River Road Taos Jacket
Great "modern classic" jacket at a good price
I bought this jacket as a cold weather solution for use on my Goldwing, so I use it in conjunction with a heated jacket liner. My review will be with those conditions in mind.
I was glad that Revzilla included a product review video and a revised sizing chart for the Taos, otherwise I would have ordered a jacket that was far too big. I have a 43" chest, and the medium jacket fit me nearly perfectly. The Taos runs larger than you'd expect it to, so be sure to look at the Revzilla sizing chart before you buy, and don't rely solely on what sizes of gear you've bought in the past.
I've had a number of rides with the jacket now, in temperatures ranging from the high 30's to the low-mid 70's. I've found that I can wear this jacket with nothing but a polo shirt or T-shirt and be comfortable down to about 50-55 degrees. With my heated jacket liner in place, I can wear a single shirt, run the liner on 50% power, and be comfortable down to the low 40's. With the liner at 75% power (and a single shirt, mind you), I'm comfortable into the low 30's. I imagine that on 100% power and with a sweatshirt included, I'd be comfortable into the teens or lower. I've not yet removed the jacket's insulated liner to see how comfortable it is without, but I imagine that I could wear the jacket into the 80's with no insulating liner and the vents all opened. Keeping in mind that I'm riding a Goldwing, I don't think I'll be able to evaluate the airflow characteristics of the Taos very well, as I have quite a large fairing blocking air that would otherwise be flowing through the jacket.
I like the "modern classic" look of the Taos. It has a very contemporary design that's mercifully unadorned with boy-racer company logos. In fact, I've received a number of compliments from coworkers about the flattering cut of the jacket, and many of those co-workers don't even ride motorcycles. I think many years from now, the style of this jacket will still look good.
If there were one thing that I wish could be changed, it would be to add a way to cinch in around the chest just a little bit. The adjustment straps around the waist did a good job, but when I sit down on the bike the jacket rides up just a hair and the chest area balloons out a small amount. If there were some sort of adjustment strap that could cinch in the chest by about an inch, I think the jacket would fit perfectly when seated. At least on a Goldwing.
Stylish, comfortable, warm, and doesn't break the bank. For what I need, the Taos does a great job.
October 27, 2014
Good value for the price.
The jacket works very well for an entry level jacket. I think it is an excellent value for the money.
The fit is slightly large; I usually wear an XL and I ordered this in L and it fits perfectly.
The velcro side straps could be made better, but overall the jacket is very functional.
July 21, 2014
Great fit and design, excellent value for the money.
Beautiful color, not often available by high priced brands bar BMW apparel. Excellent design, great venting and pocket locations; excellent fit and comfort...an absolute great buy!
June 2, 2014
Great jacket so far rode it in 32 degree weather kept me warm
March 10, 2014
I have only used this jacket in the winter since I bought it in late fall. I like it a lot with two small exceptions noted below. The jacket has a lot of features that I was looking for: pockets, length, warm liner, etc etc. I commute to work and it has kept me plenty warm with my work clothes underneath. I even used on a 10 degree morning, although I was layered up quite a bit (still did not get cold though). The zipper vents appear to be in good positions but I haven't had a need for them yet.
My two small complaints are the velcro on the exterior pockets and on the interior pockets. For the exterior pockets, the velcro is already tearing away from the jacket after several months of daily usage. Better stitching is needed. For the internal pockets (on the liner), be careful not to wear something too fuzzy like a sweater. The velcro may catch on the clothing and damage the fabric.
Overall though, I really like this jacket!
February 25, 2014
This jacket is wonderful. First day I wore it it was 96 degrees out and until I had gotten off my bike it hardly felt like I wasn't even wearing a jacket at all, the air flow was great. Its comfortable to ride in and the liner seems very warm but haven't had a chance to test it. I'd say all in all for around 150 its an amazing buy, I wouldn't recommend any other jacket.
The only con for me is the size, I wear a medium in most Joe rocket which is about a 40 - 42 according to the video that put me in a size small which fits great in the shoulders and arms but in the torso when not adjusted I swim in the thing particularly around the gut area. This is a common issue for me though being as I am 6'3" and 155
June 16, 2013
I have only worn this a few times, but I am very satisfied with the jacket. The fit for me is perfect. I have worn it over a bulky sweatshirt, and just a tee shirt. The air vents work great. I opened them while wearing the sweatshirt, with the liner in the jacket, and I was comfortable. They were closed with the tee shirt and I did not get cold. I was riding while it was 50, and the wind was blowing. My legs got cold through my jeans, but my upper body was fine. This jacket does exactly what it claims.
May 6, 2013