Roland Sands City Jacket
Beautiful Leather and Design... Awkward Fit
First, the basics: I'm 6'0" tall, 168 Pounds, 34" Waist and 40 to 42" chest. Fairly slender.
The good things: The leather on this jacket is beautiful - one of the best I've seen on a city-style leather moto jacket. And the basic styling and quality is top notch. I REALLY wanted this jacket to work out! I ordered this in two sizes, first a large and then a medium.
The sizing is perplexing... on the large, I was literally swimming in this jacket... it was huge around my waist and chest... and yet the sleeves were too tight on the forearm and the shoulders were too tight with the RSD CE armor kit I purchased... weird. I decided to try the medium, and when that arrived, I found that it fit better in the waist and chest, but now the sleeves were WAY too short and I could barely flex my arms and shoulders into a riding position. With the CE Armor in place, it was a non-starter... had to send it back.
I think the jacket would benefit from gussets in the shoulders and a little more room in the chest #Medium# and a more athletic cut. Also, sleeve length on the medium size was an issue... these need to be longer so that wrists are covered in the riding position. I don't have any unusual dimensions - overly long arms or super broad shoulders and narrow hips... very average. So, I think this is a cut / design issue.
Disappointed, because the design of the jacket, the quality, and the leather were beautiful... again - really wanted this one to work!
February 12, 2016
Why discontinue this?
I've been shopping for jackets for months. I really liked the fit, finish and style of the Ronin, which I could try on in store, but $620 is a lot to me.
Found this jacket on sale and swept it up. Fit is perfect, got the small for a 5'6" guy with a beer gut. Just long enough in the torso and arms. Construction is incredible. Looks absolutely amazing on me.
Took it for a ride last night in 50F temps and again this morning in the 30's. Does a great job at these temps, but I might add an extra layer for longer rides. Leather is good and stiff, but that just means I need to ride more to break it in.
January 22, 2016
On sale can't beat it
When I was looking for a jacket I searched all jackets. Went and tried on ronin at a local shop and it was a bit to snug to layer. I'm 5'9 175 lbs used to be 150. Beer gut in other words. So I looked and looked and looked before I found a review of the city jacket being a bit looser fiting. I then saw it on close out at revzilla. It fits awesome and I totally recommend it. It allows me to layer or wear on its own. Totally recommend.
November 10, 2015
The style and craftsmanship are truly top notch in this jacket. I am a thin individual and really like the way it fits.
Only gripes are
1) The neck snap is really tight - I end up never closing it.
2) The elbow pads are riding pretty low after breaking in the jacket. In riding position they seem ok, but barely. Not sure they would fare well in an accident if my arms didn't remain that bent.
October 24, 2015
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