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Best Contract for Wider shoulders?

Happy Hooligan

Active Member
Which contract fits best for someone with wider shoulders, ie: me. about 5'10ish and 173 pounds. 44 chest. My current 44 Aero gets snug if I lean forward with out stretched arms. My 46 didn't but had too much room in the waist. Did one contract or two make them for a wider shoulder type guy?
 

Brettafett

Well-Known Member
Good points above!
A lot depends though, are you asking out of interest about original WW2 jackets, or are you actually asking about a modern top-tier repro maker, wanting one for yourself, etc.
Originals? Maybe Roughwear, Poughkeepsie, possibly Cable and the No-Name 42-18246...
If you're talking repros, you may want to look at the Roughwears... Certainly ELC's House model perhaps. Also what about Headwind's Knopf 42-18246P?
 

Skyhawk

Well-Known Member
Good points above!
A lot depends though, are you asking out of interest about original WW2 jackets, or are you actually asking about a modern top-tier repro maker, wanting one for yourself, etc.
Originals? Maybe Roughwear, Poughkeepsie, possibly Cable and the No-Name 42-18246...
If you're talking repros, you may want to look at the Roughwears... Certainly ELC's House model perhaps. Also what about Headwind's Knopf 42-18246P?
Thanks Brett! Yes ours will have the wider than standard shoulders found on the Knopf 42-18246P contract.
 

Brettafett

Well-Known Member
I had a GW Knopf 18246 circa 2005, it was a super comfortable and classy A-2. If the sleeves were longer, I'd still have that jacket today.
It was not 'roomy' or 'baggy' at all, just... easy to wear and manoeuvre in, still retaining that classy A-2 profile. I put it down to the cut/ pattern, maybe slightly wider shoulders, without 'droop'... maybe slightly larger arm holes...
 

foster

Active Member
I had a GW Knopf 18246 circa 2005, it was a super comfortable and classy A-2. If the sleeves were longer, I'd still have that jacket today.
It was not 'roomy' or 'baggy' at all, just... easy to wear and manoeuvre in, still retaining that classy A-2 profile. I put it down to the cut/ pattern, maybe slightly wider shoulders, without 'droop'... maybe slightly larger arm holes...
I thought GW didn't get started until 2007/2008?
 

Brettafett

Well-Known Member
I was living in San Diego at the time, and by that time had already been through a few Eastmans... I only wish I could go back and re-do it. I think I waited 2 months for that RW. The 18246 was a 'new' return, so got that in a few days!
Unfortunately I was not happy with the lengths of the 18246 and the RW was a bit baggy. I wish, I wish I had bagged a couple more ;)
 
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