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Americans, do you prefer single or double vent?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Coho, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. Coho

    Coho Well-Known Member

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    I know that the double vent suit cut is more versatile but I am surprised that most people in my work place sport single vent (American). What the dilly yo? [​IMG]
     
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    And that is for all dress and formal jackets and overcoats. [​IMG]
     
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    needshoehelp Well-Known Member

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    Why is double more versatile?
     
  5. Coho

    Coho Well-Known Member

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    I'm new at this but I read an article somewhere from some dude named Alan Flusser who said that the double vented cut allows your suit to drape better in various stance/motions compared to single vent or no vents. [​IMG]

    Why is double more versatile?
     
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    babygreenspots Well-Known Member

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    Everyone likes double these days. There's probably going to be some sort of backlash soon.
     
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    I know that the double vent suit cut is more versatile but I am surprised that most people in my work place sport single vent (American). What the dilly yo? [​IMG]
    I doubt most people even know what the 'vent' is.

    I like both, I usually base my decision on the fabric/cut of the suit in question.
     
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    Double looks better on me after alterations.
     
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    I have single-vent, double-vent and ventless suits and jackets. I prefer double vent. I think most individuals in the forum culture, aside from the diehard "trads," do prefer double-vent. Most American RTW is single vent. As somebody else remarked, most American consumers probably don't give the matter too much thought.

    Since Americans carry guns more than most other people, single-vent is better for concealment...or so I have been told by Jerry Ahern, who has been a holster designer and has written often about concealed carry.
     
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    I prefer double vented. If I found a jacket I really liked that was single vented, I would still get it.
     
  11. Aaron01

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    I prefer the look of a double vent.
     
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    Double, unless it's for horse riding . Then single.
     
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    . . . some dude named Alan Flusser . . .

    That's beautiful!

    I find double vents to be much more functional.
     
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    Double. Although I accidentally told my bespoke tailor for a single and then changed my mind and told him double. He crossed it out and made a note for double. But when the suit arrived, it was still single. Now I look like every other American.

    I hear the single vent was for horseriding and the double vent was so that the quarters of the coat hung over the front of the thighs to help keep gunpowder dry while on a horse. I don't know too much about horseriding but I would think the single would do this also.

    In today's world, it has been said that the double allows for the man to place both hands in his pockets and the back of the coat will stay in place whereas the single vent will split open revealing the butt. But I've been told never to place both your hands in your pocket in the first place as it is bad form. Is this true? I'm new to suits and I've been reading up but don't know what is true and what is not. The history is cut and dry, but the contemporary reasons/traditions/habits/rules seem less cut in stone.
     
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    This would have made a great poll. . .
     
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    Double, unless it's for horse riding . Then single.

    That's an interesting preference; didn't double vents originate in hunting coats?
     
  19. yachtie

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    That's an interesting preference; didn't double vents originate in hunting coats?


    Nope. Hacking jackets are always single vented. Makes sense in the saddle.
     
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    Ventless. Keep hands out of pockets.
     

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