I was on the hunt for a riding jacket that would stand the test of time. Having chewed my way through a handful of textile and denim pieces over the last few years, I knew that a leather jacket was the way to go. When Roland Sands Design released the Jagger Jacket in late 2018, it caught my eye. A premium buffalo leather jacket that promised killer RSD style, all-season versatility, including a (supposedly) waterproof soft-shell hoodie, for just $550? Sign me up.

I was a bit intrepid before committing that $550 though as I've had mixed experiences trying on RSD leather jackets in the past because they were consistently too tight in the arms and chest. I did have an RSD Truman Perforated Canvas Jacket that carried me through last summer and it fit great, though. After a few emails to Rob at RSD, he assured me that the Jagger had a similar, roomier fit, so I pulled the trigger and ordered one up.

I haven’t taken it off since (I'm like Tobias Fünke, only with a leather jacket instead of denim shorts) and it has been my daily go-to jacket for all rides in all weather. It’s damn near perfect, and will probably only find its way into the closet come summer when my perfed Truman Jacket has to be the Superman to my Lois Lane and save me from the Lex Luthor of triple digit heat.

First Impression & Style

The Jagger is a great looking jacket, unsurprising considering its pedigree. It wears the classic lines of a race thoroughbred from motorcycling’s storied history. It’s aggressive, but not overly so, and is at home on any style of bike where a black (or dark brown, or in RSD-speak, tobacco) leather jacket would be a good fit. That is to say, whether you’re on a Harley or a Honda, it’s going to look good. It’s a chameleon in its universality vis-a-vis the ride style it conforms to.

It’s also heavy. That’s no surprise, considering its buffalo leather construction. It has great heft and holds its shape well.

RSD left no stone unturned when it comes to the stylish details seeping into the jacket with fashionable paneling on the body and sleeves and quilted details on the shoulders and the dropped back. RSD flies its flag on every snap and zipper pull, there's a signature winged RSD logo patch on the body, and an embossed “Roland Sands” on the left sleeve for good measure.

Fit & Comfort

RSD's got the Jagger dialed in. I don’t think it’s a huge secret that finding an RSD jacket that fits a larger frame has been a challenge in the past. The last few years, they’ve delivered a few pieces which have a fuller cut while retaining the stylish, tailored qualities RSD is known for.

I’m 6’ tall with a 53” chest, wear 36-38” jeans, and going by RSD’s size chart, I got the Jagger in a 3XL. The fit is superb. Snug but comfortable and easy to move in with a hooded jacket liner zipped into it. Remove the liner jacket, and the fit is looser without being baggy. It remains streamlined, but offers more freedom of movement and airflow. RSD includes shoulder gussets in the back as well as zippers along the side at the waist to facilitate easy movement and customize the fit to your body shape or riding position.

Side zippers on the waist allow you to customize the fit

Features & Performance

The Jagger includes a soft-shell hoodie that zips and snaps into the outer jacket. The hoodie can be worn on it’s own, and RSD claims it is seam-sealed and 100% waterproof. I can report that it absolutely is as I’ve tested it a few times now. It’s held up to hours of rain, and my body remained completely warm and dry the entire time.

On colder days, the soft-shell hoodie and the buffalo leather work in tandem to block the wind with impressive effectiveness. The Coolcore thermoregulation mesh liner in both the soft-shell hoodie and the main jacket body manages moisture and temperature admirably, hot or cold, keeping riders comfortable regardless of the conditions.

Once it heats up, ditch the hoodie and open the vents at the shoulders and back for a solid warm weather piece. My only critiques are that the vents could be a bit bigger, and it'd benefit from shoulder vents that weren't where the straps of a backpack or shoulder bag cover them up. This happens when I toss my Kriega messenger bag over my shoulder. I would’ve also appreciated some perforated leather behind the zippers at the sleeve cuffs for extra air flow. Perforated leather behind the cuffs is a fairly common RSD touch that is conspicuously absent from the Jagger. It’s easy to unzip the main zipper a bit, especially with the standard RSD anti-flail collar snap, and with the perfed leather running along the placket you get  added airflow to the chest.

It all adds up to a jacket good for a temperature range that belies its construction and weight. I have a fairly good tolerance for extreme temperatures, but I’ve worn the Jagger in temps as low as 28° (sans heated gear, just the jacket, the hoodie, and one of my trusty Dixxon flannels) to as high as 90° with only mild discomfort. I suspect I could stretch it right onto the threshold of triple digits, and I’m sure the looming Texas summer will give me plenty of opportunity to test that theory.

On the safety front, the thick buffalo leather is paired with Knox Microlock CE armor to deliver superior protection. RSD includes shoulder and elbow armor standard but only a chintzy piece of foam in the back pocket, which I promptly removed. I’ll add a Knox back protector at some point in the future. The Jagger is solidly constructed, with every seam double-stitched (at least), and a lot of overlapping and overlays in the leather paneling. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Jagger would withstand even the gnarliest of spills.

Ample (and functional) pockets are under-appreciated, and an oft-ignored feature of many jackets (outside the pocket-laden adventure-touring segment). I’m a big fan of what RSD does in this regard. Plentiful, without being overdone, and always with a thought toward functionality. The mesh stash pockets are a favorite of mine. Located on the inside of the jacket body, they are great for bandannas, scarves, or neck tubes, a pair of earbuds, sunglasses, and all manner of other items you need to temporarily stash away but want quick access to. RSD includes a waterproof Napoleon pocket, perfect for your phone, wallet, or anything else that may be damaged by rain. The pocket on the right sleeve is one of my favorites. When I ride to work I put my RF key fob for the office in this pocket when I leave the house in the morning, so all I have to do is wave my arm in front of the door to get into work. Pretty handy. It’s good for chapstick, coins and your dice for those back alley street dice games.

Waterproof pocket keeps your goods safe from the weather

Final Thoughts

I have no mixed emotions about this jacket. It’s a killer piece of gear at any price. RSD, who is often known for largely style-oriented pieces, has delivered an impressively technical, versatile, functional jacket. The Jagger doesn’t sacrifice any style in the name of daily functionality, and struts its stuff with the confidence and swagger of its namesake.

Bryan Harley RSD Jagger Jacket Impressions 2.0:

Besides making me look pretty fly for a white guy (sorry Offspring) the durable construction of the RSD Jagger rates high, as does the quality of the leather. It is a serious chunk of buffalo hide and I second Brent's assertion that it'll fare well in case of a get-off. I'm happy to see that it came with CE-Knox elbow and shoulder armor standard as having to purchase them separately has been a grievance of mine with older RSD jackets. The hoodie came in handy recently when I was wearing the jacket off the bike in an unanticipated Oregon rain storm. The first time I wore it in the picture above it was a whopping 28 degrees and the Jagger kept my core warm, albeit with an assist from my Dixxon flannel. It's all about the layers when it gets that cold! I love that all of the exterior pockets zip up tight. After a couple of months it's just now getting broken in and I look forward to weathering the leather even more as the riding season is upon us.