Roland Sands Women's Maven Leather Jacket
basically a men's cut. Nice Try, Roland.
I'm a big girl, 275lbs, size 20 5'10". I'm a plus size fit model so I'm well proportioned (about 10" between my waist and bust/hips measurement...53/43/56) which is probably a bad thing with the Maven. my friends with boxy bodies and small boobs would be better served by this jacket. It's basically a men's cut with zippers on the hips to let out a few inches. so it's cut for bit hips and no breasts. I've purchased it in oxblood and white but returned them both and FYI the white is cut larger and the leather isn't as thick as the oxblood! After crying and hating every jacket out there, I found this bad boy on sale for $280 on another site so I'm going to buy it again and see if I can aggressively stretch it out. put it on and jump in a pool then ride with it on then wear it to bed, bring it to a leather stretcher, have my sweaty boyfriend wear it in the summer heat on a 500 mile ride. not in that order. ;) I'm so sad that Maven won't just put darts in the bust area! I'm a C/D cup! help a sister out! I hate feeling desperate and I hate feeling like I don't want to ride motorcycles because they don't make awesome gear in my size.
the oxford jacket seems to have more room for boobs and is cut longer, but I can't spend $700 on a jacket with no armor.
August 19, 2014
I am pretty small (100 pounds) so the jacket is a tiny big for me, but the fit is still pretty good. The air flow in the jacket fantastic so I can still wear it in the heat of the summer. The style at beautiful and the armor fits perfect.
I do wish the inside pockets were a little bit more secure, they do not have zippers, just a bit of elastic.
July 15, 2014
Love this jacket!
I found the fit to be slightly narrow. I expected to fit in a large, but ordered a medium because reviews seem to indicate a larger fit. I ended up with a XL in Tobacco. Full disclosure I am 48 years old, 5'1" and 150 pounds and two kids later. Because I did go up in size and I am short..the sleeves are a bit long when I am not riding. Understanding they are longer to start so to compensate on the bike.
The only reason comfort did not get 5 stars, is the sleeve length is annoying when not riding. I would tailor it, but zippers on the sleeve appears to not make that an option.
I love this jacket, love the way it looks, love the color, love the way it smells, love the way it feels.
I live in Maine, so we have yet to have a sweltering hot day. The other day I wore it when it was 85 degrees, and I thought for sure it would be too hot, not at all.
I ride a Vespa 300GTV and one concern I had is that I would look silly wearing a motorcycle jacket. However, at speeds of 70mph I too want to keep my skin. This jacket is subtle in the way it looks, it's def motorcycle jacket, but you can get away with wearing it just because.
I also have a very thin one layer windbreaker that I will put underneath if it's chilly and it completely takes care of any chill. By far my favorite jacket..
So much so that I would purchase another in black, should my become too large;)
June 26, 2014
Beautiful, well made, classic jacket
Bought this for my wife as a gift. She couldn't have been happier with it. I'm a big fan of the Roland Sands jackets across the board (I've had a Domino for a couple of years and its the best bike jacket I've ever owned) but this one is exceptional. It's beautifully tailored, looks awesome and provides good protection. Additionally it's very comfortable and the venting and cut is just right to keep it at a good temperature in a variety of conditions (cooler to warmer, its not a 'wet winter' or a 'hot summer day' jacket). They are expensive, but this is a great example of getting what you pay for.
Haven't seen the other sizes, but the womens' small is a little bit bigger than I would have expected and that is consistent with the other RSD jacket I own, so I would infer that the sizing runs more 'American' than 'European'.
June 18, 2014
Gorgeous classic I'll wear forever
I, like several other reviewers, agonized over this purchase due to the price. However, I saw the jacket in person at Arizona Bike Week recently and was blown away by the quality and beauty. I originally intended to get the black version but when I saw the oxblood in person I changed my tune and went with that instead. The color is rich and spectacular. It looks vintage without being too "distressed".
The fit of the jacket off the bike is just a little odd….tight across the chest and relatively loose in the arms, mostly the elbow area. However, the fit in the riding position is spot on. I've not ridden in it a lot yet but can already tell it will loosen up and conform more to my body (I do tend to be a bit wide across the back and shoulders. I worked with Revzilla (Spurgeon was great) to dial in the size. I initially ordered a small and, when it felt tight, decided to also order a medium to compare since I was spending so much money. I went with original size choice of small but I'm glad I double checked. I am 5'7" and 115 pounds with a small chest (A cup) but that wide-ish back. The medium was significantly larger--it felt sloppy on me. The small is a just a touch short in the waist but sleeve length is good though certainly not long. It is designed to be a fitted jacket and that's how it fits. Another reviewer said she wished it had a liner. However, I like the simple elegance of the lining on this jacket and the lack of zippers, snaps, etc. like I have on other jackets that come with liners. I do think for the price that the armor should be included.
I like the venting on the jacket as I'd rather layer and have options. I rode in the jacket with a lightweight tee-shirt in 75 degree weather just yesterday and was actually a bit (too) cool.
I have two bikes--a Triumph Thruxton and a Harley Dyna. This jacket works well on both bikes in terms of style, and it's particularly good on my cafe racer. I will wear this bike a lot and for a long, long time!
May 8, 2014
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