Roland Sands Barfly Jacket
I was looking for a leather jacket to wear casually when I'm out to dinner or out with friends. After looking at the box stores and at the mall, I was disappointed in the options, they either seemed cheap, with very thin "leather" or were very expensive. The Barfly has thick, soft leather and a heft that gives it a quality feel. I feel like the Barfly is a less flashy version of the Ronin and looks GREAT in the tobacco finish. I haven't ordered the armor so I can't comment on that, but as the casual jacket I was looking for, it's perfect and I have ZERO regrets.
I ordered a size large and am happy with the fit. I'm 5'8", 180 lbs, with a normal build.
November 18, 2013
I am 5' 10" 175# with a 42-43 inch chest. The large fits me like its tailored. The sleeves are a little long just wearing it but on a bike with your arms out in front of you they are perfect. I think it fits a little small especially in the foreams with the cuffs zipped but I didn't get the jacket to be worn over a lot of layers. I don't think I would be comfortable putting this jacket on over a sweatshirt the way it fits me. Beautiful, heavy leather, excellent simple styling. great jacket.
October 21, 2013
I have been looking at the RSD jackets online since they became available. I have followed his career over the decades and always like to support an American designer. Since his product is new to the market, it is hard to buy without seeing how well the construct and fitment are. Here is my assessment after viewing in person for the first time. I was in Philadelphia this past weekend and paid a visit to the new Revzilla retail/warehouse store. I initially was not over-ally impressed with any of the RSD jackets at first glance, although the leather felt nice to touch. I am always looking for riding gear and actually had found a nice casual leather Dainese jacket, however they did not have it in a size 50. I have used Dainese tracksuits in my racing days and had nothing but great results in field testing their durability. So I started to look harder at the RSD Barfly jacket. I liked the waxed aged leather feel and it really does work as a casual jacket whether it be on a motorbike or a night on the town. They only come in standard T-shirt sizes and that always bothers me. I tried on a Medium in Tobacco brown and it fit pretty well. It did not have the armor install as that is a separate purchase. I was not sold on the brown colour and asked a sales associate for a medium in black. I have a 41" chest, 32" waist, 5"7" in statue & 165lbs. I was very surprised that when they brought out the jacket in black it did not fit like the brown jacket did in Medium. The forearms were so tight I could only pinch about .5" which would leave no room for armor. They brought out a 2nd jacket and it had just a little bit more room in the forearms, but not much. I really wanted it in black, but this would not work once armor was installed. I was going to give up since brown just wasn't my thing, but one of my dear friends saw the name barfly & mentioned to me, well they should of named this jacket Firefly, and at that very moment brown became more than acceptable. I had them bring out the armor, installed it, then gave it another test fit. With the armor it fit as snug in the forearms as the black did without armor.
Overall, the jacket just has a wonderful casual style sans collar and doubles as a decent riding jacket. The airflow is non-existent, but I purchased this jacket based 99% on style and for casual wear and riding. The other note of interest is the label, which states it is finely made in India as to try and curb that fact that is was made in a 3rd world country that may or may not believe in the sanctity of leather.
September 9, 2013
Excellent leather, but Iwish it came with armor at this price point.
I bought this and all the armor for it. It fits me well with all armor added. It does not look bulky with the armor installed and it is a slim fitting almost euro cut, which I like. I bought a medium, I am about 5'7 with a 41 inch chest and 32 waist. It fits a bit snug around my forearms and biceps because I work out, but I like that. It doesn't impede movement when riding and I love the zippers to loosen and tighten the cuffs.
Vent wise, I rode with it when the temps hit 85-90f and still was fine at highway speeds. It vents pretty well and although I was a bit warm when rolling around in the city or stopped at traffic lights. This is definitely a good spring/fall jacket.
Leather is thick and durable. The color is great, I picked up the tobacco color and it looks so vintage. I hope never to test out it's abrasion or impact resistance, but I feel much safer with it on.
August 19, 2013
Jacket pumps your style factor by 10
Bought this jacket for a combination of looks and use.
I find the arms are tight along the forearms and the sidepockets are high and a bit awkward to get your hands in and out.
The quality of the leather is exceptional and style factor is great. Compared to the ICON jacket my friend bought I think this RSD jacket has way better style, the ICON might be better dollars for features though.
