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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 17th May 11, 11:39 AM
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    Rufus Roo jacket review thread
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    • 17th May 11, 11:39 AM
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    Rufus Roo jacket review thread 17th May 11 at 11:39 AM
    What's this about?

    Flying hand-luggage-only saves up to £40/return per person, but you can only usually take a 10kg bag. So stuffing clothes in coats has always been a good option; now a new, cheap vest-jacket launched, which you stuff like a fat suit, effectively letting you take another 10kg worth of stuff.

    We asked forumites to test these new 'Rufus Roo' jackets and post their reviews and pics below. Scroll down to read them.


    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 27-11-2012 at 3:58 PM.
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    • spiro
    • By spiro 25th May 11, 3:31 PM
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    • 25th May 11, 3:31 PM
    Rufus Roo jacket review thread
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    • 25th May 11, 3:31 PM
    My jacket arrived in the post today and was small enought to be posted through a normal letter box. Inside the envelope it is packaged in a zip lock bag of the type you use for liquids at the airport so thats a useful way of not wasting packaging.

    As an initial review I thought it would be good to post full details of the jacket as the inforamtion on the Rufus Roo website is very limited.
    1) Size of the jacket - it is 27" (69cm) across the chest at the bottom of the armpits (this same measurement is 22" on a 40" chest jacket) and 33" (84cm) from top of collar to the bottom. The label on the collar says 'L' but the website makes no mention of different sizes that I saw.

    2) Size of the pockets - there are 3 pairs of pockets with one on each side.
    a) The top pair have a 22cm vertical zip and the pocket extends up to the shoulder seem and down the the top of the middle pocket.
    b) The bottom pair have a 43cm zip which goes around the side and is 31cm deep (bottom of jacket).
    c) The outer pair are on the outside of the bottom pair and have a 12cm zip and is 14cm deep. This is obviously designed to carry keys, tickets, passports etc.

    3) Weight - 311 grams.

    4) Material - 100% polyester, hand wash only.

    And now for some photos of it unladen:

    I have place a ruler over the jacket to allow you to get an idea of size.

    From the front -



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/63360419@N08/5758075267/sizes/l/in/photostream/




    http://www.flickr.com/photos/63360419@N08/5758075101/sizes/l/in/photostream/

    From the back (2nd one shows tail folded up) -





    http://www.flickr.com/photos/63360419@N08/5758074909/sizes/l/in/photostream/



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/63360419@N08/5758618370/sizes/l/in/photostream/

    I will continue to add to this post as I check the jacket out in more detail especially around pocket capacity for which I will use everyday items to try and give information everyone can relate to.

    As an example the top pockets (without going up to the top of the shoulder) could each hold 5 DVDs in standard cases with enough room for a few pairs of socks, this is probably the equivalent of a large print paperback book of the type you see at the airports.

    The main pockets will just about take a 'standard' 45cm (18") square cushion that you would have on your settee but this definitely makes the bottom of the jacket give you a Michellin man (spare tyre) appearance even on myself and I'm only a 34" waist.
    Last edited by spiro; 25-05-2011 at 4:09 PM. Reason: more details added
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  • Baldur
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    • 25th May 11, 6:20 PM
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    • 25th May 11, 6:20 PM
    Also confirming receipt of jacket today, many thanks.

    Flying in a month's time, so will post a review & photos as soon as I have access to a viable internet connection.
    • babyshoes
    • By babyshoes 25th May 11, 9:36 PM
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    • 25th May 11, 9:36 PM
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    • 25th May 11, 9:36 PM
    Mine arrived today too, thanks!

    Initial impression is that this jacket is functional but not great to look at - don't particularly like the combination of navy blue with red trim. Modelling it for my colleagues elicited a very sarcastic "woo, seeeexy!" I was wondering if it would fit properly as I am quite large (size 20-22), but the zip did up with room to spare. I could wear it over my winter jacket, though then it may not actually do up. It comes down to about mid thigh on me. I imagine it would swamp a size 8, 5'5" person.

    The fabric is quite thin and synthetic - not convinced it will hold the advertised 10 kg of 'stuff'... Fully expecting static shocks while wearing it.

    My boss was quite jealous (I had it posted to work in case it didn't fit through a letter box.) He often travels around Europe for a night or three for gigs, and said if he had something like that, he could easily travel hand-luggage only with his instrument as the hand luggage, and pack his toothbrush, socks, underpants, t-shirts and so on in the jacket. If I don't have problems with security when I travel, I will probably suggest he buys one!

