Noru Kuki Mesh Jacket Review [Summer Motorcycle Apparel]

Nothing beats airflow when it comes to staying cool on a hot summer day, and the Noru Kuki Mesh Jacket perfectly combines comfort and functionality. Some mesh motorcycle jackets are almost exclusively mesh. While this provides maximum airflow and is the best choice for the hottest days, fully mesh jackets are uncomfortable. With no shaping panels, the jacket clings to you, flapping endlessly at highway speeds.Noru Kuki Mesh Jacket Review: MSRPThe Noru Kuki Mesh Jacket has just the right amount of stiffer non-mesh 600 denier nylon panels to keep the jacket’s shape even when you’re cruising down the highway. The large mesh panels of the Kuki are found on the chest and upper arms, with the stiffer material – which still breathes – on the shoulders and forearms.Two-button adjusters on each forearm and bicep, plus hook-and-loop straps on either side of the waist, allow for some customization of the fit. The hook and loop is also used at the top and bottom of the main zipper, mainly to camouflage the zipper. I’m a tall guy, and the Noru Kuki this size just about fits me – I certainly didn’t get the size wrong. There’s no restraint or restriction of movement, and the soft collar feels nice on the neck.Noru Kuki mesh jacket review: PriceThe pockets are typical – two relatively small handwarmer pockets and a Napoleon pocket, which I like for my smartphone. Most textile motorcycle jackets include a large inside pocket. However, the Noru Kuki does without this luxury, as a pocket would reduce airflow.Noru Kuki mesh jacket review: For SaleSecurity is there, which is always a little disappointing. We applaud the CE-approved armor in the elbows and shoulders, while we tsk-tsk the back foam padding which offers no protection. We replaced the pad with a Forcefield Pro Lite K CE Level 2 back protector ($80). Noru’s parent company, Helmet House, offers a Cortech-branded Safe-Tech CE Level back protector for $20 – consider this a much-needed upgrade. Note that the Noru Kuki’s back protector pocket is non-mesh, so adding a legit back protector doesn’t compromise airflow.Noru Kuki Mesh Jacket Review: Summer Motorcycle ClothingEveryone has different reactions to heat, so it’s hard to quantify how much the Noru Kuki Mesh Jacket, or any such jacket, will do for each rider. I was comfortable enjoying slower city driving with the temperatures in the 90s. highway. After dark, I appreciated the Kuki’s reflective piping.Noru Kuki mesh jacket review: SummerThe Noru Kuki Mesh Jacket comes with a long sleeve quilted thermal liner so the jacket can be worn in cooler temperatures. The liner zips into the body of the jacket, and there are buckles and snaps to secure the arms to the cuffs. The liner adds a dedicated smartphone and larger capacity pocket to the jacket’s carrying capacity.I would prefer to see lining as an option for several reasons. First, I consider a mesh jacket as an auxiliary jacket for the hottest days, and I will wear my usual jacket in normal temperatures. Also, rather than carrying a fairly bulky liner on a trip, I’d rather pack one of Noru’s base layers. A waterproof liner would be more useful, as summer weather can be hot and humid, depending on where you ride.With clean styling, plenty of airflow, and a comfortably structured shell, the Noru Kuki Mesh Jacket gets the job done in the summer heat for $150 MSRP. As of this writing, Noru is offering the handsome jacket for $100, reflecting that a bit of summer has passed.Highlights on the Noru Kuki Mesh Jacket

  • Sizes: X-Small – 3X-Large
  • Colors: Black; Dark grey; neon/black; Red Black
  • Protection: CE approved shoulder and elbow protectors

Noru Kuki Mesh Jacket Price: $150 MSRP

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