River Road Laughlin Jacket
Wait for Laughlin 2.0
Let's take this in context... This jacket is at the low end of jacket price choices; still, it is supposed to be a motorcycle jacket. Unfortunately the fabric's weight, comparatively loose weave, and external seam construction, all suggests the Laughlin's abrasion resistance is going to be lower than it should be even at this price.
Further, as the other reviews noted, the main zipper's quality is poor to the point of being unusable. The zipper's teeth simply refuse to operate smoothly (especially at the neck bend) even when treated with graphite.
So why didn't I send it back? The collar. I wanted a jacket that was cheap, could do cold, was a socially-stealthy Low-Viz; and found that no one else offers a collar like the Laughlin's which zips-up high to protect your neck. So for $20 I had a tailor replace the main zipper; and for the cost of a large bar of fabric wax ($15) I treated the coat to increase the jacket's wind resistance.
The elbow and shoulder armor pockets are large, and I found that Icon's regular (not their D3o) replacement armor inserts fit right in and don't move around. Comparing dimensions with available back armor replacements I think Forcefield's # 001 back insert would have been the closest fit in shape and size to the back armor pocket, but I decided to just trim up a Viper ST D3o pad that I already had.
In regards to fit, I am 5'11 & 190 lbs and found a size Large fits me perfectly, but only without the removable liner (which proved to be bulkier than my other winter layers that do fit under this jacket).
Why am I not recommending it? Although this is a great looking, low-key jacket with some great features, it needs to be constructed with a moto worthy, denier rated fabric. Do that River Road and I may pony-up for another one.
September 25, 2014
A good alternative to black
I wanted a brown jacket to wear on top of my thermals but under my leather vest. The River Road Laughlin suited my needs style wise. With the armour removed I can happily wear this as a casual jacket off the bike.
I'm a big guy (6'7)and I ride with ape hangers so I bought the biggest size. The issue with fit for me is that it's a little to loose in the torso region and way to tight and short in the arms. Given I wear this jacket with longer gloves it isn't a major issue however it probably means it won't come out in summer.
Quality is good however the zippers could be a little better. But it is what it is - a cool looking cheap jacket.
August 25, 2014
Great 1st Jacket for my 1st bike
I had just purchased a new bike (Triumph Bonneville T100) and needed a jacket. The leather jackets were too expensive / too much brain damage after making the bike decision, so I settled for a good "starter" jacket -- 1) protection and 2) low-key. I saw one of the shop guys wearing this jacket (in brown) and decided that should do the trick, so I bought it and crossed "jacket" off my to-do list.
I'll probably get something leather (either Roland Sands or Revit) or nice but not alien textile (Revit's Euro-style collection -- Oxford or Concorde) in the near future for use here in San Francisco, but this jacket is doing the trick and not turning heads in the office (I work in Finance) for the wrong reasons right now.
Zippers are a bit stiff, but they work and they shouldn't be a dealbreaker for you.
August 10, 2014
Well made with solid features
I've had this for two weeks and ridden in temps from nights at 45* to days at 80* all without the lining. The airflow with vents open is better than expected, but I'll go with my mesh jacket for temps over 80*. On the cooler end I wore a t-shirt and flannel long sleeve shirt and was quite comfortable. I think this jacket will take me in to the 30's with the lining and a layer or two - quite low enough for my northern California home. I like that I can wear this off the bike and it looks like a regular casual jacket. Now, if only it were just $59!!!
April 18, 2014
This product has just the look and feel I was after.
This jacket has matched my expectations entirely - it's very comfortable and stylish - not too "biker" when I'm away from the bike - and offers good wind protection without being stifling.
We're in the summer months here, and I've been wearing it without the liner - the fabric still does a good job of keeping the breeze out, while remaining quite light in feel.
I'm very happy with the look, but more especially the fit - a 42 is just right for me [6"1, 175lb].
A great jacket, my favourite garment of the moment.
January 2, 2014
Good style, color choice and bang for the buck
I have had many jackets over the years and have been looking for this type for a long time. First value, for less than $150.00 it's hard to beat with the liner and fall protection in the elbows and back. I was looking for something other than black so I went with the brown and like the look and feel of it. There are plenty of pockets inside and out for most items I need to carry. The air flow is very good even on a 80 degree day. I'm tempted to purchase another one in case it's discontinued someday. Good work River Road, i'ts a winner.
June 24, 2013
Good for the price
Great plainly styled jacket for those looking for something that doesn't make you look like a Power Ranger. Th arms are right if you have larger arms. The zippers are my only complaint. Very cheap and a pain to do up at times. Overall, a nice inexpensive piece of kit
April 22, 2013
Won't make you look like an astronaut
I bought this jacket so I wouldn't look like I was from outerspace while walking around off the bike. It has a relatively stylish cut and seems to be built well. With the liner it is also very warm though even without the liner it can be warm. NOT a jacket for July! Overall, very nice.
April 17, 2013