Review for Rynox Air GT Motorcycle Jacket
Cost: 5550.00 INR or approx $85 USD
Over the past 18 months I’ve had the chance to ride in many different countries around the world. Each country is host to its own individual set of allures and challenges. I’ve chosen these places as FLY AND RIDE destinations where I would arrive in country by plane with one small backpack then hire a bike to discover the country on two wheels. When everything goes according to plan I’m completely out of comfort zone, just the way I like it!
In my opinion there are two types of people in this world. People who talk a big game and those who get on the field and play. I know where I belong, and its on the field. I play in the rain, mud and the sand. I battle the stickiest heat you have every felt and I shiver through bone chilling cold temperatures so dry they will take your breath away. Doing all this on a motorcycle also means that I sometimes sacrifice my personal safety in order to take THAT epic ride. This is a trade-off I accept but I DO NOT take lightly. Proper riding gear is VERY important. We are lucky to be riders in a highly competitive market full of different options for virtually every situation. I rode from Mumbai to Leh Ladakh over 21 days where I dealt with almost every type of weather situation imaginable. On this ride I was wearing the Rynox Air GT jacket, and here are my thoughts…
What I Liked:
-On the Bike; While riding the jacket seemed to work as designed. For me the sleeve length was good. Ballistic pads were covering what they should and moved with me well while managing to stay in place for protection. Wind protection and comfort was above average for most of the ride.
-Off the Bike; ADV motorcycling is more than just riding down the road. It’s spending a good bit of time off the bike too. I’m always off the bike discovering the countries natural beauty and wandering markets interacting with people or just searching for that EPIC SNAP SHOT. I felt very comfortable in this jacket and I was impressed with its overall range. Most situations I found myself leaving it on, which is a huge time saver over the course of a day!!
-Great Ballistic Coverage, including back pad; In my opinion ballistics are a must in every motorcycle jacket. Its an inconvenient truth to know at some point you will come off the bike while in motion, the result will be an impact. WEAR BALLISTICS, enough said.
-Low light visible; I was very pleased with the reflective properties of the jacket. If you must ride in the dark you need to make every effort for people to see you. I only rode in the dark a few times but I was more comfortable knowing my visibility was enhanced.
What could be better:
-Very large midsection of the jacket; I’m 6’1″ (185 centimeters) and 170 lbs (77 kilos) and I have a 32 inch waistline. I was wearing an XL size jacket as this was my only option from the dealer. The arm length while riding was good but the jacket was VERY LARGE and bulky around my midsection. While on the colder sections of the ride I noticed air coming in which impacted my ability to stay warm.
-No waterproof pocket; I spent days in the rain. Hard rain, light rain, sideways rain, rain seeming to be going up towards to skies. In these situations I know I’m going to get wet, it happens and I don’t really worry about it. I do however, really enjoy when a jacket has a waterproof pocket where I can safely carry my cell phone or other small electronic device. Although these pockets may stay dry on VERY SHORT rides in the rain I found them to leak on my longer rides. The zippers were not welded and I believe upgrading them to welded zippers would help keep water out.
-No Hydration Pocket option; Riding on a motorcycle you are much more susceptible to dehydration. The wind seems to suck the water right out of your body. The addition of a hydration pocket would allow the rider to decide whether to take a water bladder or not. When I think about spending days at high altitudes proper hydration is imperative. Being able to drink water while rolling down the road is a massive benefit to stay ahead of the dehydration curve.
The Rynox Air GT Jacket out performed my expectation. Long rides can be a endless battle against fatigue and I feel like the jacket helped mitigate my fatigue on a daily basis. This jacket provides a very wide range in the way of comfort and protection. The ability of the Air GT to keep me warm on the snowy days and cool on the very hot days was impressive. I enjoyed the mobility of the jacket while off the bike allowing me to roam quite freely, without having the feeling of too much bulk. I would have enjoyed a hydration option with the jacket but that certainly didn’t keep me from enjoying the ride. Happily, I did NOT have a chance to test out the ballistic pads as I stayed on the bike for the whole ride!
Considering the current cost of the jacket and it wide availability I would recommend it to both new and seasoned riders. Its a perfect jacket for day or weekend rides. I would also recommend the Rynox Air GT jacket for extended trips to someone who rides as a minimalist and focuses more on the adventure and tries to keep additional “stuff” to a minimum. The fact is, riding from Mumbai to Leh Ladakh will in push you, your bike and all your gear to their limits. Now ask yourself, “How can I truly have an adventure if I never leave my comfort zone?” ADV ON!