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Old 03-30-2011, 04:56 PM   #1
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Rukka for some ADVriders - Gear Discussion/FAQ

Trophy Cycle Apparel welcomes you to the ADV Gear and Discussion thread for Rukka motorcyclingwear.

We are pleased to introduce this reference section for sharing Rukka product information with current clientele and anyone contemplating this truly special gear. For more detailed reviews and tips for enjoying your Rukka check in on this thread periodically. To get things rolling let's start with some FAQs.

Q: What (who) is Rukka?
A: For over 60 years Rukka, based in Lahti, Finland, has developed and manufactured high quality textile and protective clothing. They first presented their Gore-Tex motorcycle apparel at the IFMA Motorbike Show in Cologne in 1986. This year over 27,000 readers of Motorrad, Europe's biggest motorcycle magazine, chose Rukka as "Best Brand of 2011" in the textile apparel category. Their current Rukka Defence & Comfort standards meet the strictest criteria for protection, weather-proofing and riding comfort.

Q: How does Rukka compare to (name your brand)?
A: Trophy Cycle Apparel looks forward to discussing comparisons between Rukka and any gear you'd like to bring to the table. While we do respect and have on many occasions recommended other brand apparel, we're not here to backrub other choices just because they are popular, cheaper or more widely available.

Q: Why does this stuff cost so much?
A: Rukka is expensive but its value substantiated. Besides their extensive R&D, superior fit and function there's a host of key elements - Armacor (Cordura/Kevlar mix), Dupont Cordura AFT, Gore-Tex Pro-Shell, Gore Lockout Closure, AirVantage, Outlast Adaptive Comfort, SuperFabric, the list goes on. Unlike other "eurostyle" gear mass produced in China, Rukka has always done their own manufacturing in their own European factories located in Finland and Portugal. Rukka does not allow indiscriminate discounting among its authorized dealers but closeouts do become available from time to time. We're also aware some buyers perceive better deals outside N.America. Note that warranty issues on those purchases would have to be expedited by that dealer in whatever country they operate (per Rukka corporate). There also may be exchange, shipping, customs, brokerage and tax issues to consider. Since we wish this to be more of a product and feature oriented discussion forgive us if we keep the price comparison talk to a minimum.

Q: Do you carry all the Rukka gear?
A: Given the lower demand and production volume for Rukka it's never been a practical goal. We'd much rather be able to offer sufficient stock and exchanges. Trophy Cycle Apparel also doesn't blindly recommend everything in any brand's catalogue just because they're on our roster. Even premium manufacturers have their share of hits and misses and fortunately none of our vendors have yet to force its entire line on us. To that end we've cherry-picked the best Rukka based on our 12+ years experience. One outfit for fall/winter and another for spring/summer with some seasonal overlap. Currently we offer the Armas and are taking spring preorders for the new Unicorn. Rukka also does more conventional gear at lesser price points but once it gets down to certain parity levels you might as well be shopping other brands.

Q: I'm a ADVrider vendor. May I get in on the discussion?
A: Sure, our colleagues need not feel precluded just because they have a business or an opinion. The more lively and open the talk the less it all devolves into a neverending advertisement. So chime in, speak your mind. We extend all professional courtesy. It's our sandbox but anyone can play.

Trophy Cycle Apparel was one of the original N.American Rukka dealers since our inception in 1999. It has remained our "pick" for the most protective comfortable waterproof gear you can buy. That's why we don't sell its numerous competitors, part and parcel with our never having aspired to the accessory superstore business model. At Trophy Cycle Apparel we simply search out the best possible product in a category and make it our sole recommendation. We are selective, perhaps to a fault, which accounts for Trophy Cycle Apparel having hosted Rukka along with higher-end brands over the years such as Vanson, Schuberth, Held and Vendramini. For immediate off-forum response please call 800-315-9935 or email info@trophycycleapparel.com.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:50 AM   #2
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...Unlike other "eurostyle" gear mass produced in China, Rukka has always done their own manufacturing in their own European factories located in Finland and Portuga...
I have Rukka gloves and they are made in China. Still, the quality is good.
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Old 06-24-2011, 01:33 PM   #3
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Mike, how is the fit on the AiRob? They look kinda "fitted". Are they slimmer cut than say the Armas jacket?

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Old 06-25-2011, 01:09 PM   #4
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kalahari allroad gobi are any of these available? pants and jackets too! thanks!
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:16 PM   #5
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Mike, how is the fit on the AiRob? They look kinda "fitted". Are they slimmer cut than say the Armas jacket?

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Hey BeachMoto, the Airob fits just like the Armas. Not a different or slimmer cut. While the Airob's Cordura AFT airflow fabric has a bit more give, stretch and flexibility, assume you'll be wearing it with minimal clothing.
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:50 PM   #6
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Wow, that Airob looks amazing. The armas always seemed a bit much for our often-hot climate, but it looks hard to find a nicer jacket than the Airob.

