Monday, February 1

Roland Sands Zuma Jacket: United by Style -- and Speed


Not unlike the consolidation of the Aztec empire by Moctezuma I, Roland Sand’s new Zuma Jacket unites variable concepts. It consolidates a racing cut with earthy, heritage styling. It unites Cafe Racer enthusiasts of all ages in a protective garment the likes of which has no parallel on the market. Like Moctezuma I solidified alliances with Tlacopan and Texcoco, so shall the Zuma jacket solidify alliances between aggressive racing and pristine retro aesthetics.

Roland Sands Zuma Leather Motorcycle JacketI was admittedly rather confused by the Roland Sands Zuma Jacket at first glance. Features-wise you would think I’d was describing a full power ranger, track-demon jacket: pre-curved arms, neoprene collar, drop back, CE Level 2 shoulder and elbow armor, and a race hump. You’re likely picturing red, black and white leathers with aggressive colorblocking and loud logos, painted onto a figure whose chest is slammed to the tank of a blur otherwise known as his S1000RR. Instead, you see supple black and warm timber (tan) colorways, subtle perforation and a laser-etched rsd logo. The jacket is even mesh lined to cool the active rider comfortably, with stretch sleeves to assist in aggressive movements.  I was disoriented by its anachronism.

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And then I pictured it on the rider on the back of Star Bolt C-Spec or a Triumph Thruxton 900 and smiled, intrigued by its innovation. Like these comparatively new bikes, this jacket works for today’s cafe racer, or today’s sport bike enthusiast looking for a low-key, high-quality, high-protection option. Like the emperor for which this jacket might have been named, it successfully unites the people by joining modern thrill with the familiar and the classic.

- Hilary L

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