Roland Sands Vandal Jacket
Roland rocks...but not as much this time
I'm a big RSD fan, helmet, gloves and this is my second jacket. The cut is a little smaller than the Ronin leather jacket I have and I ordered a XXL for a 48 inch chest which works fine for me.
I live in southern CA and bought this for a summer jacket -- it's a bit warm with no zippered vents for air flow. As of this date, I haven't tried it with armor as the sleeves are quite tailored and armor will slightly limit my arm movement.
Love the zipper pocket on the sleeve, lining and interior pockets are okay but there's no Napoleon pocket for easy cell phone storage. The color is a kind of sandy olive drab -- a faded military green of sorts and I would have preferred something closer to a brownish tan but that's just a personal preference.
July 6, 2015
Great jacket for the right build
The styling and manufacturing on the jacket is great. Roland Sands knows how to make a product. That being said I tried out the jacket in both the large and XL and really wasn't happy with either. I'm 5'11", 185 lb with a 42" chest. The large fit like a glove and if I didn't want armor or much more than a long sleeve t-shirt underneath it'd be great. The XL went wide and boxy with little addition in length in either the arms or the waist. But the thing that really annoyed me besides the fit just being off for me personally was the cuffs on the arms were tiny. I have smaller wrists and I couldn't even zip the cuffs all the way closed on the large on my bare arm.
It's a great jacket with lots of style. It just didn't fit me.
March 23, 2015
Love this jacket
I got the ranger color in medium. This thing looks awesome on and off the bike. Vintage style but also not another black leather jacket. The fit is snug, especially with the back armor in. I am 5'7" 160lbs with a 39in chest. Originally ordered a small which I could zipper but would pull at the chest a lot. Returned (super easy) and got the medium which is still a tad tight at the chest with the armor in but has already stretched quite a bit to be more comfortable over the past 2 months. Fairly warm jacket, drove all the way till the end of November up here in Boston with just the jacket and a sweater underneath. No problem, Hands went numb with light gloves on but jacket was warm.
December 15, 2014
This jacket has a great old school look.
If your looking for a non leather jacket, this is it. The waxed cotton has an old school look. Very comfortable with plenty of pockets for your phone etc. Can add armor for added protection as well.
June 9, 2014
Got my Vandal in the mail yesterday, a note on Revzilla: Ordered on a Tuesday morning, arrived by Wednesday morning without even asking for one-day delivery. Explemary service, guys!
The jacket is very nicely packaged with its own RSD branded coat-hanger. The material reminds me of oiled cotton, and feels awesome. It's obvious that it's a design and style jacket first, and that rider safety in a get-off situation is a (very close) second. But that's to be expected with a piece like this.
Construction is top-notch all around, and the color is indeed darker than the pictures show, the video is much truer. Pleasant surprises were to be had that were not covered in the video: there is an interior zippered pocket on the left side that would be great for a phone, and the left hand pocket features a key clip, a great feature as I can never remember where my house keys are!
I wear a 40 suit jacket, but the medium feels just slightly tight across my chest. Might be I need to lose a few pounds if I'm completely honest with myself. It's definitely what I could consider an "athletic medium". On the bike, zipped up, it's quite comfortable, but I walk around with it unzipped for comfort.
Definitely love it, looks great, already have gotten compliments. Goes well with my Gringo helmet and tan leather gloves. A great option if you're looking for a stylish moto jacket that's not black. Or if you'd prefer not to have a large logo spread over your chest.
September 12, 2013
I am 5'10" and 170 and I went with the large and it fits perfectly. The color is true to the Revzilla video review. If you happened to look at the Roland Sands website, the picture they have makes the jacket appear to be a lighter color, not true! I prefer the waxed cotton to leather. I am always worried that I will ruin my leather jacket, I think I will be much more comfortable with the Vandal.
April 29, 2013
Smells like waxed cotton..
I'm 5'10, 175 lbs with a slim-average build, and normally wear a medium or size 38. I ordered the Vandal in a medium and the fit is "perfect", if not a tad small. There is plenty of room for elbow armor and a enough room for back armor, but the shoulders are already a bit too snug. Wearing this over a thin shirt would be best, and ordering a size up may throw the proportions off.
It's waxed cotton, so you should not compare it to leather or mesh in terms of durability, adding armor is a a definite must.
On the other hand, the entire jacket breathes and there is no inner liner so I would feel that it's suitable to moderately cooler to warmer temperatures. An excellent jacket for the 'in-between' seasons.
Other than that, it looks great.
April 25, 2013