfortable. The only complaint that I have is that it doesn't come with a back protector. At this price, it should have everything included.
August 13, 2014
first rukka gear now hooked
ok, we have all seen the video a few times. This jacket arrived and first impression is @#$% this is one well built and HEAVY garment. The fit was small despite what anthony and gear crew says. I am 6 2 and 255 lbs with a freshly measured 48 chest but a bit of a gut and the size 60 fit perfect with slightly long arms. I was surprised as they say it runs large. THe weight of the jacket is surprising. It is very heavy for a summer jacket. Riding on my two hour commute tommorow to test the air flow and comfort but am certain this well built jacket will not disappoint. THe jacket is what they claim, the sizing was a bit tricky but I went big and it worked.
August 12, 2014