Roland Sands Tracker Jacket
This is a great overall jacket
This jacket is a 3 season jacket, depending on where you live. In colder seasons it won't provide the warmth you need and in hotter climates it can feel a little heavy.It runs a little small but that might be because I've only had it a week and I'm still breaking it in.
The jacket looks great, feels great, vents relativity well for most climates. It has this really beautiful finish inside by RSD. The jacket has plenty of pockets. Overall it's a great jacket.
June 15, 2015
Good Jacket for the Price
I really like the look and quality of the Roland Sands Tracker jacket. It is made pretty well, but the left shoulder armor pocket wasn't sewn in very well. I needed the jacket as soon as I got it, and it was not worth returning it for this small imperfection. I fixed it and it is fine.
I followed the advice of RevZilla and other reviewers and bought the Icon D3 armor instead of the RSD armor. The jacket fit runs small (buy the next size up!), and the thinner Icon armor is less bulky. The jacket is comfortable on long rides, and did well in some heavy rain (although I would not call it waterproof). I wish it had some vents I could open up, but I went for the look and protection of this jacket over a more technical one with pit zips and stuff. I warm up pretty quickly, and sitting still in traffic sucks. With the main zipper open a bit some air does move through the jacket at speed.
A small annoyance: The right forearm has a small pocket that doesn't stay zipped because it closes towards the wrist. This is great when you are standing still as gravity won't open the pocket when your arms hang down, but when you ride this means that airflow slowly works the pocket open. If RSD flipped this around it would likely be an improvement. Even if they made a place to tuck the zipper pull away it would be better.
June 9, 2015
Great style; trim fit.
This jacket is an awesome style, and the box, straight cut suits the vintage look great. The quality of workmanship and material seemed very good, but I wished it was produced domestically rather than in India. I can't speak to the durability because, unfortunately, I had to return it for fit. As other reviews, I found the trim cut to not fit my body style. No fault of the jacket, but the sleeves and shoulders were particularly tight...not the shoulder width, but the diameter of the sleeve and opening of the jacket at the shoulder. Very tight in the elbows, too. If you have bulky arms and shoulders, the cut might not work. It truly is a beautiful and functional piece of gear, but the gene pool from which I spawned would not allow it.
June 5, 2015
It's a dope jacket.
I was mouth breathing on this jacket for a while before I pulled the trigger on buying it.
One of the reasons I purchased the jacket is because in the picture it showed a red lining with a big "Made in the USA" flag inside. But, I was very disappointed when I received the jacket to learn that the interior was gold and it was made in India. I had read a few reports of the quality of the jacket differing depending on where it was being manufactured and the sources for the materials. With that being said, I really like the overall look and feel. It has very little airflow and the sleeves are REALLY tight with armor. I am by no means a bulky guy. (6'0 180). So much so, that I considered returning it because the first time I wore it , it pinched the elbow crease area so tight that I got some small blood pinch spots (blood blisters?) in the crease of my elbow. Since i've been wearing it though, it has gotten a little more flexible and worn in. I hear that is a great feature of Wax Cotton material, it just gets better with time. But those first few times was a less than ideal experience for me. I don't know if getting a size bigger ( I bought a large) would help or not. I overall recommend this jacket, its great for cooler spring and fall days, but once the temps start to ride you will sweat like a champ in the forearm area for sure. Not sure why it's so tight right there.
My 2 cents.
May 11, 2015
Great product and design…for thin people.
I'm 5'10" 210lbs and I purchased this jacket using my measurements in the size chart. Unfortunately I I'm about 50lbs overweight. So I have a bit of a gut and I was hoping the jacket would fit with just the chest measurements. Nope. I have a 44" chest, 43" waist @ bellybutton, and 25.5" sleeve, if I was to get one that actually fit my waist the sleeves would be way to long. Long story short, if you enjoy a good burger now and then, and it shows, you may not fit in this jacket right. I know this goes without saying but MAKE SURE you fit within ALL the measurements shown in the size chart. These jackets are cut for herbivores. Awesome jacket though, I was sad to send it back.
January 21, 2015
FYI great on women too
I love this product. It's a great men's jacket and as a woman who doesn't always want something really fitted around the waist this is good cut.
A women's medium fits the men's small. It's well fitted in the shoulders and has a narrow arm that doesn't add bulk to the look. The relatively box cut seems to leave the back amour filling some of the extra space without bunching or disrupting the line around a fuller bust. Imagine it would fit most shapes and sizes forgivingly, Ian's perhaps fantastically.
For the sale of comparison, will mention that I did try the RS Vandal and, though I loved some of the features like the corduroy inside the neck and cuffs, it created a pretty bulky and ultimately unflattering look on my frame. On a woman sporting a more linear frame, it might be great, but otherwise would recommend the RS Tracker.
November 10, 2014
I don't view myself as someone that would wear a leather jacket off the bike, but I wanted a jacket that was durable with a more vintage look to go with my CB550.
This jacket is super comfortable. I'm 5'10" and about 140 and the small fits perfectly. Just the right amount of snug with enough mobility to not feel restrictive.
The armor sits in all the right places, and weight of the fabric gives it a super durable feel. There are little vents near the armpits, and there are all these little touches that make the jacket feel like every inch of it was planned. The stash pocket on the right sleeve, the thin pocket on the left side of the chest underneath the zipper, etc.
I've ridden in 85 degrees and a t-shirt and 45 degrees with a sweater and I've been fairly comfortable in both. I think it's a little heavy for summer, but right now it's perfect.
Overall, great jacket.
November 8, 2014
Vintage look, feel and fit
The quality of both the material and the workmanship that went into the jacket were amazing. I gambled on the size… I am 6ft, 184 and normally fit in a size 44… so I was looking at the Lrg and the XLrg I went ahead with the Lrg and it fits perfectly (with only a t-shirt under it). With the full RSD armor I found the jacket a little snug but still believe it’s the right size and the XL would be far too big for riding.
Would have love it if it was a ventilated (I ride in a relatively hot environment) but it works for fall/spring
October 18, 2014