Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket
I've had this jacket in the tobacco colour for a few months now and love it, obviously it looks amazing and the quality is great (but you do pay for it). The forearm pocket is perfect for an e-tag for tolls and the inside stash pockets are really useful as well.
The leather has a nice weight and a slightly waxy feel to the finish. The lining helps keep you cool in warmer weather, overall it s great jacket for warm to mild weather. I do have a different jacket with a zip out liner for the colder months through....to me, this isn't a cold weather jacket.
I definitely recommend it for both the style and functionality for street riding.
Just be careful of sizing if you like a snug fit and have an athletic shape.
I'm 5'11" and 160lb and pretty lean. 41 inch chest at 9% (sometimes creeping up to 11% body fat.)
According to the size chart I should wear medium (which I initially bought). I've now sold my medium as it was just too big through the body and I didn't feel the jacket was snug enough to hold the armour inserts in place if I was ever involved in a crash. I am now in the process of buying the same jacket in small which is a trimmer fit (obviously) but surprisingly not too small at all. The armour inserts don't add much bulk at all so don't buy a size up thinking you need extra room for them.
Weirdly though I also just bought the Ronin reserve textile (for off the bike casual wear) and got the same fit from the medium in that??!!
Anyway, the take home message for the leather version is, if you hit the gym and are lean and don't have the "typical" American pudgy build with a beer belly or aren't "bulking" then sizing down would probably be a good idea.
May 18, 2016
This jacket rules! It looks great, has tons of storage (but its unobtrusive storage) and fits perfectly. I wear armor and the armor is basically invisible and you hardly know it's there. Girls love it too, from my 19 year old daughter to my 40 year old girlfriend. They all think it's hot. I'm 5'10", a fit 160 lbs and I wear a medium. It seems weird to rate such an expensive jacket so high on Bang for the Buck, but it is so well made it should last a lifetime. By Average on airflow, I mean average for leather.
May 13, 2016
Great Jacket at a fair price
I wanted to wait a couple months and get used to this jacket. I feel that a review the minute you get something is unhelpful as it doesn't give a fair representation of the product and its quality.
I have loved this jacket on and off the bike. I got the barfly jacket initially thinking I would like it but the jacket without the collar didn't suit me well. The Ronin looks great though, it has a very appealing style and is made with high quality leather that will last a lifetime as long as it is taken care of.
I have gotten so many compliments on this jacket from friends and strangers.
I also tried the roland sands armor at first but I didn't really like it. It makes the jacket feel a bit to bulky. On the other hand I really wanted to have the protection of armor for my elbows and shoulders, so I purchased the d30 armor by Icon (which is cheaper.) I have really liked this armor because it doesn't make the jacket look awkward off the bike, and is hardly noticeable when wearing the jacket.
This armor has done such a great job at being discrete that one day I couldn't find the armor but decided to go for a ride anyways. It wasn't till after i took the jacket off after my ride that i realized the armor had been in my jacket all along!
I would recommend this jacket to anyone looking for style and performance. And as for the price, its really steal for the quality of this jacket
April 1, 2016
One of the best
The fit characteristics are as advertised and spot on. The styling is timeless and thsi jacket will and does age well. The craftsmanship matches the price tag. The protection is good although I do wish the RSD armor was a bit more robust. No complaints and I do see the jacket getting serious use for a very long time.
March 19, 2016
Best jacket ever!
This is the best jacket I have ever owned. if you want a jacket that doesn't have all that name brand blasted all over. This is the jacket for you.
November 30, 2015
it's the best
TI crashed wearing a Large Ronin, it looks good still but I'm buying another that's unscathed for wearing daily. The armor saved my spine, shoulders, and elbows. the leather is completely intact, but has minor scuffing from the tarmac. No tears. This jacket is so amazing I am owning two, the one with minor scuffing will be used with body armor for riding, and the new one that is Perfect in appearance will be worn around town. Roland Sands you're awesome!
This jacket kicks that last guys butt that left a bad review. I think the comments should be read under what he wrote and this review is also a reply to him and of the others. "No return means the jacket did more than only sit in your closet.... tisktisk. We all make mistakes but be a man about your own and stop the business defamation. you were possibly not allowed a return because you broke a rule (if what you state is true)." As for sizing, it is all very close, try a few on! At the price these are at I'm sure the company(RSD) wouldn't mind helping you out a little with some custom fitment, or find a special taylor.(try a more positive attitude! Keep riding big guy.
November 25, 2015
For anyone at a healthy BMI, this will be a baggy jacket.
Initially, I was pleased with this jacket, but as the rose-colored glasses are removed, I can see this jacket is a typical piece cut for those with large midsections. I am 6' and 155 pounds, there is difficulty for me in finding proper garments.
Unfortunately, I waited until after the 30 days return window and even though this jacket has sat in my closet, I will be forced to sell it as used. The fact that it includes no armor is a detractor and the fact that the colors do not in any way really match those of the site pictures is a detractor. In fact, the collar is reversed in some imagery and not in others, leading me to believe the version sold is of a mildly inferior make.
Overall, even though I did get the jacket at a discount and got some Revzilla stickers, I am not at all pleased with the jacket and situation.
I would not recommend this jacket to anyone who does not have the 'American' build. If you have a European/rest of the world besides American build, this jacket will fit poorly and at retail, it is not remotely worth the cost. Even at the discount I price matched it at, I really wish I had waited and/or returned this piece of gear.
November 20, 2015
Caution re Sizing
Bought the clay color on a great sale trying to keep up with my wife. Surprised my wife last year with a new Sportster Low and a Roland Sands jacket. Beautiful jacket, looks great off and on the bike. Not sure about protection.
I'm 6', ~200 pounds, yeh I have a belly. I wear a 46 suit, usually a perfect size (for those times when I have to work instead of ride). By the size charts, the XL should have worked perfectly. I also read most of the reviews including size comments. Sadly, it did not fit, too tight without armor, no way I could add armor.
Be careful with sizing. I'd call Revzilla before buying. Otherwise, a beautiful jacket
November 4, 2015