River Road Scout Jacket
I looked at a ton of different jackets trying to find the one I want. The River Road Scout is a awesome jacket. I like the fact that it has the shoulder, elbow and back protection in it already. The back is just a piece of foam so I will upgrade that. The jacket is very well made, all the zippers move freely and do not get hung up. The zip out liner is a nice feature. I have not used the liner yet on a ride, with the liner in it fits a tiny bit snugger but still comfortable. With the vents on the wrist and chest and back exhaust you get a good amount of airflow while moving. The jacket fits true to size so ordering was made simple. Very happy with the Jacket, glad it is the one I ordered.
October 6, 2015
Seems like a great jacket.
Keep in mind that I am reviewing this as a leather jacket... things like "air flow" relate to other leather jackets... not to mesh or textile items.
Made from nice heavy leather that should provide great protection (although I hope I never need it) and it's going to need some breaking in. The fit is pretty true to size and sleeve length is proportional... I just wish the torso length was a little longer (I'm 6'3"). It's been too hot to wear it so far, but the vents seem like they should provide good airflow. Zippers are all substantial and I'm glad it has the included protective padding.
August 10, 2015
This jacket is great, I am 5'10" 150lbs with relatively long arms. I wear 38R suits so I ordered the smallest size available (40) and it actually fits me snugly, especially with the liner in. The leather is stiff and does take some breaking in, I actually felt very limited at first in my range of motion so I wore it around the house for a couple days. I love the internal left chest pocket, I conceal a Colt Officer 1911 with ease and there is absolutely 0 printing or sagginess as a result of the stiff leather. It hasn't been warm enough for me to take out the liner yet, I have worn it slightly unzipped and that provided plenty of airflow. When summer comes around I'll take the liner out and with all the vents I have no doubt that it will be bearable. Look wise, I love the classical look, lack of branding and reflective stripes.
May 4, 2015
Unfortunately, this jacket is not available in an extra-small, but for the price I ordered a small, hoping it would fit. Did not fit how I wanted, however, the jacket was so nice I decided to have it tailored to my size instead of sending it back. Great features, and a perfect jacket to wear casually if you remove the padding. Great breath-ability, tons of pockets, overall a great buy.
May 20, 2015
I recently purchased the River Road Scout leather jacket and am pleasantly surprised with the product. I typically prefer jacket with a slimmer European cut but this one is more streamlined than I thought it would be. Leather feels durable without being too stiff. And the style is great. When you get off the bike it doesn’t look like you have on a hefty motorcycle jacket. It features venting to help keep cool but I haven’t had the opportunity to test it out in the warmer temperatures. Overall, I like the jacket and it cost me approximately $200 less than some of its competitors.
March 2, 2015
Good bang for your buck
Designed to fit over a t shirt or thin shirt. Good protection.
February 3, 2015
I'm 6'-1" at 185lbs. Usually a size 44 so that is what i ordered. Arm length is perfect. With the elasticized leather from the armpit to waist, the jacket will expand or contract some for you waistline. As another review mentioned, I too wish it were an inch longer in the torso. Two inches would even be better.
Shoulders and elbows are good. Back is just thin foam. I have a backpack 95% of the time, otherwise I would upgrade. The leather is thick and would hold up well in a slide, yet it is finished well and soft to the touch.
Ribbing on shoulders allows for a great range of arm movement. Comfortable in both warm and chilly riding temps. Below 45deg out and I will likely switch to my textile. Haven't been in temps above 80deg, but at 80, with the vents all open, i was comfortable as long as I wasn't stuck at a long red light.
Dampness from fog or very light rain had beaded off. Not planning to test heavy rain.
Darn near perfect.
The "hand warming" pockets on the outside are small. I keep meter change in one and a bridge toll reader in the other. Empty, you can just fit your fist in. But, they are small to accommodate the giant full chest pockets. Pens, keys, tire gauge, etc. They are each 12" deep and 6" wide.
Inside the jacket, on each side, is a small elastic dump pocket. There is also one vertical zip pocket on the inside left chest.
A nice blend of classic and modern. My favorite thing about this jacket, and the main reason I bought it, is the lack of advertising. Not a single name or logo can be found on the outside of this jacket. Who wants to pay more to be a rolling billboard?
It is now my go to jacket for all but two scenarios. Rain and road trips.
February 2, 2015
I have only had this jacket for about a week or so, but I absolutely love it. I drive a Harley sportster Forty Eight and the style of this jacket is exactly what I was looking for. Armor, warmth, ventalation, practicality, style and all for under the $300 price mark. It still has not broken in yet, but the quality feels like it will last for several years of riding.
December 22, 2014