Rukka Imatra Gore-Tex Gloves
Style, comfort, warmth
I have about 100 miles on these gloves , or should I say , my hands do,,,, and I give 4 fingers and 1 thumb up. Quality , top notch, fit superb as this company offers a lot of sizes. I had to send back from original size to get a size bigger but Revzilla took care of it with ease . Once summer hits I believe the gloves may be too warm as they have used nice thick leather in making these but no biggie, just store them away in your side bag and switch to a lighter glove. I got the black and yellow and the extra "viz" is styling' and with good visibility during hand signals. As in good boots , you get what you pay for , these gloves retain the same quality.
April 13, 2015
My "Go-To" winter glove for 40 to 55 degrees - pouring rain included
I rode these for 90% of my winter commuting rain or fog (no shine in Seattle). They pair nicely with heated grips and allow heat in and do a decent job preserving it. They never let my hands get wet even though I always wore them over the jacket cuffs. I was and am really pleased with the minimum bulk and great armor/protection. If you have the means, I highly recommend them. For what it's worth, the days I did not wear these, I wore my Held Twins (two chamber with the monkey fur). I only preferred the Held's on the coldest days (they are substantially more bulky so I saved them for below 40 degree days). If I could only keep one or the other, I'd keep the Rukka's in this mild climate. Both were equally waterproof, by the way.
March 30, 2015
Excellent gloves for their intended use
The quality of these gloves is top notch! The Outlast phase change insulation works as advertised IF you give it a chance - and if you understand its design. An example from my own experience: as the outside temperature warmed from the 50s to mid-60s the gloves began to feel too warm. But, within a few minutes (almost suddenly) they were VERY comfortable again. My hands were not sweaty, nor cold, nor hot - they were perfectly comfortable. That is an example of the Outlast material working. I am officially a fan!
The gloves are bit on the bulky side as one would expect for an insulated glove with GoreTex lining. The leather is thick yet pliable given the amount of protective features (which are many). Before going out, it helps to have these gloves pre-warmed, either by laying them in the direct sun or near a heater.
I would rate these for 'mild winter' to spring use (50 - 78 F) and as a rain glove in the summer. I am currently riding without a windshield of any kind, so everything is in the full wind, and my hands generally get cold easily,
I expect to get many seasons use out of these. My experience is that (generally) you get what you pay for with motorcycle gear, and these are worth the price.
March 29, 2015
Great fit, very comfortable, good quality
Ive had these for a couple of weeks in the Seattle area in December, used with a BMW F800gs. My average ride has been in the 40's with at least some moisture. I've had them in one solid all out down poor. So far, they've kept me dry without any leaks. The short visor wiper is stiff and works very well for me. I think if it was longer it would lose its shape over time. The fit of the this glove is amazing! It is a very substancial glove but feels less cumbersome on my hand than most summer gloves. My one tiny gripe is that the touch finger pads don't work for me. This could be due to either my life proof case (someone buying goretex gloves should be expected to use a waterproof case) or my fingers not being tight enough at the tip. It's a small gripe but a pricey glove so..... Still I love the feel and protection of these gloves. Note: the temp balancing material seems to negate my heated grips a bit. I might have to start using a thin pair of liners for riding in the 30's.
December 29, 2014
Great glove, fits well and is loaded with features
I'll start with fitment. I have short fingers, so I tend to buy gloves a size or two down. With Rukka gloves, a size 8 is a snug fit for my palm, but still a bit long in the fingers (for comparison, the size 8 fits similar to an Alpinestar small). Because of this, the index finger touch screen pad works only sometimes, but works great on the thumb.
Next up is warmth. I have a short commute to work (<2 miles), but even riding in sub-30-degree conditions for half an hour my hands stayed comfortable. Any longer than that and I'd recommend heated grips. The Gore-Tex liner is great, and the Outlast layer does an amazing job of preventing drastic changes in temperature.
As far as features go, the protection is great, the visor wipe could stand to be wider, the touch screen capability is a nice perk, and the Gore-Tex and Outlast layers do their job just as well as you'd expect for the premium price.
One thing I would like to note is the pull tabs have given me issues, and I would highly recommend against using them. Within a month of ownership, one pull tab popped right off, and on the other glove the outer layer of the glove began to tear where the pull tab is stitched on. Aside from that, these are great gloves and I would definitely recommend them for a 3-season/cold weather glove.
November 16, 2014
Feature rich but at $250 you expect and don't quite get perfection
Pros: The glove is feature rich and on that basis alone sets a very high bar. Great tactile feel -particularly for a winter glove. Comfortable and offers high level of protection (though greatfully not actually tested by me.)
Cons: After 20 minutes of riding in 40 degree weather, finger tips were getting cold. Built in rain wiper on right index finger was too small.
Really good glove, but for the money you expect -and don't quite get- perfection. Shout out to my sales associate Joe, whose courteous, patient professionalism was exceeded only by his product knowledge.
November 15, 2014
The gloves fit well and are well made. They are waterproof and keep my hands warm into the 30s with glove liners.
November 11, 2014
It's OK but not noteworthy
Rode with this glove on a couple of trips in the 40s and 50s. The glove kept my hands comfortable for about 20min but after that it was chilly fingers for the rest of the trip. My overall trip length was about an 1 1/2 hours of riding through the two lane roads, city traffic, and on the highway.
The fit of the glove is good and it provides a good tactile feel of the controls. The stitching is OK but I don't think the glove will last more than two seasons. I was hoping that the 'Outlast' technology would keep my hands comfortable for an entire trip but that was wishful thinking. Funny, 'Outlast' doesn't last an entire trip.
As far as being windproof, I didn't feel the wind flowing through the glove so I guess that counts as windproof. I hadn't ridden in the rain yet so I can't vouch for waterproof side of things.
Overall, for $250, the glove under performs and I will not be purchasing the gloves again.
November 10, 2014