AVI LTHR BRONCO A-2 Jacket Review & Pics

Discussion in 'Repros' started by Brettafett, May 7, 2018.

  1. Brettafett

    Brettafett Well-Known Member

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    Well, for one thing, its not AVI's workers. AVI is one of many worldwide customers of this manufacturer. I would suspect that AVI is even paying more for their jackets, seeing as they are at a higher spec than the std jackets, and likely require more work and better technique to get right. (at the same time, 'upping' the standard of skill the artisans there... Probably the first time they have been presented with any specific details of an original WW2 jacket.)
    Also, how do you know the workers there are not smiling just as brightly as your team (great lot btw! I remember Amanda made me a lovely 15142) Anyway...

    Ken, you can see theres a market for these jackets. I know you have contacted the same manufacturer, asking about having some jackets made to your spec.
    (and I'm sure you'd pay the same asking price that all their customers are paying...)
    Why don't you do that. Send them an 'original-maker' Aero 18775, with decent labels... and get them to make a goatskin Aero budget version to correct spec. Just a small run of say, 50 to 100... Quality control and sell them (for £200?) from Scotland. I'm sure there will be a number of interested guys here. Hell, I'll by one and post pics and an unbiased review! Seal with rust knits!
    (just don't be surprised if Five Star Leathers start selling FSL Aero A-2s soon after;) ) Seriously.
     
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  2. Brettafett

    Brettafett Well-Known Member

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    Or... if you don't want to risk your Aero pattern going viral in Lahore... Send them your 1756. I'll still try one.
    I'd love to compare your version with AVI's Perry.
     
  3. Ken at Aero Leather

    Ken at Aero Leather Well-Known Member

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    We've no intention of getting any more jackets made outside Aero
     
  4. ties70

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    Hey Brett,

    I have done exactly that, so here is the feedback:

    Regarding custom sizing Morten said "No!".
    It's ok, as they have no in-house production. Even if the factory will be able to modify measurements, AVI will have a hard time to keep up with quality controlling issues...they might more often than not end up with a f***ed up, odd-sized jacket they could not sell.

    Regarding general sizes:
    Regarding their peculiar sizing (a size 48" measuring actually exactly that, while a size 48" GW will be at 51-52" all around), they have no intention to change that...which is odd 'cause the factory for sure would be able to produce larger sizes.

    Maybe, but here we are guessing again, they do not have any larger patterns...

    This way most of the XXL guys would never fit into an AVI...

    Best regards,

    Ties
     
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  5. Brettafett

    Brettafett Well-Known Member

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    That is a shame Ties...
    Maybe IF they move to a new manufacturer, and if enough guys are asking, maybe they will make larger sizes.
    I almost always have issues with sleeve length myself... And thats kept me from many amazing jackets I've come across.
    Thanks for posting...
     
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  6. Smithy

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    That really is a shame for the bigger boys.

    I've been wearing my new Bronco all this week and absolutely love it. It's already become in that short space of time one of my favourite jackets, the leather has started to relax and break in very nicely, and the goatskin has bags of character. I'm as happy as a sandboy :cool:
     
  7. johnwayne

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    Zzzzzzz!
     
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  8. Smithy

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    We keeping you up granddad? I imagine the resthome staff will be along shortly to tuck you back into beddybies!

    Seriously though this is the second/third time you've bellyached in this thread that it bores you so why do you keep clicking on it and opening it?!

    Here's a simple, no fuss solution which strangely hasn't twigged, if something bores you or doesn't interest you, don't click the thread about it. There's a bunch of stuff on here which bores me rigid but I don't feel the need to tell those who are interested in it that I'm not, because I have a sneaking suspicion that frankly they don't give a shit whether I like it or not ;)
     
  9. johnwayne

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    We live we live in a democratic society with free speech so if I'm bored so be it, I much prefer this forum when it's positive without crass crass comments because someone disagrees with another's view, especially when it goes on ad infinitum!
     
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  10. Smithy

    Smithy Well-Known Member

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    If there's one thing which never fails to amaze me on discussion boards it's how some people think that everybody who is interested in a topic is interested in hearing from someone who isn't. It's the same as being in the pub and going up to a bunch of guys at another table and saying, "Sorry fellas I couldn't help but overhear your conversation and felt obliged to tell you that I'm not interested in that at all."

    This is obviously going to come as a complete shock to you because you must think that your opinion is of some exceptionally special value to feel the need to let everyone know that you're not interested, but people interested in discussing a topic aren't going to stop all because you happen to find it a) uninteresting b) boring c) pointless d) all of the above.

    It's very easy, if you don't find a thread or topic interesting don't read it, nobody is holding a gun to your head and forcing you to. I happen to find motorcycle jackets completely boring but I don't feel any sort of compulsion to go into any of the motorcycle jacket threads here in the utility jacket section and announce (several times as well) that I'm not interested in this and find it boring.
     
  11. B-Man2

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    Hmmmm??? So free speech has its limits??
    I mean when it goes on "ad infinitum" and becomes boring to another, suggests that it should be limited?
    I'm not trying to stir up anything here, but I have one of these jackets and I enjoy hearing about them and reading about them and seeing photos of them.
    Anyone has the right to disagree with my view here, as we are all "friends" with similar interests however, your last comment seems to be in conflict with your view of free speech. I'm Honestly not trying to take a shot at you here but rather just making an observation of your last comment.
     
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  12. johnwayne

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    Toys and pram spring to mind as does FL, really sorry chaps!
     
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  13. Steve27752

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    Time to move along.
     
  14. Smithy

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    You would've thought so Steve but it seems John Boy thinks it's absolutely vital that everyone at VLJ knows he's doesn't find this thread interesting and therefore because he doesn't everyone should stop discussing AVI's Bronco.

    You really must be the life and soul of the family Christmas do!
     
  15. Greg Gale

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    @Smithy , I may have missed something, but don't you still owe us some fit pictures? ;)
     
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  16. Smithy

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    I haven't done them yet Greg, in my free time of late I've just finished helping restore a Nordlandsbåt and now the better half has me doing up the little fella's bedroom. Along with that I painted the mother-in-law's new garage on Saturday so I've been either covered in paint or stripping wallpaper. Burt (B-2Man) was asking for some pics too so I'll try and get my act together and take some pics ;)
     
  17. Flightengineer

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    I wanted to write a few words, since I am now at this forum. A large thread was started by Brett on the TFL...We wrote a lot there.
    I have the first version of AVI Bronco and it's a fine jacket for its money. Yes, this jacket is not "high league" and my Eastman A2 certainly wins AVI. But their Bronco is a very comfortable, light and high-quality jacket considering the price. I'm gladly alternate my Eastman Star with AVI Bronco, depending on the temperature.
    As for some of the accusations that sounded to the manufacturer - I think it's funny... Need to visit Denmark at least once to see how the Danes live, how honestly they do business, so that once and for a do not write nonsense about exploitation of workers and dubious environmental properties. I am sure that no Dane will be obscured in anything dubious.
    However, I think now this issue is closed.
     
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  18. Southoftheborder

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    I knew a couple of dubious Danes once upon a time....
     
  19. Dr H

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    I think you’ll find that Æthelstan sorted that out...
     
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  20. zoomer

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    Is it maybe dawning on us bigger guys that anything but a mass market style is going to cost us big money?

    Seems making a "just decent" A-2 with a 48" or bigger actual chest represents a sudden drop-off in profitability that can't be made up in the usual way of charging a bit extra. Shoulders, pockets, etc., must meet "mall" expectations.
     

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