Roland Sands Clash Jacket
Style & Quality for Slim Folks
*Big note up front* Roland Sands swapped the Shoulder and Elbow armour in this jacket without telling anyone. You need shoulders for the elbows and elbows for the shoulders! I didn't believe it at first, but the size of the pockets is clear. I even had Revzilla check three jackets and they were surprised to confirm my suspicions. So...swap em!
Frankly, I think this is my favourite jacket in the world. It oozes quality and style, fits me well, and will last me a long time. This jacket is meant to be stylish, to be worn slim, and make a statement.
I did a lot of research before picking the single most "me" jacket available out there today. I actually bought a Roland Sands Ronin as well, and I was really torn between the two for some time. The Ronin's a little classier and easier to wear open because it's not double breasted, but finally I decided that the lapels on the clash will fold open like a suit jacket if I train them to.
Now, my ADV Sports track jacket is way more technical and far better for what it does, but I walk into a place looking like a Power Ranger in it. I walk in somewhere in this Clash jacket and people get a very different impression. There's a good chance it's not "you" but I have a feeling you already know one way or the other.
Everything else is pretty much just how it's described in the video.
July 21, 2014
Outstanding leather jacket with a lot of style
I am 5' 11" 165 lbs and ordered a large, which fits perfectly (medium would be too small), with and without the D3O armor for shoulders, elbows and back. The oxblood is darker than in the video and is spot on. Very well made and the leather is the best. Highly recommend if you like a more edgy style. You will not go unnoticed or be disappointed. Very pleased with this jacket.
June 18, 2014
The Bee's Knees
An outstanding quality jacket. Looks are stunning. Got it in red and it has a nice dark crimson color that's not too outlandish. Fits perfectly with a medium (165 lbs, 5'8", wingspan longer than height) and armor with in. I wear this during the Texas summer (90-100 degrees) with no issue as long as I am moving. The only downside is that the jacket is relatively pricey, especially when you factor in buying armor.
June 17, 2014
Oxblood for an edgier look
I'll begin with saying that I have gotten plenty of looks and compliments on this jacket - I went with the oxblood red.
It may seem edgier than the black option, and it is, but I agree with a previous reviewer: I wouldn't describe it as 'over the top" like Anthony did, but I get his point.
The pics on the product page make it seem like it's got a sheen or slight shine and brightness to it - not exactly the case. Rest assured, it is a little more subdued than it appears in the images, and not as bright. To give you an idea of the color, Google "oxblood" and see an image of the color - imagine that color with a slightly matte leather surface. Personally, I dig it; and so do the random strangers that check you out wearing it. Be warned, not for the faint of heart - make sure you have the personality to pull it off as you mingle with others - total rock star status for sure, haha (think James Dean meets Steve McQueen, rolled into Slash from GnR).
Fun aside, into the rest:
As you'd expect from any leather product, it'll be a little stiff out of the box but will absolutely break in with a couple of wears and conform itself to your individual fit. I went with the armor package additionally when I got this. It's kind of annoying to have to get it separately when the jacket already has a high price tag, but oh well (contrast to the Rokker jacket, which already comes with the armor - look for that review later). Either way, you can't overlook the value of added protection. I strongly recommend the armor as well, if your budget can swing it. With that in mind, it's easy to insert into the jacket, and I highly recommend your break in period begins with the armor inserted because it will feel totally different with or without the pads. Understand that the pads may make it appear to feel awkward, or tighter than you bargained for; but once it's nicely broken in with the armor, the fit will be spot on. RSD doesn't skimp on the quality of the leather so keep that in mind: RSD = premium leather.
Ventilation and airflow are appropriate for Spring and maybe early fall - totally depending on your location's climate. Prob not the best option for the peak of Summer - you will heat up real good in this. Again, it will depend on your individual temp tolerance. This is a leather jacket with some perforation and under arm vents, so you can make up your own mind from there.
The zippers on the sleeves are easy to feel with gloves on and I love the gussets on them. The offset front zipper is totally killer and adds to the edgy look, but also easy to reach for and zip/unzip with the right hand. The internal pockets are excellent for a cell phone or items of that size. The outside pockets on the sides are kind of small, so prob a better place for things like keys, lighters, etc. Other than that, it's made to last - a must have, in my opinion. I really wish they offered it in Tobacco brown, but love this nonetheless.
One little bone to pick:
As another reviewer noted, the lining can easily be frayed with Velcro from your gloves or other abrasive surfaces, so be careful with that.
The price tag may weed some would-be buyers out, but if you can save up for this, I'd say swallow that one-time lump sum because this one is made to last for sure.
The total look I went with, in case you're interested: Oxblood Clash jacket, Rokker Original Raw jeans, brown Icon El Bajo boots, Tobacco Mission RSD gloves, Flying Tigers Bell Vortex with tinted shield. Never fails to get double-take looks on the road, in the city streets, anywhere; and excellent protection in my opinion. My reviews for the above items will be coming soon.
May 31, 2014
Beautiful Jacket w/ Awkward Fit
Note: Revzilla did not have the jacket in my size in stock, so I (regrettably) purchased it elsewhere.
First, to compare... I'm 5'9, 175lbs and typically wear a EU50/US40 in most jackets (Dainese/Revit/A*). I fit the RSD Rocker & Ronin in Medium perfectly. I prefer a snug, close-to-the-body fit.
