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post #4186 of 5862
The stitching shouldn't go through the pockets. You can fix that by removing the buttons and the thread and take the coat to a seamstress and have her resew the buttons so the thread doesn't go through the pockets. Cost about $5.00 a button, or you can do it yourself. Use a thick thread. Make sure you have a thimble to force the needle through the heavy material.
post #4187 of 5862

I am looking for a small/36 short peacoat...where can i find a good one??

post #4188 of 5862

Can I get a quick summary of the decision for best general pea coat?

post #4189 of 5862
Assuming I can buy a brand new, current military issue peacoat or a Schott 740 for the same price, which is the superior coat?
post #4190 of 5862
I would go for the Sterlingwear. In my opinion, that is a simple decision.
post #4191 of 5862

Any thoughts on the Rothco brand peacoats? They are all I seem to find in the military surplus stores that I've wandered into in San Francisco. I'm looking for a budget peacoat, and they are appropriately priced... is there any reason to avoid this brand of peacoat? It is a bit confusing, since I thought Sterlingwear was the only manufacturer of the real navy peacoats, yet I've seen plenty of them in MILITARY stores. 

post #4192 of 5862
Just because a brand of a peacoat is in a "Military Surplus" store, doesn't mean it is actual military surplus. The Rothco brand is a good example. That company has never made pea coats for the Navy. Sterlingwear has held the Navy contract for a number of years, and is the only company that makes US Navy pea coats.
post #4193 of 5862

Makes sense. Let's just say that it's not entirely essential that the peacoat that I purchase need to be an authentic Navy one. I'm just looking for my first budget peacoat. Any reason to avoid Rothco? Is that a very poor quality product? Or for the money will it do "ok"?

post #4194 of 5862
A little early, but I'll be on the lookout for a 36R sterlingwear peacoat. Let me know if you guys have one
post #4195 of 5862
Don't know that I have ever seen a Rothco, but I believe they are made in the USA, which is important to some people. In addition to the 32 oz. wool peacoat (probably a blend), they sell a cotton blend coat that I would stay away from for cold weather wear.

The body of the Rothco is fitted fuller than the US Navy model, so it is important to be able to try on the coat you are thinking of buying.

For a guide to vintage issue pea coats (the real deal), see the link to my article in my signature line.
post #4196 of 5862
May I ask for some fashion opinions? It will be a refreshing change to all the sizing discussions going on here.

Here's what I'm debating:

I want to get a 740c for day to day wear going to university, but I'm afraid of looking too dressy. I will be dealing with brutal Canadian winters here so the weight of the wool definitely makes this coat attractive, but it looks so sharp and formal I don't want to attract too much attention as I am a low keyed person during usual school days.

It's a beautiful coat without doubt, but it looks too luxurious to be worn simply for grinding classes day in and day out.

Should I make the purchase or find some alternatives for my needs?
post #4197 of 5862
Not being a fan of the leather trim on the 740c, I would say get another trim fitting pea coat that doesn't have the added leather. The simpler and less cluttered the look, the more classic the coat. But that is just my opinion; some may think it is a great add on.
post #4198 of 5862
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Originally Posted by Peacoat View Post

Not being a fan of the leather trim on the 740c, I would say get another trim fitting pea coat that doesn't have the added leather. The simpler and less cluttered the look, the more classic the coat. But that is just my opinion; some may think it is a great add on.
After some further thought I sort of agree with your opinion. The leather trim is just excessive and the fact that it's 8 buttons showing also ticks me off.
post #4199 of 5862
You might contact Gail by email at Schott customer service and ask her if Schott makes another trim fitting peacoat. Or, Sterlingwear is an option. The SW authentic has the same fit through the chest as the issue model. Alternatively, since warmth is important to you, the actual issue peacoat is available. The name escapes me, and it isn't listed on the website, but is available by special purchase.
post #4200 of 5862
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Originally Posted by Shin View Post

May I ask for some fashion opinions? It will be a refreshing change to all the sizing discussions going on here.
Here's what I'm debating:
I want to get a 740c for day to day wear going to university, but I'm afraid of looking too dressy. I will be dealing with brutal Canadian winters here so the weight of the wool definitely makes this coat attractive, but it looks so sharp and formal I don't want to attract too much attention as I am a low keyed person during usual school days.
It's a beautiful coat without doubt, but it looks too luxurious to be worn simply for grinding classes day in and day out.
Should I make the purchase or find some alternatives for my needs?

As a fellow uni student let me add. Most people around my uni are in hoodies (varsity and whatnot) and other sort of canvas jackets. I wear my peacoat to school without a problem. No doubt you may stand out a little bit but it looks great and some people actually wear blazers over their casual wear. Just don't dress like a douche wearing leather shoes and working clothes beneath your peacoat and you'll be fine. I wear my peacoat with a t-shirt (you may add thermals) underneath, jeans and suede booths. smile.gif
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