By Tom Roderick Editor Score: 87.5%
Roland Sands Design Zuma Jacket
Editor Score: 87.5%
I lovingly refer to my RSD Zuma as my Lynyrd Skynyrd jacket because this retro cafe racer piece of kit rocks. It’s “Timber” color is ’70s tre chic, and the wing-footed RSD logo is a shoe-in for Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits album cover. In addition to being hipster fashionable the Zuma fits well, is protective, and is good for three out of four seasons.
I’ve owned a lot of cowhide, and the occasional kangaroo skin, but never buffalo leather – specifically the water buffalo variety – from which the Zuma is constructed. Inspecting the Zuma up close the buffalo hide appears to be on the thin side. However, at 1.0-1.2mm thickness, the Zuma actually has a thicker hide (in some areas) than the similar-looking Oscar Brass Leather jacket from Alpinestars with 1.0-1.1mm-thick cowhide.
According to RSD apparel GM, Bob Ketchum, “the Zuma Jacket is tumbled and oiled in the tanning process to make the thicker leather feel more soft and supple while still offering the protection of the thicker leather.”
The perforated wing-footed RSD logo is prominent but discrete and looks cool while also flowing air. Additional perforation in the upper chest, arms, sides, and back help maintain comfortable temperatures in Spring and Fall, as well as summer.
Thus far my Zuma’s been spared of any crashing activity, and I’m trying my best to keep it that way, so we’re just gonna have to take Bob’s word on the thickness/protection claims. Soft and supple, though, we can confirm. The Zuma is Charmin-soft, and as malleable as Play-Doh. The combination goes a long way in elevating the Zuma’s comfort level.
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