Originally Posted by Jim Williams
Good info, Mike.
I don't know if you have Rukka's ear, but I've never gotten too serious about Rukka because they don't make what, to me, is a 4 season suit. Yes, always a compromise!
I had a APR2, but sold it off. I just don't like mesh thanks to dehydration. That may be a personal issue!
None of the other suits have enough venting. It almost seems like Rukka is forcing one to buy two of their suits to cover all bases.
Yes, the "Cordura" line looks nice, but 500d really isn't enough protection to justify the high price.
Do you know if Rukka has any plans to make a Armacor suit with TONS of venting to truly cover all bases? That is the thing Klim has done with the Adventure suit and appears to be doing with the Badlands. It will sell well for that reason.
4-season is a tall order but Rukka gets closer than most. Your old APR2 has since upgraded to the APR3, AirVision, and now the new Unicorn
. It features AirVantage adjustable insulation that adds or substracts air to its inflatable chambers (you blow into a tube, no air compressor required) allowing what would be a summer garment to work down to 40fh. The Unicorn
outer jacket is a Dupont tight-knit Cordura AFT that flows air freely and not the wide open mesh more commonly seen with other manufacturers. The Armas
will never be a summer outfit though its use of Outlast PCM (featured in most of the better Rukka gear) takes a bit of the heat edge off. Note that the Armas
is not straight Cordura but Armacor Kevlar/Cordura blend offering the best of both materials. Always appreciate your high standards Jim.