Discussion in 'Repros' started by Kelvin Cheung, Dec 15, 2017.
Hi I am new here. Just got my aero 42-15142-p. I am not sure is the fit alright. What do you think?
hard to tell conclusively from the single small pic, but it looks slightly large, as best as i can see. however, if ya plan to wear it with a sweater [jumper on the other side of the pond], it should be right as rain. looks super. btw, some more pix, please.
Hey Kelvin, agree with SS that the fits looks a little large in the chest, shoulders but the length looks spot on. Looks like Aero made a might fine A-2 so more pics would be awesome!
Thanks for the comments, will post more pictures later on
It’s funny as I think a little loose looks quite nice...not withstanding the fit was all over the place originally, get some use out of it and the length of arms will shorten some
Nice jacket all in
looks super - like so many of the WW2 guys who were skin and bone wearing jackets that were hanging off them a bit (not saying you are skin and bone) but I like the roominess and you will be able to wear something warm under it. Just my 2 cents. wearing it a lot will change (for the better) how it fits.
I don't have a problem with it either. Just the loose side of normal. Welcome and wear it in hard!
Actually the jacket looks fine .....but that shirt looks a little big on you.
I agree and better tucked in with an A-2!
Looks OK to me, but I’m not big on the ‘trim, military’ fit anyway. You can get away with the untucked shirt if you’re not zipping the jacket up, but not done up. But Hell, what do we know? Wear it how you like. Looks great, love the colour. Never used to like russet years ago, but the shades they’re doing nowadays are a huge improvement on the near-orange of the past.
Part of this is the shape of the Aero pattern, which tends to be more square and less fitted. I agree with Mikey, blackrat2 and CBI that the sleeves will shorten and the fit will generally improve with wear. The question always becomes how happy you still will be after that happens. The biggest issue I see with this jacket is how much you like the shoulder fit...that will not change much.
One mistake people often make, is getting a jacket that fits too perfectly right out of the box. Another is choosing a pattern that is not the best for their body type. Most of us here have made a lifetime of "mistakes", and are always looking for the opportunity to make another one. If you wear that jacket for six months you will better know what you like and don't like...then probably buy another jacket...then maybe a few more jackets...then maybe sell this one...but then a few years later wish you had it back.
Anyway, it would be an interesting debate to discuss how much smaller most new jackets get. My experience with Goodwears and Eastmans is about 5% overall, and 8% or so in the sleeves as they crease up. And that is without any hot water treatments or trying for shrinkage, but not being afraid of the rain or letting the leather revert back to be closer to it's pre processed state.
Looks absolutely fine. One of the problems in terms of fit perception which sprang up over the last 5 to 10 years has been the - what I'm going to call the "Japanese trim fit A-2" - which seemed to be all the rage in the Land of the Rising Sun and was seen on all the "cool" high end Japanese websites and promotional material for A-2s and essentially was the wearing of a very trim fitting A-2, far trimmer than what was actually practical. Anyway because in this genre most of what comes out of Japan military repro-wise or vintage-wise is considered very high end and uber chic a lot of fellows were going for this look. Problem was and is, is that it's not practical and not comfortable. There was a chap on the FL when I still hung around there who had an A-2 (can't remember the maker but possibly one of the Japanese ones) which was obviously 2 sizes too small and yet everyone was saying "great fit", "looks awesome" and there was no way he could have even zipped it up without blowing the zip.
So with that big rant out of the way but keeping it in mind Kelvin, there's not a thing wrong with your new Aero A-2. It looks great, you have a little room to layer - never a bad thing - and most of all it looks like you'll be able to wear it comfortably doing everyday things like driving the car, reaching up for something, bending down to tie your shoelaces, etc. Also remember it's brand new so it'll take a few wears for the leather to relax a little and start to conform to your body shape.
As others have said though if you're going to zip, tuck in your shirt. But you've got a really lovely A-2 there, fit is good, functional and actually flattering. Stop worrying about the fit because there's nothing to worry about and just wear the hell out of it. The jacket will look even better.
Sorry to disagree with ya Smithy, but it all comes down to personal opinion; just like I prefer wearing high rise trousers and A-2's that don't droop off the shoulders - that fit like these cats. Granted, at my age it takes a lot of work in the gym to keep the pounds off, but well worth it. Nothin to do with Japanese websites.
Those are great Grant but the point I was really trying to make was that recently there was a move to very trim fits which grew out of the Japanese market (I wouldn't put either of those in there) and which I think affects how some of the newer guys see these things, especially if they're from Asia as Kelvin is.
I just think we tend to over think a lot of this fit crap. Here's a chap whose A-2 in the shoulders is jolly close to Kelvin's. He looks damn good to my eyes...
Yep all agree shirt in!!
I like that pic Smithy and have to say I would rather it fitted like that than be a tad tight and restrictive, both fits would have gone back in the day I am sure
If you happy wear the heck out of it and yep,like many of us you’ll probably get an idea if it’s for you or not
There is a thriving market for used jackets on here as people trade up,across or find new styles just enjoy your jacket
Great pick Smithy. Non other than George Preddy; a badass, even with the dumbo ears!
Argh, but oh well. This fit conversation really never gets anywhere. Any of us can find multiple photos from WW2 depicting the fit we like. The fit was all over the map……….period. So, in the end, its whatever one likes. So, in the end, people’s comments, opinions really don’t amount to much (including my own). Makes it hard to have a “discussion” and we wonder why there are so few NEW forum members. A new guy asks enthusiasts a question, sees there are a million opinions and gets dinged for not tucking his shirt in (he could have just been taking a pic for a try-on images and didn’t tuck the shirt in). I know its all in fun and needs to stay that way but a part of me asks: Don’t know why I (or anyone else) bothers.
To the OP, enjoy it!!!
Never mind a loose A-2, perhaps a generous fitting flying helmet Grant!
I think it is a very good fit.
IMO the fit looks fine to me ( yes shirt tucked in too) but while we talk all day about 'the fit' to me it's about how it feels when worn. My first ever ELC donkeys years ago when they only ever did a house version felt great even with droopy shoulders, however, when I got my GW Doniger then I knew what a good fit really felt like! Still feels as good today, some 7 years on.