Noru Kuki Jacket
- Versatile technical mesh style jacket suitable for various riding styles
- Close weave polyester mesh construction
- 600d durable polyester panels on shoulders/elbows
- Rubber molded tab / elastic sleeve tightening system
- Quilted removable zip-out lining with cell phone sleeve and wallet slider pocket
- Airflow mesh inner lining
- 4-way stretch mesh body and sleeve panels for added flexibility and comfort
- Pull through adjustment at hips
- Low profile collar with neoprene comfort padded trim
- Concertina stretch panel at the back of the arm
- Reflective piping detail for improved visibility to the chest, back, and sleeves
- Short connecting zip for pants
- CE approved armor – shoulders, and elbows
- Removable memory foam comfort back panel (shaped to suit CE back protector – not included)
We checked the sizing of this style with our Fit Check mannequins Huey and Dewey. They are wearing size Medium and XL jackets respectively. These are their “usual” sizes and they work just fine. We also checked the chest and belly of the other sizes and find them to fit OK too. Therefore, we recommend you choose the size you normally wear in men’s clothing. if you are between sizes, choosing down is probably the best move.
The overall fit of this jacket is similar to other US brands, which is to say, roomy through the torso with a relaxed fit. The overall height and sleeve length I’d say is “average” and is very similar to Tour Master products. If you are slim and tall, you may not fit a good fit here, but average or stout built people will probably be happy with the overall cut.
You can also choose a size by measuring your chest and belly and using the chart (below) which lists max chest and max belly sizes for each jacket size. The measurements in the chart are a combination of the manufacturer’s size chart and also the measurements we take on the product samples. After you measure, you can choose a jacket size using the chart. You’ll want to choose a size that will accommodate both your chest and belly.
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Our Two Cents
Today I’m reviewing two new jackets to our store from NORU… the Kuki jacket and the Kaze jacket. Both are mostly-mesh street jackets made for a wide variety of riders who will encounter hot summer temps. These are good looking and inexpensive options with a good feature set. Standard shoulder and elbow armor is included along with a foam back pad. An upgrade for the back pad is available at a very reasonable cost.
I’m doing a combined review on these two new jacket styles because of their similarities, and because I’m sure many of you will be wondering about the differences between the two (take the link below to view the other). First of all, both these jackets are built with a largely-mesh material shell and a nylon mesh inside liner which means they’ll flow a lot of air and will comfortable in the hottest temps. Neither are waterproof nor does either offer any sort of removable waterproof liner. One key point where they differ is that the Kuki jacket includes a removable full-sleeve thermal liner. You can use the liner to help you out in cooler weather by adding a wind barrier and also a bit of insulation (although don’t get too excited as its relatively thin overall). The Kaze doesn’t include the liner, so consider it only for mild to hot weather use. But there’s nothing to prevent you from layering under the Kaze with your own garments if you own something suitable. Basically, the inclusion of the liner adds about $30 retail to Kuki as compared to the Kaze which seems fair to me.
So how are the two similar? Well, they both include a set of CE1 molded/rubberized armor for the shoulders and elbows. The armor isn’t a brand name, but it is just like “standard” armor we’ve seen in many brands over the last several years. It feels good to me and I’m sure it is functional. NORU gives you a thin foam back pad in a fabric pocket, but it’s only really a place-holder for a “real” back protector. If you want to upgrade, we recommend the Viscoflex back protector listed below. It is a very low cost upgrade and well worth it.
You’ll get a standard pocket arrangement on both jackets, night reflectives, a short rear zipper for connecting to NORU pants and you also get a small snap-close tab to tie the jacket to your own belt or belt loops. Both jackets have a nice set of fit adjusters too; two on each arm and standard Velcro based adjusters at the waist. The sleeve ends have Velcro adjusters also. The styling of each jacket differs only slightly. I think the Kuki is a bit more “street” and will appeal to touring or street rides. Those with a bit more of a sport style might like the raised padding on the shoulders and arms of the Kaze, but really either jacket could easily appeal to any kind of rider. Both could be mated to the Kiryu mesh pants to make a great summer riding outfit.
I like both these styles. They are easy to fit, have all the basic features of a good summer jacket and the prices are certainly reasonable. :: Paul, 04-01-21
About NORU: The NORU line of riding gear is new for us for 2021. It comes to us through one of our very long-time distributors of riding gear and apparel, Helmet House of California. Helmet House is the owner of the Cortech and Tour Master brands and is a distributor of other well known brands such as Shoei helmets and Alpinestars apparel. NORU is designed with value in mind… in fact, exceptional value and will serve those well who want decent riding gear on a minimal budget. NORU says: Inspired by Japan’s culture of careful refinement, NORU is the Japanese word that means “To Ride”. Founded by lifelong motorcycle enthusiasts, NORU is the performance champion of motorcycle apparel that you can afford.