River Road Raider Jacket
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
Great Value... If It Fits.
I was pretty hesitant to buy this jacket since it's so new and there weren't any customer reviews yet here or on any other site. But RZ has such an easy return policy that it's literally zero risk buying from them. I'll comment on their return policy too, later.
RZ matched a much lower price from another site for me. Very simple process and they only took about a day to get back to me with the approval. There's no reason to ever buy anywhere else.
Using the size chart, I should be a Large with a 44" chest. I should be on the smaller end of a Large with a little extra room. Not even close. First of all, the big dude in the video also has a 44" chest, but he's wearing an XL. Granted, he's a lot taller than me. I chose to stick with the size chart and wow, what a mistake. I'm not a big guy. I'm 5'9", 220 with a slight gut but nothing serious. This jacket in a Large was so tight in the arms that it hurt to move them. There was no way I could have ridden in it. But in accordance with the size chart, it fit perfectly everywhere else! Now again, I'm not a huge guy. I don't work out. I don't have scrawny arms but I don't need a gun license either. I could barely bend my arms in a Large.
RZ return policy was painless and fast. Lightning fast. Sent back Thursday, confirmed received Friday, correct size sent Friday and received Monday. Had there not been a weekend involved, I'd have had the right size 2 days later. Incredible.
So the XL... fits in the arms! But I do have a little more room than I'd like everywhere else, but it's totally acceptable. The Raider has kind of a weird cut and you might find it fitting perfectly in one place while you make concessions elsewhere.
The quality is awesome. Seems good enough to last years. Don't let the sizing BS deter you. Try it out and send it back if it doesn't work for you. RZ will make it easy.
I'll skip the features since they're all noted in the video. I did really like that you don't lose the cell phone pocket with the liner removed. The same pocket is in the same place under the liner also.
The last thing I want to warn you about is removing the liner. It zips right out but also has 4 buttons holding it in place. 2 at the tail and one in each sleeve. I didnt know these were there when I tried to pull the liner out and then when I did realize it, I thought they were snaps. They're not snaps. If you yank at the liner expecting them to pop off, they rip right off. Take a guess how I know. They're not critical, though so don't sweat it.
Overall, awesome quality and really comfortable if you can get the size right. I'd order a size bigger than you should be on the chart. But even if you get the wrong size, RZ makes it too easy to exchange.
March 4, 2013