June 14, 2013
Absolutely awesome jacket!
I've always been a "good enough" kind of guy when it come to riding gear, usually buying lower-end to mid level stuff, but the first time I saw this jacket I knew it had to be mine, especially since RSD offers it in something other than basic black. In my case the brown/tobacco color immediately struck me as classy/classic.
I can't stress how amazing this jacket looks. The styling is much more understated than the Enzo, and even the Ronin, which for me was what drew me to it.
Physical construction on this jacket is A+. The leather is absolutely flawless and RSD's hand oiled/waxed process (*more on that later) really shows as the jacket has a broken-in feel right from the get-go.
Fit wise, it seems to run true to size. I'm 5'11" and run 165lbs with a 38" chest. The medium fit me perfectly, even after adding all the RSD armor (*more on that later). (You DO run an armored jacket, right?)
I bought this jacket specifically for a ~1,000 mile trip I just took. Weather ran from hot and windy to cool and windy. The venting on this jacket is top notch. At first I was a bit concerned that the jacket didn't offer any zipper vents. However, once I wore it on a ride, my concerns were alleviated. The perforated panels at the underarms do a great job wicking away pit sweat and add a cooling effect.
Now, down to the nitty gritty. There a few, and only a few, small faults I find with this jacket.
First off is the leather itself. I don't know if it's RSD's process or vendor or what but this jacket has a definite, strong odor. It's not unpleasant, but not like your typical leather smell. It WILL "stink" up your closet.
Secondly are the sleeves: they run a little tight, which makes adding the elbow armor a bit of a pain. Speaking of which, the pockets for the elbow armor seem a bit low and end up being more of a forearm armor. This also places the upper end of the elbow armor in a spot that seemed to rub my elbows a little raw. The small/tight sleeves also make it difficult to zip up all the way over a pair of gloves.
Again, these are just small complaints I have. Overall this is a great jacket. In my opinion, it looks far better than just about any jacket I've seen, especially in the tobacco color.
Is it cheap? No, but I'd be willing to bet this is a jacket that will last you a lifetime. Add to that the ability to add shoulder, elbow and back armor, along with all the pockets and it adds up to a jacket that can't be beat.
June 14, 2013
Great style, very simple, fantastic fit
First off, the jacket is meant to be simple and classic in style, this is why the airflow and features is rated so low for me. This jacket wasn't meant to be super-perforated and flow a ton of air.
I am 5'11'' 150 lbs with 40 inch chest, the small fits perfectly, people think the jacket is custom tailored. Along with this, the style is excellent; very classic and simple design with great lines and the leather selected fits the curvature perfectly.
As well as having a great fit and style, this jacket is very durable and protective. The leather is not too thin, and not too thick and stiff; The thickness of the leather along with the tanning process has created a great mix of strength and flexibility. I have been wearing the jacket for nearly two months now and its breaking in very nicely.
Although this jacket is meant for cruisers and cafe riders, I find this jacket to be extremely versatile. I use it for commuting to university, long distance rides, aggressive road riding and even nights off the bike. The jacket performs in all these circumstances and never limits my movement or restricts me, even leaning over the tank and hanging off.
The parts of this jacket I don't like is the sleeve girth and the lack of airflow. Although the forearms are very tight, the upper arm of the jacket is very lose, almost too lose, but I suppose it increases mobility and movement. Also, as I previously mentioned, the air flow is non-existent, I have to pin my shoulders back to scoop air in from the back of the collar.
All in all, the jacket is an excellent understated riding jacket, that will get you looks and protect your skin if you don't mind being a bit hot and are willing to forfeit some of the more technical features offered by other jackets.
June 10, 2013
I'm 6'....190lbs......40" chest.....27 1/4" arms...34" (true) waist. Ordered size Large. Fits great standing. On the bike, it's a little "puckery" and baggy in the torso. This might resolve as it breaks-in. I think if they offered more detailed sizing (ala 40L or 42L) instead of just "Sm Md Lg XL", I could've found a bit more precise fit. Overall though, it's a great jacket. Feels stout and thick. More "road racing" leather than "cruiser" jacket, which I like. I'm not complaining (can't get a custom cut leather for $480), but if you are my size but 5bs lighter, I'd recommend a medium.
June 2, 2013