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AVI LTHR Bronco updated 2019 version

Smithy

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If I'd met her before I suggested the Jump Suit, (rather than listened to her demo before we met) I very much doubt if I'd have come up with that image
That's very true of a lot of celebs and even sporting bods who turn out to be nothing like their on stage/field presence.

Back when I was playing club cricket I was rather lucky and was selected as one of half a dozen for a day's fast bowling coaching with Dennis Lillee, the legendary Aussie quick. If you know cricket you'll no doubt remember what a fearsome bloke he was on the pitch. He was aggressive, used to throw looks at the batsmen that he was going to knock their blocks off - and often nearly did as he was very fast and took no prisoners. I remember I was nervous as hell to meet him and was actually petrified. The funny thing was he was actually the nicest bloke, absolutely charming and the complete antithesis of his on field persona.
 

Brettafett

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Heads up. Just received my AVI Bronco, the new 2019 version. First impressions are good. Its definitely made by someone else. Great profile! Really good collar and pocket flaps. Pattern seems to be a good copy. The angled stitch at the base is there, seal goatskin is light, soft, seems durable. Size 42 fits very well (I will always want an inch extra in the arms ;) ) Comfortable.
Its not perfect, in that the epaulets seem to be slightly forward of centre. I may be wrong. The cuffs are decent, seamless, but are quite dark in colour... Id have preferred them a regular seal brown. Same with the stitching, its a dark brown cotton thread, a mid brown or olive drab would have been better imo.
All in all, a really nice jacket for the price, classic WW2 drape and appearance. Pics and review coming soon...
 

Brettafett

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Its been available for a while, I was expecting this a month ago
Anyway, only had a quick gander, will look more when I get home and take a rough pic or two.
 

Brettafett

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Just had another little look-see... scratch the epaulets comment, they are perfect. The stitching is neat and the best yet, Really like the profile of this one. Collar and pocket shape are superb. Classic WW2 Bronco
Size 42 fit is good, really comfy, this would be great in a car or cockpit.
AVI's taking two steps forward with this jacket, but then taken one back. And thats an aesthetic step. A little trip if you will. What do I mean? I will stand by my initial thoughts on the thread and knit colour. Damn... if the thread was olive drab and the knits were a lighter seal brown, it would be really good.
That aside, I'm pretty enthused by this jacket.
No, its not at the top-tier level, but as a happy-wife-priced original-maker A-2, its great.
 

Brettafett

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Thank Tim. Yeah, its a fun thing... Jacket is nice. I will equate this to a soop'd-up goatskin Cooper A-2, but a bit lighter. The leather feels about the same, same good quality, but this is a very nice, faithful even, Bronco pattern... all the original contract pattern details are there, at glance.
 

Flightengineer

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It looks like the collar has become more correct? What about pocket flaps ? Are they corrected or as in the first versions?
It seems to me very dark knitting?
 

Brettafett

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Yes on both counts Dmitry... Collar and pockets are excellent. Knit and thread... Too dark for my liking. Should have been lighter brown. The threads not bad actually, but a lighter brown or olive drab would have added a 'notch'.
 

Greg Gale

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A definite improvement, I really like the new collar and the fit is also spot on. Really too bad about the knits, question is, would replacing them be worth the hassle?
 

Brettafett

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mmmmm although I said too dark for my liking, its actually not bad. Especially now in better light. The knit is clearly dark seal, not inauthentic, but my personal preference would have been a mid seal, that would have married with the seal brown hide better imo.
The thread is a darker brown, but is also fine, not as dark as I initially thought (in fairness, it was dark and rainy here in London last night). Again, my personal preference would have been a mid brown thread, or olive drab, that would have been special, and differentiated this even more.
The knit appears to be the same as what I used on my G-1 and Cockpit, from Larry at flight jacket knits. Definitely the best I've seen on any AVI jacket. Not as high quality of as perfect as on Platon's Dubow, the BKs or GWs for example, but they are perfect on this jacket. No need to replace unless you want to for personal prefs.
Carr Snaps, repro Talon zipper, decent label, seemingly correct stitching (without going in with a magnifying glass), all the bits are there - will get around to taking better pics and detailing a bit more. I still want to do this with the Dubow also.
Impression so far - best Bronco yet from AVI, great pattern and they've up'd the sophistication as to how they've put the jacket together. Better collar and pockets, better stitching...
Please excuse the bad phone pics, the colours are not correct, but just gives an idea...
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Brettafett

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A definite improvement, I really like the new collar and the fit is also spot on. Really too bad about the knits, question is, would replacing them be worth the hassle?
Possibly. I am going to wait till I have all the jacket arrivals and assess my cupboard.
I may have to let a couple of jackets go. I do really like this jacket, inexpensive as it is and so very comfy to actually/ practically wear! If this one stays, I may do a knit replacement, only as a personal preference... And I like being difficult ;)
 

Smithy

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The knits look better in those latest pics Brett. And considering for the money it's not meant to be a super, top tier replica then I could live with those knits. They'll always need replacing down the line anyway.

Is the sizing the same as their old pattern Broncos? So is a 42 of this new bunch the same as a 42 in the old versions?
 

Brettafett

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Yes. I will taking a closer look in the next few days, but roughly 18" shoulders, 25 to 25.5" back length incl knit, and also 25" to 25.5" sleeves incl knit.
Will check actuals and get back to you guys.
 
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