Return of the Cafe Racers - Gear Review – RSD Clash Tobacco Jacket

Gear Review – RSD Clash Tobacco Jacket

Roland Sands Design has quickly become an industry leader in functional, great looking motorcycle riding gear. Their Clash motorcycle jacket was first unveiled a couple of years ago and has been a staple of my riding attire for the past 12 months. Now for 2017, they’ve expanded the Clash range to include the all-new Tobacco colourway.


Inspired by the design of the iconic ‘Perfecto’ leather jacket, the RSD Clash features a double breasted, lancer style asymmetrical zipper along with touches of 1950s Rocker styling. Quilted stitching on the shoulders and lower back, signature RSD coffin elbow panels and the hand washed, hand finished leather gives each Clash jacket a timeless appearance. For riding comfort the ribbed panels running down each side of the jacket are elasticated, the waist can be adjusted with buckled straps and the back features a longer cut to help keep the wind out.

Safety is paramount to the RSD team, as you would expect from a company whose CEO is an ex-GP Champion. The leather used in the construction of the Clash jacket is 0.9 – 1.1mm thick oiled and waxed top grain cowhide that is double stitched for extra strength. Each elbow is reinforced with rivets and the jacket comes ‘armour ready’ with internal pockets in the back, shoulders and elbows. On the inside, you’ll also find plenty of storage pockets to keep your EDC items safe and scratch free.

The new Tobacco colourway looks as stylish on the bike as it does off and the less aggressive cut means you won’t look like a Power Ranger at the bar. The Clash also comes in classic Black and striking Ox Blood red so you can match your look to your ride.



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