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Originally Posted by ChrisGold View Post

Real McCoy's has long been the gold standard of J-100s, very high quality and Shinki Horsehide. If you went stitch by stitch and also compared the Shinki to other leathers, then most would probably agree that it's a higher quality. On the other hand, if you ordered an Aero in their Vincenza leather, then it becomes a debate as to whether the difference is worth the $. I don't think the collar on the Simmons Bilt looks good, at all...

Diamond Dave is a relative newcomer who is mentored by John Chapman of Goodwear, and he makes a very very attractively priced J-100 replica. You can search around, as he has reviews running from glowing to disappointment. I own one that came out great, but I've also owned an Aero Board Racer that was very top notch. It's worth looking through a lot of pictures, as patterns do differ between the companies.

Thanks for your reply.

This will be my first leather jacket. At the moment I tend towards the Buco jacket. It might be the most expensive option, but I can at least visit the Real McCoy store in London and try it on before I buy it.

Diamond Dave seems to be interesting, but I prefer Areo. The Board racer in Vincenza leather looks really good. However, here in the UK, purchasing an Aero jacket seems to be overly complicated. They have no retailers and one has to order from their website, which is not really user friendly, at least not for a novice. I could just order a stock jacket in my usual size, which might not fit properly. Then I would have to send it back and order an other one, hoping that it will be better.
Edited by Bullitt - 3/8/16 at 4:23am
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How do you guys feel about combining black leather with brass/matte gold zippers? I guess most people prefer the black/silver combo, and leaving the golden metals to warmer colors like brown Leathers...

Big fan of brass hardware and black leather. below is my buco inspired jacket from Aero with brass zips and nickel snaps. Too much brass seemed a little tacky and all nickel seems flashy for me. A little of both gave some balance

 

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How do you feel about the Thedi leather?  I have a hard time with the lightweight of it, personally, but they do cut a good (and ridiculously slim) jacket.

This particular batch of jackets is heavier in weight than the previous Thedi I owned. I'm going to say it's right around the 3 oz range, so not light weight at all. I have to size up to XL in his jackets, which actually only equates to a 42, but luckily it fits just how I want it, including arm length. He's a terrific designer, but I would like to see him offer some heavier leathers as standard options. I do know he's been showing some buffalo jackets, but he doesn't indicate the hide weight. This particular jacket is fantastic, very pleased with it.
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Thanks for your reply.

This will be my first leather jacket. At the moment I tend towards the Buco jacket. It might be the most expensive option, but I can at least visit the Real McCoy store in London and try it on before I buy it.

Diamond Dave seems to be interesting, but I prefer Areo. The Board racer in Vincenza leather looks really good. However, here in the UK, purchasing an Aero jacket seems to be overly complicated. They have no retailers and one has to order from their website, which is not really user friendly, at least not for a novice. I could just order a stock jacket in my usual size, which might not fit properly. Then I would have to send it back and order an other one, hoping that it will be better.

If it's in the budget, you can't do any better than RMC... I know a lot of people make the pilgrimage to Aero to try on jackets and get fitted, but that adds some complication to the process.
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Originally Posted by hoodog View Post

How do you guys feel about combining black leather with brass/matte gold zippers? I guess most people prefer the black/silver combo, and leaving the golden metals to warmer colors like brown Leathers...

I prefer nickel but my Vanson jackets have brass. I'm not a fan of them when they are new and shiny but as they age and patina the brass starts looking very cool. As the above poster noted, older Buco J-24 and similar jackets had a mix of brass / nickel hardware.
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that buco looks great but that front pocket on the right (in picture) is off-putting to me.
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that buco looks great but that front pocket on the right (in picture) is off-putting to me.

 

All of the elements are the classic buco, though. I mean, it's fine to not like it personally, but I'm not sure if that's the main objection, that there is any answer to a questions like that except for "That's just your opinion, bro?"
post #15458 of 16653
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Originally Posted by sinnedk View Post

that buco looks great but that front pocket on the right (in picture) is off-putting to me.

