Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket
The Ronin is a beautiful jacket, especially in tobacco. Quality of leather and manufacturing is excellent. That said, I consider the jacket to be more of a fashion statement than a seriously protective motorcycle jacket. It does have pockets for optional armor, but I view it primarily as a really cool-looking jacket. The fit is tight and tapered, so if you have a bit of a belly like me you better go a size larger. By all means complete the look with the matching Barfly gloves. Perfect for stylish cruising.
October 13, 2014
An Absolutely Stunning Jacket
This jacket is staggeringly gorgeous - let's just start there. This is by far the softest and must luxurious leather I've ever seen on a leather riding jacket. Upon opening the box I was greeted by the amazing smell of fine leather, oils, and manhood. This jacket is as much a fashion piece as it is a protective one. That's all you really need to know, but read on for more.
6'1 - 185 pounds. Large - leaves just enough room for a fall riding layer.
Bang for the buck: 4/5. The only reason this didn't get 5/5 is because armor isn't included. However, I'd also argue that if you care THAT much about lack of armor you are missing the point of this jacket. It is a fashion forward jacket of the highest quality - worth every penny.
Style: 5/5. Seriously - this thing is dead sexy in look, feel, and everything in between. The quality of the leather is second to none. I bought the Tobacco color and can't wait until it really starts to break in and become its own with regards to coloration, etc. The gold satin lining inside is a great touch as well. I've already worn this jacket to work and out with friends without being on the bike. I've NEVER done that with another piece of riding gear. Enough said.
Comfort: 5/5. Soft, supple, and luxurious. A joy to wear.
Protection: 4/5. Simply due to lack of armor, but again...not the point of this jacket in my book.
Air Flow: 4/5. It's never going to be the same as a textile in summer riding, but the perforations do a good job.
Features: 5/5. Lots of good storage options for me. I always travel light so the cell phone and credit card pockets are a home run.
October 10, 2014
This jacket is great, it's got a nice weight to it and solid leather. I haven't warn it in the warm weather yet but it gets a little chilly with it and I would wear an undershirt to keep warm.
The fit is a little big around the gut as im a skinny guy, its super comfy and the padding is barely noticeable. I'd recommend this jacket, the liner is silky smooth too.
October 6, 2014
Fantastic Jacket and features.
I was on the cuff about getting a new leather jacket and was deciding between a Speed & Strength, Belstaff & Barfly jacket. I am super happy that I went with this jacket. The build quality is top notch. Leather nicely cut all round and very slightly broken in feel that I know will break further to my wear patterns. I choose the Tobacco color as I feel it will go nicely as a normal wear jacket also and I will be purchasing another Black Duke jacket early next year. The color is great, not to dark or light with nice staining pattern. The perforations are great as I live in Florida and I need lots of ventilation while riding. The collar is also very comfortable as this is sometimes my pet peeve with leather jackets as they can tear into your neck. The main zipper is a little stiff but will soon break as with rest of jacket and all zippers are great quality and not likely to break anytime soon. Lining is great also, really good quality with plenty of storage space. Love the small pocket on the arm also, perfect place for small items such as Sunpass, lighter, cash etc. I was worried that the jacket would be made in China but this was not the case and is a very good quality Indian jacket. I don't think you will find a jacket made in Europe or Thailand (Best places IMO) for less that a thousand but the quality is second to none. As for Fit, I am 5' 9", 180lbs and the large was perfect for me. My previous Jackets have been Medium or Large also. I would say it runs a little small but will no doubt break a little over time. Revzilla has amazing return Policy so don't worry about size too much.Either way if you are looking for a very comfortable, high quality leather Jacket look no further, this is very stylish, sleek and safe once armor added. I highly recommend this to any bikers or even those whom just want to look like a biker. Big thumbs up to Revzilla also, great advice over the phone, fast shipping/processing and all round amazing service. Keep up the great work guys.
September 27, 2014
Great Looking Jacket
This is a great looking jacket. I'm not sure why some reviewers say it's poor on protection because I don't see any of the flaws they're describing. Great quality leather and it will feel even better once it's broken in. Keep in mind that this is a sport fit and it will be very snug when you add the armor in. Currently, I have it in the shoulders and back. The armor around the elbows make it a little too tight so I'm doing without it for now. My only gripe is it could use a little more ventilation but then again, this isn't exactly summer day wear. Highly recommended!
September 24, 2014
Love this coat
Riding across the plains in summer wearing this jacket was eye opening. Even I thought it might be too warm. Lots of ventilation (which makes me think it might not be great for winter riding). For fitting I followed the chart, I have a large chest and love the style and cut for my size.
This coat is made with high quality leather and weighs more than you expect when you first pull it out and put it on. Very durable.
Didn't come with armor - has places for the armor though so I will purchase that later.
September 16, 2014
I had my eye on a Ronin for a long time, having read multiple glowing reviews of it and, specifically, the gorgeous tobacco color that it comes in. The price was a little high when compared to such riding staples like Schott Bros. but I was still very interested. Fortunately, I stumbled onto a new/old stock sale and snapped it up.
While I've heard of (and experienced first hand) the quality control issues Roland Sands has been dealing with (or not dealing with) recently, this particular Ronin is nearly perfect. I've inspected it thoroughly and, other than a few sloppy seams (that only show up under scrutiny) and the embossed "Roland Sands" stamp being uneven in depth, it's pretty gorgeous.
I wear an XL in most American sizes and a 46 in a Schott 141. The fit is perfect. I love the pre-curved sleeves and it's very comfortable on and off the bike.
The looks (which, let's be honest, is what we all consider after protection) are everything you expect it to be. It's easily the coolest jacket I own and yet it doesn't "try" too hard, if that makes sense. Subtly cool.
I've put in non-RSD armor and it barely changes the shape of the jacket, at least in the shoulders and elbows. I'm a little disappointed that it doesn't come with armor and you have to spend another $90 for a set, but I think it's worth it for the protection.
All told, I'd highly recommend this jacket. I think if I stumbled onto a black one on sale I might snag it as well. Just a really good looking leather jacket.
September 12, 2014
Best motorcycle jacket i'ever had, and I've had a lot! Great style, great craftsmanship. I totally recommend it!
September 8, 2014