Rukka Airvision Pants
Great option for commuting and touring in spring/summer/fall
I've been commuting in these for about 6 weeks daily and also took a 800 mile road trip in them (summer usage#. I'm very pleased with the quality and form/fit/function of these pants. They have been great for summer use without the goretex liner and the airflow is actually pretty good. There are no vents on these pants at all, the majority of the fabric allows air to pass through, so they seem to just stay a pretty comfortable temperature. They are not as cool as mesh pants or large mesh panel pants... but they outperform mesh by not needing an optional pair of pants on hand.
The goretex liner installs easily and packs small, so if you are planning a summer road trip these are a good choice. There is no need to bring two pairs of riding pants or suffer with one or the other #mesh or rain for instance#. On my trip I caught two hours of moderate rain at highway speeds of 60-75 mph - perfect performance from the pants and they dried out easily overnight.
As the mornings have gotten colder here, I've also been wearing them with the goretex liner inside for the ride to work and then removing the liner for the ride home. They work very well for those conditions. Mesh pants would freeze me out on the way in. With the Rukka's, I am comfortable both ways traveling.
These would not be my first choice for a heavy rain day commuting as the outer does soak up some water. The goretex liner seems impenetrable and has performed flawlessly, but I prefer a goretex pro product for those "definitely gonna rain" days. Goretex pro sheds the water and weight so well under the worst circumstances.
That said, these have become my "go to" pants for spring/summer/fall "may rain" ride and commuting days.
With about 2000 miles on them, they still look great. No snags, or visible wear anywhere. I can't say the same for any of my previous mesh products. Mesh always seemed to snag from velcro and abrasion from other materials. Not these. I haven't even had to clip a stray thread. That is unheard of in my gear closet.
I'm 6'2" and 270 lbs. Average to athletic build #53" chest#. I wear a size 40-42 in American-cut jeans. I'm wearing a size 60 in these to accommodate my large thighs. I could wear a 58 if I wanted them to be snug. I rely on the suspenders to keep them up and keep the waist adjusters relaxed. They are super comfortable this way. They are also very high-waisted. I would not recommend these pants over jeans. I like them over shorts or with a snug fitting base layer.
I WOULD buy these again and at full price.
August 28, 2015
A tight European fit, but still comfy. Sport bikers should like the fit. Adventure riders may find the fit a little restrictive.
April 20, 2015
Rukka does a great job with attention to detail, quality, and fit for use. Comfortable in hot conditions and wet weather, perfect for Florida!
December 29, 2014
Great Product - Rukka convert
I bought these pants and the Airman jacket in preparation for a trip to the Alps this summer. I figured the temps would vary and there was no way the sun would be no rain. I am very glad I did. We faced temps from summer heat to snow - and while this is not cold weather gear - for the time it took to get up and back down a mountain the outlast did the job. Great protection and great airflow when needed - and a bit of a chill deterrent when the temps dip a bit. I like this stuff so much I ordered some Rukka winter gear too.
September 15, 2014
I ordered both the Airman Jacket and the Airvision pants. The pants are spot on in the waist and length. I am 6'2" @ 225# and I ordered a 56 in both the jacket and pants, perfect fit. If you are used to a more relaxed fit, this will feel tighter through the thighs and seat, not small, just snug. I like it since it allows the air to move through without a tremendous amount of fabric blowing around. I was concerned about length, whether to order a tall or not, I went with the standard length and that was perfect. All round great pant, love the suspenders and the air movement.
August 13, 2014
Good air movement, well-built, good protection
I purchased these to go with my Rukka jacket as a warm-weather suit. As billed the ventilation is excellent, a good alternative to mesh. Appears to be quality construction (should be for the price), hip and knee protection are good. Fit is slim and long. I'm 32/30 in jeans, ended up with 48 short after returning 48 regulars that were too long. My only complaint: only available in black - strange in a hot-weather pant. I'm guessing something in the manufacturing process works better in black?
August 4, 2014
Great pants, but they do run long!
These are fantastic pants, but go with the measurements Rukka provides. According to their measurements I should have been a short length, despite being 5'10" but the expert at RevZilla told me to go with a normal fit. It ended up being a bit long and bunches up a bit. The pant legs won't fit outside my boot and inside there is only so much room, so they have to bunch up.
Comfort and adjustability are excellent in this product though. We still have not had warm enough weather for me to take the inner liner out and see how well they breathe in hot weather, but they did excellent in cold. My first ride back was in high wind with temps around 40 and my legs felt nice and warm.
February 17, 2014
You get what you pay for
Style, materials, comfort. If you can afford it, buy it.
In case you wonder, they are not meant to be used as over pants, but I managed to use them over jeans even with the Goretex liner on.
August 8, 2013