 

All of the elements are the classic buco, though. I mean, it's fine to not like it personally, but I'm not sure if that's the main objection, that there is any answer to a questions like that except for "That's just your opinion, bro?"

just that... jacket is not for me, i appreciate it but the pocket makes it look cluttered to me.
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Crossposted from RFT.  I really like this A1 shearling but the guy's smug look is annoying as hell and so is the price at ~$3500.

 

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Originally Posted by ChrisGold View Post

Real McCoy's has long been the gold standard of J-100s, very high quality and Shinki Horsehide. If you went stitch by stitch and also compared the Shinki to other leathers, then most would probably agree that it's a higher quality. On the other hand, if you ordered an Aero in their Vincenza leather, then it becomes a debate as to whether the difference is worth the $. I don't think the collar on the Simmons Bilt looks good, at all...

Diamond Dave is a relative newcomer who is mentored by John Chapman of Goodwear, and he makes a very very attractively priced J-100 replica. You can search around, as he has reviews running from glowing to disappointment. I own one that came out great, but I've also owned an Aero Board Racer that was very top notch. It's worth looking through a lot of pictures, as patterns do differ between the companies.

Thanks for your reply.

This will be my first leather jacket. At the moment I tend towards the Buco jacket. It might be the most expensive option, but I can at least visit the Real McCoy store in London and try it on before I buy it.

Diamond Dave seems to be interesting, but I prefer Areo. The Board racer in Vincenza leather looks really good. However, here in the UK, purchasing an Aero jacket seems to be overly complicated. They have no retailers and one has to order from their website, which is not really user friendly, at least not for a novice. I could just order a stock jacket in my usual size, which might not fit properly. Then I would have to send it back and order an other one, hoping that it will be better.

 

Try on the RMC J-100 . . . if it fits, you're done.  As Chris observed, the RMC J-100 is as good as it gets.

post #15461 of 16653
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Originally Posted by Bullitt View Post

Thanks for your reply.

This will be my first leather jacket. At the moment I tend towards the Buco jacket. It might be the most expensive option, but I can at least visit the Real McCoy store in London and try it on before I buy it.

Diamond Dave seems to be interesting, but I prefer Areo. The Board racer in Vincenza leather looks really good. However, here in the UK, purchasing an Aero jacket seems to be overly complicated. They have no retailers and one has to order from their website, which is not really user friendly, at least not for a novice. I could just order a stock jacket in my usual size, which might not fit properly. Then I would have to send it back and order an other one, hoping that it will be better.

I have a J100 from Aero made in black Vicenza that I am very happy with. You can find pics of it if you look further back in this thread, maybe last summer or so.
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Thedi Padded Cafe Racer. Same model ChrisGold posted earlier, as Chris mentioned its fairly heavy weight but very soft to the touch unlike the typical Aero FQHH. This is a size medium on me at 5'11"  165lb with a 41inch chest.

 

 

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Thedi Padded Cafe Racer. Same model ChrisGold posted earlier, as Chris mentioned its fairly heavy weight but very soft to the touch unlike the typical Aero FQHH. This is a size medium on me at 5'11"  165lb with a 41inch chest.

 

 

 

Huh,  Wierd.  So, I am about your size, and I tried on this jacket: http://epauletnewyork.com/products/epaulet-x-thedi-leathers-shawl-collar-horsehide-bomber and the L was tight on me, and the XL actually fit pretty well...  Maybe that was just an anomaly.

post #15464 of 16653
Luckily the odds of us running into each other are slim... 6'2", 185 pounds - normal size 42, wearing an XL

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Originally Posted by hoodog View Post

How do you guys feel about combining black leather with brass/matte gold zippers? I guess most people prefer the black/silver combo, and leaving the golden metals to warmer colors like brown Leathers...

Maybe a bit different, but I own a TOJ DR with "gunmetal" zippers which are essential a brassy color. I much prefer them to the silver zips

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