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Roland Sands RSD Ronin Leather Jacket The RSD Limited Set utilizes exclusive oiled leather to create a limited edition collection of riding jackets and accessories. Much like every custom RSD bike, the merging of heritage and modern components creates the perfect combination of style and function. RSD jackets are built to ride, but still retain everyday comfort. Roland Sand Design's fit program ensures subtle ergonomic fit and functionality, and armor-ready styles provide pockets for RSD CE certified armor. Features Detailed caf style, with shorty snap collar and front zip pockets RSD Limited Set hand finished washed and waxed cowhide (Main body leather thickness 1.2mm) Performance riding fit, with rotated, pre-curved sleeves, dropped back length, and relaxed collar opening Perforated leather interior trims Perforated sleeve venting Sleeve zip pocket Side zipper waist adjust Zip close cuffs Satin poly lining with custom RSD repeat numbers heat emboss Soft lined electronics security pocket Stretch mesh cargo stuff pockets Zip close interior chest pocket Armor ready shoulder, elbow, and back protector pockets
 
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5 / 5
Finally, a Jacket for Fit Riders
PostedMarch 7, 2013
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TheContinental
From San Jose
State:CA
Rider Type:Cafe Racer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
I've had the Ronin in Tobacco for about 9 months and 3,000 miles now. While not completely perfect, I love this jacket and wouldn't trade it for anything.
Firstly, a little about me. I'm 6' and 155 pounds. As such, It's hard to find a jacket that has arms long enough to not look like something I've outgrown, without having so much extra material around my chest that it looks like I'm stocking up to build a circus tent. The Ronin in medium is one of the few jackets I've found that has a cut that works for me. The body has just enough room that I could fit a layer underneath if necessary, while the arms are comfortably snug. With the elbow armor in a sweatshirt makes the fit a bit tight. And I have, by no means, thick arms. Speaking of the sleeves, they come down to halfway between my wrist and palm. The precurve is great, and in the riding position (Triumph Bonneville with dropped bars) they sit just perfectly. I found the collar to be a bit snug initially, but now that the jacket has broken in it isn't at all.
This is a great 3 season jacket, if you live someplace as temperate as Northern California like I do. The perforated leather flows a surprisingly good amount of air, but if you're stopped on a hot day for very long you'll feel it. There's no way to seal off the perforations, so in the winter you'll want a layer underneath (again, this is a N. Cal winter. I wouldn't recommend wearing this in conditions below the 30s).
The leather used in this jacket is beautiful. Each piece has a different grain, and over the last 9 months each has aged gracefully in it's own way. There is nothing about this jacket that feels mass produced. The surface does show some bumps and scratches, but it just adds to the character.
The pockets are well thought out, although the hand pockets are a bit small. However, the elastic interior cargo pockets are great. An iPad just barely fits in there, for reference.
My only real complaint is the pockets for the armor. The back protector pocket was sewn incorrectly, and is too small for the RSD armor to fit correctly. Additionally, the elbow pockets are positioned so that they are more "tricep and maybe a small part of your elbow" armor. The shoulders fit perfectly.
Overall? I love this jacket. If the armor pockets were positioned better, it would truly be perfect for me. I'm glad to see a manufacturer building jackets without the typical beer belly cut. Thank you RSD for thinking of the skinny guys.
Rides: 2006 Triumph Bonneville T100
Yes, I recommend this product.
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