I certainly prefer the look of the Shinki to the deerskin, but as you say it may be too much for your purpose, especially for summer wear. FQHH can be a bear, though it seems like the Shinki versions are usually more forgiving than the Horween, which are thick and stiff for a while until break in. You may also want to check out the Vicenza horsehide that Aero offers -- it is thinner and much more pliable than the FQHH.
What size are you looking for? There are often jackets available slightly used various places. In fact, I have one I can send you info on if the sizing is right...
I'm about to make another leather jacket purchase and you might be able to help me. I'm a pretty lonely guy in Sweden with this particular interest...
My recent purchase was a RRL Morrow in vegetable tanned calf from Italy. A great jacket, that fits perfect - but it's not it.
I've always looked at The Real McCoys and their leather work. The 30's style leather jacket with collar, the pockets and the side-adjusters. And The Real McCoys... The feeling is good about it and I like their leather work and this was/is my dreamjacket, The Real McCoys Oklahoma in deerskin.:
The pricing is high, but you get what you pay for, right? Hmm, not always, but in this case it seems fine. I didn't pay full retail for my Morrow, thank g*d.
Here's my question:
I want a leather jacket that works in Sweden during spring, summer and atumn. Think +3 to +15 degrees. I will layer thin, t-shirt or a casual shirt. But here's the thing. I know what I want - but I don't know what it is... The knowledge and range in Sweden isn't top notch when it comes to leathers and I havn't been able to try any decent leather jackets... I don't need anything bulletproff - since I don't even ride a bike.
The Real McCoys even have a similar jacket in Shinki FQHH in brown and black. This particular one:
What can you guys say and recommend? Will a FQHH be a bit overkill?
My wallet is thin - but this time I feel like... spare no expense! I just want it right.