Rukka Argo jacket, £799.99 and Argonaut trousers, £599.99
Tester: Tim Thompson
Time tested: 1100 miles/seven months
What’s good? The essence of the Argo/Argonaut combi is lightness and simplicity. Despite its showcase Gore Lockout toothless zip and Kevlar-reinforced Armacor crash panels and Gore-Tex Pro Shell laminate construction, it’s the way the Argo fits when sitting on the bike that stands out. For a year-round weatherproof jacket the absence of bulk is remarkable. It’s also cut short at the front, thus avoiding rucking up and lap puddles, and long at the back, ensuring good trouser overlap on a sportsbike. Minimalist design makes this a jacket with virtually no niggles. You put it on, you go for a ride; and you don’t even think about it again until you take it off. I’m still to use it during a deep freeze or on a proper 500-mile-plus ride, though the downpours of early winter were barely registered.
What’s not? The jacket’s removable thermal lining isn’t overly snug but three-point adjustable sleeves and a generous cut allow layering up to compensate, and the neoprene collar is half an inch too tall and interferes slightly with my helmet in the sportsbike riding position. That’s it so far. To justify its £1400 price, however, this clobber will have to perform through spring and summer as well as autumn and winter – and keep on doing so for years to come.
Quality rating 5/5
Value rating 3/5