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Rukka Apollo Gore-Tex X-Trafit Gloves

Posted By John Rector #132206, Sunday, June 3, 2018

While attending the MOA Getaway in Tomah, Wisconsin, last fall I had the opportunity to try out a pair Rukka Apollo Gore-Tex X-Trafit gloves. The three-season gloves were good-looking, had a semi-short cuff and were unvented. The term X-Trafit refers to Rukka’s method of keeping the liner inside the glove when you remove your hand.

The weather during the Getaway weekend was beautiful and sunny, with temperatures starting out in the upper 30’s and warming up to the mid 50s during the afternoon. I thought these gloves would be perfect for the weather we had that weekend.

The first thing I noticed about these gloves was the quality. All seams were finely and seemingly carefully stitched, and the leather was of excellent quality and weight with no observable blemishes whatsoever on any of the sections. The leather had a very substantial feel to it and told you these were clearly quality gloves.

The fit with a large was very good, although I normally wear a size XL, so this particular glove was a little short in the fingers and a bit tight across the back of the hand for me. Nevertheless, I wore them most of the day on Saturday, switching them back and forth with my trusty BMW summer vented leather gloves to compare the dexterity, quality, fit, warmth and comfort. On that particular Saturday, since my BMW gloves were vented, these Rukka gloves were considerably warmer and more comfortable than mine.

The Rukka Apollo Gore-Tex X-Trafit gloves have some very nice features that I wish I had on my gloves. For instance, in addition to the customary hard knuckle protection for your largest knuckles, they also have hard protection for the next set of knuckles for your third, fourth and fifth fingers. There is a flexible and expandable piece of material just above the wrist that provides some additional comfort and movement, and the thumb finger has a very handy raised visor wipe. I especially liked the hard protection for the meaty part of your palm on the underside of the glove. My BMW gloves have only a slightly thicker piece of leather at this location. In the event of a fall, I believe the Rukka gloves would provide much more protection for my hands.

The hook and loop strap at the wrist was large enough to securely tighten the gloves across my wrist. Since the cuff was a little longer than a summer short-cuff glove, I was able to cinch up the jacket and glove to keep cold air from blowing up my sleeve. So what are my impressions of the Rukka Apollo Gore-Tex X-Trafit gloves? Well, after putting them to the test for a full day in cool weather, even though they were a size smaller than I would prefer, I was sufficiently impressed that I decided to buy a pair for myself, only this time in a size XL.

The Rukka Apollo Gore-Tex X-Trafit gloves carry an MSRP of $199.

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