Roland Sands Design Truman Textile Jacket
- RSD Waxed Cotton, water repellant / breathable 11.5oz finished weight
- RSD “Dakota” cowhide leather (.9mm -1.1mm)
- Classic riding fit with rotated, pre-curved sleeves, dropped back length, and relaxed collar opening
- Genuine leather abrasion areas for increased protection
- Zip front, pockets and cuffs
- Zippered sleeve vents
- Side adjustable waist tabs with metal buckle
- Satin poly lining with custom RSD numbers heat emboss
- Armor ready shoulder, elbow and back protector pockets
Read on for more details.
This jacket is cut a bit more trim and fits 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.
The collar on this jacket is about twice as tall as the normal Mandarin style collar. You don’t have to fasten the collar buttons of course but if you plan to do so, then you’ll need a relative trim/tall neck to do so. This with a short and/or stout neck will have trouble with this.
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 Truman jacket is offered in two versions…. the Truman Perforated Waxed Cotton Jacket and the Truman Textile Jacket (which is made of non-perforated waxed cotton). So the main difference between the two is that one is a solid waxed cotton and the other is a perforated waxed cotton. The decision factor will be your climate. If you ride in mild to hot weather, the perf version would be best, but if you ride in cooler to warm weather, then the solid jacket would be the choice.
With regard to styling and functionality, the Truman is a bit of a mix of the similar Ronin and Duro. The Truman notably has leather overlays at the shoulders and elbow which add some style and also increase the ability to resist abrasion in case of a fall. And speaking of fall… the perforated jacket includes shoulder and elbow armor inserts. The solid textile jacket has pockets for the armor and the armor can be bought separately. Both versions have a pocket for an optional back pad (see those links below). There is a price difference in the two versions, but the price difference in the two is basically the price of the armor which comes standard in the perf version.
Personally I think both jackets are pretty sharp and a lighter weight alternative to leather, but with some of the style you get with leather. I especially think the “Ranger” color in both versions is sharp because the lighter color better shows some of the texture of the materials. But some like to be more stealth which is perfectly understandable. From either product page, take the links at the bottom of the page to view the other version. :: Paul, 04-09-18
Roland Sands says: The Truman by RSD is a classic endure styled, vintage inspired waxed cotton riding jacket with leather accents. A true instant classic, the Truman is a hybrid construction using two proprietary RSD materials, waxed cotton and Dakota leather. RSD waxed cotton is water and abrasion resistant and we have reinforced the abrasion areas on the Truman with oiled Dakota Leather to give it extra durability, and a unique look and feel.