River Road Laughlin Jacket
Excellent summer jacket, great value
The best thing about this jacket is that it doesn´t look like a motorcycle jacket, it´s great for summer or warm temperatures, not too hot and still you feel enough protected. I bought the brown one, it´s a little darker than shown in the pictures, I think chocolate is the right color. Size chart is ok, according to my chest measure I was between medium and large, and according to my waist I was a large (got the large), also, I recommend taking advise about other buyers experiences, which is what I did and resulted fine. I´m 182 cm and 94 kg, my chest measure was 109 cm and I bought a large one and fit was fine, maybe just a bit snug on the shoulders with the liner but still comfortable. Back pad although, is a little uncomfortable at first when the jacket is used without the liner and when I move my arms to the front, but after a few minutes I got used to it, probable it is a good idea to upgrade the back pad to a CE-approved armor when you buy this jacket, I think that´s what I´ll do, other buyer recommended the Knox CE back protector, I have not tried this protector yet but I think I´ll end up getting it. I have not had any problems with the zippers as others have experienced. Sleeve length is ok, for me it´s just a bit short but I have long arms and always have to buy longer sleeve shirts and jackets.
Overall I´m very happy with this jacket, great style, not too hot, and enough protection for normal riding. Recommend it.
May 19, 2015
very well made
I'm 5'8 175. I wear a large t-shirt, used the size chart and went with a medium. Fits perfect. Quality is excellent, Very comfortable, light weight. Looks more like a casual jacket than a motorcycle jacket.
May 7, 2015
Nice jacket, Size Chart is off
I studied the size chart up and down to try to get it right, i know my sleeve length to a T, and this jacket being a XXL is tiny. Im 6'4" and the sleeves are sitting well below my wrists making it kinda awkward for riding in the cold ride now, but I dont care enough to do anything about it. The waist is also short but makes it very comfortable while riding. I think a Tall size for this jacket would be beneficial because the sleeves just dont make for practical riding.
May 4, 2015
Great jacket that can be worn casually
If you're looking for a textile jacket you can wear just about anywhere, this is it. I've had fellow riders seeing me in the jacket tell me that I should get a jacket with armor, but surprise, it does. I upgraded the Knox CE back protector, so it would have been perfect if it came with a CE back piece in the first place. That's probably the only thing lacking with this jacket.
The fit is more relaxed, so there is room to comfortably fit a baseball cap or small package against your body if you're of average build. I love the collar on it, which can be flipped up and buttoned should the weather turn cold on you or if you want to cover your neck. I wouldn't want to wear this on a hot day, so a mesh jacket is next on my list... and based on this jacket, it will definitely be another River Road.
May 2, 2015
Great Jacket, Cheap Zipper
I am happy so far with this jacket except for the zipper. It is impossible to work with gloves on and very difficult to get started with bare hands. I hopefully wont get to test the armor but it isn't bulky or awkward while riding. I am 6'2" 225lbs and the xl is a comfortably snug fit.
April 29, 2015
Very Nice Jacket.
I have to say that I am impressed with the jacket at this point. I haven't had a chance to ride with it yet, so this review will be limited to first impressions. Very stylish. If you're looking for a light jacket that doesn't look like a motorcycle jacket, this is for you. I ordered brown, and the color is several shades darker than it looks in the pics, more of a tobacco color. The zippers are fairly robust and the flaps completely cover the main zipper when shut, so much less chance of inadvertently scratching the tank of your bike. The material is rather unusual. At first it appears thinner than expected, and I wondered if it would give adequate protection. On closer examination it is about the thickness of 600 cordura, however it is much softer. Again, it lays (and feels) more like a light canvas jacket than a motorcycle jacket. Even the weave of the fabric looks like cotton. Snaps hold down the collar, although the tab looks like it might flap a bit, and if you snap it to the collar's snap, that side might lift at speed. (Something I need to check) The liner is, again, very nice. A heavy zipper, and buttons to secure it to the sleeves; as well as two velcro pockets (and two on the shell if the liner is removed). I'm 5' 9 1/2" and 155lbs, and a medium fits perfect. it is a smidge tight with the liner in, but not noticeably so. And besides, if it's cold enough to warrant a liner, I'll wear a leather jacket.
Downsides? The armor, in the elbows, doesn't really sit well for me. it seems to want to slide around to the front rather lay where I'd like. And the armor in the shoulders seems a little smaller than I'm used to (possibly to maintain the great lines of the jacket?). But that is really nitpicking. Honestly, this is a VERY nice jacket for the money. Outstanding style, comfort, and (at least initially) quality.
April 15, 2015
I was incredibly skeptical about ordering a jacket online, but this jacket nails it. Nice retro styled jacket with modern features. The padding does leave a little more to be desired but for what it is, it will suit my needs. The jacket overall isn't bulky, or too heavy. I'm 6'1, 140 lbs and I ordered a medium. The sleeves are the perfect length for my tall, lanky build, but the chest and waist are a little big. Buts that's to be expected for my height and weight. I love the ventilation on the jacket so far. In Iowa the weather can change pretty quick and this jacket has kept up so far. The true test is going to be this summer with the humidity. If your on the fence about this jacket, I say pull the trigger.
April 14, 2015
This jacket is a no brainer. Looks great, fits great, seems to be built well and is a steal at the asking price.
March 14, 2015