Rukka Airway Jacket
Comfortable, great quality, very airy
I'm 6'5", 230 pounds, in good shape and fairly broad-shouldered. I went with the size 58 and it fits me perfectly.
I just test-drove the jacket in 30 degree Celsius summer weather for a couple hours; it's nice and airy, the breeze flows through the Cordura material effortlessly. I thought it wouldn't, given how tough the material looks/feels compared to the usual mesh jackets, but it's really quite well-ventilated.
Nice and large armor blocks at neck, forearms, shoulders, and back still let the air through.
June 28, 2014
Nice Jacket, but rather bulky
First off I like to say I really like this jacket. Two of the main reasons I got it was because of the gore-text liner and all of the reflectivity. It has armor in the shoulders, elbows, and back. Which is all a good thing but it does make the jacket very bulky. Now I must say that this is my first jacket so I could be that way for pretty much all jackets.
Because of the bulk it makes putting on book bags or turning your head a bit harder to do. Also while I'm riding at times the back pad rises up and makes it harder for me to tip my head up.
Other than that I think its a great buy.
Almost forgot to mention that it is cut short so keep that in mind when your thinking about buying it.
May 25, 2014
Fantastic airflow, excellent build quality
I recently upgraded my gear to Rukka. I have an Airway jacket and then the Armaxion pants. I went with the Armaxion pants instead of the Airvision pants because I wanted a pair of pants that was waterproof as it's a little harder to pull over and swap a pants liner than a jacket liner. I will probably end up getting the Armaxion jacket this fall.
I have the Airway jacket for summer riding. It flows an impressive amount of air, it feels like you are riding in a t-shirt. 70 or below it's a little cool for me.
I'm 5'8" 185lbs, 42-43 chest, and the size 52 fit well. The 54 was close, but the arms were a little long and the elbow armor wasn't in the right place. So the 52 was a better fit. I don't think i'll be able to layer much under it.
The liner is great, the lock-out zipper takes a little getting used to, but if it works, it works i guess. I like that the liner is pretty easy to remove. I usually just keep it on the bike with me so i can pull over and put it in if needed.
Overall the Rukka gear is very impressive stuff, i'm glad i upgraded to it. It's far more comfortable than any other gear i've ever owned including my Aerostich.
I upgraded the shoulders and elbows to D30 and found it to be more comfortable. Without the liner, i could sometimes feel the ridges of the air armor, the D30 is buttery smooth and more comfortable. Plus it's what all the new jackets/pants come with now anyways.
May 12, 2014
Good quality, priced appropriately
I ordered and received my new Rukka Airway jacket early in our Ontario winter so only had modest opportunity yesterday to give it a try. Despite snow on the edge of the road, sand in the corners and heaved pavement, I had to get out and didn't regret it. Although it was a sunny early spring day, the air temperature was just 4 Celsius. With only a t-shirt underneath, the GORE-TEX liner was effective at keeping the cold air out. I haven't had opportunity to test it with the liner out - I expect it will flow air well for the warmer months.
The fit and finish are as expected. Quality materials. Well thought out. I haven't tested the durability or protection yet.
I purchased a size 54. I'm 6'-3", 205lb. At first I thought the length at the waist was a little short but I'm generally happy with it. The strap intended to pass under the crotch is definitely too short for me.
The power ranger flashy v look on the front and arms isn't really for me. In Grey, the v-profile is reduced. Apart from the reflective v, I like the look and the reflective strips provide unrivalled visibility in lights at night anyway.
Revzilla processed and shipped seemingly within minutes and were helpful with some question concerning length after the purchase. The fellow from Revzilla I talked to offered to ship the next size up so I could compare but in the end I declined and kept my initial order. Definitely satisfied with the product and service from Revzilla.
Great demonstration and description video's.
March 31, 2014
A great jacket!
Overall I am very happy with this jacket. Fit and finish are excellent. Let me see if I can brake down the pros/cons.
1) Very comfortable
2) Good construction
3) Easy to take the inner rain liner in and out
4) Breathes very well (I rode in 70 degree hot sun and was never hot)
5) Stays warm when you need it. I rode with a t-shirt in 40 degree high wind and my body stayed warm. Wearing a nice layer underneath would make this a great jacket for relatively cool weather.
1) The jacket rides a bit short on the waist. I think I might resort to zipping it to the pants, because it tends to ride up.
2) The back armor they put in this thing is a bit of a joke. For the money they should give you some decent armor, but I guess most companies don't give you anything so it is better than nothing.
Overall a great jacket. Especially for a location like Colorado where the weather changes fast and frequently. I could be riding in 70 and sunny during the afternoon and hit 40 and windy by evening. I wanted a jacket that handles all these conditions well, and I found one here.
February 18, 2014
great product, watch the sizing
The Ruuka jacket is everything its advertised to be; Just be careful, its a snug fit, and if you're used to "mature sizing", its cozy.
December 23, 2013
Great airflow = less protection.
This Jacket replaced a older model Revit after having concerns of the protection that it offered. Purchased the Rukka without seeing one in person. The armor has great coverage but the material on the main body is not any more substantial than the Revit it replaced, with an exception of the elbow/forearm area. That was a letdown at 900 dollars.
The bad news, my premonition was correct. Good news no major injury. I slid on my shoulder and the jacket wore completely through on the front below the armor at 35 MPH. This is the same material on the back of the jacket and in a higher speed crash this could have bad results if the back protector moves of comes out. I feel like the shoulder should have the same material as the elbows. With that change would be better IMO. Otherwise the fit and finish is top notch.
So the choice is yours, airflow over protection.
Be safe out there!
December 16, 2013
Rockin' good jacket!
Remarkable jacket! I've been using it to commute to work in temps close to zero and feel very comfortable. I rode one morning without the liner and froze half to death - that liner makes a heck of a difference. Was able to adjust the waist and sleeve adjustments on the fly wearing large gloves. The fit was bang on as per Tony's video review. The only complaint I have (and it's a tiny one) is the zipper tabs are too small and thin to manipulate easily with my gloves on.
Bottom line - this may be an expensive purchase but the technology is remarkable and well worth the investment.
November 22, 2013