River Road Drifter Leather Jacket
Stylish and sturdy jacket for riding around town.
This jacket might be a bit warm for most in the summer but I don't mind it that much. Just take the removable liner out and open all the vents and you can ride with this jacket even when it gets high 80s low 90s. The thing that makes this jacket unbearable in the summer is high heat and high humidity. High humidity will feel like you're in a boiling pot of spaghetti. I haven't ridden with it in the winter yet, but I can tell it's going to be thick enough to be warm even until late fall. The jacket feels like quality all around. The only thing I wish it had was inserts for aftermarket protection, however when it comes to abrasion, I think this thing will be perfect.
July 27, 2015
This jacket is exactly what I was looking for! Anthony was right on with fit, a little large. I'm a 47" chest and ordered a 46" and I still have room. Sleeves are a good length, but.. It's a little restrictive with your arms up in a riding/driving position. To nit pick, Id like it if it had some expansion joints or elasticated leather in the elbow and shoulder. When this jacket is all zipped up and liner in it does a great job of keeping me warm on a 37° day. The hottest I've ridden so far has been 70° and with the liner out and all zippers open I was cool as a cucumber. The airflow is fantastic. The jacket has inner pockets on both the liner and shell so you don't lose any storage from one to the other. It seems to be put together really well and should last for a long time. Get this jacket! You'll love it.
April 6, 2015
Holds up well in a slide
This jacket is amazing, fits true to size, very comfortable, and looks great. Two days ago a pickup pulled out in front of me and I wound up low-siding and slid under the truck and had my arm run over. The jacket held up perfectly and did what it was supposed to. The only injuries I got was a broken forearm from where it got run over (it would have broken there even with an armored jacket) and a little bit of road rash on my wrist from where the cuff slid up. I highly recommend this jacket.
March 8, 2015
Can't Beat It For Price
I had the Hoodlum jacket for four years prior to this, and it was HIGH quality leather and very comfortable, but the zipper failed. New zipper, or new jacket..? Duh -- new jacket.
Enter the Drifter, it's almost the same cut as the Hoodlum, but much much lighter, and looks fantastic -- very old school. The fit is very nice, although they run a wee bit small. I'm a 44 chest and this isn't tight, but it's snug. That's great for the winter riding, and with the liner out, it'll probably be spot on for spring and fall.
The zipper pulls are a bit small, in my opinion, but they don't stick like they did on the Hoodlum. There are vents at the shoulders and back, two chest pocket/vents, two pockets near the waistline. In the liner, there's a velcro pocket for a phone, and another for miscellaneous stuff. These are replicated in the shell of the jacket, as well. This is one of the reasons I like the River Road -- the pockets allow me to carry a lot of my gear without needing a tank bag or the like.
The jacket's been comfortable down to low 30s F, and that was doing highway speeds. It remained comfortable up to the mid-60s F with the liner in. That was wearing just a tee-shirt. It's good for daily wear, although I find when sitting in a car it drags on the neck a bit, if you have things in the pockets.
It's my second River Road jacket -- they're quite good for the price.
February 23, 2015
Love This Jacket
45" chest, 34-36" jeans, 5'-8", short arms. Metric cruiser rider. Bought the 42", fits perfect, looks & works really good off the bike. Does great in cool weather and can use my heated liner when it gets colder, though i usually switch to my cold weather Taos Jacket (medium) that i also love. Really comfy, great to ride in, women dig it!
February 7, 2015
This jacket is comfortable and seems very well made. It fits well too.
January 5, 2015
This is a great jacket. And when you consider how much it didn't cost, it's a really great jacket.
It vents well enough to so summer in north Texas.
Zip in the liner and put on a sweater and you're good for winter.
I'm very happy with the purchase.
December 29, 2014
Great jacket true to size that offers plenty of warmth on cold morning rides here in Colorado yet still very comfortable when warmer temps arrive in the afternoon. Color is a little more grey than I expected but I love it none the less. Heavy leather feels comfy and protective. Have received several compliments on it and have no regrets about purchasing!
October 23, 2014