Rukka Flexina Riding Suit
Over an 8,000-mile assessment on and off road in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, the elements have had relentless opportunity to throw every kind of abuse imaginable at the Rukka Flexina. I tested the suit in conditions ranging from sandblasting gusts on the Baja Peninsula, sleet in Kanab, and downpours that froze on impact en route to Flagstaff, and in temperatures as low as a nippy 19°F to the record-setting heat of Furnace Creek, California.
The Finnish-made suit offers a European fit that works with my petite contours. It’s anything but masculine. Heck, it’s stylish, and the comments and inquiries I’ve received about it indicate that. Before acquiring the suit, I submitted 17 measurements from neck to ankle to ensure the best off-the-peg fit using Rukka’s sizing chart. Whether I’m standing on the foot pegs or sitting, the jacket fits perfectly. And Rukka has gone to considerable lengths in the cut, fit and fastenings.
The devil is always in the details for me when it comes to riding gear and with this suit the seams throughout are strong, the neoprene collar adds comfort and the plastic zippers are quick to open and close. Adjustable fastenings on the cuffs prevent unwanted drafts, as does the jacket’s inner zipper and removable neck gaiter (the storm collar), made from an elastic GORE-TEX Stretch three-layer laminate material.
The premium feature for me is the breathable, waterproof Z-Liner, a GORE-TEX membrane fixed into the suit. The suit avoids absorbing moisture at all times, and no weatherproof liners or outer shells are required, which means less stuff to haul.
As suits go, this one is geared slightly more for spring, autumn and winter riding. Comfort levels were taxed in temperatures around 100°F where a better ventilated, if not a lighter colored mesh suit/motocross exoskeletal system would better suit such extreme conditions. Granted, it’s nigh on impossible to achieve a suit akin to a one-stop shop for all environments.
For cooler conditions, the suit comes with detachable quilted liners for the jacket and pants, with 60 grams of plush insulation and Outlast fabric for temperature regulation. For me, the Flexina came into its own in cold, windy conditions, particularly on long, unforgiving days in the saddle during Canada’s springtime.
The Rukka AirCushion on the inside of the pants provides a climate buffer and, with the Antiglide trim system of Keprotec on the outside seating area, facilitates both a comfy ride and a secure hold in the saddle.
The Flexina is crammed with securely fastened D3O Air back and limb protectors. The integrated armor and the laminated reflective detailing on the front, back, upper arms and pants all project excellent visibility, especially for night riding.
Maximum protection and functionality are highly evident in the Flexina without compromising on fit, which makes it a joy to wear, ride and maneuver in. Fully featured with a close fit, it will appeal to many, no matter the riding style. Without fuss, it leaves me cool and fairly well ventilated in warm conditions—the cooling capacity being the only minor reservation I have when in searing temperatures. Or, come inclement conditions, it keeps me consistently wind-proofed, toasty and dry.
The Flexina doesn’t just weather-seal the body, it offers daylong comfort for three-season riding along with a style and cut that actually leave you looking and feeling like a woman motorcyclist. For me, that’s the icing on the cake. MSRP: Jacket—$599 | Pants—$599 Rukka.com
|▲ 100% weatherproof||▼ Limited ventilation in hot temperatures|
|▲ A figure-flattering European fit||▼ Few options for plus-size riders
|▲ Excellent protection|
|▲ Rugged materials and construction throughout|
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