Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket
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
Worth the money. True to size. It is a fairly heavy jacket, with thick leather and a full liner. Too warm for full-sun daytime riding in the tropics where I live, but is great in the evenings. Everything is perfect except the silly additional grommet in the middle of the back. I wish it came in a grey color or something not so dark for warmer weather.
September 8, 2014
After a year and thousands of miles in my RSD jacket..
Okay, so i ride a 2012 suzuki gsxr1000. I know the typical demographic of people who ride my bike allude to a certain "taste" in gear (or lack thereof lol) but I also ride to work (business environment) and sometimes i ride in my chino pants and work collar, RSD black Ronin, aria and gauntlets. A confused style but I think it works for me.
That being said, first thing I want to mention is that I tailored the arm-with of the jacket. I knew that i was not going to wear armor in it; as it is a lifestyle piece and i also have my dainese armored jacket to fill that void. so out of the bag, i notice that the arms are considerably wide! they would flap. Im not even saying I am the most built dude ever, but I consider myself a tad bit more built that others.. and this jacket made my arms look non-existent.
so i tailored the arms to a super fitted look, and i couldn't be happier.
now, the jacket wears or "patinas" to your body. Being in social and hitting that 405 traffic, my arms and shoulders of the jacket started to fade; which i thought it added character to the jacket.
i do notice some areas loosing stitching, but its all minor wear and tear.
i like how it has ample pockets and i can wear it out to a public establishment (not on my bike) and its a very, very, stylish piece. like goodness, brings my aesthetic from a mealy 3.3 to a solid 4.98! goodness, ladies... beware, Thank you RSD!
September 3, 2014
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