Rukka Cosmic Jacket
Looks great but just one early downside
The jacket looks and feels great. I haven't been on the bike with it yet so I'll have to update the review later but there's thing that really bothers me. The video that convinced me to buy the jacket mentions that it comes from Finland (and all the workmanship and quality that it implies) but the tag on the jacket states that it actually comes from China !!! This is a real turnoff for me and I'll have to decide whether or not to return the jacket.
October 15, 2015
Professional Quality Gear
I got these for more off road protection then on road riding but they turned out great for both.
I combined them with a pair of Cosmic trousers; both work well together. I am 5”7” and 185. I’m 113 cm (44.5”) at the widest part of the chest. Rukka size chart indicated I would need a 56, but I got a 52 based on the fit of a friends Rukka Armaxis. The 52 fits perfectly on me with some room for layering. Your results might vary but 52 to 56 is a big difference on the size chart. I feel these jackets run a bit large.
Overall the jacket is a bit stiff until it’s broken in but still allows free movement while on the bike. The pockets are good but a bit small. They are well placed and I can open and close them intuitively due to their placement. The liner is easy to remove and put back in. One caution is that if you wear a large watch it might get hung up on the Velcro closure for the elbow pads when you slide your arm in the sleeve.
Vents work well. I wear a Leatt GPX 5.5 and it just touches the inside edge of the opening of the shoulder vents but does not obstruct air flow. I also noticed that when you open the back vent you really get the full benefit of air flow. If you just open the front vents very little air flows into the jacket, something to consider.
A few small gripes: The neoprene neck liner sometimes hits my Adams apple when the neck strap is cinched up. It is a bit annoying but totally livable and relieved with a slight adjustment. The internal zipper and elastic band attaches easily to the trousers but can also cause a problem; standing on the pegs it’s very comfortable, but when you’re in the saddle for a long time it will cause the trousers to ride up into your crotch. I think the elastic that attaches the jacket to trouser should be a bit longer. Might be my stocky build though.
Overall great quality and comfort. Perfect for off road with a lot of standing on the pegs. Good for wet weather in the saddle, always keeps me dry. Motor Përgjithmonë!
June 3, 2015
Worth Every Penny
I have worn many jackets over the years. Klim, Revit etc etc and all have in their way been very good. This jacket was very expensive, there is no question about it but for the money it truly delivers. I am tall and skinny so like the Euro fit - the Klim while very good did not work for me and now that Revit has gone to a more North American fit - that too does not work the way I would like. The jacket is wonderful in every way. Perfectly waterproof and functional. This jacket is for sure a 3 season jacket with it being on the hot side for summer. I can ride comfortably in a t-shirt up to about 25c. I cant say too much about finish and materials except that they are what you would expect of a $1500 jacket. My only complaint and one that Rukka has fixed in the new jackets is the lack of a cuff strap. Rukka did this for a few seasons and I get it as they are snug without but I like to cinch off the draft. I added a simple nylon strap to the last bit of cuff and it looks like it was meant to be there - does minimal affect to the waterproofing and makes the jacket perfect. Highly recommend this jacket.
December 23, 2014
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