River Road Scout Textile Jacket
Love the jacket; 1 nit to pick
I chose the textile Scout because I wanted the full set of features but didn't want to pay $300+ for a full-featured leather. I'm very pleased with it.
First, the bang for the buck is off the charts. To get this level of protection, air flow, storage and temperature versatility for less than $200 is astonishing.
Second, the appearance is perfect for me. In textile, it looks more European cafe or sport tourer than American cruiser. I consider that a plus.
As to fit, I'd go true to size. I'm 6' / 210lbs, and the XL fits close but not tight. In the video, the model looks cramped. Had I followed the vid's advice, I likely would have ordered a large and felt cramped. The XL is perfect for me.
My single nit to pick is the thermal neck wrap. It attaches via velcro to the back of the jacket. That's impossible to manage when putting the jacket on. This is a textile jacket, meaning synthetic, protective material. So it's quite stiff. Not sure how to remedy this issue, but it makes the neck wrap useless unless you just treat it as a separate item around your neck and don't worry about keeping it attached to the jacket in the back.
Speaking of neck wraps and such, this jacket is super warm for winter riding with the thermal, removable lining. I live in Wisconsin, and the jacket's 1st ride to work was in a brisk 37°. I was toasty throughout the entire 7-mile commute.
October 18, 2015
Overall Good Jacket
Overall I really like the jacket. I am 6' 2" and the sleeves are a little shorter than I like. The jacket has pretty good airflow but it is still hot when riding in temps. over 85 degrees.
September 14, 2015
Great Jacket with lots of protection
This is a great jacket that fit perfectly and true to size. The removable liner works great and the airflow is really good. I live in Texas and it gets HOT. As long as you are moving on the bike the airflow works well. I upgraded the back armor to Forcefield and feel very secure in the jacket. Lots of pockets that are easy to get stuff into. Jacket looks awesome and I like the added reflective strip on the back. Easy purchase and fast shipping. If you are looking at this jacket go ahead and get it....you wont be disappointed.
September 12, 2015
great jacket especially for closeout price
I got this jacket on closeout and so far I am very pleased with it. The only issue I really have is it does tend to pinch my arms a bit at the elbows. I remedied this by simply removing the elbow pads; not the most ideal solution but I can't really complain for $149.
August 10, 2015
one of the best
i purchased this jacket for my wife, who loved it!!!
March 2, 2015
Great jacket so far
The 2-way zipper is a bit cumbersome and hard to disconnect when unzipping. I'm 5.9, 160, 40in and the medium is pretty snug. Worked well on a mountain trip, 45-80 degrees. Pulled the liner out and it was comfortable, though 85+ degrees might get warm. Recommend
October 20, 2014
a little pricey, but good product.
a little pricey, but good product. Good features like the pockets.
July 12, 2014
Could use a few improvements
This jacket fit fine, everywhere except in the bend of the elbows. When you have the liner in, when I would bend my arms just trying to zip up or button the collar, it would pinch very tight in the creases of my elbows. It was so tight that it would raise the skin and make it look like my blood was just underneath my 1st layer of skin. I still kept wearing it, hoping it would break in. I really don't understand why it has a double zipper up the front. While I was riding into work one morning, the front zipper parachuted on me, only staying together at the top and bottom. I pulled over and tried to bring the zipper down, and even tried bringing the bottom up. Well the top zipper broke off, so i had to use the bottom zipper to zip it up to my neck, then back down so it would be together and not flying open. I called the customer service and they sent me a return label and filed it under manufacturer warranty. The jacket was on back order, so I got refunded the money and ended up buying a different jacket....which is the most AMAZING summer jacket.
June 21, 2014