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 firstname.lastname@example.org.