Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket
The only word to describe this jacket! Purchased a small in tobacco color, and was blown away by its looks. Fits true to sizing, with great attention to detail. A bit pricey, but you'll be impressed once you put it on.
November 23, 2014
the jacket grows on you
I'm 6"1, with a chest circumference of 38 inches. The medium fits me well. At first I was a bit disappointed with the fit, but after a couple of days it really started to break in. I'm really satisfied with the jacket so far.
However, do not order the RSD armor. I initially order the armor for shoulders and elbow, but I replaced it with D3O armor. D3O fits so much better and it gives the jacket a much better shape. (which is important for me as I wanted to be able to wear it off the bike as well).
November 21, 2014
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