MC Tested

Rolls-royce of leather

Motorcyclist - - Contents - —Ju­lia La­palme

A stel­lar jacket, lack­lus­ter tires, and the sci­ence be­hind clean hands—se­ri­ously.

SAY THE WORDS “mo­tor­cy­cle jacket” and thick, black leather is the stereo­typ­i­cal im­age that comes to mind. Roland Sands De­sign of­fers a lux­u­ri­ous twist on the clas­sic look with its Riot Women’s jacket. Us­ing 0.8–0.9mm “Black­stone” cowhide, the Riot has a soft sup­ple feel and, with a silky smooth polyester lin­ing, get­ting in and out of this jacket is sheer plea­sure. The dou­ble-breasted cut opens on a di­ag­o­nal, re­veal­ing a quilted leather in­ner ch­est panel. Quilted stitch­ing adorns the up­per and lower back, shoul­ders, and el­bows, and sturdy YKK zip­pers are used through­out.

The Riot fea­tures two ex­te­rior pock­ets, and one in­ner breast pocket, which is large enough for a phone, wal­let, and pass­port, re­spec­tively. Two in­ner mesh pock­ets at the waist, how­ever, are less im­pres­sive; in­ner pock­ets should be se­cure, but the weak elas­tic en­try points on th­ese could mean los­ing a set of keys or other items while lean­ing over or lay­ing the jacket down. A small gripe, but thank­fully the other pock­ets make up for that.

The thin­ner leather that Roland Sands uses helps give the Riot a soft com­fort­able feel, which makes it a won­der­ful gar­ment to wear around town. The flip side is there’s not as much cowhide be­tween your hide and the pave­ment in the event of a crash. And since RSD doesn’t in­clude ar­mor with its jack­ets (claim­ing customers tend to pull out ar­mor when sup­plied), the op­tional Ar­mor Kit ($85) is a must for ex­tra pro­tec­tion.

That ad­di­tion puts the Riot over $700, ready to ride, which is a hefty chunk of change. Still, the RSD Riot is the most com­fort­able, ex­quis­ite mo­tor­cy­cle jacket I have ever worn. When headed out on a bike for an evening where the dress code is a notch above the ev­ery­day moto scene, the Riot is my go-to jacket. I know I’ll be pro­tected on the ride there, and the soft Oxblood-colored leather turns heads wher­ever I go. And, yes, you can still get it in black.

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