A nice leather jacket is a beautiful thing. If treated right, a quality jacket will last years and will only get better with time. The trick is finding the right jacket for you. Some prefer jackets with aerodynamic humps and big logos while others would rather go with something more understated. If you tend to gravitate toward low-key aesthetics then the Roland Sands Design Ronin Jacket might be right for you.
The Ronin is made from waxed cowhide that has a thickness of .9mm – 1.1mm in the main body of the jacket. It has a “performance” fit which features pre-curved sleeves and a shortened body to make most riding positions feel natural right off the bat. The sleeves have multiple panels and perforated leather on the underside for enhanced airflow.
The exterior of the jacket is rooted in cafe racer style. A single breast pocket, sleeve zip pocket and two additional zippered pockets lower on the front of the jacket provide the wearer with easy outer storage. Two side zippers for fit adjustment run up the bottom of each side of the jacket. A snap collar and zippered cuffs further emphasize the classic styling.
The interior of the jacket features a satin poly lining. Interior storage includes two stretchy mesh cargo pockets, a soft lined electronics pocket with snap and an interior chest pocket with zipper.
The Ronin does not come with any built-in armor, but is armor compatible. The jacket features pockets for elbow, shoulder and back protection that are sized specifically for Roland Sands armor.
The Ronin is available in sizes small to XXL and comes in five colors; black, tobacco (brown), oxblood/black, black/grey and clay.
In terms of styling, I subscribe to a less is more philosophy, which puts the Ronin right up my alley.
I have been wearing my Ronin a bit over a year now as my go-to leather jacket and have yet to be disappointed. I am 5’10”, about 155 pounds and wear a small. At first I was a little concerned about the fit of the jacket; I could not decide if I should move up to a medium or stick with the small. After about a week of riding it became clear that I made the right choice. The jacket fits perfectly and can easily accommodate a sweatshirt underneath if the weather gets chilly.
Speaking of warmth, the Ronin is definitely a fair weather jacket. It is great on warm days but as soon as the sun goes down or the temperature drops, extra layers are necessary.
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