River Road Laughlin Jacket
Good bang 4 the bucks.
Was looking for a jacket besides my heavy leather one to wear in late spring, early fall or chilly summer mornings. Also, something easy to put away in my tour-pak or saddle bag. I think this is the one. Haven't given it a test ride yet but will as soon as the snow melts in Northeast Ohio. Jacket is comfortable, good fit and looks good, too. I think it will do the job. Was on sale, so can't beat the price.
January 19, 2016
Size 2XL runs small
I tried following the sizing chart and the video review that state the jacket runs on the larger size. All the jackets I own are size 2 XL. This one was way small. So much that if I put the jacket on the zipper is 2 inches part. The sleeve length is good but the jacket is small. Its too bad as I love the style and look of the jacket.
January 5, 2016
Great 3 season jacket!
I've been wearing the River Road Laughlin jackets for a few years and they're awesome! It's really comfortable even with the armor and liner in. The armor isn't noticeable at all and it's nice knowing it's there. With the collar snaps, multiple vents & removable liner it really is a great jacket for the spring, summer & fall seasons. I live in the Colorado Rockies at 8000ft above sea level, so I can't comment on winter wear.
October 27, 2015
Very good jacket. Great value.
I like this jacket a lot. It's very casual and comfortable. I really like that the collar zips all the way up. That's a great feature.
It fits a normal guy build, unlike some of the fancier brands that seem to be cut solely for hipsters with slim shoulders that are suited only for raising craft beers to their gloriously styled beards. A motorcycle jacket with no armor? Really? But, I digress.
While I am completely satisfied with my purchase, There are a few possibilities for improvement. The zippers, as mentioned in other reviews, are small and might, MIGHT, break. They have run fine for me so far. The polyester/nylon blend has a pretty strong chemical smell out of the box, but a couple good rides takes care of that.
Honestly, I would pay $100 more for a jacket exactly like this, but with better materials like waxed cotton, heavier zippers, and maybe one of those little felt flaps at the top of the zipper so the cold doesn't fuse the metal to your neck.
A quick note to my fellow Texans. This is a cold weather jacket for us. I opened all the vents and was woozy with the heat by the end of my block. I wouldn't change the venting if it meant having to change the style though. I'll just really enjoy it for that month or two that we have that weird stuff coming down from the north.
October 19, 2015
EXCELLENT 3 SEASONS JACKET!
This jacket is awesome. The fabric looks old school and a bit weathered; exactly like I was hoping. Size is excellent, waist and cuffs can be adjusted if needed.
Quality is better than I expected for the price point. Feels like a solid, long lasting build. Inner lining is vented for air flow. Collar can be snapped down or worn up in colder temps.
The sleeved liner makes the jacket realistic for colder weather and without it I can wear it in any weather. Vents are very functional the way they are placed and designed. Can't speak for rain repel...haven't worn it in rain.
Tons of pockets, armor and reflective piping. For the price this jacket is really tough to beat. Get one.
July 1, 2015
Comfortable jacket, laid back style
I've used the jacket in just about all weather from 50 to 90 degrees and it works quite well, it isn't the most water proof jacket you will find but for light rain it's fine. The inner liner makes a huge difference in warmth. It might feel kinda tight at first but the inner liner is pretty thick and gets broken in after wearing it for a bit. I'm 5'11 and 180 lbs and the medium fits me perfectly.
The style of the jacket is cool because you can wear it around without shouting to everyone that you ride a motorcycle. My only complaint is the same as others, in that the zippers kinda do suck just because its hard to zip with one hand, but its what you get for the price and I wouldn't tell you not to get the jacket just because of that.
June 19, 2015
Great Retro Styled Fully Functional Textile Jacket...Love It !!
Greetings from Sydney, Australia...I'm 5'11" 105kg (230 lbs I think that is) with a 48" chest & the River Road Laughlin Jacket is excellent value at this price. Going off the sizing chart I went for the XL & it fits true to size....maybe a little snug with the armour & full sleeve vest installed but nothing a lost kilo won't sort out. The next size up would have been too large.
I chose this jacket to cover a variety of different roles as I have a variety of different bikes (ya have have just one) & settled on this one after a lot of browsing at Revzilla. I do enjoy the process....but for single bike owners this Jacket has plenty to offer & won't break the bank. I think for most folks, a decent carefully chosen heavier leather jacket & this Laughlin & your good to go....well at least to start with anyways.
Good comfort & wind protection & the fold up collar is a bonus in cooler weather. We're moving from Autums into Winter here now & it works a treat. This jacket looks better in the flesh than the pictures show. It's also a nice cut. Other reviewers tend to say the main zip is a bit fiddly to use, being a bit small & may fail & I agree, it should be a heavier gauge with a larger pull & I would have liked to see a couple of belt loops at the back but seriously, at this price point, I'm nit picking. I wore it on one of my bikes the day after it arrived & did around 200kms & it works extremely well.
I ordered the black which looks fantastic but would have ordered a second Laughlin in the brown but they ran out of stock. The style is cool retro & you can even wear it to go out on the town & not feel like an idiot. Just remove the armour & the vest if its not cold out & you have a fashion item, so it has a multi function. It also suits a variety of biking styles too.
The feel of the thing is really nice....a bit of an old school tent canvas/oiled material sort of feel to it. Its loaded with good features for multiple versatility & looks good on me too....so thats gotta be a bonus :))....well done River Road & thanks Revzilla for your usual prompt service.
May 25, 2015
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