Rukka Cosmic Jacket
Finest Jacket I've Ever Tried
I have been riding for 35 years in the PNW, so I have had an assortment of Gore-Tex all weather gear, nothing compares to Rukka. It really is that good.
1st, the fit is fantastic. I will note that Anthony and crew advise going one size smaller than normal in their videos, but I disagree. I am 5'11", 185 pounds with a 42" chest and the size 52 fits perfectly. I initially ordered a size 50 as advised in the videos which was too tight in the shoulders and too short in the sleeves.
2nd, the quality of the materials and construction are noticeably better than any competitor. The materials just plain old "feel better". Less stiff and "synthetic" feeling than anything else available. It would be like comparing the polyester fabric in an early 70's "Leisure Suit" to one of todays fine synthetic blends. The construction really is "bombproof" as Anthony advertises. Double stitching is used extensively and each row of stitching is consistently the same distance apart throughout the garment.
3rd, Fashion???? Between the fit and the quality, people just notice this jacket. My wife comments, more than once, about how good it looks on me. She never has mentioned that about any of my other gear. My long time riding Buddy who has never mentioned my appearance one way or the other in the last ten years said, "Wow, nice jacket" as soon as I got my helmet off.
4, Function Lets be honest, I'm a guy who lives on a bike in a place where it rains a lot. I am looking for weather protection and comfort above all else. I will agree that this is not the most ventilated jacket on the planet, but that is the trade off I am willing to accept to have the Gore-Tex made into the outer shell versus in a removable liner. In reality I can comfortably wear the jacket in temperatures up to about 85F, any warmer than that and I am riding without a jacket. Yep, that's right, I am not ATGATT. So with that knowledge I want to share a usage tip that helps in warm weather.....the excellent fit and the belt allow you to ride with the jacket unzipped down to belt level giving you one large center vent, two shoulder vents and the back vent. Yes, I'm sure this isn't as safe this way so use your own judgement.
On a final note, my wife and I were both so impressed by quality of this jacket that we ordered a new Rukka jacket for her as well..... though we had to order it from Europe because Revzilla does not stock the ladies version she wanted, the Belle.
September 6, 2014
Feature packed. Massive amounts of protection.
This jacket is indeed 'bomb proof'. The D30 armour is HUGE. You definitely feel like you have some decent protection should you ever came off your ride.
It feels very light when wearing it and is generally very comfortable.
The collar is very high. Great for keeping the elements out, but could be very uncomfortable if you had the wrong size.
Totally wind and waterproof. Venting is minimal, so definitely for winter. No summer riding with this one.
June 2, 2014
Lifetime Investment & Total Protection
Just got my Rukka Cosmic Jacket- only worn it a couple times, so first impressions only for now.
Fit & finish: fits like a glove, feels great, tho it's a heavy jacket. Probably will take a while to break in but when it does, it'll be even better. Stiff and bulky out of the box. Kinda have to riggle my way into it- the sleeve liners are a tight fit around the wrist- I guess to keep the elements out. I expect this to loosen somewhat over time? Details are excellent & well conceived. The neck gaiter works really well in cooler weather, and zips off easily for warmer temps. This jacket does NOT have the GTX brand "closures", it has zippers, so it remains to be seen how well storm flaps etc work. Probably will be fine- as all Rukka's past gear has always had zippers. There are some reflective details here, and the pockets are all easily accessible. Everything appears really well thought out.
Outlast liner: feels good, worn in temps in low 50s/high 40s (F) with only a T-shirt and light weight long sleeve, I was completely warm within. The Outlast liner only comes to above the waist tho- doesn't come down the full length of the jacket. the liner is claimed to be OK for use up to high 70s/ low 80s (F) so we'll see how it goes, liner easily zips out for warmer weather.
Rain protection: My EU & UK friends who wear Rukka swear by it- I've heard the GTX properties last forever or nearly so- much better than some other brands' gear- no need to re-treat the jacket to keep it water proof. However, I'm trying to sort GTX gloves- not certain if short-cuff gloves for under the outer shell sleeves, or longer gauntlet type gloves for over the sleeves are gonna be better in terms of rain protection...
Overall impressions: First rate gear well worth the money. I see this as a long term investment in safety and comfort. The Cosmic feels good and fits well in every way. In the wind, it doesn't even budge- you don't feel anything. At all. It's like a suit of armor- which, I guess that's the point.
Bottom line: I'm gearing up to all GoreTex stuff to replace all the bits and bobs - rain gear, over mitts, extra cold weather neck wear etc. The idea being I get better protection from less stuff; no need to stop somewhere on a journey to change gear up in case of inclement weather or temp swings.
The Cosmic Jacket is the 1st piece of my new gear set. I expect it'll last me a lifetime. It's like buying any other "tool"- you can spend the $$$ for ONE really good one, or settle for cheaper junk you'll replace again and again.
Rukka = 1 & done.
March 14, 2014