Rukka Apollo Gloves
Waterproof with classic style
The Rukka Apollo is a classic-looking glove. I appreciate the protection provided by the composite knuckle armor, and I really like that the armor is hidden underneath the leather for a smooth, classic leather glove appearance. The Gore-Tex Xtra-Fit waterproof membrane is completely invisible to the touch; there's no movement of the liner inside the glove or crinkly feel. While I haven't tested the waterproofness, I trust the Gore-Tex to do it's job.
Note that there is no thermal insulation in this glove; for me, they are good down to about 45 degrees with heated grips. Also, the gauntlet is meant to be worn underneath the cuff.
If you just want a basic waterproof glove, there are cheaper options. But if you want a high-quality, classically-styled, Gore-Tex leather glove, this is a good choice. This glove pairs very well with my Armas jacket.
November 18, 2013
Excellent 3-season Glove
Got these gloves to replace my BMW gloves, which have been fading in the sun (I was on my 3rd pair - BMW replaced the first one, I just purchased a new pair after that one faded.)
My BMW gloves were a size 9, and (after break-in) were a bit on the 'loose' side. The Apollo pair is also a size 9 and a bit on the snug side out of the box - not uncomfortable, but definitely much more snug than the BMWs. I am sure they'll loosen up a bit with wear, and should fit very well at that time.
As for the top strap, yes it is a bit short, and come come out of its guide if not careful. By changing the way I put the gloves on, I manage to keep it threaded now, so that is not a problem for me.
The hard protections are really nicely done. Hope I'll never need it, but good to have it if it ever became necessary.
I definitely can recommend these gloves.
(Riding K1600GT, about 15000-18000 miles/year average)
August 11, 2013
Although the glove is very well made, the wrist strap is poorly designed and frustrating in use. Every time you take off the glove the strap need to be re threaded through the loop hole. It's just not well thought out.
I have a Ruuka jacket and it's one of the best made and all around Best jackets I've ever owned.
They need to think more about their gloves.
August 7, 2013
Looked at many different gloves and watched multiple video reviews (very helpful) and decided to spend the money for a really high quaity pair. After all, it's something you use for years, day in day out. The Rukka Apollo gloves are very well made; with fine stitching, excellent protection and superb feel for the bars. The pre-curved fingers and goatskin leather combine for a really nice grip which above all was what I was looking for. I've found them to be warm to about 45 degrees but as yet have not had to test the Goretex liner.
My winter gloves are Firstgear TPG's in a size large that fit just about right, though the finger length is a bit long. The Rukka gloves in size 10 are definitely slimmer and the finger length is a little shorter, which I like. If you are on the upper reaches of a large or thick fingered I would think the size 11 would be best. The opening at the base of the hand is smaller which makes them a bit harder to pull on or off though they have already softened up after about 800 miles of riding and will likely continue to give a bit. I expect that after a few more months these will fit perfectly. The one true design flaw is that the wrist strap is too short and would come out of the metal ring each time I pulled the gloves on. It's a real pain to have to thread the strap through each time, especially when you have to do the second one with a gloved hand. I managed to solve the problem with a little velcro on each pull tab that serves as a stop and keeps the strap from pulling through. Had I not solved this I would have had to send them back. (see photos)
May 30, 2013
Love them so far
So far I love these gloves! I measured my hand as described and ordered the size accordingly and the fit is great. The fingers are just a bit long but not by much. They are quite comfortable, and were waterproof in the one ride I've had in the rain so far, it wasn't raining hard, but they did fine.
April 3, 2013