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So if anyone size 50 is interested in a burgundy 5-zip with some wear on shoulders/upper back, I know someone who's selling one (it doesn't seem to be posted on any other forums/e-bay ATM). Just a PSA, it is most definitely not mine and I'm not gaining anything from it. Seller is the same guy I got my '09 calf 5-zip from.
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I'm interested in a burgundy 5zip but I'm afraid I'll need a large 52 or a slim 54!
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Originally Posted by HeavenResign View Post

What was the sizing like, hoodog? Did you go the mtm route or was this a stock jacket. Looks perfect to me

 

Well, I was actually just very lucky. I bought this jacket second hand off ebay and it just happens to fit me as good as this. The guy I bought it from did have the same height, weight and chest size as me though. Also, he told me that he had had some mods done to the stock jacket. He apparently got measured at LL and they then added about 4-5 cm to the body length and a couple of cm to the sleeves.

 

With this taken into consideration, it's hard for me to really say anything about LL regular sizing. I would say that it fits TTS in the chest, tight in the shoulders and slightly short maybe if you go with the regular stock sizes.

 

For reference, I am 186 cm tall and weigh 82 kg.

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Very, very nice. I think the sleeves are the perfect length for anything but riding in the jacket. How's the leather compared to other jackets you might own? From the look of the sleeves, it looks like the type of cow (steer) that will develop some really nice creasing and character. I think you did really well with the sizing, and the length is spot on for this style. (If you had taken photos with a tucked in shirt a few people here would have told you it was too short, but I think you nailed the fit all the way around.)

 

Cheers Chris! Don't worry, I haven't forgotten that I promised to give you some details about the leather. I have taken som detail shots that I will post in here later on, if you're still interested?

 

Anyway, bear in mind that I am by no means a leather expert when it comes to jackets. I can however say that the leather is surprisingly supple. Compared to the calf 5-zip I just posted pictures of a few days ago, this leather is way mor supple and drapes a lot better. This can however of course be because the LL jacket, being second hand, has broken in a lot more and the 5-zip is brand new. It's hard to say really.

 

The leather is also very fine grained, even compared to the 5-zip and other jackets in calf that I own. Sure, not as fine grained as lamb though.

 

The tag inside the jacket only says "100% hide" which in my world doesn't mean anything except that it's leather of some kind. However, being so supple, I would probably bet that its calf of some sort, or some special form of cow hide. Maybe you can say more after seeing the photos later...

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Cheers Chris! Don't worry, I haven't forgotten that I promised to give you some details about the leather. I have taken som detail shots that I will post in here later on, if you're still interested?

Anyway, bear in mind that I am by no means a leather expert when it comes to jackets. I can however say that the leather is surprisingly supple. Compared to the calf 5-zip I just posted pictures of a few days ago, this leather is way mor supple and drapes a lot better. This can however of course be because the LL jacket, being second hand, has broken in a lot more and the 5-zip is brand new. It's hard to say really.

The leather is also very fine grained, even compared to the 5-zip and other jackets in calf that I own. Sure, not as fine grained as lamb though.

The tag inside the jacket only says "100% hide" which in my world doesn't mean anything except that it's leather of some kind. However, being so supple, I would probably bet that its calf of some sort, or some special form of cow hide. Maybe you can say more after seeing the photos later...

Yes, I'd still love to see pictures of the leather. According to their website they use 1.1 - 1.3 mm cowhide, although that's almost always a misnomer for leather that's either calf or steer. It's very hard for even the experts to tell the difference between the different types of cow and even horse, especially if the leather is anything but full aniline. Even semi-aniline has enough of a top coat that it can initially either hide the grain or make it look very fine. Regardless, now that I know you got it on eBay, you really did very well with the fit.
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Older 5 zip with MRS zippers and the armpit vents.
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Excellent. Would buy if one appeared in my size
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Older 5 zip with MRS zippers and the armpit vents.

 

Sweet! That's not calf, is it? I would love to see better photos and detail shots of the side vents (which I've never actually seen).

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That belt looks so over the top, but I like it.

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Yes, I'd still love to see pictures of the leather.

 

Ok here goes. What do you make of these images? Anything else that you would like to see?

 

@LA Guy you said earlier that you've heard bad things about the leather LL uses nowadays. Care to share your thoughts on these images?

 


 

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Edit: all the photos above have been uploaded with pretty high resolution. So if anyones wants to see things in closer detail, just use the "show original" option after clicking on one of the pics.


Edited by hoodog - 8/26/15 at 3:30am
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Ok here goes. What do you make of these images? Anything else that you would like to see?

@LA Guy
 you said earlier that you've heard bad things about the leather LL uses nowadays. Care to share your thoughts on these images?


Edit: all the photos above have been uploaded with pretty high resolution. So if anyones wants to see things in closer detail, just use the "show original" option after clicking on one of the pics.

Thanks for the great photos. The grain does look fairly fine so perhaps it is calf, but again, very tough to really tell for sure. I have heard similar things about their leather, that it has been leaning more towards fashion leather than motorcycle leather. The difference is that it may form much smaller, fine creases as opposed to larger rolls and big thick grain. Not that either is "better", that's just down to personal preference.
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Study Finds Owning Cool Leather Jacket More Rewarding Than Raising Children

SEATTLE—A study released Thursday by the Pacific Parenting Institute found that owning a seriously cool leather jacket is significantly more fulfilling than raising a child to adulthood. "Our research suggests that the feeling of purchasing a really amazing leather jacket and then proudly watching over time as it gradually becomes broken in and forms perfectly to your body is, by a very wide margin, more rewarding than conceiving a child and then raising it from birth to 18 years of age," said lead researcher Dr. Marcus Aiello, adding that it was on average 63 percent more gratifying to regularly condition a leather jacket that had awesome vertical zippers on the sleeves than it was to read nightly bedtime stories to a son or daughter. “When study participants also obtained just the right pair of faded jeans and some vintage harness motorcycle boots to go with their badass leather jacket, these enormous feelings of pride and satisfaction reached levels that caused similar feelings stemming from attending a child's college graduation to become statistically irrelevant.” Aiello also noted that the average cost of raising a child is estimated to be $400,000, an amount researchers pointed out was much higher than the price of a mint-condition 1971 supercharged Plymouth Barracuda.

http://www.theonion.com/article/study-finds-owning-cool-leather-jacket-more-reward-27627
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lol. Excellent.
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One thing we've been surprised at is that few talk about how good the new Veg.-Tanned Vicenza Horsehide smells (we absolutely love it!)...however, we always get raves about the smell of Horween's CXL Steerhide and Horsehide...

 

We need smell-o-vision!  ;)

This is a great post.  Certainly an overlooked intangible about buying great leather.

 

So now a difficult question:

If you had to pick, would you prefer the Veg Tanned Vicenza HH or CXL based purely on smell alone?

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Originally Posted by jglenn777 View Post
 

This is a great post.  Certainly an overlooked intangible about buying great leather.

 

So now a difficult question:

If you had to pick, would you prefer the Veg Tanned Vicenza HH or CXL based purely on smell alone?

 

On smell alone, we like the Vicenza.  The smell of the Vicenza is a bit more nuanced than the the CXL, but that nutty veg-tanned aroma is absolutely awesome!

 

{Insert Vicenza Smell here}

 

Keep in mind that each color of Vicenza smells a bit different...different recipes, different scents!

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