Roland Sands Design Ronin RS Signature Jacket
- C.E.-certified construction
- GT Racer premium top grain cowhide leather (1.1mm – 1.3mm)
- Aggressive riding fit
- Cool-core mesh liner with moisture wicking properties
- Zippered vents at shoulders and back
- Rotated, pre-curved sleeves
- Cafe-style collar with snap back feature
- Waterproof interior device pocket
- Three front zip pockets
- Drop back length
- Perforated leather interior trims
- Sleeve zip pocket, side zipper waist adjuster
- Zip closed cuffs
- Ships with CE-Knox™ elbows and shoulders, with back protector ready pocket
Read on for more details.
This jacket is a trim cut street leather jacket and it fits a bit more snugly than most casually styled jackets like this. 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 trim 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 Ronin 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 Ronin RS Signature jacket by Roland Sands is new for 2018 and udated in a few, but important ways. This jacket has upgraded armor and an improved leather finish. Its a classic style that almost any rider can enjoy either on or off the bike.
I reviewed the RS Clash RS Signature jacket just a few moments ago, and many of the changes to the Clash RS are applicable to this Ronin jacket as well, so pardon if you see just a bit of copy/paste on the technical features. The leather used in this new RS version Ronin 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. Both the black and Tobacco are beautiful finishes.
The Signature RS Ronin is equipped with shoulder and elbow armor (the standard Ronin 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.
Besides the changes to the leather and armor package, 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. It does offer one side benefit though. It works better with the new venting in this jacket. It has shoulder zip vents in front and exhaust vents in the back to flow some air through the jacket. The air passing through will work a LOT better with the new mesh liner than the solid satin from before.
In previous Ronin designs, the panel of the leather under the arm was perforated which would flow some air like the zip vents do in this new version. The zip vents, when closed will make for a better jacket in cooler weather though. You can wear your own layers under this solid leather shell to shield against the cold. I’d characterize this jacket as being three season. It can handle warmer weather with the vents and also colder weather if you layer. It will be toasty in hot summer weather so I’ll stick with three seasons. Wet weather? NO! This beautiful leather needs to stay beautiful, so please don’t soak it.
I like the new Clash RS and I like this new Ronin RS too. It costs a lot, but it looks like it would. :: Paul, 11-28-18
Roland Sands says: Ronin reimagined with elevated protection, construction and technical features. Often replicated, but never duplicated. The jacket that started it all, the Ronin by RSD now offered in a fully re-imagined version as part of the Roland Sands Signature Collection. The DNA of this iconic jacket remains but has been wrapped in 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.