Roland Sands Clash Jacket
Don't get it!
I'm 6", 165lbs., size 31 waist and a size 36-38" chest. I ordered this jacket in a size small and the fit is perfect. The jacket has a slim silhouette and is not boxy, unlike most other American brands. The attention to detail is ridiculous and it's hard not to wear this jacket even when off the bike.
RSD hit the ball out of the park on this one. I honestly think it's the best looking jacket on the site. So don't get it.
*It's been almost a year since I purchased this jacket. With armor installed I can fit at most 2 layers underneath. The shoulders are a bit bulky in the beginning but the pads will conform to your body after breaking in.*
October 1, 2015
I purchased the oxblood red version of this jacket to wear almost year-round (excluding the Arizona summer). It's expensive, but worth it. The leather and construction are top quality. Breathability is pretty good; I was able to wear it in 100+ degree weather for more than twenty minutes without feeling excessively uncomfortable, but your milage may vary. I bought a medium that fits me snugly (5'9" 135lbs), hence the slightly small fit rating.
I bought armor inserts for the elbows, shoulders, and back and they fit well. Overall I'm very impressed with it. I'll edit my review after six months or so of use for more details.
September 30, 2015
Fits nice and looks great.
The Oxblood is not too red. So not as flasby but stands out enougb. Im 5'10" at 180 lbs and the large fits right.
September 30, 2015
Feels good looks good
I live in Hawaii so I was a little hesitant to buy this jacket, because I was worried it would be too warm. I wanted the protection of leather, but couldn't find anything that offered the style I wanted with the breathability I needed so I bit the bullet. I was going to get the RSD Barfly, but wanted a little higher quality and different fit. I'm glad I went with the Clash. I'm 6' and 175lbs, with narrow shoulders and a fairly slim profile. I went with the Large and it fits as well as I could have hoped. I have sort of odd dimensions, but it's only a little big in the shoulders and chest but fits nicely everywhere else. I have a long torso so I'm glad everything is covered nicely. It's very comfortable on the bike, no pinching or riding up. All of this is with the armor in. The armor is so light and malleable that it's barely noticeable. It is hot in 85 degree weather with 85% humidity but what do you expect. It's not so bad when moving and I definitely feel protected. I'll be transitioning to Oregon next year and I'm sure this jacket will keep me warm with just enough room for a sweater underneath.
August 28, 2015
1-year review - very high quality jacket
This has been my only riding jacket for just over a year, during which time I've done about 7000 miles. I'm 6'1 with a fairly lean build at 170lb and the medium fits me perfectly.
The leather is thick yet very supple and the stitching is very high quality - no loose threads whatsoever during the time I've had it. The interior liner is nice, though I wish they had added a different material near the cuffs so that velcro glove fasteners don't snag on it.
I got it in black, and after a year the leather is very slightly fading in the shoulder area. I got the shoulder and elbow armor (statistically, back armor doesn't seem to be worth it unless it's the full track-style "hump") which fits well, though the shoulder armor doesn't go "over" your shoulder per se, just covers the outside of your arm up to the shoulder.
I feel well-protected in this jacket, but what you're paying the premium for is the style. This remains the best looking motorcycle jacket I have ever seen, on anyone. I get compliments on it nearly every time I wear it.
August 7, 2015
superior style and function
Second RS leather great style, sweet color ways, everything you need, nothing you don't. Worth every penny, you get what you pay for. Both my Clash and Ronin fit perfect on my 5.8 180 frame.
August 2, 2015
Exceptional Quality, Design and Appearance Leather Jacket on and off the bike.
After extensive and tedious research of leather motorcycle jackets for roughly a month I am very pleased with the purchase of my "Clash" jacket in black.
I am 6'0, 205 and wear a 45 suit jacket/sport coat w/34 waist and selected the XL along with the Roland Sands back protector and "upgraded" D-30 elbow and shoulder armor.
The fit was perfect. The armor selection is not visually noticeable once installed. I wore the jacket with armor and with out and it alters the feel (not fit) ever so slightly.
I purchased for riding primarily in cooler-dry temperatures between 50 and 65 F.
The fit and finish of the jacket is excellent and the jacket is moderately heavy due to the 1 mm weight. I don't wear it during the summer time (heavy & warm)
If you want an exceptionally styled-designed riding jacket when it is cooler as well as beefing up the wardrobe for going out I highly recommend the "Clash" to add to your other riding jackets for specific application throughout the year.
I think the jacket is actually a good buy for the versatility, styling and craftsmanship. Jackets of similar quality and design are as much as twice as much higher if not more.
Go big or go home.......
July 31, 2015
If it Fits you must Acquit
The group at Roland Sands finally got the sizing right on this jacket. About a year ago I ordered a medium and the arms were too short. Tried the large and the waist was too big. Yes, I have Goldilocks syndrome, but when it comes to jackets it has to fit especially at this price point. They finally got it together.
So I am 5'10" 175lbs and medium build. I like a jacket that fits but isn't too tight. Got the ox blood red. It's more of a maroon wine color as others have mentioned. A big deal for me was the length in the arms. When I'm leaning into the handlebars I need that little extra because its going to ride up. Another issue that bugs me with most jackets is the fullness around the mid section. I guess we live in the age of the beer belly. This jacket is trim in the waist and fits right as it should. The shoulders are a little tight but not uncomfortable. It's gonna stretch. Bear in mind I am not wearing any armor and just a shirt underneath. For Texas, this will serve me 3 seasons, which is what I intend to use it for. Not a whole lot of ventilation. Leather is top notch. Kind of an oiled saddle grade texture. It's going to take a while to break in. I needed a unique jacket that makes a understated statement without being obnoxious. This did the trick.
One weird thing though. There was a black granite rock sewn into the liner. After skillfully taking it out I was scratching my head on this one. Was it a mistake? Someone left me a present. lol
The price on this jacket is pretty steep. But like all good things they need to fit and you have to justify the cost benefit analysis based on how often you use it and the cool factor. You won't see it everywhere and it will make you feel more like the RSD version of Fonzie. Ehhhhhh!
Final impressions are good. My recommendation is to buy it.
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June 24, 2015