Roland Sands Clash Jacket
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.
Thanks again to Revzilla. I love the product reviews and great customer service.
June 24, 2015
Beautiful jacket with one caveat.
Jacket looks great. A little expensive. Wish the liner around the wrists was lined with leather or something different because Velcro on gloves will attach to it and ruin it instantly. Also wish leather at cuffs was not perferated as I see it as an area that needs more durability and don't see this cuff lasting. Overall love the jacket. Got the black.
May 25, 2015
Best jacket I've ever owned.
At this price, you know what you're paying for. High quality leather, highly comfortable right out of the box, incredible feel and style.
The armor comes optional, but the leather feels very strong and the additional panels on the elbows may help in a body-meets-pavement type scenario.
Even considering the amount I paid I'm stunned with the quality of this jacket, I love it and would absolutely buy it again.
Thanks to Revzilla for the fast shipping as well.
May 21, 2015
The coolest jacket money can buy
I got this jacket because it's the coolest jacket available. I got the black one + armor and after a month i'm noticing that the leather is starting to age which is real sweet. It turns a slight bronze as it ages, real neat stuff. It's a bit of a chore getting the armor in and I swapped the elbow and shoulder armor per the recommendation from revzilla. I really love this jacket, i wanted something that I could leave on and look like a real cool guy once I arrived somewhere. I'm not into the racey looking jackets, this thing is just simply BA, I love love love it. Definitely get it if you're thinking about it.
May 18, 2015