    Am travelling this weekend, back in about a week so will post my pics and review when I am settled back at home.
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    • CheeseCat
    • By CheeseCat 25th May 11, 9:58 PM
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    • 25th May 11, 9:58 PM
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    • 25th May 11, 9:58 PM
    I got my jacket today too! I like that it comes in a bag that can be reused as a liquids bag for customs

    I'm going to take photos and write my review, but also planning to do a video of me packing my things into the jacket so I can show how much my stuff it held. I really hate videos of myself so we'll see how that goes

    I am travelling VERY early sat morning and back Monday 30th so I can get my review online pretty sharpish after that.

    I tried the jacket on and echo what the others have said - its pretty big - okay it swamps me a bit!) but I suppose they have to make sure it fits everyone who trials instead of messing with sizes and whatnot. (i'm not a skinny chick either )

    I'm going to be attempting to pack all my hand luggage into the jacket so I don't have to carry anything - going to pack a bag into the jacket for when I get to the other end though!
    Last edited by CheeseCat; 25-05-2011 at 10:01 PM.
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    • superflygal
    • By superflygal 27th May 11, 3:36 PM
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    • 27th May 11, 3:36 PM
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    • 27th May 11, 3:36 PM
    Thanks Jenny!

    Have received mine today! DH has tried it on and is looking forward to stuffing it! I am a size 14 and it is Huuuuuuuuge!

    SFG x
    • EnglishWelshie
    • By EnglishWelshie 30th May 11, 12:55 PM
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    • 30th May 11, 12:55 PM
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    • 30th May 11, 12:55 PM
    Hi Jenny I received my jacket. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to test it out.

    Am sat here at our hotel ready to walk up to the airport shortly. I have taken photos of items to be placed in pockets and then with them put into pockets will upload them when we return home next week. Feedback so far is that the jacket is very lightweight, pockets are of a good size. I like the fact that i can fit my handbag in it along with ipad, ds, psp, 2 cameras. I have kept a pocket for my purse and travel documents and there is still a bit of room for any items that we purchase when getting through security.
    Last edited by EnglishWelshie; 30-05-2011 at 1:01 PM.
    • Lexxi
    • By Lexxi 2nd Jun 11, 5:50 PM
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    • 2nd Jun 11, 5:50 PM
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    • 2nd Jun 11, 5:50 PM
    I started packing last night, I have mostly put clothes in mine,. I have managed to fit, 3 dresses, 2 skirts, 6 tops, underwear and swim wear in the pockets with room left, I rolled everything up to fit more in but I decided to re-pack to make the pockets look a little flatter. I have had some friends take some pictures, it's like looking at a mirror for a fairground from the back view
    My husband has told me he wont be sitting with me on the plane! He thinks I look very suspicious and will be having an encounter with a rubber glove!! So I guess you would have to be fairly focused to not care what other people think. I have been very careful with what I have put in the pockets, no belts or anything that could look suspicious under x ray.
    One thing I have been noticing is that all this weight the jacket carries isn't distributed very well at all, I felt it pulling around my neck after having the jacket on for a short while, I couldn't imagine what it would be like getting delayed in it. Although I have a 6 hour wait for my connecting flight so I guess I'll be finding out.
    I was expecting to be very hot wearing a big jacket then when I saw it was without sleeves I thought it wouldn't be so bad but with the extra weight you do feel the heat pretty quick, that might say more about my level of fitness than anything else!

