River Road Caliber Leather Jacket
Exceeded my expectations
I've had this jacket about a year now and I love it.
First, go 1 size up. I am a 40" chest and I wear a 42 in this.
Second, the pics and videos here do not do this jacket justice. When I bought this jacket it didn't look like it would fit my body type well, 5'8" 160 lb 40" chest. But it fits me fantastic. I like this jacket because it fits like a real jacket and not a skin-tight race suit. This allows for comfort and lots of layering options so the jacket is very flexible.
Air flow is surprisingly good for a non-perforated leather jacket. Your best vents are the 2 vents in the back. What you don't see in the video is that they connect to each other and it's one huge vent back there. The bicep vents are ok and you can open the hand pockets for more air as well. In the colder temps you can use a base layer for warmth and zip the jacket all the way up (it looks fine like this, too). I've ridden down in the 30s (F) like this and been fine.
The only real disadvantage to this jacket is that the supplied armor is foam. I would recommend getting flat, flexible armor like Forcefield or RSD.
Overall I'm just really satisfied with its flexibility, practicality, and looks. My opinion of River Road has gone way up.
April 28, 2015
Comfortable jacket with minimal break in time.
Great jacket, has a very vintage style and fits very nicely. So far I've only taken it out in 30 degree weather and it's kept me relatively warm. The provided armor is rather flimsy but it's there nonetheless.
March 10, 2014
Careful on the sizing
This is a great jacket for the $$. It doesn't come with the CE armor (probably it's only downfall# but - the cost is relative. The leather is thick/durable yet soft and pliable so it doesn't seem like you're wearing a cardboard box.
The one point I'll make is - the information Revzilla gives around sizing for these jackets #River Road brands# sizing slightly big doesn't seem accurate. I'm a 44 #5'11 and 205 lbs#. Though - when I buy a jacket I hate any tightness under the arms so I usually buy bigger. I got a 46 with this #even though Revzilla states it sizes big) and - i'm glad I did. There's no way a 44 would have fit me without feeling like I was wearing spandex. So - buy true to size and - consider buying up one size if you don't like them tight. Otherwise - a great jacket!
November 1, 2013
Great Jacket fairly heavy
Good quailty so far. nice room in shoulders and arm pit
October 8, 2012
A classic very well done
After all, riding a cruiser or a chopper means you had enough miles of speed and hurry, so the protection you may need can be less performant. The look is classic and the quality for the material, the cut and stitch are professional.
June 4, 2012
A versatile jacket for the money.
This jacket is just about perfect in most respects. It has venting when needed, but closes up nicely when its chilly. The neck can be kind of open for the warmer weather, or fold up into a high collar when it gets cold. Rode in 40 degree temperatures and was totally comfortable at highway speed. Should be good in the summer too, as long as you keep moving and zip out the liner.
The only little gripes I have are that the armor in this jacket really is pretty flimsy, it's nice that there are pockets to upgrade with. That and the snaps and zippers all have little river road motorcycle logos on them, would have liked them better just plain.
Other than that, good jacket for the money. Nice heavy leather and good stitching.
For reference, I have long arms, am 6'1" and weigh 165lbs and a 44 fits me very well.
March 14, 2012
Well made, medium weight jacket. Good for riding in 40-75 degree temps. Ordered my normal size 48 and the jacket is an excellent fit including proper sleeve length.
The foam "armor" is nothing. Replaced it with CE armor in the shoulders and elbows. If the jacket came with decent body armor I would have given 5 stars. Would have been an excellent value for the money. Stll a very good buy for me.
I like the jacket and expect to get good service out of it.
March 28, 2011