River Road Caliber Leather Jacket
I ride year round in Korea so I get to experience hot and humid and freezing weather. I would normally wear a 46 but I have long lanky arms so I sized up to 48 to add a little arm length. I'm 6'3", 220 lbs. I've always had jackets made here and had the arms made extremely long (almost down to my knuckles) so when I reach for the bars they maintain good coverage. The sleeves are a bit shorter than I'd normally prefer but actually the fit is probably what most people would expect. It's still a nice jacket and fits well and seems warm. I recommend going a size or two larger (especially if you have orangutan arms) also if you plan to wear more layers. I only wish they had an option to order based on arm measurement. If you are normal, this won't be an issue. Overall seems to be a well made product for the price.
October 26, 2015
This is the jacket I should have bought first!
To be fair I have only worn this jacket once for an 8 hour ride on a great spring day but... I didn't want to take it off. It is such a comfortable jacket. It feels like I'm wearing a favorite shirt. No break in needed. The leather is so soft but substantial in weight. My size is normally XL but I went for the 2XL and it fits perfectly. I'm 6'1", 215 lbs and 46" chest.
This is a great jacket!
September 14, 2015
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