Roland Sands Design Appian Riding Shirt Review

Motorcyclist in the Badlands of South Dakota

I’ve ridden over 20,000 miles in the Roland Sands Design Appian Riding Shirt. Get the full details on this premium women’s motorcycle riding shirt in this review!

As I’ve become more experienced riding motorcycles, wearing proper riding gear year-round has become a necessity for me. Gone are the days of living wild and free, rolling down the highway in a cut up t-shirt for thousands of miles. These days, I prefer to keep my upper body covered, protecting myself from the sun and any accidents that could occur.

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the women’s motorcycle gear created by Roland Sands Design. I own many different riding jackets from them that you’ll see me wear almost every time I’m on a motorcycle. The Appian riding shirt has been a great addition to the Roland Sands women’s gear lineup.

Riding shirts are the latest craze in warm-weather riding gear. The Roland Sands Appian shirt has become a staple in my Summer riding gear wardrobe, racking up over 20,000 miles in 2023 while wearing it. It’s fashionable, comfortable, and highly functional.

Read on to discover the full specs, plus my overall thoughts fitment, comfort, functionality, and quality.

Roland Sands Appian Women’s Riding Shirt Overview

Roland Sands Appian Riding Shirt

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Key Features:

  • Nylon / Poly hybrid fabric with abrasion resistance outer, mesh liner inner.
  • Full main zip with snap-down outer placket
  • Snap chest pockets with small inner pocket
  • Equipped with CE level 1 Armor (Elbow / Shoulder)
  • Back pocket available for armor (not included)
  • CE EN 17092 A Certified

Appian Pros:

  • Great for Summer or warmer weather riding
  • Fashionable: I love that it looks like a casual black button-down shirt, but is packed with protective features.
  • Protective: The Appian is Abrasion Resistant with CE EN 17092 A Certifcations, and includes shoulder and elbow armor
  • Comfortable: Great fit for all-day wear, on and off the bike
  • Durable: Zero issues with stitching, zippers, or buttons 

Appian Cons:

  • Fades with significant wear and exposure to weather
  • Sizing: While RSD claims this runs true to size, I’d argue that it runs small

Roland Sands Design Appian Review

The Appian is Fashionable

I’m a big fan of riding gear that doesn’t scream, “Hey! I’m on a motorcycle!” when I get to my destination.

The Appian riding shirt is a fashionable, yet discreetly protective piece of riding gear. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been approached and asked if it’s a riding shirt or fashion shirt. Most people will then be mind-blown that it also has armor in the shoulders and elbows, hah!

Comfort

One of my favorite things about the Appian is that it’s comfortable to wear all day on the bike, or to keep it on at an event. I’ve done a 1,000 mile ride day in this shirt with temperatures ranging from 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and was perfectly fine. 

If you plan to wear this once temperatures reach 85+, you’ll be comfortable while riding, but not while sitting still. You’ll want to shed this outer layer as soon as you get to your destination.

Roland Sands Appian Riding Shirt
Photo by Kody Melton

Protection

The Appian riding shirt includes CE Level 1 elbow and shoulder armor and includes a back armor pocket if you wish to purchase and add it on your own. The outer material is also abrasion resistant.

The Appian has been CE EN 17092 A Certified for those that want that extra safety reassurance in their riding gear. Overall, I feel extremely protected while wearing this piece of gear. The elbow armor is probably my favorite feature as far as protection goes.

Women Riding a Motorcycle

Functional Details

Other than it’s protective qualities, the Appian has some great functional features as well. I love the full-length, main zipper, allowing you to securely close the riding shirt without relying solely on the buttons. Most of the time, I don’t even use the snap buttons.

Additionally, the cuffs feature buttons so that you can roll your sleeves or simply allow additional airflow through while riding.

Other details include snap buttons on the collar to prevent them from flapping in the wind, plus a small internal pocket for your cell phone, keys, or wallet. Oh, and the outer chest pockets are real if you enjoy using those.

Motorcycle Riding Shirt | Roland Sands Appian
Cruisin’ through the San Juan Mountains in the RSD Appian Shirt

Fitment & Sizing

The Appian is available in sizes XS – 3XL. I am 5’4” with a 39” chest measurement, and typically wear a size Large in Roland Sands Design products, and that holds true for the Appian riding shirt. According to their size charts, I should be a size Medium, but I tend to find that their riding gear runs slightly small across the board.

Durability

My Appian riding shirt has held up from manufacturing defects such as stitching, zippers breaking, or buttons malfunctioning. Overall, I’ve been pretty happy with the quality of this piece of gear.

Unfortunately, it has had some color fading issues, which are likely due to extensive wear in the sun and numerous rain storms. By the end of the riding season, my first Appian shirt had turned purple in some areas. With 20,000 miles of wear, it wasn’t anything too surprising.

I ended up buying a new Appian shirt to replace it with, because this minor inconvenience with discoloration definitely did not outweigh all the positives I have experienced. Personally, I feel like I got more than my money’s worth out of my first Appian.

20,000 miles of wear: Note the fading on the jacket sleeves and shoulder areas. These are the areas that are exposed to harsh UV rays and rain the most and the wear and tear of the open road is evident. Better than it being my skin, though!
Good as new! I replaced my Appian for the next riding season after being so happy with the first one.

Where to buy the Roland Sands Appian Riding Shirt

The Appian riding shirt rings in at $160 in 2024, similar to other women’s riding shirts that are available on the market. It’s available in Black and a Sage-green color at this time. You can check current prices or other women’s riding gear at J&P Cycles, Revzilla, or Cycle Gear.

Roland Sands Design has also made an identical, men’s fitted riding shirt called Cerritos. You can view it on Revzilla, J&P Cycles, or Cycle Gear.

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Staci Wilt

I’m Staci: a freelance journalist, photographer, and marketing consultant. I primarily focus those skills around my passions of motorcycles, travel, and food…and yes, we will count margaritas and craft beer in that last category. Thanks for checking out my blog!
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