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I bought these to go with the Armas jacket and really, really wanted to like them. As with my Armas jacket review I will say that I have not ridden them in order to be able to return them if I chose to do so.
They are comfortable up to a point and the fit is very good - I'm a slim guy with sparrows legs and really hate when I have to size down pants to get the armor nice and tight but end up with pants which are too short. These fit very well and still have the length I need (I'm 5'11" 165 pounds 32" waist 40" chest 32" inside leg for reference). The outlast liners are very soft and comfortable which is good since these pants are not designed for wearing with regular pants underneath. I really feel like it's a good looking suit off the bike but things got tight in all the wrong place when zipped up to the jacket and I assumed the sport touring riding position. I am trying really hard to overlook the shortcomings of the suit but I keep finding little things I don't like with it before I have even swung a leg over my bike.
In addition, as with the Armas jacket I am seeing quality issues which are totally out of order for a product at this price range. Firstly the main pants zipper was throwing a long hang thread as soon as I took the pants out of the bag (maybe a foot of loose threads). Also, they cheaped out on the armor as with the jacket and you only get the level 1 basket weave stuff. As with the jacket you can feel this sticking into your joints and it will cost you more to upgrade to the d3o which should have been in it in the first place. Not good.
For $900 I would expect the best which Rukka purports to be. I really don't mind spending this kind of money for safety, quality and comfort but this is way overpriced. Made in China, lower grade armor and quality issues are not worth the best part of $2200 in my opinion. And that's without riding, crashing, etc to test it properly. Had this been the bombproof, perfectly made suit with the best protection possible I would already be out riding in it right now instead of wasting my lunch hour writing this review.
Revzilla are always awesome but Anthony needs to have a word with the "powers that be" at Rukka about making this into a suit which is worth what they are asking for it.
By the way, did you know that the flags on the Rukka gear spell out RUKKA in maritime signals? Still not worth all that money though.
December 13, 2013
Great riding pants
Got these and the Armas pants for 3-season riding. Very pleased with the overall quality and fit. See my related Armas jacket review. I have a 36 waist, 38 belly and 31 inseam. The size 54 pants fit fine with extra room in the legs and belly. The length is spot on for my sport-touring riding position, and the pants are comfortable on the bike. I upgraded to the D30 armor and don't really notice it. The suspenders are great. The pants zip into the jacket with a full circumference zipper. While riding in the low 40s recently with just the Outlast liner, my torso got cold but not my legs. Top quality gear. Only downside so far - no zippers for ventilation.
December 10, 2013
Suit of Armor
I've kept a bike in Munich for 22 years. For this year's trip through Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, I bought the Rukka Armas pants and jacket, along with the D30 pads. We had cconsistently the worst riding weather I've experienced in the Alps. Every riding day was a complete washout of torrential rain, high wind, and snow. Snow closed high pass roads earlier than I'd seen them closed. Suffice it to say that I was neither wet nor cold. No water came through the Rukka barrier. The D30 pads were comfortable and comforting. They were no more obtrusive than the OEM protection. Outlast worked to control body temp, though not immediately, and the stretch ProShell was very comfortable. The jacket is sleek. The pants less so. Daughter said it looked like a suit of armor. In a way it is.
November 11, 2013
Top of the line 3 season riding..
I believe anyone looking at these pants will already have a Rukka Jacket. If you've went that far you owe it to yourself to complete the package and add these trousers. "nine feet tall and bullet proof" that pretty much sums up the feeling I have when I pull these bad boys on! They match perfect with any Rukka jacket ESP. The Armas. When you "live" with the Rukka...after some time you will see how it all just works together. All the features are there for a reason. If its rainy and cold...even better.
March 4, 2013
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Anthony M:No... the jacket and pants are both cut 'slim.' I'm not overweight by any stretch, but lift weights and cycle, and had to size up in both the pant and jacket. I originally purchased off the sizing chart, and watched the video, but still had to exchange for one size larger.Feb 22, 2014