Mind-bend­ingly ex­pen­sive win­ter kit packs the best in pro­tec­tion and tech­nol­ogy

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

You need to be se­ri­ous about win­ter rid­ing to splash out a grand on a jacket, but Rukka’s new range-top­per is made with very se­ri­ous rid­ers in mind. The Navigatorr, which goes on sale in March, is made from Gore­Tex’s Pro outer shell ma­te­rial with ex­tra strength com­ing from Ar­ma­cor abra­sion-re­sis­tant ma­te­rial that com­bines Kevlar and Cor­dura.

The Gore-tex mem­brane it­self is lam­i­nated to the back of the outer ma­te­rial so it is more ef­fec­tive than the tra­di­tional Gore-tex Per­for­mance mem­brane when it comes to re­pelling wa­ter and dry­ing out fast.

As well as Gore-tex through­out the main con­struc­tion, there are in­ner cuffs made from the ma­te­rial to fur­ther bol­ster rain de­fences and there’s a de­tach­able Gore-tex col­lar that’s made from stretch ma­te­rial for max­i­mum pro­tec­tion from the wet stuff.

In­su­la­tion comes from a re­mov­able ther­mal lin­ing that com­bines 60g of ther­mal wadding with Out­last tem­per­a­ture-reg­u­lat­ing ma­te­rial, which stores body heat when there’s an ex­cess and can re­lease it when the body needs to ab­sorb it back.

There’s a com­plete set of ar­mour, in­clud­ing a full Ce-ap­proved back pro­tec­tor, which comes from Bri­tish com­pany D3O, and there’s also a pocket to ac­cept a nar­rower spine pro­tec­tor if the rider wants less pad­ding around the back.

One of the only is­sues with the Pro mem­brane is the in­abil­ity to re­move it for rid­ing in hot weather, so the zip-up vents on the Navigatorr are cru­cial to help­ing keep the rider cool in sum­mer. There are two on the front and one on each side with long zips to bring in cool­ing air when re­quired.

Two of the four ex­ter­nal pock­ets are wa­ter­proof, as are both in­ter­nal pock­ets in­clud­ing one that’s de­signed to stow away a phone.

The fi­nal mat­ter that helps tip hard­core rid­ers to­wards the Fin­nish brand is Rukka’s lengthy war­ranty – UK buy­ers get six years of cover for any­thing go­ing wrong, which re­as­sures high-mileage rid­ers. Even the col­lar has Gore-tex, plus you get wa­ter­proof pock­ets and D30 ar­mour

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