Bronson B-15A, 1st Look

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

  1. Obscurator

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    I'd also be interested to hear more about the Brabander/QMI B-10 and B-15 jackets, as I'm looking for something economical which I can wear in circumstances where it'll probably get messed up very quickly. I'd rather not do this to my BR.

    I think I saw somewhere that they are reckoned to be very short, but what I'd like to know is the composition of the lining material and whether the collar is real mouton. If it's synthetic, then "no thanks".
     
  2. Smithy

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    It's a shame but you're about 1 year late as ATF had a really great B-10 - they even had a sale on it sometime around spring last year. It was copied from a Stagg contract version (actually from a jacket which used to belong to a member here) and has a synthetic lining, not a bad thing if you're one of those that scratch like a monkey with alpaca, the lining actually looks pretty good, and it has a real mouton collar and for a damn good price. They are also built like a brick shit house, I wore mine last year dismantling a verandah and building a new one so lots of nails, sharp edges but no worries. Sadly they are no longer available.

    But you could always hit up Rollin at ATF and see if they're on the cards in the future. I happen to have two of them a large and a medium, I'm keeping the large but might have the medium up for sale if one of my mates doesn't want it, he's coming over to visit this year and has first dibs on it.
     
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  3. Obscurator

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    Typical! I'm always late to the party; but thanks for the information.
     
  4. Smithy

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    They show up every now and then on ebay too so all is not lost.
     
  5. Thomas Koehle

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    As for the “Quartermaster” B10’s lining as well as collar are all synthetic from a kind of “Teddy-like” material.

    And yes! They are on the short side ...

    The shortest in my collection and some of the forum-guys around are able to distinguish the manufacturer only from the lenght.

    I think pricewise they ain’t that bad but compared even to the chinese repops i’d rather go with a Bronson ir Bob Dong.

    If you are interested in a uses one i’d let my Brabander B10 go - it’s a size 44/46.

    Once again in comparison with the recently on the market chinese ones the Brabander would only be my “Plan B”
     
  6. Thomas Koehle

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    that`s the "auartermasters" B10 - no pic in particular off the collar / liner but maybe a slight impression of the material anyway

    on the fitpics the jacket barely covers my kidneys
     
  7. Obscurator

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    Lots of helpful information here, for which thanks.

    After a lot of thought, I've decided to stick with what I know, and will get a BR B10. This will be my "try not to mess up" model, and others will have to take their chances in daily wear.

    Being unadventurous has one advantage, in that most concerns over size and fit are eliminated.
     
  8. Flightengineer

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    Please tell me which size Bronson B-15 (or B-10) corresponds to size 40? This is their L?
    Thank you.
     
  9. B-Man2

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    The Bronson Xl is equivalent to a size 42. They were made for the Asian market so the sizes run small. Hope that helps.
     
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  11. Thomas Koehle

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    Like Burt just stated:

    they run small!

    So if you are a 40 in "Western" sizes I'd go with a 42 = XL
     
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  12. Flightengineer

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    Thanks. No, I'm 38,5 - 39. All my A2 and G-1 jackets size 40, CWU-36 and L2b jackets - medium. So probably I need 40 =L.
     
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  13. Thomas Koehle

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    yep you are right then!

    the "larger" sizes like 42 and 44 are sold out pretty fast anyway but for 40 you should have a good chance to find one
     
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  14. Flightengineer

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    Dear owners, at what temperature did you feel comfortable in cotton B10/15A it if you were wearing it on a shirt or a thin sweater?
     
  15. Brettafett

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    Hi Dmitry,

    I love my B-10 so much, will never part with it.
    I'm not sure if the lining if the same as the Bronson, but it can't be very different.

    I can't give you temperatures.... but I can wear it in cool to very cold weather. If its really cold, then I layer, like a thermal shirt or something.
    That said, I can also wear it on cool evenings, or if theres a bit of a wind chill on a Spring or Autumn day.
    I usually only wear a T-shirt or shirt, in winter, a light sweater perhaps.

    They are not water resistant, but in cold windy conditions, they are great. A bit of drizzle or snow... no problem. Ice cold wind... ha, no problem.
    I flew in my BR B-10 years back, in Cape Town in bitterly cold winters mornings.

    I may get hanged for saying this, but I actually prefer the B-10 to G-1s and M422as on cooler days. Lighter, comfortable, as warm or warmer and generally find them more practical.
    I could easily get away with just A-2s and B-10/ B-15s etc.

    I tried a B-15 at Eastman again, but for me... I find them rather short in the body and blowsy. The B-10 is trimmer and longer in the body, which suits me better.
    I also prefer the normal size collar.
    But, I have seen guys wearing B-15s that look amazing!

    I don't know Bronson's jackets besides what i've seen on the forums, yes they get good reviews... I'd try one.

    Regards,
    Brett
     
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    I like B-15 most (the habit of keeping my hands in pockets in cold weather :))

    About the length ... I was sure that they are the same in length and the main difference in pockets and epaulettes, is not it?
     
  18. Brettafett

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    Regs length, I guess it depends on the pattern and who you buy from. I'm pretty sure ELC's B-10 is slightly longer than the B-15 for a given size. I may be totally wrong as I'm going from memory and have only tried on the 15 a few times and my B-10 is a 40 long.
    The B-15 has a slightly longer waistband, which may give the impression that its shorter. The body sits higher.
    ELC's B-15 is a roomier jacket and the collar is a lot larger, that their B-10.
    I agree though about the hand warmer pockets.
     
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  19. B-Man2

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    The Bronson B-15A was really a fine jacket with alpaca lining throughout the entire jacket including the sleeves. It could easily be worn with nothing more than T-shirt on a cold day. I wish I could find another one in a XXL or a larger size, I would buy it immediately, but the search has been useless. I just don't understand why the company doesn't make them in larger sizes for the markets outside of Asia.
     
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  20. MeachamLake

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    Agreed, it's really disappointing that they don't do the jackets in anything bigger than the equivalent of a 42 for the most part. Even then they would be too short for me...the only options now to get the right length are Eastman (£££!) and Aero's B-10.
     

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