River Road Raider Jacket
fantastic coat for the price.
I got this jacket as a replacement for an older model that was trashed in an accident. Plenty of pocket space, a good fit, great cold weather liner: I love this jacket. My only complaints are that the vent zippers don't seem to do to much and the back plate seems a little flimsy, but overall, this is the budget jacket to get.
September 3, 2015
Good for the price
The jacket looks nice. Not too bulky with the armor. The sleeves, as others have said, are tight. I'm lanky. 6'3'' 170#, and the sleeves fit perfect on a large, though the waste is made for someone bigger, even fully cinched down. Also, it doesn't have very good airflow, and 'breathable' is debatable. On a hot day you will sweat in it like you're inside a garbage bag. I ended up propping the front vents open with toothpicks to allow more air in. My only other complaint is that the sleeve pocket is on the left arm. It's ostensibly there to allow access while riding, but you have to let off the throttle to do so.
All in all, it's a sub-200 buck waterproof jacket with low profile armor that doesn't look ridiculous.
June 22, 2015
Great fit and style.
I've been looking for a non company billboard jacket for years. This jacket is the one. Great fit, outstanding features and perfect styling.
After my purchase, my best friend also purchased the same jacket and he coundn't be happier.
May 25, 2015
If you are looking for a not flashy, low key, kickass jacket this is it. Hands down the best jacket I have owned.
Fit with padding snug, with out padding just right.
Buy your size off the sizing chart, otherwise you will look silly in a sloppy big coat.
Road in 31 degree weather jacket is warm, warm, warm.
Road in the rain did not get wet, was dry as a bone.
Buy the coat....... It is better if not equal to any other coat on the market.
Everyone says where did you get the coat. I say revzilla....
November 7, 2014
All in all its a really great jacket
Only thing wrong is the material the inside liner is made out of. It sticks to your skin when it is hot. Also it is very itchy.
October 6, 2014
Well made, fairly stylish for the price, looks and feels durable
For $135, this thing is awesome. The pads feel stout and substantial without getting in the way, and the nylon chassis should be tough as nails. Love the button/zippered front.
If you lay it down in this jacket, I'm confident you'll be well protected.
Haven't tested the "waterproof" claim, but wouldn't trust it. The sealed pockets will likely help keep phone/docs dry, but that's about it.
Style is average, it looks like a slightly large, slightly cheap Carhartt. Nylon definitely has a sheen to it, which isn't ideal, but fits the price point. Certainly better than most of the gaudy, multicolored options that occupy the rest of this price bracket.
With the liner in, this thing will be warm, especially for commuting. On hot days, the airflow leaves a little to be desired, and you'll sweat at traffic lights. Doesn't bother me, but if you want a warm weather-specific jacket, look elsewhere.
Fit is a bit on the big side; I got a 40 and it's generous. Not a bother, cause I feel that most other jackets are cut too close, but don't expect that snazzy "European" fit.
If you need a normal-looking, weather resistant, protective and inexpensive jacket, you can't go wrong with this one.
September 8, 2014
Just what I needed. A lightweight waterproof and wind proof jacket that`s not leather. After removing the armor from the back and sleeves it was very comfortable I`m 5'8" 180 lbs and the large fit like it was made for me.
July 28, 2014
Good jacket for colder temps...and for big guts.
This review will be incomplete for now because I haven't actually ridden in the jacket yet. I'm 6', 180 pounds, athletic build, 42" chest, 34" waste, long arms. I ordered a size large and it fits good for the most part. Arms are the perfect length, and there's the right amount of room for me in the shoulders, arms, and neck/upper chest. The big issue for me with the fitting is the stomach/lower torso area. Even with the waste adjustments pulled as tight as possible, there's too much room under the arms and through the belly--even with the liner in.
If I didn't like the jacket so much, I'd just send it back and try another brand. But I've always had good luck with River Road stuff, the jacket is comfortable, I like the look/style, and it seems really warm with the liner in (I bought it primarily as a cold-weather jacket, and I think I could ride into the low 30s with a long sleeve T and a thermal layer with no problem. I'll update this if/when I actually do so.)
Customer service at RevZilla suggested getting it taken in a bit around the gut, and I'll likely do that...
March 17, 2014