Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket
I've been riding for years but recently decided I wanted a nice, non-motorcycle-branded riding jacket to be the last one I should ever need to buy. I used appearance to judge first and found at least half a dozen or so that I liked. Then over the course of a few days I spent probably several hours reading reviews and watching videos (not just from RevZilla, but all over the internet) to try and make a final decision.
My heart was set on the Roland Sands Ronin so I went with that and have been wearing it around and riding in it for about a month now. All I can say is I made the right decision.
As soon as I held it I knew I had something good. The leather itself, the stitching, and the liner were all great. I noticed there were a small percentage of low and mixed reviews on here, but I decided to take my chances. Shame that some people sound like they might've got one that slipped by quality control but it happens. No problems here though.
I put it on and right away was more than relieved to have chosen the right size. I read so many reviews trying to make up my mind on size, but I was getting so many mixed signals I didn't know what to believe. Some say they run small, some say large, some say they're cut slim, some say pretty boxy. Because of this, I wouldn't expect you not to take my review of the size with a grain of salt but here it goes. I'm 5' 8", 155lbs, 40" chest/29" waist, so more of a slim, muscular athletic build. Most jackets I wear a medium, and in rare cases a small, and sometimes even a large in more euro-cut items. But for this one I used the size chart and I will say the medium fits me perfect. Plenty of room in the chest and shoulders even in riding position without excess material around the waist. I can still fit a tight hoodie underneath no problem. I will say though that if I intended to put armor panels in, I probably would've traded for a large but I have no intention of that so I didn't factor that much into my purchasing decision.
This jacket looks beautiful off the bike, but when it comes to features there's no question this was designed to be a riding jacket first. The pre-curved sleeves are comfortable and the perfect length for riding. The perforated arm panels are just enough and in the right place to reduce swamp-pit without limiting the jacket to warm weather. And the back panel extends down just enough to keep you covered. I find the jacket warm enough by itself around 70 degrees and up. In the 50's or 60's I'll likely need a hoodie underneath and I'm not even worried about anything colder than that as that's why I have an insulated touring suit too. In the 90's and 80's it can get warm at a stop but it's nothing unbearable to me that would necessitate having a lighter jacket too or simply not wearing one.
The elastic inside pockets on both sides make me feel like someone finally understood how to do inside pockets properly. You still get a deep, narrow zip pocket on one side for documents or your registration or something, but those elastic pockets are perfect for just throwing things into and easily getting them out. And you'd be surprised what you can fit in there if you have to. I recently bought three shirts while out on a ride and didn't bring any pack or anything with me. I was able to roll them up and fit all three into one side. It looked awkward but I got them home. I also found a nice little feature I didn't even know about: the left outside pocket has a spring clip inside for hooking your keys or something onto.
Overall you can probably tell I've been pretty satisfied with my purchase and have had no regrets. I'm looking forward to years and years of riding in this jacket.
June 21, 2016
Just a cool leather riding jacket. A wear it during the day and on the bike. Just a great classic motorcycle jacket.
June 7, 2016
Style style style!
Hey guys just wanted to do a review on sizing, if you find yourself in between sizes as I was, 5'10", 38 chest, 150 pounds, went for Medium thinking it runs small (as a lot of reviews say on here). Turns out it doesn't really run small, exchanged it for a Small and the small fits way better. Yes its tight, but I can still fit a long sleeve tee and my Icon chest/spine protector underneath so there's still room even with the smaller size.
Oh and YES get it! Its expensive but makes your hotness level go way up so its priceless..haha..
May 27, 2016
Nothing but style!!
Been riding it with it for a solid month before doing a review. Well here it goes:
Love the way this jacket looks!
Probably the best looking jacket I have in my closet.
I was looking for something that had that old racer casual look and this jacket is it!
The size is very loose!
At 5'7" and 195lbs I'm usually somewhere in between a medium / large. I like to layer so I went with a large and let me tell you, a large is HUGE!!
I ended up exchanging it for a medium and it fits a lot better with a good amount of room for layering. Sadly my arms are short, at 24" everything is going to be oversized for me. I wouldn't mind so much but there's a lot of leather materials at the cuffs that the zippers on the end doesn't zip up all the way. Which is fine with me cause they still hold in place (for now, can't tell you how it'll hold up in two years from now).
It's a really styling jacket and at $600 it doesn't have armor. So that's something to any buyer needs to consider. Which is why I marked the protection/ durability as fair. I have other jackets with armor and wanted something without the bulk and this was my answer. Plus, you can add armor to the jacket if you wanted too.
May 27, 2016
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