Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket
Do I recommend this product? Depends.
When I first got the jacket I was very disappointed. The leather is very thin and there are so many seams in the jacket; each seam is a weak point in the event of an accident....and on top of everything else, I had to pay extra for armor just to get the protection level on this thing up to "tolerable".
....and all of that negative stuff said....it's my go-to jacket when I want decent protection from the elements, some air flow, and it does look great when I'm wearing it.
I'm an aviation nut and I bought a mil-spec A2 jacket from Lost Worlds years ago (They make a great product but I won't buy anything again from the company....the owner is an A1...uh....unique individual). If you want to know what good leather is all about?....check out anything from Lost Worlds or a company called Saddle Back Leather (who doesn't make jackets at all....but their leather quality is awesome). My A2 jacket is fantastic, but it's an aviation jacket and doesn't allow for armor of any kind. However; when the weather is cool enough for it (meaning below 70 F) riding in the thick, full grain leather of my A2 is like being wrapped in a cocoon.
My other option is one of the two mesh jackets I have (Alpine Stars and Joe Rocket). Both of those flow a lot of air, but the flapping of excess material in the shoulders at high speeds limit these jackets to short, low speed jaunts about town or commuting to work in very hot weather.
So; for virtually anything in between 70 and 85 F I opt for the Ronin. It's the jacket I'm most comfortable in for long distance rides and it's great at high speed. There is no flapping. I only hope I don't go down in it. I do think this is a "one fall" jacket because all of those seams are going to blow.
Great looks, great style, comfortable at most temps and at all speeds.......lacking in leather quality and crash protection. At least.....at the very least.....the armor should be included with this jacket.
August 24, 2014
Great jacket for style. Poor for Protection.
The jacket is well made and looks great for casual wear. However, for protection it trails the competition. The arms have weak seams in the elbows.. impact areas. And the insert armor slides down and does not properly protect the shoulders and elbows. The jacket is of good quality and looks great. If you are looking for a mix of style and protection, this is not your jacket. However, if you want a stylish jacket for bar hopping.. this could be the one.
August 11, 2014
Very stylish, but not worth the money
I bought this jacket intending it for daily wear and loving the look of it. Once I received it and wore it around the house a bit, I immediately noticed the stitching on the collar coming loose, with the leather underneath only held together with what looked like weak adhesive. For a $600+ piece of gear, this is absolutely unacceptable. Stitching along the cuffs and back were also poor.
The jacket also comes without armor, so that's another $90 on top of that. The armor itself, while CE rated, still felt like the bare minimum they could do to get it through the inspection process. I wouldn't trust this jacket in a crash, and for the high price, why bother? A normal leather jacket will do just as well if you only want to look cool.
Venting in the jacket was actually more than adequate, the arms of the jacket are heavily perforated and after borrowing a friend of mine's jacket to try it on the road, actually found myself getting cold while riding at night. I live in southern California and am a very warm blooded person, so this was... surprising. There's not a way to zip these closed, so I would not recommend this if you live in a colder climate. The ventilation might make for decent summer gear, although there is much better equipment at lower prices designed specifically for that.
Overall, this is absolutely not worth your money. I don't know why anyone would honestly keep this, aside from the style aspect. I didn't even know my friend owned this same jacket until I brought up my concerns over it, he regrets buying it from a company without a good return policy. I don't think I'll be purchasing any Roland Sands gear in the future, the shoddy workmanship of this jacket was insulting. What a huge overall disappointment.
July 7, 2014
The styling of this jacket cannot be understated.
I have had the honor of taking a spill while wearing it. The jacket held up great but the cuff zippers can't take a beating - teeth fell out of the one during the accident. No tearing at the numerous seams or anything though. Overall I'm very happy with it.
I'm right between the MD and LG sizes and purchased a MD. It is a bit snug but not constricting. Fits like a glove.
June 30, 2014
I'm 5'7" 150, athletic build, and I originally ordered a M, but exchanged it for a small. The M fit nice everywhere except for the arms, which were a little baggy and long. The jacket is really nice, and I cant wait for the leather to break in some. I also ordered the armor, or to me, there's no point.
June 16, 2014
Great style and build quality but very big
Great styling and nice thick quality feel. I usually wear a 48 euro jacket. Sometimes a 46 if it has enough stretch panels. I'm 5'9" 155lbs, a little lanky. The Small RSD Ronin fit larger than the 48 euro and the sleeves were about 3/4" longer than some 48 euro jackets. The mid section was fairly loose as well. I would say the SM starts at around a 50 euro size.
June 15, 2014
Worth the $$ - so just get it if you're considering.
Recently picked up the Ronin after waffling for a couple weeks over the price. I tried a couple other jackets in the $400 range, but wasn't happy with the fit, feel, features or style. Finally pulled the trigger on the Ronin and I'm glad I did. It fits great, has the style I wanted and looks/feels exactly how you'd expect a $600 jacket to look/feel like.
Stats: 6'-0", 175lbs, 42" chest. I ride a Triumph Thruxton so it's a café stance on the bike #forward, but not crouched#.
I went with the medium and it fits perfect - shoulder seams sit right on top of where my arm and shoulder meet, sleeves cover all the way down to my wrist when I'm riding, the bottom sits just below my belt line when standing, but still covers when riding and the jacket fits snug all around, but not so much you feel overly restricted. If I open the side zips there's enough room for a hoody on cooler days.
The jacket is super comfortable when riding. The inside of the arms are perforated in places, so the jacket breathes really well. There's enough storage for the essentials - phone, wallet, hat - but the pockets are done in such a way that you don't look bulky, or feel uncomfortable on the bike after filling them up. The jacket has only one button #on the collar#, but everywhere else is zippers - super easy for quick adjustments on the road. Basically, you're never going to be on the road and thinking more about fixing your jacket than riding.
I bought the jacket in black. It's more of a matte black than some of these other jackets. And the leather is smooth - no graining. Aside from the "RSD" buttons on the collar, this jacket is branded in only one visible location - on the inside of the left sleeve, just above the wrist, they stamped "Roland Sands" into the leather - it's very subtle. YKK zips throughout and zero snagging.
I think that basically covers it. If you're considering this jacket and are on the fence solely because of the $600 tag, get it. Take it from me and don't waste your time or your efforts trying to find a less expensive alternative - just spend the extra 1/3 so you can get out and ride sooner.
June 11, 2014
From the point I got the jacket I knew it was a high quality product. The smell, the feel, even the included smooth wood coat hanger...
I'm a 1.88 m, 73 kg, skinny-athletic build, and prefer more fitted clothing, so I ordered a medium. The fit was tighter than I expected at first but it's getting broken in pretty well after two weeks. I'm wearing it with full armor to help it break in a little more, but I'm totally happy and satisfied with the fit. It does fit slightly smaller than what the fitting chart says so if you prefer a more loose fit or especially if you want to wear another layer underneath, round up in the sizing.
Regarding protection and sturdiness, it feels very solid, definitely very confidence inspiring. I do however use another more protective jacket for longer trips and more aggressive riding as the armor isn't particularly large. I bought this for commuting, something that would protect me on the bike while looking very good off of it, and it fits the bill perfectly.
It's not cheap, but in my opinion worth every penny, both stylewise and protectionwise.
May 19, 2014