RUKKA NAVIGATORR £929.99
Mind-bendingly expensive winter kit packs the best in protection and technology
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.