Roland Sands Women's Maven Leather Jacket
Feeling safe, looking great
I bought a large Maven in oxblood about 6 months ago. I am 5'7" / 160 lb. / E-cup bra. The medium might have fit but was tight across the chest so sized up to the large. It was somewhat stiff and tight initially but broke in quickly to be very comfortable.
First, the quality: Very high, both in style and construction. The oxblood color in person is really gorgeous and has even deepened somewhat the last few months. When it's become damp, the color did not run at all. Stitching is strong and even and is holding up well to frequent wearing. Pockets are large. The "Chapstick pocket" on the right forearm in particular is deceptively large - I keep a keyfob remote and my bike key in it with plenty of space to spare and never even feel them. I also keep my iPhone quite comfortably in one of the inner pockets while I ride. That still leaves the exterior hand pockets and the right-chest pocket. I never use the chest pocket, except for venting, because that's just not a very convenient place for ladies to be hiding things generally.
Speaking of venting...
The leather is perforated at the armpit and almost all the way down the inner arms of the jacket. The good news is that the venting has kept me comfortable in temperatures up to 90 degrees so far. The bad news is that Texas, like most of the country this year, had an unusually cold winter. I had hoped this jacket would keep me warm, but because it comes with NO liner or any way to attach one it actually can get a little chilly in temps below about 50 degrees at highway speeds. I ended up using a liner from another jacket as a layer a few times, which worked OK but looked rather jerry-rigged. Wearing a thermal layer also helped on other occasions. However, for $600 I feel like I shouldn't have to do that and Roland Sands instead could have included a windbreaker-type liner that could be attached/removed like you often see in much less expensive jackets. I LOVE this jacket but that oversight has proved to be somewhat annoying over the last several chilly months. Roland Sands - please fix this for future iterations of the jacket!! Also, the back could be just ever-so-slightly longer - I get wind down my bum while riding unless I'm wearing high-waisted pants (versus my more stylish lower-cut jeans).
As for protection, the armor is light, flexible and comfortable. I use the back and shoulder armor. I skip the elbow armor because the pocket for it seems too large and the armor slides around in it too much. The leather is thick and sturdy while still being flexible.
TLDR: Gorgeous, well-constructed, well-vented (but with no liner). Size up if you have a large-ish chest.
March 28, 2014
Only one of it's kind, worth the investment
I went to the showroom in Philly and agonized over this purchase for at least an hour. Besides major props to the Revzilla staff for not judging me too hard, they gave great feedback and helped me talk myself into investing in this jacket.
I definitely don't regret it: 1) if you're looking for women's cut, brown leather this is basically the only one out there, 2) being happy with my jacket on and off the bike has made me get out and ride more in addition to commuting, and 3) equally girly, I get compliments all the time on the jacket alone and count it as a wardrobe investment as well as a piece of gear.
Note: I was between sizes (M and L) which contributed to how long I agonized in the shop. But it has worn in enough that I am happy with the M choice and would recommend the same to others!
December 15, 2013
Great looking jacket...but wish there were more zippered pockets inside.
This jacket is beautifully made and I love the tobacco color. I'm 5'5" and 140lbs and I ordered a medium. I was going to order a small but I wanted a little room to layer during the colder months. The medium is a little looser than I like but I think the small would have been too snug for layering. I'm hoping that it won't be too loose once the leather stretches a bit. If you do layer anything under the jacket besides a t-shirt, the inside of the elbows will bunch up...a little uncomfortable. Hopefully that will get better with time. I have a shorter torso and longer legs so for my stature the length of the jacekt is perfect.
Overall I love the look and feel of the jacket. I'm glad to see that the selection of quality, trendy riding jackets for women has increased in the past few years. Hopefully it continues.
My dislikes about the Maven is that there aren't enough zippered pockets on the inside. The mesh pockets are okay but I hesitate to place anything valuable in there because it doesn't feel secure. Also, it would have been perfect if the elbow, shoulder and back paddings specifically fitted for the jacket were included. Lastly, if this jacket was cheaper I would have purchased one of each color despite the minor dislikes!!
** Happy riding, ladies!!
November 13, 2013
Good jacket, nice leather
First off, the jacket is very fitted so if you want to fit pretty much anything other than a tshirt underneath, size up. I'm 5'3" and 135 pounds and the medium fits well.
It's only been a couple weeks but the jacket has already broken in pretty well. It's definitely comfortable and I can tell it will last a while. It's a nice jacket, but I'm not entirely sure it's worth almost 600 bucks...oh well. I don't regret my purchase though, if it means anything.
August 12, 2013
The only complaint i have about this jacket is the slight lack of room for breast area! I am a petite medium but have only slightly larger than average breasts and this is a very tight fit across the chest. Ok in a riding position though so no biggy but do have to unzip straight away when not riding! Other than that a beautiful finish and cut.
July 15, 2013
Smell my jacket it is awesome!
For the bustier ladies be warned there isn't a lot of room, fortunately once it it is worn in it loosens up and gives you some room to breathe. The leather is so soft and supple it really is a second skin - a great smelling second skin too (I stop and sniff my jacket every time I walk past it). The jacket doubles well on and off the bike with a vintage feel and no loud logos to spoil the overall look. I have the jacket in tobacco and the colour is awesome, and it gets better with time. The only negatives are the Neck can get tight and chafing so I ride with it open (size up if you want to wear another layer or a hoodie), and there is no armour included which I feel is a let down considering the amount of attention to detail and quality already shown int the jacket. Another thing to mention is you can not dry clean the jacket, only wiping it down with a damp cloth is recommended by the manufacturers, so smell the outside and not the inside.
I would buy it again in a heartbeat, it is a bit of an investment but totally worth it when you feel the quality and I know it will last for years.
July 3, 2013
Love this jacket
I love this jacket.
I have bought and sent back several women's jackets (and even ended buying the men's version of this jacket because I was so dissatisfied with the other brands/models) and FINALLY found the jacket that I hope to wear for a long, long time.
The fit is great - it's definitely built for a women's body but doesn't sacrifice any of the details that make Roland Sands jackets stylish and smart. I also love the quality of the leather. It feels like it's going to handle the test of time and many rides and get better with age.
April 12, 2013
I love this jacket! It's stylish enough to wear around town even when off the bike. Fits nicely! The extra venting under the arms is great, however it can get a bit breezy in cooler weather. Nothing an extra layer wont fix though. This jacket is definitely worth the investment.
April 1, 2013