Roland Sands Ronin Jacket - $590
The Roland Sands Ronin Jacket, especially in the tobacco color, is my favorite looking motorcycle jacket, period. A friend has had one since the first run, and it gets better looking every single day. 1.2 mm washed and waxed cowhide, pre-curved sleeves, and a dropped back length, this thing is vintage levels of cool, even when you’re in a riding position. The Ronin comes armor ready, with pockets in the shoulder, elbows, and back. Just a warning though, we’ve gotten some of the latest production run and it seems their fit has gone wide. We’re looking into getting the one they sent us tailored, with a more in-depth review on the way.
Vanson AR3 Armored Model A - $550 est. (Official pricing not released yet)
The people have spoken and their desires have been heard! Vanson released news at the AIMExpo a few weeks back that they would be releasing a production version of the AR3 they made especially for RideApart’s own Wes Siler, complete with armor. Competition weight leather that will last you your entire life, now with CE-rated armor stock from the factory. Go down in it and all you have to do is send it in for repairs, the only downside being you’ll have to put in all that hard work again to get it broken in just right.
Alpinestars GP-R Leather Jacket - $449.95
The Alpinestars GP-R Leather jacket is a 2011 Revzilla product of the year winner which, at it’s lower price point than the other jackets on our list, speaks volumes about it’s quality. It features 1.3 mm full-grain perforated leather combined with Aramidic stretch panels in the shoulders and arms to allow for a better fit and better range of motion. It has removable and adjustable CE certified Bio Armor in the shoulders and elbows, and padding in the chest and back that can be upgraded to a Bio Armor back protector and Bionic Chest Guards. It also has a waist connection zipper, so you can connect the jacket to Alpinestars leather or textile pants.
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