Glove review: Rukka Apollo

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Rukka Apollo gloves £159.99
Miles covered/time:
1000/two months

What’s good? Gloves that can keep you comfortable as temperatures soar yet keep your hands dry when the heavens open have to be good.

Rukka has pulled off this clever trick by bonding Gore-Tex to the leather, making the Apollos both waterproof and breathable.

You don’t get the chunky plastic vents or perforated leather seen on many summer gloves, but that hasn’t been too much of a problem despite the tropical conditions we’ve had at times this year.

Yes, vented gloves would be cooler, but my hands haven’t suffered for not having them. Feel for the controls is excellent – the gloves took hardly any time to break in – and a strap which wraps right around your wrist ensures a secure fit.

Your cash also buys you reflective patches on the fingers, a visor wipe strip and hard knuckle armour plus carbon protection for the heel of your hand.

What’s not? These are easily the most expensive gloves I’ve worn in almost two decades of motorcycling (this is more of an observation than a criticism because they are rather superb).

The cuff is a little on the short side, it’s ideal for wearing under a jacket cuff but not so good if you desire a generous overlap if you are wearing the gloves on the outside.

Sizes come, rather confusingly, in 7-13 rather than the S-XL we’re more used to in Blighty so, if you can, try before you buy.

Rating: 4/5

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Simon Brown

By Simon Brown

MCN Senior Production Editor