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River Road Raider Jacket

This waterproof, breathable, heavy-duty textile riding jacket offers superior protection from the elements.


  • Snap down, external storm flap in front keeps water and cold air out
  • 2 front intake vents and 2 generous rear exhaust vents provide maximum air flow in warmer temperatures
  • Protection includes CE-rated armor in the shoulders and elbows plus an upgradable EVA foam back pad
  • Reflective piping on front and rear
  • Neoprene lined collar for comfort
  • Several interior and exterior pockets
  • Removable, insulated, full-length liner keeps out the cold
  • Side waist adjustments for a customized fit
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River Road Raider Jacket 4.5 5 8 8
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
Awsome 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. Recommend. September 8, 2014
perfect fit 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
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
CRAIG M: I wanted a jacket that I could use year round in Hawaii that was waterproof with a classic look and minimal branding on the exterior of the jacket. It looks great and functionality has all the pieces I was looking for at a great price. I compared to many other jackets and I think this one will suit my needs with comfort and classic great look. Dec 2, 2014
Carlos P: Wanted a jacket that could be used in colder weather that was priced right. This jacket was exactly what I was looking for, it contains a removable liner and front and back vents to control air flow. Nov 17, 2014
William G: I really like the cruiser styling and features Sep 18, 2014
Damien O: Purchased brand before, was happy with other product Jun 17, 2014
john h: I wanted to try something other than leather.The jacket is supposed to be warm and waterproof so lets find out. May 1, 2014
Ray T: Good reviews as far as value and fit. Waterproof and it would look fine when off the bike as well when u get to your destination. No huge logos front and back! Mar 14, 2014
Joe T: customer comments. Not exactly what I wanted but exactly what I wanted seems to be unavailable. Mar 13, 2014
Jose Luis F: I live in Mexico DF I almost do not speak English, but I like the jacket by the specifications shown online, the brown color is also different from the everyday. THANKS Jan 28, 2014
Isaac H: Seems to offer a good level of protection at a good price with added waterproof material just in case it just so happens to start raining. Sep 22, 2013
Jeff W asked: Has anyone gotten to try this "waterproof" feature first hand? (and how well it performs in that area) I live in western WA, so this would be of good use. thanks... Oct 1, 2014
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Robert B: I have had no opportunity to ride in rain with this jacket but as I was asked to weigh in on Jeff's question I sprayed it with the garden hose. There was no moisture inside of the shell.
For sizing I generally am an xl though this jacket fits me well as a large. The snap tab at the top of the zipper in the neck area when not zipped will flap in the wind. Add a female snap or tack it back when not using. Overall I'm very happy with the jacket.
Oct 4, 2014
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Jeff W: thanks for the help rob, much appreciated Oct 5, 2014
James M: Live in Ca. No rain, but great jacket. Well made. Blocks wind well. Sure rain will be no problem. Oct 1, 2014
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TONY R: I have not had a chance to try it in a heavy rain yet but is a very nice jacket with no problems. Oct 1, 2014
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James H asked: Any specific back armor I should look for when upgrading the EVA foam? Will any generic CE rated armor fit in correctly? Jul 22, 2015
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Jonathan H asked: How far into the warm temperatures can you take this jacket? Dec 21, 2014
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Patrick L: The jacket has a removable inner liner and front/back vents in the outer shell. I wear it in temperatures ranging from 40F up to about 90F. It works well in warmer, humid temperatures as long as you keep moving. Unless you are riding in extreme temps of 100F and up, the jacket should be just fine. The fit runs a bit on the small side. Dec 21, 2014
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Isaac H: I have used this jacket all summer going into late fall. Itf you open the front and rear vents it's very breathable in hot weather.Otherwise when it gets cold, zip them up and you are good to go. It will work well at keeping you warm. Dec 21, 2014
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A shopper asked: What kind of cold temps is this jacket appropriate for? Nov 2, 2014
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Brian R: With the liner in and a thermal shirt on underneath, I have ridden in the 40s-50s without much trouble. Gets a little chilly around the front zipper, but that's to be expected. Below about 40, you'll want something a little better insulated and with more wind penetration resistance. Nov 3, 2014
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Robert B: A long sleeve T-shirt beneath and jacket can hold off mid 40's cold for a couple of hours. Nov 6, 2014
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A shopper asked: I have been researching motorcycle jackets for awhile now and for the versatility and the bang for your buck the river road raider jacket is what i am leaning towards. So my question about this jacket is since i have EXTREMLY small wrists how does the cuffs fit?
i have worn different jackets that are not riding jackets and the air blowing up through the cuffs causes a lot of issues.
i appreciate your inputs
Aug 24, 2015
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Mens Jacket and Vest Size Chart

Use this chart if your height measures 5'6" to 6'2"
SizeChest (in)Waist (in)
Sleeve (in)
32 1/2
33 1/2
34 1/2
35 1/2
36 1/2
36 1/2

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

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Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Black / SM 840569 12/J/3479 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / MD 840568 12/J/3479 Out of Stock
Black / LG 840567 12/J/3479 Out of Stock
Black / XL 840566 12/J/3479 Out of Stock
Black / 2XL 840565 12/J/3479 Out of Stock
Black / 3XL 840564 12/J/3479 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Grey / SM 932439 12/J/3479-GRY In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Grey / MD 932440 12/J/3479-GRY Out of Stock
Grey / LG 932441 12/J/3479-GRY Out of Stock
Grey / XL 932442 12/J/3479-GRY In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Grey / 2XL 932443 12/J/3479-GRY In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Grey / 3XL 932444 12/J/3479-GRY Out of Stock
Brown / SM 932445 12/J/3479-BRN In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Brown / MD 932446 12/J/3479-BRN Out of Stock
Brown / LG 932447 12/J/3479-BRN In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Brown / XL 932448 12/J/3479-BRN In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Brown / 2XL 932449 12/J/3479-BRN In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Brown / 3XL 932450 12/J/3479-BRN In Stock: Ships within 24 hours