Rukka Armas Jacket
Plenty warm enough for this Canuck
Received my Armas jacket and pants this week, today was the real test of its worth for me as I rode into Port Dover for PD13 on Feb 13 2015. I left for work at 5am and temps were -22°C when I left for PD13 temps were a high of -14°C in total today's ride was approx 200kms all at well below 0 temps. I was only wearing a base layer, a windbreak mid layer upper and a thermal vest. Plenty warm enough for me, but gloves on the other hand I still need to find.... :)
February 13, 2015
Winter Can't Touch Me
My Armas jacket and pants have made it so I can keep riding year round with complete confidence. I especially like the Outlast liners and the Outlast base layer I wear with this. It really means something when you can wear something on and off the bike and remain temperature neutral. I hate being hot just as much as I hate being cold, but now that's no longer a worry for me.
I just finished a 54 mile commute home last Friday evening in the rain, sleet, and snow, and I was warm and dry the whole time. While both my Armas gear and my bike looked like they had been to h*ll and back, I was completely untouched by what winter had thrown at me. And cleanup was a snap.
January 29, 2015
Overall A Great Product
Best combine of style and protection (I rode with this product in 20 F and feels nothing)
Pockets are extremely useful and well designed
899 is still too much for a jacket
zipper can be very annoying sometime
January 17, 2015
Overall a Great Jacket
Overall a great jacket however there are a few things:
One of the color coded loops intended to secure the thermal liner to buttons in the sleeve of the jacket pulled out of it's stitching without much force. I decided not to use them anymore and just let the sleeves float. A zipper (as on the cuffs of the pants) would be better quality. This failure, while minimal, is annoying given the premium pricing of the jacket.
Additionally, according to the Revzilla's video synopsis of the jacket's features, says the two front pockets with the "zipper cozies" are waterproof. NOT. Not even water resistant to any degree. The side pockets are said to be water resistant and this was true. They were more water resistant than the above mentioned "waterproof" ones.
Despite these issues, the inner pockets as well as the jacket itself remain dry in even the harshest conditions. The only water leakage was through the collar, whose plastic backing is not flexible enough to fasten tightly or comfortably against the neck without puckering. Rukka: If you're going to use wet suit material around the neck -- go all the way and make it close like a wet suit. The zipper collar attachment helps but does not cure the problem.
Non of these issues make me regret the purchase, although it would be nice if Rukka made some changes to future designs.
December 29, 2014
Things you need to know if considering this gear.
I am 6'3" and weigh 175 pounds. This jacket has good length for long arms and tall torso. There is more room through the torso than thin guys need but this isn't unusual. The sleeve cuff design prevents drafts while allowing the sleeve to be over your gloves. Overall, I have felt no drafts around the neck, waist or sleeves. The zipper design makes the front a little stiff under the chin but I'm hoping this will soften up with wear. The one negative I've found, after only 500 miles of wear, is the shoulder vent zippers. They move air well at speeds below 60 but feel like you're wearing a drag chute, rather than a jacket, at freeway speeds as the jacket balloons out around you.
December 24, 2014
Only Good for Extreme Winter Driving on Touring Bike
I've had the Rukka Armas jacket for about 6 weeks. I purchased it for winter riding. IMO this jacket is excellent for cold weather - touring type riding, but not good for much else. First, the positives:
- It's warm. I've driven in 30 degrees F for 2+ hours on the highway at 70 mph and not been even slightly cold. It's excellent at keeping you warm, but not overheated. The Outlast lining seems to do exactly what it promises.
- Appears to be watertight. I don't ride in the rain if I can help it, and haven't tried it with this jacket, but the seams, shell, zippers,etc seem over-engineered to keep water out
- It's very high quality. The fabrics, stitching, zippers (with one exception see below) etc. appear to be very high quality. Rare these days to see that in most garments. Of course, at this price point, you would expect that.
- Appears to add to safety. The armor placement, abrasion resistant panels, etc are excellent.
- It looks cool. Very high tech look.
- Works great with Rukka pants. It zippers to the pants for a great cold weather riding suit.
- The Gore Lockout main zipper is TERRIBLE. This is the primary and OVERWHELMING weakness of the jacket. Rukka should eliminate this zipper and go with something else. It is basically a super thick version of the zip seam on a zip-lock bag. It's way too difficult to zip, VERY FREQUENTLY opens up unexpectedly, and I am worried it will not last more than a couple of seasons. Rukka provides a silicone stick to help lubricate the zipper and make it work better, and it does help, but it doesn't do much. On several instances, the zipper has opened up mid way in the center of my chest while riding (stays fastened at the top and bottom). At that point the only thing you can do is pull over, get off the bike, and re-zip it (which will take at least 5 minutes to get right). I cannot emphasize enough how ridiculous this zipper is to operate.
- This jacket is VERY heavy and VERY stiff. I have several other motorcycle jackets, and none of them are even close to how heavy this thing is. I've replaced the standard armor with D30, but this only helped a bit. If you are driving a touring bike in an upright position, it's fine/doesn't impact you as much, but if you are on any kind of bike with a forward position e.g. sport bike, sport touring, cafe, etc. the jacket severely restricts your motion and you will feel it impacting your riding.
- Odd fit - I bought the size 54. I wear about a 44 size suit, and generally am a L if not a numbered size. The torso and shoulders fit fine, but the sleeves are ridiculously narrow... you would need pencil thin arms to fit comfortably. Weird.
If it had a regular zipper, I'd rate it a 4 star. If it had a regular zipper, was not heavy/overweight, and had better fit and flexibility, it would be a 5 star without question.
November 24, 2014
Expensive but Awesome
I've had this jacket a full year and have ridden in temperatures down to 5 degrees F at highway speed and I was able to accomplish everything I wanted to during the past winter. I'm an everyday rider/commuter and this was my only jacket during the winter in Washington, DC. From 50F to 20F this jacket performs extremely well and chances are you will not face much discomfort when wearing it. When it drops into the teens and lower, yes, you will get chilly over time and may think about adding some heated gear, or just stop to warm up (I don't own any heated gear). If it's above 40F I will take out the liner and be fine with a long-sleeve shirt. If it's above 60 I usually switch to a cooler jacket.
This thing is 100% water and wind proof and will simply amaze you when you take it off and realize how dry you are after riding in a downpour. One thing I will say is I sometimes wish it was a 3/4 length as the back being waste length can creep up on you if you have a more forward riding position. I notice this when the temps start to dip, so I am not sure if this would cause an issue for the sportier riders. If you are sitting upright I think it will be fine but in the extreme cold just remember to tuck in your undershirt so you don't get cold air on your back.
I agree with others that Rukka could make this cheaper but I believe in investing in safety and comfort and that's exactly what you are doing with this jacket. Just don't tell your friends/coworkers how much you spent or they will likely call you crazy (though they may have just dropped 60 grand on a luxury car). Overall I highly recommend this product and I hope that you get as much use out of it as I have mine.
June 29, 2014
good jacket overall
Ordered this jacket for rain/winter to not have to deal with waterproof liners I need to use in my other jacket. Build quality of this jacket is superb. Fit is on the large side. The collar is too tight however, I am sure it is waterproof but this sacrifices comfort and it is borderline uncomfortable. This is a good looking jacket with plenty of pockets and features, probably too warm for warm weather but that is ok.
The one major negative however that I dock this jacket two stars for is the absolutely pathetic 'armor' at this price point. Really Rukka? I mean seriously why bother. Unacceptable for a jacket that costs this much.
We will see how this new zipper style holds up.
May 22, 2014