Riders who like high-end leather products will appreciate the design that went into creating the Maven. It feels like a fine Italian leather jacket created specifically for motorcycling. A lot of thought went into making the strong leather comfortable to wear on a motorcycle.
The leather has been pre-oiled, washed, then hand finished with wax and oiled again so it has a finished feel to it. In fact, it easily resists road grime. This is the kind of leather jacket you’ll have for years, one that gets better with age. Laura said, “It has that vintage look that I like, and will stay in style for a long time.”
Before I share any more of the Maven’s features, let me address the jacket’s safety components for those who wonder if the Maven is all fashion and no function. Pockets are sewn into the shoulders and elbows to accept CE-approved armor.
Laura bought her Maven in a size large that fits her well, but is a bit snug. She feels RSDs sizing runs small. With a bust measurement of 35 A-B, it doesn’t allow her to have much bulk underneath, let alone armor. “It’s a little too small for me to put in armor. I wish it came with it. For 580 bucks, it should come with the armor,” she said.
My Maven is a medium and I have a bust measurement of 36A. I can comfortably wear the jacket with the elbow armor and back protector, but putting in the shoulder armor limits flexibility and makes the Maven feel like a straightjacket. If having armor is important to you, order the Maven a size larger.
Traditional leather motorcycle jackets lack the versatility offered by the Maven. The perforation on the thick leather outside and on the inside liner allows the jacket to breath, but adding a windbreaker underneath, like Laura did when she rode over Montana’s Beartooth Pass last summer, where temps average 55 to 60 degrees, blocks the perforation keeping heat inside.
The Mavens sizes range from S to 3XL, and the jacket comes on a sturdy wooden hanger in a cloth garment bag. As Laura mentioned earlier, this is not an inexpensive jacket at $580. She said she’d been drooling over the thought of owning one for months before she finally dropped the cash. No regrets though, she says. She wore it all last riding season. I love mine, too.