Time to start saving, I think.
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Old 06-26-2011, 05:48 PM   #7
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Wow, that Airob looks amazing. The armas always seemed a bit much for our often-hot climate, but it looks hard to find a nicer jacket than the Airob.

Time to start saving, I think.
Well, the Unicorn/AirVision is slightly nicer: the liner is inflatable to provide more insulation. Other than that, as far as I can see (apart from design details), they're identical.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:12 PM   #8
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Hello Mike,
Was curious if you know if the Rukka replacement armor kit will fit in a BMW Trailguard Jacket and Pants. If you think it would I would be interested in buying a set.

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Well, the Unicorn/AirVision is slightly nicer: the liner is inflatable to provide more insulation. Other than that, as far as I can see (apart from design details), they're identical.
The Unicorn/Airvision are NLA, correct?

I did read some folks that felt the inflatable air chambers were unnecessarily bulky. Never tried one in the flesh so I can't say from personal experience, but it seems a little futzy in concept.

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Thanks, Mike. I think there is an AiRob in my future....

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Hey BeachMoto, the Airob fits just like the Armas. Not a different or slimmer cut. While the Airob's Cordura AFT airflow fabric has a bit more give, stretch and flexibility, assume you'll be wearing it with minimal clothing.
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Trophy Cycle Apparel welcomes you to the ADV Gear and Discussion thread for Rukka motorcyclingwear.
Q: Why does this stuff cost so much?
..... Unlike other "eurostyle" gear mass produced in China, Rukka has always done their own manufacturing in their own European factories located in Finland and Portugal..... info@trophycycleapparel.com.
Less than 24 hours into this thread, a poster stated in post #8 that his Rukka gloves said "Made in China," with no response from Trophy Mike. Mike, what about this?
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:52 PM   #12
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rukka quality is phenomenal, and their gear is worth every penny.
+100...best gear ever.

It was about 100 F out when I picked up my new bike from the shop. I was whining about the heat in my leathers. Salesperson said why doncha try this Rukka gear...it's cool in this kinda weather.

I said Yeah right! She said try it...if you don't like it, don't buy it. OK. Rukka'd up, went for spin...hmm, this is real good...just like riding in a t-short and shorts. Made the purchase...yeah, it was pricy, but has been "worth every penny".

Also it's warm in cold weather...and...you never have to stop and put on rain gear. Yeah, it's that good...and it has a 5 year warranty, which I've never used. If I was WB, I'd buy the company.
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:18 AM   #13
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+100...best gear ever.
Yep. My suit has seen many miles and all sorts of weather over the past several seasons. LOVE my Rukka.
I have lost a bunch of weight recently and it is hanging off of me now, so I am shopping for new gear, but having had Rukka, it really makes everything else look...well not nearly as amazing. Nothing else comes close.

So what are the options for the ladies Mike??
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Aramas for Spring/Summer/Fall (some Winter)?

Hello Mike,

I've exchanged a few emails with you this past week about purchasing a size 56 Black Aramas (You should be getting a call from my Wife soon...anniversary present!).

Anyway, I'm wondering if the Aramas is going to be too hot for N California Summers? The temps here in the summer range between 60-80 degrees, and I was hoping that by removing the inner layer and opening the vents I would stay cool. Is this going to work, or is this too much jacket? Mind you I also need a jacket that can handle Spring and Fall, which can range between rain and 35 degrees, and a sunny 70.

Also, I appear to be on the cusp of two jacket sizes. My chest measurement is 43", just under the armpits and across the broadest part of my chest. Is it better to go with the slightly larger 56 or go with the 54, which I would assume is going to fit rather snug if these jackets fit true to size?

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Old 04-02-2011, 01:53 PM   #15
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Hello Mike,

I've exchanged a few emails with you this past week about purchasing a size 56 Black Aramas (You should be getting a call from my Wife soon...anniversary present!).

Anyway, I'm wondering if the Aramas is going to be too hot for N California Summers? The temps here in the summer range between 60-80 degrees, and I was hoping that by removing the inner layer and opening the vents I would stay cool. Is this going to work, or is this too much jacket? Mind you I also need a jacket that can handle Spring and Fall, which can range between rain and 35 degrees, and a sunny 70.

Also, I appear to be on the cusp of two jacket sizes. My chest measurement is 43", just under the armpits and across the broadest part of my chest. Is it better to go with the slightly larger 56 or go with the 54, which I would assume is going to fit rather snug if these jackets fit true to size?

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Hey Hubbman, the Armas with thermal lining out should be fine at 80 degrees. Besides upper chest venting it has TFL Cool Black on the outside and Outlast PCM inside to take off some of the heat edge. Note, even with all this temperature control the Armas is not a summer garment. No solid textile jacket is no matter how inflated the sales pitch. Rukka runs true to size (add 10 pts to your US size). You could wear the 54 but if you have a bit of a midsection or prefer a fuller fit go to the next size. Check what consistent US size you are in other outerwear. As usual bulky clothing underneath is not necessary or recommended. Kudos to the good wife for making this a gift rather than more gear to hide from her.
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