Roland Sands Design Clash RS Signature Jacket
- GT Racer premium top grain cowhide leather (1.1mm – 1.3mm)
- Aggressive riding fit with relaxed shorty snap collar
- Cool-core mesh liner with moisture wicking properties
- Angled front zipper with snap button at top
- Rotated, pre-curved sleeves
- Quilt stitch accent at shoulders and elbows
- Three front zip pockets
- Drop back length
- Perforated leather interior trims
- Perforated sleeve venting
- Sleeve zip pocket, adjustable waist
- Zip closed cuffs
- Ships with CE-Knox™ elbows and shoulders, with back protector ready pocket
- Waterproof interior device pocket
Read on for more details.
This jacket is a sport/race cut leather jacket and therefore fits closer to the body than more casually cut jackets. We measured a selection of sizes and also tried these on our fit test mannequins. Huey is wearing a medium and Dewey is in the XL. These are the sizes they normally wear. The fit is trim but looks good.
I’d advise to choose the size you normally wear in men’s clothing if you are looking for the snug fit this jacket offers. If you prefer a more casual fit, or are between sizes, then you’ll want to choose a size larger. To make size selection easier, we’ve developed the chart below to help you choose a size based upon your chest and belly measurements. If you have a bit of a belly, just make sure that the jacket you choose will be big enough for both your chest and belly.
This new “RS” version of the Clash comes with armor in the elbows and shoulders. The sleeves on this jacket are fairly trim and with the armor installed, they fit pretty close to the body. Those with average to thin builds will like the fit, but those with muscular or stocky builds might have trouble.
Note: if you plan to add a back protector to this jacket, then add 1” to the chest/belly measurements before choosing a size.
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Our Two Cents
The Clash RS Signature jacket is a fresh update to their very popular original Clash jacket. The Clash is a highly styled “rocker” leather jacket. This new RS Signature jacket takes the jacket from part style/part function to style + function. Knox armor is included for the shoulders and elbows and a Knox back pad is optional.
Like the original Clash jacket, this one is has TONS of style. This new version retains most of it, but there are a few subtle changes. First of all, the leather is a new, slightly different version. The fantastic “hand” is still there and the finish is just a bit more durable. With the standard jacket, the surface finish is one that can take a mark when you scratch it (many premium leathers are like this), but this jacket’s finish isn’t so much that way. The leather is soft, but dense and nearly anybody could immediately tell it is very high quality cowhide. The new finish will also resist fading a little better.
The Signature RS Clash is equipped with shoulder and elbow armor (the standard Clash has provisions only for the armor). The armor is made by Knox which is a well known maker of impact protectors of all kinds. There is also a pocket for adding a matching Knox back protector. If you want the back protection, take the link below to add it to your order.
A couple small styling changes I noticed… this new version does not have the studs on the elbows nor does it have the diamond stitching on the left side front placket. I’d be willing to bet those with the studs on the elbows have at least once, unintentionally scuff something and not having those would be a plus in my mind. I also note the liner in the new RS is a traditional black nylon mesh rather than the solid satin lining. The mesh liner will be more durable in the long run. Granted it doesn’t have the “flash” of the gold satin in the previous version.
Two smaller zip vents have been added to the RS version on the sleeves and two small zip vents are in the back too. Those will work better with the inside mesh liner to move some air through the jacket in warmer weather. Another nod to everyday functionality. And one little feature I almost missed are two pair of magnets on the tips of each placket. Those hold back the tips of the placket when you don’t want to zip the main zipper all the way to your neck. They also hold back the tips when you wearing the jacket off the bike with the main zipper completely open. Its your option as to whether you like that or not, but I can see where it would be a handy new feature.
I normally don’t wear a black leather jacket, but wow… the look and feel of this new leather is really something and has a lot of appeal. Overall, I really think this new RS Signature jacket is winner! :: Paul, 11-28-18
Roland Sands says: A technical evolution of RSD’s classic perfecto rocker jacket. The infamous Clash jacket by RSD in an all new, elevated version that brings modern function to this classically inspired jacket design. Part of the Roland Sands Signature Collection, The Clash RS Signature is a blast from the past. Based on the styling of the classic perfecto rocker Jacket the all new Clash keeps that timeless design language but boasts a ton of new features. Including an all new premium leather quality, GT Racer. GT Racer is a hand washed, hand waxed and hand finished leather that gives it a pre-worn look and feel. It is soft to the touch and requires very little break in. The leather will age with the rider and develop a natural patina overtime. Additional features include a premium mesh liner that is moisture wicking and antimicrobial, YKK® zippers throughout and premium KNOX™ Microlock™ molded armor for superior impact protection.