Roland Sands City Jacket
Great style and comfort, high quality construction
I'm a huge fan of Roland Sands style in general and bought a Ronin jacket a couple of years ago, but at the time really wished he had a jacket with a normal button down collar, so when this one came out I had to have it. I'm 5'9, 160 lbs, kind of athletic build with a 40 in chest. My Ronin is a medium and fits well, but I wanted more of a fitted look for this jacket so I opted for the small. It fits perfect by itself, but if I try to put in the RSD armor I can barely bend my arms without cutting off the circulation to my forearms/hands. So keep that in mind if you have a more muscular build - the sleeves may be a bit on the tight side.
The quality of the leather is outstanding in my opinion. I've put about 8000 miles on it over the last 6 or 7 months and use a leather conditioner to help soften it up, and it's broken in extremely well so is now very flexible and is getting a nice patina. I love the way it looks and wear it all the time whether riding or not. Airflow isn't that great, but it's leather. It has a couple of small vents in the armpits and some perforation at the rear of the shoulders, but that's it. But it's also fairly light and I still wear it on a daily commute in the summer here in LA.
As to durability, it unfortunately recently protected me in a low side collision on the freeway at about 35 mph during rush hour. I slid several feet on my right side and the sleeve looked pretty scraped up, but after the crash I rubbed some of the Bick 4 leather conditioner I use into it and now I can't even see the scratches, and I have no road rash on my upper body. There were no actual tears in the leather.
So besides not being able to use the armor in it, the only complaints I have about the city jacket are on the feature side: 1) it only has 1 interior zipper pocket. I like the style of the chest and side pockets, but I like my phone and wallet on the inside, so everything gets stuffed into one pocket (the interior stuff pockets are great for a beanie or gloves, though). And 2) I wish it had a removable liner because it's a bit on the light side for riding in colder weather. But I just layer it up with a hoodie and it was fine for the LA Winter this past year.
July 25, 2015
Very cool high quality jacket
I haven't ridden with the jacket a lot but it is comfortable and very stylish!
April 28, 2015
This jacket is very nice. However, I will say that the lower arms in the jacket seem like they would be tight for a male or if my arms were more muscular, at least until the jacket breaks in some. The armor (sold separately) fits very well and is fairly low key. With the elbow armor in, the arms are tight. I expect they will loosen up over time/with break-in.
On Fit - I'm female with a 39" bust, 32" waist, 38" hips - the small fits well but it is not form fitting past the bust. When standing the fit in the torso is fairly loose on me (gives room for any gut) but when on the bike it allows for the jacket to sit well (not push up around the shoulders etc.) with room for a gut as well. On durability - of course I can't speak to this but it seems very well made. On protection - the leather is good, the armor (sold separately) is also good. I have not tested the protection and hope I don't but it is leather and has armor available. On airflow- it is none perfed leather. I rode with it in 50 degree weather and was impressed that there was very little air flowing into the jacket even with the collar unbuttoned and not zipped all the way up.
April 9, 2015
Versatile and beautiful leather jacket!
I purchased this jacket for my fianceeè for Christmas. He has received many compliments on his "City" RSD jacket. Now that he has worn it multiple times both while riding his Harley and going out to dinner, here is his review:
"Fits very well. It's a bit more roomy than you might think. You can layer under it and be fine. The quality and workmanship are exceptional. It's a relatively lightweight jacket with venting that is not really designed to keep you cool. (We live in Arizona.) It works and looks great on or off the motorcycle. The one downside is that body armor pockets are too low in the shoulders and elbows to be of any use unless the pads were long.
March 9, 2015
I just received this jacket today, Jan. 28, 2014 and I could NOT be happier!!!! Putting on this jacket will make you feel like Mr. Cool instantly!!! This jacket is built rock solid and ready for war. I went by the Roland Sands sizing chart provided on the RevZilla.com website and the chart was accurate. I'm a slender build, 150 pounds, 5' 8" tall and have a 38-1/2 inch chest, so I went with a Medium size. This jacket looks and fits as if it were tailor made for me. The fit will allow a dress shirt and sweater or a hoodie, but it is not a baggy fit at all. I went with the Tobacco color and the color is spot on to what your website shows it to be. This jacket is of IMPECCABLE quality, EXTREMELY well constructed, a very COOL jacket to be wearing and is truly DROP DEAD GORGEOUS and then some. I would definitely say this jacket is a 'chick magnet!!'
January 28, 2015
"Wow" was the first thing that came to mind when I opened the larger than life revzilla box!
This jacket is perfect if you plan on doing some time travel in the future #or past depending on how you look at it# and the reason is because this jacket looks as though it would fit just as well 40 years from now as it does 40 years ago.
Despite what kindergarten teachers say looks do matter, and if I am going to be riding a 500 pound death machine at death defying speeds, I absolutely plan to look as cool as possible #yes this is important# and to avoid being the new and improved Logo Power Ranger.
However, i rather not look like scrambled eggs on the highway either, so luckily the cowhide looks incredibly durable #haven't tested that one out yet#, and it does come with armor slots for the armor inserts #which i implore everyone to purchase, for the simple fact they save flesh, and make me personally feel like Batman# and its incredible how unnoticable the armor inserts are!
My only Gripe is that I feel the armor should be included.
Excellent product, would purchase again and again.
August 28, 2014
Jacket fits great, wonderful design. It comes very soft and broken in, I can't wait to see what it feels like and how it moves when I break it in over time.
Only thing I would possibly change on the jacket is the zipper location on the front breast pockets, I think I would prefer vertical zippers instead of horizontal zippers.
March 3, 2014