Bronson B-15A, 1st Look

Discussion in 'Cloth' started by B-Man2, Jan 17, 2018.

  1. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    A few weeks ago, after reading a few posts about the Bronson B-10, I decided to role the dice and purchase a Bronson B-15A. I had read about the sizing problems with jackets coming out of China and being a solid size 46 I knew that obtaining a correct fit would be challenging. However, I decided to go with the biggest size offered ,a XXL which as many of you know is a size 44 in a Bronson repro. I have a Chinese B-10 in size 44 that fits me nicely even though I'm a 46. Just gives you an idea how the sizing is all over the place.
    Well. The jacket arrived today and I have to say that on my 1sr look the jacket is great value for the money.
    The jacket is well made and the materials used are fairly good. It seems the manufacturers in China have been reading VLJ and have taken our suggestions to heart. The only down side.....(actually it's laughable) is that I received a size XL which is a size 42. Oh well , you role the dice and take your chances!
    I will do a formal review a little later but I just wanted to share some photos with you for now.
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  2. Earloffunk

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    Looks good - I am not B15 fan though.

    Does it fit even if it is only XL?
     
  3. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately no......

    I apologize for the blurry photos' ...time to get a new cell phone !!
     
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  4. Thomas Koehle

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    thx for sharing
     
  5. Thomas Koehle

    Thomas Koehle Active Member

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    btw I crosschecked on the Chinese portal and it says that BRONSON produces the B15 only up to XL - equals 42????

    So maybe someone missunderstood your sizing request or it was lost in translation????
     
  6. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure that's what happened.
     
  7. dmar836

    dmar836 Well-Known Member

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    Not bad. $169 on Amazon. It's unfortunate we really need fit pics.
    Dave
     
  8. Smithy

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    Looks great Burt, shame it doesn't fit though.
     
  9. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    I'll take a couple of photos but I don't think they'll do much good . I'll also take some measurements and post them for everyone.
     
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  10. B-Man2

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    Tim
    I was surprised when I looked at it . As I said it's worth the cost if your in the smaller size ranges
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  11. Cobblers161

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    That's a bugger about the sizing Burt, I'm sure you'll be able to shift it here or on FL though.
     
  12. Garylafortuna

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    Forgive me but the colors seem to fluctuate among the several photos. Is the jacket actually a sage green shade? My eyesight ain't what it used to be.
    Something I discovered during the laundering process on my Bronson B-10 which most of you are probably already aware of; a tag on the inside of the inner pocket that states: outer shell
    100% cotton, lining 75% wool 25% polyester. No mention made of the collar.
     
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  13. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    The jacket is sage green.
    Please attribute the variance in color to my inability to take accurate photographs. I'm a work in progress.:(
     
  14. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    Hi Steve....
    I'm sure it will sell someplace....It really is a nice jacket for the price. I'll throw it up on the Buy/Sell for a few days then up on Ebay .
    Hope all is well with you...
    Burt
     
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  15. mrchina

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    Hello, Mr. B-Man-2,

    Did you ever publish the measurements for the Bronson B-15 you bought? I am contemplating a B-15 and would like to compare the measurements regarding their sz 40 and sz 42. I do have an "earlier" Bronson B-10, sz 40 to throw in the mix of sizes.
    Regards,
    Don
     
  16. B-Man2

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    Don:
    Sorry about the delay in posting the measurements;

    Shoulders, seam to seam ..........................................................19.75 inches
    Chest, arm pit to arm pit...........................................................24.5 inches
    Arms, Shoulder seam to end of knit cuff...................................26 inches
    Rear collar seam down middle of back to bottom of knits........25 inches

    Normally these measurements would be equivalent to a large size 44 or a normal 46 however, the interior of the jacket has a lot of alpaca insulation that reduces the interior space. Let me know if I can provide any additional information.
    Cheers
    B-Man2
     
  17. mrchina

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    B-Man-2,

    Thanks very much for posting the measurements. It appears your jacket would be too big for me. I would think a 40 or 42 would be better suited for me. Although I have the Bronson B-10 in a 40 which is a good fit I am not sure how the B-15 would fit in the 40/42 range since the B-10 and the B-15 are two distinct styles/cuts. Thank you again for posting as the information gives me more information regarding the B-15. P.S. I noticed on Ebay that xinwater from (Beijing) China lists the measurements of your jacket as a 42.

    Regards,
    Don
     
  18. CBI

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    looks like a decent lower cost option
     
  19. Thomas Koehle

    Thomas Koehle Active Member

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    Chinese sizing is always a pain in the ...

    Usually I never wear a XXL - which I always order when buying garment from BRONSON or BOB DONG - but more like a L

    People of an actual height of 1.90 have always been pretty rare to find in China-mainland - more common in Mongolia - and due to that also the larger sizes of the jackets are sold out pretty quick.

    Usually you have to be on exact that day / week when they restock otherwise you are too late.

    Some garment - especially at BRONSON is even only produced up to 42 so you never get a chance to get one even larger and you have to stick with the much higher priced brands outta Japan.
     
  20. Art

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    Does anyone know if the brabander versions of the b15 are currently any good I'm thinking of getting a size 40 as nobody has a quality version in my size for sale ?..Nice one Art
     
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