    I fly out tomorrow evening then have another flight early Saturday morning then on the way back I fly to the UK but a different airport I leave from, then 2 hours on the train so the jacket should get a decent amount of wear and tear for me to report back on
  • simonne15
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    • 6th Jun 11, 11:11 PM
    Beat the budget airlines jacket review as promised
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    • 6th Jun 11, 11:11 PM
    Having received the jacket at our home address my 'model' has provided the photos and will be bringing it to me in Spain shortly for my return journey. I think the facial expressions give some clue to the sense of satisfaction he will have when waddling through security so well-loaded!
    The only problem I have here is how to upload the photos. Help please Jenni
    • CheeseCat
    • By CheeseCat 16th Jun 11, 11:57 AM
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    Hi - I just wanted to say I have not forgotten my review. My review and pictures will be up tonight (it's totally my fault... I left my camera elsewhere last weekend and I didn't want to upload without the pics!)
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    • spiro
    • By spiro 16th Jun 11, 12:26 PM
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    I'll be flying with Ryanair on Wed June 22 with my family and would love to trial one of these if still available. Last time I travelled I went with my book in one pocket and my make-up bag in the other - I looked rather hefty round the hips but what could they do? Would love to pack more away this time if I can!
    Originally posted by skintinthecity
    i would love to trial the rufus roo jacket as me and my husband are going to spain , as im going to have a wheelchair it would make life easier for us to have the jacket rather than struggle with 2 lots of luggage
    Originally posted by ann-poulton
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  • Ponkle22
    hi jenny i received my jacket. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to test it out.

    Feedback so far is that the jacket is very lightweight, pockets are of a good size. I like the fact that i can fit my handbag in it along with ipad, ds, psp, 2 cameras. I have kept a pocket for my purse and travel documents and there is still a bit of room for any items that we purchase when getting through security.
    Originally posted by englishwelshie
    brilliant!!! :t:t
  • Ponkle22
    again, BRILLIANT! I love the photos - I can just pictures the looks and wondering what you had concealed upon you!

    Love it!! Wish I'd taken notice when this first went out.


    During my outbound flight at Gatwick, I wore the Rufus Roo jacket on top of my normal jacket. I must admit that between check-in and security, I did get a few odd looks at the airport from airport staff and passengers. However, I did not experience any problems during check-in, security or boarding the aircraft. When we landed at Guernsey, I noticed the Customs staff did look at me a bit longer than usual as I was passing through the "Nothing to Declare" section, but they did not stop me. So overall nobody bothered me during my outbound flight, but be prepared for the odd funny look!

    During my return flight, I decided instead to wear my Rufus Roo jacket underneath my normal jacket (I had the same number of items packed in my Rufus Roo jacket). As this fairly bulky jacket was not immediately visible to all, I did not get any strange looks from anybody whatsoever. Again, no airport or security staff actually bothered me during my return flight.
    Originally posted by dnl05
    • CheeseCat
    • By CheeseCat 19th Jun 11, 10:57 PM
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    Okay here is my review:

    Travelling from Birmingham International Airport to Dublin Airport via Ryanair

    Positives
    • Fits in ALOT of stuff. More than I expected
    • Folds down easily when not in use
    • No hassle through check in or security
    • Distributes the weight rather than a shoulder bag

    Negatives
    • Snapped a zip handle trying to close a pocket (not overfilled)
    • Not for those who wish to keep a low profile!

    Here is what I was attempting to carry...
    Quite a lot of stuff, including a hand luggage bag so that when I landed I didn't have to wear the jacket going through Dublin!


    I was initially quite apprehensive about what the airline and security staff would say as I didn't think i'd get 'away' with wearing it, particularly knowing what Ryanair are like. I did have the hand luggage bag packed in though if it came to it!

    Believe it or not everything fit into the jacket...


    I did snap one of the zip pulls a little when closing it and the pocket wasn't strained or overfull. I could still operate the zip fine without the bit that came off but something to be aware of.

    I passed through security fine - obviously I had to remove the jacket and scan it like I would scan my hand luggage. I got a few funny looks from other passengers but nothing major, I was expecting worse and/or a few comments. I would say don't wear it if you're someone who would be bothered being noticed a little more than normal though.

    Getting onto the plane at Birmingham was also no problem at all, none of the staff questioned me, I had to wonder how many times they'd seen people wearing these before! I wonder with Ryanair's strict hand luggage policy maybe the staff are made aware that these are okay for now? I wasn't asked to remove the jacket and see if it fit in the hand luggage basket and they were actively checking people getting onto the plane.

    Once I landed in Dublin I transferred everything into the hand luggage bag in the biggest pocket for a day in the city. The jacket folds down to a really small size to be held and stored in a bag.

    I have to say that unlike the jacket, the bag really hurt my shoulder after a while, despite having just the same items in that I originally had in the pockets of the jacket - I would say that's a big plus for travelling as I suppose it must evenly distribute the weight more than a shoulder bag would.

