ELC HLB, ELC Monarch & GW Aero comparison

Officer Dibley

Well-Known Member
No intention of writing lots of words. Suffice to say all 3 are quality.
The hide on each is quite different... can’t say which i think is “best”. Too subjective
Softest is Monarch, followed by HLB then Aero.
Monarch fits best for me, then Aero, then HLB.
Forearms biggest (best) on Monarch, then Aero then HLB
Toughest knits on Aero (good old GW)
Henchest zipper is HLB, followed by Monarch. I think the Aero is a period NOS.
Enjoy some pics
ELC HLB
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ELC Monarch
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GW Aero
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HLB
Monarch
Aero
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HLB zipper
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Monarch zipper
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Aero zipper
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L-R HLB, Monarch, Aero
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Top-bottom HLB, Monarch, Aero
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B-Man2

Well-Known Member
Dave:
The photos of the HBL looks great from this side of the ocean. How’s it look to you in person?
One thing for sure... if you ever wondered what a Russett colored A2 should look like, this will probably add to your confusion . And I’m sure it was no different with the originals that were produced during the war.
Great find by the way...:)
 

Officer Dibley

Well-Known Member
Dave:
The photos of the HBL looks great from this side of the ocean. How’s it look to you in person?
One thing for sure... if you ever wondered what a Russett colored A2 should look like, this will probably add to your confusion . And I’m sure it was no different with the originals that were produced during the war.
Great find by the way...:)
It’s very nice Burt. Hide feels thinnest of the three. Almost too much grain. Hardly worn so i think it will develop more character with time. Only thing against it is the tight forearms.
Dave
 
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