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.
I 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.
Roland Sands Zuma Jacket Review:
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