I had a Roland Sands "Rocker" jacket in size Medium that fit perfectly, constructed very well, and was clearly a high-quality jacket. After seeing the Clash, I preferred it's more-'70s-era styling over the Rocker's '50/'60s inspired feel. Both jackets have the asymmetrical zipper and upon viewing just photos of the jackets, they appear to be fraternal twins separated at birth. Looks and quality are one thing, FIT was an entirely different issue. Whereas the Rocker fit near-perfect, the Clash felt tighter in the chest area and the neck opening was simply too small and I could not snap the neck (on the Rocker, I could - comfortably). Note both jackets were marked Medium, but clearly every jacket fits differently even when they look similar and come from the same designer. The Clash was disappointingly ill-fitting. I could not even settle for wearing it without the neck button snap closed as there is no provision built in to allow the wearer to fold the neck flap and snap it down for comfort and stability when on the bike (like the Ronin and Tracker from RSD). I wore both the Rocker and Clash without the armor. Fit may be "too tight" with the armor in, but any larger in size, the sleeves would be too long for me.
Leather quality and construction of the Clash, on the other hand, was top notch! Not the wonderfully and perfectly distressed look of the Rocker's leather, but the Clash had a soft feel and a nice sheen to it's black leather. The YKK zippers throughout and all the snaps worked perfectly and the interior was beautiful. I desperately wanted to LOVE the Clash, especially since I regrettably and prematurely sold the Rocker for it, but c'est la vie... Additionally, as a result of my impatience and procuring the jacket elsewhere, I was facing a 15% restocking fee if I decided to return it (not so if I had just bought it from the good folks at Revzilla!!) - aaaaaaagh. I ended up exchanging it for the Ronin - another wonderful jacket from RSD and one that fit very well for me. So in the end, I'm happy. Although I did not buy it from Revzilla, I wanted to share my experience with the RSD Clash. My take-away from all this: 1) Not every jacket fits the same even in the same size from the same manufacturer 2) Patience is a virtue 3) Buy from Revzilla because return and exchanges are no hassle and thus lowers your stress level.
Good luck. Happy shopping.
May 23, 2014
Secondary gear option
I bought this for short trips where the destination might not be Aerostich-Storing-Friendly. The jacket is absolutely stunning in its design. It is constantly complimented. It feels a bit large on my smaller frame (specifically the arm length), but it's not bulky. 10 out of 10, would wear again and again.
May 13, 2014
great value in my opinion
This jacket effortlessly combines great style with substantial features. Everything breathes quality and it will only get better with age, I have four jackets from RSD and I think you'd be hard pressed to find similar quality in this price range. The only gripe I have is that fit;there seem to be slight differences. I take XL and not all of my jackets fit the same. The last two fit a bit smaller.
May 12, 2014
Great jacket with great looks
So first off I read a review and then comment about the liner pulling/tearing easy. I understand what he means now after having it. When you put the armor in there are velcro strips and the 'prickly' or hooked side of the velcro will get caught on the liner its sewn too or near and can damage it if you're too forceful getting it off and back on the loop part ('fuzzy') of the velcro.
The jacket itself fits great albeit I did have to get a XL, now I will say I might've known this already knowing the design of the jacket somewhat and who it was aimed at but I figured I'd be ok with at 5'11" 42-43 chest 16 1/2" arm. Anyways it really wasn't. The chest was fine and all but my shoulders were popping it out. If I tried to touch my other shoulder zipped up it wasn't going to happen without the back being pulled up. And my arm was the meat in a sausage.
I returned and went with an XL and it fits fine a lot looser but not so loose its "horrible" though I will say on a bike there is definite pushing up of the front either due to the design or size, this is with both straps on the sides to their tightest. I also put the armor in and I'd say it now fits "snug" but thats all relative. If you're use to slim fit shirts and wear your size clothing it fits as it should really.
Everything is where you'd want it. The pockets etc. are where your arms can naturally get too not where you might expect them too be for instance. The pocket layout makes sense the large zipper pulls are great for using with gloves.
Inside of the jacket has a large pocket on both sides that can easily fit say a DVD case or other item inside of the jacket both sides (have done it, bottle of pills/DVD case fits fine) and I could even imagine slightly larger items if need be.
I live in Central NY so the climate can easily be right now 40's then 80's later in the day. The lack of venting is actually a plus. It stays warm and then as long as you are moving you're fine at high 70's. With that said once you take it off you will realize that your body is very warm. Like I said it doesn't vent that well. But if you are tolerant of some slight sweat/warmth you should be fine.
With that said it does lack features at this price point.
You might expect venting, though I understood it didn't have much if any when bought and calculated this where I live. Also there is no removable liner though that can be argued that those are largely un needed. The design of the back and front for example aren't overly designed. I think largely for looks but there isn't a dropped back and short front for example like you might find on other jackets in this price point. And the armor is a separate additional cost if you want it.
With all that said I think the jacket is great if you want something protective and life lasting that is updated in design to offer looks and protection. Its the "classic" motorcycle jacket but with enough to stand out in terms of look (people won't mistake you for wearing a Perfecto) so much more protection and just enough "dazzle" (coffin designs, stretch panel, ribcage liner) to make it stand out.
May 11, 2014