Roland Sands Hesher II Jacket
Looks good, built tough, fits small.
I'm 6' 1" and about 165 lbs, give or take a few. It's been tough to find a decently priced jacket that is protective, fits well, is under $200 (chuckle) and doesn't make me look like an astronaut.
Typically, I wear Medium t-shirts and Large hoodies etc, but found that with most motorcycle jackets are American (or less diplomatically, fat) cut and fit pretty big so I bought this in a Medium. The Medium was WAY too tight. I returned it for a Large and I have to say...it feels pretty good. As a lanky guy, I would like some more sleeve length and even some sleeve girth though.
This jacket costed more than I wanted to spend AND I decided to buy the RS branded armor in addition, which put me well over my budget, but after trying to find a jacket that didn't have a balloon body shape...I settled here.
If I could change anything about this jacket, I would button the collar down (no brainer), give a little more slack in the sleeve joint and widen the sleeves just a bit. Even my skinny biceps are squeezed in this jacket...ESPECIALLY with the armor. By the way, the armor is a PITA to install in the sleeves.
Bottom line, Roland Sands stuff is not cheap. This jacket is well made, looks great, and is slimmer than most non-motoX style jackets. I'm content with my purchase.
August 1, 2014
Great Textile Jacket
I had been shopping for a new jacket for close to a year before I landed on the Hesher II. I wanted a jacket that could work both on and off the bike, armor ready, and not leather (already have one). The Hesher II hit all of my criteria.
The other reviews on the Hesher II as well as other RSD jackets are spot on. The quality, fit and finish are incredible. The zips, snaps and interior pockets are functional and also feel substantial. I've ridden over 500 miles in this jacket and am extremely pleased with my purchase. This jacket is an extremely heavy duck canvas so it won't protect as well as leather. Air flow is adequate but I knew the jacket wasn't vented so I can't complain. Just undo the snaps on the sleeves and let the breeze run up your arms. In cooler weather it requires a vest underneath as the front snaps do let air into the jacket. I haven't experienced an extremely hot day in the jacket yet but I imagine its fine so long as the bike is moving. Braap!
Previous reviews are accurate that one should buy a size up. I'm 5'11" 165 and a Large fits perfectly, even with armor, with or without a vest underneath.
P.S. This was my first Revzilla purchase. I'm sold on their way of doing business. Great experience start to finish.
June 23, 2014
Fits a bit tight
Disclosure: I have the original Hesher instead of the Hesher II, though for the purpose of this review there shouldn't be any differences.
Let me just say that I love, love, love the style of this jacket. I find myself wearing it whether I'm going to ride or not. There's not a lot I can say on the style of this item that you can't see from the pics. There are a few key points everyone should be aware of:
1. This jacket runs a bit small. I'm 5'9 and about 170 pounds. My size L jacket fits me perfectly if I'm standing still with my arms by my side. The minute I raise my arms it becomes apparent that the fit is a bit tight (you should see the crazy little dance I do to put it on) and I should have gone with XL. The pockets are also hard to use (they are small and the tight fit makes them hard to get to).
2. As another reviewer said, the snaps on the front tend to come open. This is most likely due to the tight fit but a better quality snap would prevent this. The middle snaps are the only ones this happens to (you'll suddenly feel a cool gush of air around your sternum while riding).
3. The jacket material is very stiff. I've had mine for just over a year now and it doesn't seem to have broken in much at all. I even throw it in the clothes dryer for an hour every so often hoping the constant tumbling would loosen it up a bit. No such luck.
So the first two items can likely be avoided by simply going up a size or two. The stiffness, well, that doesn't seem like something that will change. Having said all that, even though mine is a size too small it is still my favorite jacket. The style is just awesome whether you are on or off the bike.
December 30, 2013
Excellent overall but..
I was very impressed with the durability and overall quality of this jacket. Although alternative leather jackets are available for the same money the style and quality of this jacket is excellent.
The canvas give a feeling of comfort and safety and is for those who want to make an individual style statement.
Just one note. Go a size a larger than snug. The press studs tend to come open while riding if the jacket is a neat fit. This can become quite frustrating.
August 12, 2013