If you walk through a typical motorcycle shop apparel department these days, more than likely, most of the riding jackets you see will have large logos emblazoned across the front and back of them. Harley-Davidson, Shift, Icon, etc. This trend in “motorcycle fashion” has always rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it’s my marketing background but it seems backwards that these companies expect me to pay good money for one of their riding jackets and then forces me to be a walking billboard for their brand. Shouldn’t they be paying me to advertise for them? Fortunately there are still some riding jackets out there that don’t look like an ad in the pages of Cycle World… and I found one produced by River Road that I really like.

The River Road Ironclad Denim Textile Jacket is a lightweight riding jacket that really doesn’t look that much like a typical riding jacket. Bringing back memories of the “Jean Jackets” my generation wore when we were kids, it looks great… but beyond that adds protection via CE-approved armor and special fabrics plus offers functionality to the rider via a snap-down collar, secure sleeves and a heavy-duty, covered zipper. And the cool thing is that not only are there are no visible logos… but this jacket could be worn anywhere and most would have no idea it was a riding jacket complete with armor.

Here are the manufacturer’s specs:

  • Durable 14 oz. denim
  • Aramid fabric in shoulders and elbows for added protection
  • Removable, CE-approved armor in shoulders and elbows
  • Removable or upgradeable EVA foam armor in back
  • Snap down collar for a secure fit
  • Zippered sleeve cuffs with hook-and-loop closure
  • Heavy duty antique brass exterior zippers
  • Includes 6 month limited manufacturer’s warranty

THE BOTTOM LINE: If you are like me and prefer a good-looking jacket at a fair price without selling yourself out to being a riding advertisement… you should check the River Road Ironclad Denim Textile Jacket out. By the way… it comes with a 6 month limited manufacturers warranty. For more information please visit:


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product free from I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Furthermore, this review indicates my own personal opinion of this product and should be taken as just that. Yours may vary and you should try this product yourself before drawing any conclusions about it.

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3 responses

  1. Thanks for the review. I may have to look into getting one of those for those days when leather just seems to hot and heavy.

    May 24, 2010 at 7:14 PM

  2. Funny, I do the same thing when looking for a jacket, avoid the ones with huge logos on them. Yet it seems that’s what people want anyways, is the logo.

    July 14, 2010 at 11:05 AM

  3. I purchased the same jacket with my own money from Riders Discount and will be writing a review of my own, however having found your review it may not be necessary. I wish the jacket had hand warmer pockets. I also wish it was a lttile heavier. The material feels a little light to me. Also wish the back protection didn’t make it so difficult to sew a patch on the back.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:26 PM

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