Speed and Strength Rust and Redemption Jacket
S&S has a winner with this jacket. I had originally ordered the Dogs of War jacket in a 2XL, which did not fit (I have a 52" chest), and the 3XL was not available, so I exchanged for the Rust & Redemption in a 3XL, in black. I'm quite glad I did.
It's a very comfortable jacket. The outer shell feels tough, and is beefy and well constructed, but surprisingly light. Texture of the poly/nylon material is reminiscent of a canvas jacket (not quite a waxed canvas, but still fairly similar). I love the heavy-duty brown contrast stitching throughout (everything should have contrast stitching). The armor feels solid, but is slim, light, and flexible; once the jacket is on, I don't really notice it's there.
Styling is simple, but hits all the right points, with some nice details in the quilting, accordion panels, and more. This jacket has enough of a mix of modern and retro flair, that it would be at home on riders on just about anything other than motard or flashy brightly colored sport bikes. Obviously, it's meant to appeal to the cafe, Euro, and bobber crowd, though.
Airflow is much better than I expected, and much better than other jackets I own. A bit stifling in the heat when you're at a standstill, but the perforations in the arms and back really shine once you start moving. I was thoroughly impressed, and think it'll hold up to Texas heat better than I was anticipating.
Honestly, in terms of fit, though I would disagree with the general consensus that S&S jackets run generously cut. I'm 6', 250 lbs., 52" chest, and the 3XL is a snug, but perfect, fit. I normally wear XL-2XL shirts, so this is a bit off for me. Not a big deal, though; I don't care what the tag says, just as long as the actual fit is good, and it is. The way this fits, plus my experience with the Dogs of War jacket, which I ordered to my size based on the size chart, would indicate that the 2XL would fit. Luckily RevZilla's returns and exchanges are a breeze, and I couldn't be happier with the Rust & Redemption jacket.
April 4, 2015
nice jacket that can be worn as casual as well.Got all the protection if you need it. I fit a 42 inch chest and bought a lardge which fits quite snugly.
December 17, 2014
Amazing Value Jacket
I've been on the hunt for a jacket with minimal logos and a classic look. However, given my small frame I'm left swimming in most jackets that fall into that category. I found this jacket and ordered it on a whim(especially considering the price) hoping it would fit well.
I am 5' 10" & 155 lbs, I generally wear more European cut gear in a 38EU/48US jacket size. Given the sizing chart I ordered a small for this coat. When I received the jacket I was pleasantly surprised that the body did not leave me swimming and the arms were the perfect length. Even with a size small there is room for a sweatshirt underneath. Overall the cut is somewhat generous while remaining trim.
I really like the texture on the exterior of the coat , I think it will age well. The armor is O.K., however, I will probably swap it out for some D30 or Bioarmor from another A* jacket I have around. The back protector is CE level 1 certified but again leaves a bit to be desired. I can't complain too much given the price point of the jacket. The mesh lining is a bit scratchy as well, but I think given a wash or two and some wear it will be better. Overall for the price the quality seems above it's price point and time will only tell how it will age.
December 15, 2014
Awesome Jacket. True to size.
perfect jacket. I'm a large and it fits with enough room to be able to move really freely while still having a modern-slim-fitting look.
December 4, 2014
For the price this is really a great jacket. Fit was spot on; I am 6' 2" and 230 lbs, the XL fits perfect. The only thing that could be better is the main zipper tends to stick; not a huge annoyance and I am more than willing to put up with it. I have only worn it in cool dry weather so far and can't really comment on water proofing or abrasion (hope none of us can).
November 24, 2014
I ordered this on a wednesday and it made it to New Orleans by Friday. I was shocked considering I had placed an order a week before that still hadn't arrived yet(UPS fault, not revzilla).
Fit: I'm 6'2" 225, 46" chest and I ordered a Large. It fits snugly but i wouldn't want it any other way, the pads are right where they should be, and if i put on a few pounds over christmas i just have to give the buckles on the sides a little relief.
The style is classic but modern. People think it looks really sharp.
Could see it being a little chilly on a really cold day but with the liner in I was comfortable in 45 degrees. I was warm unless moving with the liner in on a humid 70 degree day.
The zippers are sturdy and smooth. I love the little pocket on the left wrist because I can just put my monthly parking garage card in there and just tap it to the sensor. Hand warmer pockets are easily big enough to get in with my gloves on.
My only complaint is the buckle at the top of the zipper digs into my neck a little but not too bad.
November 17, 2014
This is a really nice jacket, I'm 6'2" 230lbs and the XL fits perfect not too tight, not swimming in it, but should have room for a medium weight long sleeve shirt. The only thing keeping this from being a 5 star jacket was the zip out liner not having sleeves. Arms get a little chilly with the vent holes under 40F.
October 5, 2014