River Road Scout Jacket
Perfect Commuter Jacket
I ride everywhere. One day I may be dressing formally, sometimes I'm in the rain, sometimes in the searing sun. I carry everything I need to survive on my person or on my bike. I need a jacket that is durable, flexible and stylish enough to meet these needs. This jacket fits the bill. This is my review after over a year of daily use.
I always needed a jacket with heavy leather, lots of pockets, and no garish logos emblazoned over every last inch. Something you can wear to the girlfriend's parents place for dinner that doesn't look like you just came from a Moto GP race. Something you go from dinner to the track and not feel under protected.
I had a chance to try a size 40 before buying. Revzilla was out of stock, so I found another retailer selling the jacket for cheaper, so I called up Revzilla and, awesome as always, they matched the price.
The jacket is quite heavy but the pockets allow plenty of ventilation. It has oodles or pockets; I carry a dozen keys, couple sets of ear buds, bags for shopping, eye drops, scarf, pain relief spray, knife and other tools and it all fits comfortably.
The armor is decent on the shoulders and elbows, but the back protector is a joke. Toss that junk out and get the Klim D30 insert. Requires some cutting to fit but offers far better protection.
After a year the zipper teeth started to disintegrate. I contacted River Road customer service and they offered to replace it at no cost. Having worn the jacket in, I was attached to it, so they agreed to take it in and repair the zippers with better ones at no charge. So 1+ for their customer service too.
Overall I love this jacket and all its features, and expect it will offer many more years of heavy use, at which time I hope it is still in stock so I can get another of the same.
September 1, 2014
Sleeve cuffs are a little large. Can take jacket on and off with out up zipping sleeve. When adjust to second snap clip it is bunched up.
July 14, 2014
Thick and heavy
I ordered this jacket in a size 44 per the Geeks recommendation. Im 5'10" 190, 45 in chest, 33 pant size , athletic build. It was so tight I could not bend my arms to put on my helmet. After removing all of the liners and armor (which is thick and chunky feeling) It fit nice. I cant imagine riding this in the summer... it is crazy heavy and would be terribly hot. The perf is hardly noticeable and would do next to nothing. The styling is great however and I really dug the right breast pocket. Great jacket for the Nords.
I returned the jacket.
May 29, 2014
Fits small which is opposite from the video.
The jacket fits slightly small. I am 6' - 180 lb's thin with athletic build.
In suit jacket I am 42L. Returned the very small 42 for a 44. The 44 fit in the waist and was / is very snug in the shoulders. I ordered and tried a 46 which fit great in the shoulders but was way to loose in the waist.
I did keep the 44 which several people have commented looks a bit too small on me but is a good looking jacket.
The style and features are perfect. Hopefully it breaks in a loosens up a bit.
May 6, 2014
Fits to size
I'm 6' 200lbs 44in chest, about the same size as the guy in the video review, got a size 44 and it fits great. I think a 42 would've been too tight. Love this jacket, got it as a christmas gift and couldn't be happier. I've worn it in temps down around 38F with the liner in and was comfortable at 60mph for my 45min commute. Without the liner and with all the vents open I think it'd be comfortable into the 80s, much above that it'd be pretty warm. The little foam backpad it comes with is kinda worthless but I usually wear a backpack anyway so no big deal. The rest of the armor seems like it would be very protective it you ever needed it to be. Only complaint is that the collar has to be snapped while riding or it flaps around, wish they would add an extra snap to keep the collar open when riding in hot weather. Overall you'd be hard pressed to find a better jacket at this price.
April 12, 2014
Great so far!
Got this jacket in November, and so far I love it! As others have said, the leather is pretty stiff out of the box, but it softens up (especially once the weather warms up). I like the sort of "swiss army" approach they took on this one. The vast array of pockets inside of pockets inside of pockets means I can use this without a backpack for the commute most of the time.
It seems to handle the lowest temperature I'm willing to ride in ~40F. At that point other body parts start to get too cold, so I haven't gone below that.
Points off would be 1) not a huge fan of the reflective strips on the front. I very rarely night ride, and would rather be able to take a vest or my backpack with reflective parts instead of it being forced on the jacket. 2) The front air vents only work if you line up the velcro on the "big pockets correctly. If you are prone to opening and closing those often to grab stuff out of the 10 pockets inside, you have to make sure the velcro is lined up or it cuts off your vents.
Anyway, great jacket for a very middle of the road price. Time will tell how hot it can handle but thus far its been tolerable (if you aren't a nancy) in 85F.
April 10, 2014
The jacket might have a few too many features for my taste but that would be splitting hairs. All in all I'm very satisfied. It was difficult to find leather this good on a jacket that has the insert-able CE protection. I'd have liked a little bit more out of the styling but I made that sacrifice for protection and durability.
Was really pleased with Revzilla's quick shipping and the informative review video's.
It is a tad large but I like my jackets a little loose so I can wear a hoodie under it when its chilly, and this was perfect. If you prefer a tight jacket go a size smaller than usual, the expanding pleats in the side will take care of you.
April 7, 2014
Great Coat, exactly what I wanted
I tried several other leather coats and found this to deliver more bang for the buck than many others costing $100+ more. some reviews state it runs large, I disagree but I don't like to look like a sausage in my clothing either. A size 44 was a perfect size 44. I would guess the leather to be approx. 1.2-1.4mm thick based on other coats I tried and their specs. It is very high quality materials, fit and finish.
March 21, 2014