Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket
Too much for too little
I do love the design of this jacket with one exception: the useless leather flappy thing just below the collar on the back of the jacket. If I paid over 600 dollars, the thing is going on a hanger! I ended up not purchasing the jacket for a few reasons. Neither the medium or large fit me right. At this price point, the jacket should be available in sizes like 40, 42, 44, etc. Also, for 600 I can get an American made leather jacket that might not have the exact look of this coat, but will be at least as good or better in terms of leather quality, plus I will be buying American made, which is very important to me.
November 15, 2014
My new go to jacket!
I bought a large. I’m 5’9”, and 170 lbs with a 42-inch chest. I tried on a medium, but it felt tight along the back and under the arms. The large is little big, but it allows additional layers worn underneath. I ride all year with the exception of four weeks during the winter. I bought the Roland Sands back armor, reused my Icon shoulder and elbow armor. The elbow armor made it tight in the arms when I wore a t-shirt and long sleeve shirt; so I removed the armor. I bought it Oct 22 and had it on my front door by Oct 24th. I bought it because it looks f***ing awesome, snap back mandarin collar and black leather. I rode on Sunday morning; it was 51F outside and wore a hoodie underneath, 259 miles later and 70F it felt great. I was hot in the afternoon, but I was not sweating. I was going from speeds 45 to 70MPH. This now my go to jacket. If you need to buy one jacket, this would be it. Bang for the buck is lower because it did not come with armor for the price. Happy riding.
November 13, 2014
Invest in Style
I'm 5'8, 158-160lbs, athletic slim build, 41 chest. I ride Thruxton 2014. I bought a Medium. this is my first leather jacket i have ever bought. I tried a small at my local moto store first and it was tight and when i closed up all the zippers(for riding reason) , i felt my neck being constricted. That is just my own neck, might be different from mine to your experience. The small also sits 1.5 inches above my waist and i didnt like that look. Overall, the small looked..."SMALL" on my body, tight and the store sample was already broken into, assumed that others have also tried it and stretch it out already. Next i tried the medium. The one i tried in store was a little bit loose but i assumed it was abused and might have been tried on by numerous people already. So i decided to just order a medium from Revzilla and best decision i have ever made. The new and intact Medium felt like it belonged to my body shape. Feels great in the riding sporty riding position. Best way to describe this jacket is, "cafe rocker". If you're going for that cafe racer style like back in the 50s-60s, this is the jacket. It looks sexy and feels just right, received numerous compliments on and off my Thrux. I bought this jacket about 3 months ago and so far its breaking in well, I'm loving it and i know the investment i made is going to last. You can fit a hoody or a fleece underneath in those below 50 degree rides. It all depends on the condition of weather. Hope this helps you guys. Ride sexy, ride safe.
October 20, 2014
Buy quality, cry once.
I know... A fairly expensive jacket. But I assure you it's worth it. The leather is extremely thick and coupled with the armor inserts (which it doesn't come with, downgrading the features to "good" instead of "excellent") it provides great protection as well as piece of mind. It was a little stiff at first but after a few days it wore in nicely.
There's pockets everywhere. Even on the outside of the forearm sleeves. The pockets for the armor are a mesh material which the velcro (that seals the pockets) will stick to, making it slightly frustrating to put the armor in. But the armor fits nicely and stays put, flexing as needed.
HIghly recommend. I'm 6'0" 195lbs and the Large is perfectly sized, but if you're going to gain weight or layer up, go a size up. I'm about as big as the Large will fit comfortably.
October 20, 2014
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