    So my summary would be that the jacket overall is a great way around the restrictions, after all I could've taken the jacket AND my filled hand luggage bag but I didn't want to chance it, I wanted to have a back up in case Ryanair gave me any problems. There are a couple of negatives as listed above but I think overall the positives really outweigh these.

    I look forward to trying out my jacket again in the future!
    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 01-07-2011 at 11:46 AM.
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  • Ponkle22
    OMG CheeseCat I love the photo of you wearing the jacket - it has given me the greatest laugh of the year - I laughed so much at your buldging jacket until I cried - then the rest of the family had to look and a laugh too.

    I cannot believe you didn't get many funny looks. Wouldn't bother me wearing one.

    I love it!

    We all want to know though, have you got a chocolate hairbrush in there? (ref your first photo). Its to the right of the leopard print thing.
  • jamsandwiches
    Did you put the jacket in the overhead locker or did some poor soul have to sit next to you
    • CheeseCat
    • By CheeseCat 21st Jun 11, 11:23 AM
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    LOL I am glad my bulging jacket is a source of amusement Ponkle22
    I can't see images on my work PC but I don't have a chocolate hairbrush (if I did, it wouldn't last long!) If its a little blue brush its just my mini hairbrush.. i'll check when I get home and I can see the images!

    Oh and I forgot to say! I put the jacket in the overhead locker, I don't think i'd be popular otherwise
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    • heatherw_01
    • By heatherw_01 22nd Jun 11, 1:19 PM
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    Firstly, thank you for letting me test out this jacket.

    Positive
    Very light and easy to pack if needed
    Holds lots of items (and I mean LOTS!)

    Negative
    VERY big

    I packed my netbook into this as well as a book, my carry on items and all paperwork into the jacket and it fitted perfectly! As long as I had items in both sides, the weight was distributed perfectly. I had no problems at security, although I did get some odd looks. Probably because it is so big on me. I am a size 10 and this could easily fit someone size 20. I think it would be better if they made smaller sizes too. If you wear something over it, it might not look as bad.

    I love the idea and usefulness of the jacket, just not the size



    • Lexxi
    • By Lexxi 22nd Jun 11, 3:26 PM
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    This is my review for travelling Liverpool-Italy-Bulgaria with Ryanair

    We were taking an awful lot of luggage with us as we were pretty much camping in our house whilst we did some work to it, so this jacket really came in handy.
    I was able to fit pretty much all of my clothes for two weeks except for two pairs of jeans in the pockets of the jacket, there was still room to spare, I just thought the jeans would be too bulky. I too took a spare bag with me - just in case I had problems with security. On the day we were flying it was so hot inside the airport that I had to carry it as I was sweltering. On the plane it had to go in the overhead locker.

    I had no problems at check in or security from any staff or other passengers, my jacket was scanned, then they reversed it and scanned it again but let it through, OHs bag was searched after he had it scanned, which was so funny after all his comments about my 'suicide jacket.'

    When we got to Italy it was 10pm and quite nice to put the jacket on as the extra weight warmed me up. Checking back in to fly out of Italy the check in girl barely even looked up and none of the other passengers really looked at me, not that I was aware of, again no problems with security.

    With all the luggage in the pockets the jacket is quite compact when going in the overhead locker, car boot etc, you're also only carrying what the items weigh as the jacket is so light, my jacket with all the items weighed 3kg, we took a case that weighed almost that when empty.

    I would think that the website suggests laptops and books to put in the pockets to keep it more streamlined and less bulky but I found it so handy for clothes, plus books and laptops would probably weigh more.
    I didn't find the weight evenly distributed, I found it pulled on my neck when I was trying it out at home but I wore a jacket under mine at the airport so had a cushioning effect which made a difference.

    Finally one of the other posters suggested the jacket should be in different sizes, I don't think you would get the same items in there with a smaller jacket but I do think that if the pockets were re-positioned then you could wrap the jacket around more easily and give the effect of all over bulk rather than just around the hips - for comfort as much as style!

    The luggage we took in the hold was essential and we would never have got it in the overhead lockers or through security but the cost for 5 suitcases over 3 flights was about the same as the flights. I know next flight it will be hand luggage all the way and this jacket was so useful I will definately be using it again, especially as Ryanair seem to be cracking down on oversized handluggage, there was staff right before security at each airport making passengers check the dimensions of their handluggage
  • jammin
    CheeseCat, you have bigger balls than me. Fair play.
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