Up close and personal with the fingers. 

Up close and personal with the fingers. 

REVIEW OF THE RUKKA APOLLO GORE-TEX GLOVES

  • MSRP $199
  • Sizes 6-14 (XS-5XL)
  • Leather construction
  • Top touch sensitivity for perfect control with Gore-Tex X-Trafit technology aka Phone Friendly!
  • X-Trafit combines the inner lining, waterproof membrane and the outer shell and securely attaches the 3 together
  • Fully waterproof and windproof and extremely breathable
  • Carbon fiber knuckle protection with leather overlay
  • Carbon fiber palm slider protection
  • Shield wiper on left thumb
  • Reflective striping on fingers
  • The Rukka warranty is valid for 2 (two) years from the date of purchase against faults in material or workmanship
  • Where to Buy: Revzilla.com
  • Sample provided by GearChic.com
  • Review date: November 2015

Overview

I was so excited when I first bought these gloves. They actually fit my tiny hands! I’ve been wanting a pair of Xtrafit gloves for a long time. As you might know, I absolutely love Gore-Tex. The membrane is breathable, waterproof and adjusts to changing temperatures. The beauty of these gloves is that the membrane is perfectly attached to the leather so you don’t pull the lining out when you pull your hands out of the gloves! It’s also easy to put them on because you’re not fussing with the lining to make sure the fingers line up.

I’m also not a fan of heavy winter gloves. My options are limited as is, given how small my hands are which doesn’t make things any easier. I much prefer using heated grips instead of heavier, bulky gloves.

These are pretty much what I’ve been looking for as a winter glove, even though they do NOT have insulation (Thermaloft, Primaloft, Thinsulate, etc.). If my hands were bigger I’d actually get a pair of these Rain Clouds by Held instead because they are insulated on the top but thinner on the palms to feel heated grips.

I know what you’re wondering. Why would I spend $200 on winter gloves? Well, here are some reasons:

  • XTRAFIT Membrane. Remember how annoying it is when you start sweating and you need to pull your hands out of your gloves? But the lining starts to separate and then it’s hell to get them back in?
  • Gore-Tex Membrane. Windproof, waterproof, breathable. I know what you’re thinking, eventually these gloves will leak. But you know what? I can call Gore-Tex and tell them, “Hey, my gloves are leaking. They’re still in good shape but the membrane is failing.” They will examine them and see if their technology failed, the lifetime warranty will cover their failure. Overall, you will typically pay at least $130 for Gore-Tex riding gloves. Add the Xtrafit membrane, and now you have at minimum, a $199 glove.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty from Rukka. Rukka is a high end brand from Finland. They make the warmest winter motorcycle gear on the planet. Rugged, durable, ridiculously warm. "The Rukka warranty is valid for 2 (two) years from the date of purchase against faults in material or workmanship"
  • Protection and Quality. The large palm sliders on each hand are a plus, I hate wearing gloves without any protection there. I’ve slid in my Racers and the palm sliders absolutely came in handy that day. The leather is also very soft, and comfortable (after breaking them in). I’ve been wearing them throughout the summer in wet conditions, and temperatures below 70 degrees. I also really like the 3M Reflective stripes on the fingers.

I've also worn these in the pouring rain and in hot hot weather on my last few trips to West Virginia and North Carolina. They are the perfect option to wear the lightest possible waterproof glove that will also breathe, breathe, breathe. Because it's impossible to get venting and waterproofing at the same time in a glove, all while being protected! And of course, they kept my hands perfectly dry. 

I now wear these as my go to glove for cool, winter weather and hot, wet summer weather. They're the most versatile pair of riding gloves I've ever owned. And did I forget to mention they were smartphone friendly? :-) The thumb, index and middle fingers on both hands are friendly. I didn't test the ring or pinky fingers though. 

After a nice wet ride while in Virginia

After a nice wet ride while in Virginia

Fit

So how do these fit? Well, as with many European brands, they fit narrow. That’s why I can wear a 6 even though it’s a men’s glove. One problem that many women face with men’s gloves is that although you may fit the length or width of the glove, you’ll most likely never fill the ‘meat’ of the palm. It’ll almost always be a bit baggy. I’m very particular about my gear, and gloves in general. I want everything to fit neat, almost perfect. No baggy zones, no bunching. As a petite woman, I am not a fan of clothing or gear that’s 1-2 sizes too big. When it comes to riding my motorcycle, I want and need my gear to fit right so it’s less distracting.

I mentioned above that my palms are slightly wider so I can’t wear the ladies version of this glove, the Vilma. I would’ve absolutely gotten them instead but my palms just weren’t happy in them.

I'll be honest, when I first go them they were incredibly tight. I was worried they would be too small. But they broke in quite a bit and now are perfectly comfortable. As with all new gear, especially gloves and helmets, I recommend wearing them around the house for ~30 minutes and just see what happens. That way you can probably return the items, depending on the store's return policy

So why should you buy these? If you want a real waterproof glove, that's lightweight (not insulated) and has the most breathability while keeping you dry. I think this is the hardest thing for me to get used to here, wet weather and humidity at the same time. I've never had to deal with this, since rainy weather always meant cold weather. But these gloves would make for a great year round riding glove in a cooler overall climate like San Francisco, or perhaps somewhere with milder summer/winter temperatures.