Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket
Great Summer Leather Jacket, You Get What You Pay For.
Probably the most 'stylish' jacket you can buy that actually still functions as a protective piece of riding gear.
The fit is fairly accurate using the sizing chart. For reference I'm 6ft, 155lbs. It's a little short in the body and sleeve length for a tall skinny fellow like myself, but it's not horrible like other jackets I've owned. The next size up would solve the length problem, but then it would be super wide in the arms and body. I like a nice snug fit, and the medium does me well, even with the RSD armor inserts.
The RSD branded Forcefield armor is a tight fit in the pockets, which is a pain for installation but is good in the long run since it stays put. Not the best armor out there but it's still better than some.
The jacket breaths well when on the move, so much so that I wouldn't even think about wearing this when the temp drops below 60deg. Remember, I'm a skinny guy, I freeze easy!
The only reason I gave the 'features' an average rating is due to the fact that you have to purchase the armor separate. At the price of this thing, it really should be included.
Bottom line, it's a slick jacket that will get you compliments.
September 25, 2015
Review for Smaller Guys
I recently purchased the RSD Ronin Jacket in Black. I couldn't decide between the Tobacco or Black but decided to go with the Black and am happy I did. The quality of the jacket is very nice.
I didn't see a lot of reviews for smaller guys and wanted to share my experience. I'm 5'8" 130lbs, 36" chest and have a slim athletic build. I have a Dainese Racing jacket and Rev'it jacket and wear a size 46 euro in those brands. I initially thought the Ronin in small would be too big for me and that I would need an extra small (which doesn't exist).
The shoulders and chest area fit great but I found the midsection to be just a little large (wide). It does leave room for armour and layering which is great for me because I plan to use this as a Spring / Fall jacket. Unlike my Dainese and Rev'it jackets which are sport jackets this is meant to be a more relaxed fit jacket for on and off the bike and I knew it wouldn't be as fitted as my others. Also, the length is perfect for me and the jacket falls right below and covers my belt.
Based on other reviews I ordered D3O shoulder, elbow and back armour. For the back armour I ordered the women's size and it fit into the small Ronin jacket without any trimming. It's just a little wide but fits in no problem. The D3O shoulder and elbow armour fit perfectly in the armour pockets. Before putting in the elbow armour I thought the arms were also a bit loose but once fitted with the armour and a sweater it fits just right. I would definitely recommend this armour upgrade and with the armour in, you can barely even notice it's in the jacket.
Another feature I really like about the jacket is all the pockets especially the large cargo pockets on the inside. The snap back collar and perforated leather touches are awesome too.
The downside of this jacket is the price and that it doesn't come with armour. The jacket was 620 plus another $65 for the armour. Although the small fits well it would have been nice to have an option for extra small. I wish more manufacturers would make stuff for smaller guys, I always notice that you can buy things xxxl but it's so hard to find any x-small gear.
Finally, the smell of the jacket is so nice, you can tell you have a quality product! Jacket was quite stiff when I got it but has since broken in a bit and I'm looking forward to riding for many years in the Ronin!
September 3, 2015
Really great! Expensive. But great! This is my first leather jacket and it took my WEEKs of going to different stores, trying things on. I was scared to order jackets online. RevZilla's reviews and videos helped me get a good sense of the jacket and now I love it.
August 31, 2015
Jacket leather is good and style is good but doesn't come with protection armor
Jacket leather is nice but Jacket needs armor to protect rider
August 3, 2015
way too big, the measurement on the website is not correct. waste of time.
July 30, 2015
This is a great jacket and Roland Sands stands behind their products. Stylish, comfortable and durable.
July 22, 2015
A Sweet Pickup
If you are the type of person who wants to get off their bike and not announce to the world that you are in fact a biker, this is for you. I was looking for a slimmer fitting jacket that didn't scream for attention, but at the same time offered the protection of a motorcycle jacket. This is it. I highly recommend this jacket. Yes, it's more expensive than quite a few jackets, but I'd rather make an investment once instead of buying a jacket every few years, or perhaps buying a jacket and still spend hours admiring others. I'm very satisfied.
July 9, 2015
Great quality and style
This jacket is solid and well made. I'm 5'8" 150lb 39" chest and bought the medium. With all the armor in and even a sweatshirt I still feel it's a little roomy. Even so, it's comfortable and great for cool weather riding. It's perpetually cool where I am so haven't yet worn it in weather above 70ish..
The (separate purchase) RSD armour fits well in the designated pockets. It has hard edges though; I think in time the edges will be visible on the outside of the jacket - especially on the shoulders.. I will probably try and find some armor more deserving of this awesome jacket.
Overall really happy with the jacket though
June 17, 2015