Roland Sands Clash Jacket
Warning! Changes color quickly!
I was so happy and still am very happy with this jacket in that the design & functions are what I expected and some. However, the fact that I paid $650 for it and after just 4 months of riding (in Sweden, not exactly the hottest country on the planet) the jacket is fading to brown!
For some, the vintage look might be what you like. However, for a jacket to go from solid black to rusty brown this quickly is alarming to say the least. I now have riding buddies commenting "Hey man your jacket's half black, half brown."
So if you're in the market for this jacket, just be aware that it will most likely change colors on you.
July 25, 2016
Expensive, but worth it
I've been hunting for the perfect side-zip jacket for a long time, and this might very well be it. It's comfortable, a good fit and has enough weight to it to give some confidence that it will protect you in a crash. It also looks amazing. It's especially good if you have reasonably broad shoulders - I'm 38-40" chest and the Medium fits me really well.
It's warm when you're still, but once you're moving there's enough perforated leather (or you can partially open the jacket) to keep you cool
July 21, 2016
Great Jacket but issues with the stitching.
Comfy, looks great, smells great!
The style is awesome, and the airflow is good enough to wear the jacket despite humid 35C temperatures in the cooking pot of SouthWest China (As long as you're not pushing your bike..).
It has many, many pockets to keep keys, wallet, license, cables, spare batteries for action-cams etc.
There are a mixture of secure zips, as well as convenient pouches on the inside, and a hook-thing for attaching to a wallet/spare keys.
I opted for the official RSD CE armour inserts. These give the jacket quite a bit of weight in total, but I like it and it inspires confidence. (And it's always a laugh to watch the face of my friends/girlfriend when I let them hold the jacket and feel the weight.)
One slight issue is that after 4 months, the stitching has come loose on one of the chest-pockets.. I managed to fix it myself, with a needle and thread, but was a little disappointed since I didn't expect this issue in such a pricey jacket.
The inner lining on the jacket is smooth and luxurious, if a little bit loud, (gold, with a black skeletal rib-cage pattern) but then again if you're a rider who is considering the oxblood version of this jacket, you're probably cool with that!
The Jacket has some small grille air vents at the back, and it's also quite pleasant to open the jacket up whilst riding to cool yourself off.
If you're expecting serious rain or any sweaty activity, I'd advise against wearing white under the jacket, since the colour from the jacket leaked into my t-shirt. (4 months after buying the jacket)
Looks great with the Brown RSD Ace gloves and blue jeans.
June 19, 2016
Great look and fit
I got the small and it fits me perfectly with the armour installed. I am 5'8" 140lbs. It does fit tight (in a good way), but the leather will loosen up as you wear it. The feel and look of the jacket is awesome. The jacket is well made for sure.
June 7, 2016
bad $*% three-season jacket
This jacket is awesome looking and the leather is nice and thick, leaving me feeling very protected, especially with the armor inserted.
Today it was in the mid-80s in NYC and I was starting to feel kinda hot, so I would NOT recommend this above about 80 degrees.
I was a bit confused about fitment because the reviews seemed to be a bit all over the place, but the guys at Revzilla recommended me a medium. I'm 5-10, 190# with a 40" chest measurement. similar guys to me seemed to get the large and be happy, but I actually like the snug fit of the medium. I can even get a hoodie underneath it for the cooler weather.
May 25, 2016
Best Leather jacket ever.....
Though it's pricey, the Clash is probably the nicest leather motorcycle jacket I've ever owned. I would suggest going up one size - I typically wear a size large jacket or shirt (6'2" 190lbs, 34" waist#, and the XL Clash fits me perfectly - like it was custom made for me. Looks great on the bike, and looks great off the bike with boots and t-shirt.
The day I received it, I took it down to NYC with my wife to visit friends. We went to our favorite bars from our past life together in the Big Apple, and you would have thought some weird science experiment had turned me into Brad Pitt or Ryan Gosling. Absolute perfect strangers kept asking what brand my jacket was. After a few college girls declared that I was a "DILF", my wife amusingly announced the jacket could NEVER be worn out to bars again unless she was with me. I have since taken the jacket out on cold days on the bike without complaint - it cuts the wind and does the job it's supposed to. The liner is warm enough for wearing only a long sleeve underneath in cold weather, yet cool enough on hotter days with a t-shirt. The collar was stiff at first when buttoned up in the cold, but it's breaking in nicely. Make sure to get both the elbow and shoulder pads - both will be needed if you go down, and they do make you feel a little more "bullet proof" when riding.
Sadly, my other leather jackets are all collecting dust right now in the garage/big boy toy closet. I caught my 17 year old son walking back into the house after wearing my Clash to school last week, so now I have to hide it. "Wear one of my other ones, but not this one!" I told him. You know you've got something special when a teenage boy is "borrowing" his dad's jacket. Think back to your own teenage years....now can you remember a time when you actually WANTED to wear the old man's jacket?? My dad's jackets all looked like something from the movie Fargo. I wouldn't have been caught dead in anything the old man wore. And yet, there was my fashion-snob teenage son, be-bopping into the house wearing my Clash, then smiling sheepishly when he saw me staring at him. "Oh...I thought you were on a business trip..." he said. "Caught an early flight," I replied. He's now begging me for one of his own #it seems that the girls loved the jacket#. I told him I'm going to wait to see how much taller he grows in the next years....then we'll talk.
So if you want the last leather jacket you'll ever wear, buy the Clash. You will love it. Just take my advice and don't wear it out with your wife or girlfriend, because you WILL get a lot of compliments from random women.
And hide it from your teenage son.
April 18, 2016
Very fashion-forward jacket. Beautiful in oxblood. A lot of products sacrifice function for style; this one does not. Will definitely turn heads especially in the cafe racer world.
March 15, 2016
Quite the stunner
I must admit that I had reservations of spending so much money on a leather jacket however I just couldn't resist the styling of the Clash. IMO, this is easily the most attractive jacket I have thrown over my shoulders. Moreover the craftsmanship is top notch. The leather is thick yet malleable, and all the zippers and rivets seem high quality. The inner lining is really comfortable with two huge inside pockets to carry necessities.
The best part about the Clash is the fit. Roland Sands gets it right, providing us with a fitted jacket that still allows for a surprising range of motion. I am 6', 170lbs, with a 40-41" chest and the M fit is perfect. Loading the shoulders and back with armor does make it a little tight so I opt to just keep the shoulder armor in for now. Sleeve length and coat length is spot on. The only thing I would like is it to be a bit more snug around the mid-section but I shall live.
The oxblood color is absolutely gorgeous. It does look a bit darker than in the video, almost bordering on a light burgundy.
This will certainly be my go to jacket, weather permitting of course. It would be such a shame not to share its beauty with the rest of the riding community, inciting envy in the process.
March 3, 2016