Help me decide between Aero and Eastman Leather sheepskin

Discussion in 'General Flight Jacket Discussion' started by Simon King, Dec 11, 2017.

  1. John Lever

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    I think a 44 would be too small go for a 46
     
  2. Simon King

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    LOL


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  3. Simon King

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    thats what I was wondering John...can't find anything in the reviews section though it looks empty...
    what make are you wearing in your avatar?
     
  4. John Lever

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    Eastman.
    Irvin Jackets look best when they are too big.
     
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  5. Roughwear

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    Very true John. They are also better when they cover ones trouser belt too! They need to large enough to layer under or wear an SD jacket underneath!

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    And a different jacket with jeans!
     
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  6. Smithy

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    Not so much as a sniff of plastic anywhere near the whole of my ELC Irvin zippers included (mine's 10 years old).

    And apologies Simon I didn't take any snaps today for you. We only really have a kind of twilight from around 10 til 2, after that and before well, it's bloody dark!
     
  7. Simon King

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    and we thought we had it bad here dark at 3.30!
    :eek:
     
  8. Smithy

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    Oh it'll get darker here, we'll lose all proper light whatsoever in a week or so, the joys of living inside the Arctic Circle.

    But the Northern Lights are doing their thing which is always nice ;)
     
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  9. Steve27752

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    My 1995/96 has a plastic stopper, the newer ones do not.
     
  10. blackrat2

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    Thanks for answering that one gents
     
  11. blackrat2

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    Taking this post further, does anyone have pics of Eastman and Aero late war jackets they could post up after some wear
    Am pondering repro or an original
     
  12. Steve27752

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    If you can get a good original in your size, I would go for it.
     
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  13. Simon King

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    Here's something I have only just found out from Aero: the USA B-3 style jackets are 22mm thick wool and the RAF flying jackets are 15mm thick.
    I would never have known if I hadn't asked
    Important info if you're looking for the warmest possible
    ;)
     
  14. B-Man2

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    Unless you live up by Smithy near the Artic Circle, either one of those is going to be very warm;)
     
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  15. Simon King

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    possibly but I like the thick ones
    The cirrus I had before was about 25mm thick, I could hardly bend my arms but in time it flattened and I miss that level of warmth. I tell you it may not be the arctic but standing photographic on the Norfolk coast with a cold cutting wind takes every ounce of heat out of you - I need all te help I can get
     
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  17. Simon King

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    looks very nice, makes me miss my Cirrus , it was SO cosy!!
    I'm not so much a stickler as some of you guys for authenticity, I just like what I like design wise, but I am very particular about quality .

    I do however prefer the RAF BOB design either from Eastman or Aero.
    AS far as I can ascertain the Eastman uses a slightly thicker wool 3/4" -v- Aero 15mm. Not a big difference admittedly but I'm still after the feel my old Cirrus gave me with its super thick wool. People used to comment unprompted on how thick it was - I know no one does it that thick anymore but as close as I can get...
     
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  18. B-Man2

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    The best "quality" jackets are Good Wear, Aero, and Eastman, in my opinion. There was a fellow here on the forum Jon who made a great authentic repro Irvin but I'm not sure if he's still making them.
     
  19. Simon King

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    thanaks
    I already have a highwayman from Aero that is well over a decade old and so I know and like that company and so lean toward them for the FJ but I really am after the thickest wool and fancy the prewar model so thats a sticking point
     
  20. M3Cavalry

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    Can anyone speak to Aero's Irvin quality vs. Eastman's?
     
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