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Ja Dubow 27798 (Platon) A-2 jacket review and pics

Greg Gale

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Platon got back to me saying he would recommend the 40 rather than the 42. Now I'm not sure. the 21.5" chest of the 40 will be plenty enough, my Star is 21 and it's enough too. BUT: my Star has shoulders of 17" stretched to 17.3", borderline snug, and sleeves of 24.8", borderline short. The size 40 Dubow has 17.5" shoulders and 25.25" sleeves that will crease and shorten in time. Or maybe it will feel less restrictive because it's a more generous pattern?

The 22.5" chest of the 42 will probably feel like a tent though. I tried a 42 ELC RW, 22" chest, a bit too big. I tried a 42 Star, chest 22", too big.

Any advice please?
 

Skip

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I have a 39 chest and find 21.5 in jacket chest is usually best, allowing for a light sweater underneath. The Star has inset sleeves ( from memory) so adds a little more comfort and freedom of movement. The Dubow had a slightly shorter back panel but more room in the upper sleeves, not inset sleeves but still comfortable. I take a size 40 long and my BK 27798 has a 21.5 chest shoulders 18 and I find it more comfortable than my Werber that has 18’ shoulder same chest. If it is a little tight it will stretch in the shoulders but I guess it’s how comfortable you prefer to be.

22.5 in the chest is a bit blousey for me, and starts to look a bit boxy. 22 you probably get away with but whereas the shoulders will stretch a little over time, the chest won’t. That’s what I’ve found out anyway
 

Greg Gale

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I have a 39 chest and find 21.5 in jacket chest is usually best, allowing for a light sweater underneath. The Star has inset sleeves ( from memory) so adds a little more comfort and freedom of movement. The Dubow had a slightly shorter back panel but more room in the upper sleeves, not inset sleeves but still comfortable. I take a size 40 long and my BK 27798 has a 21.5 chest shoulders 18 and I find it more comfortable than my Werber that has 18’ shoulder same chest. If it is a little tight it will stretch in the shoulders but I guess it’s how comfortable you prefer to be.

22.5 in the chest is a bit blousey for me, and starts to look a bit boxy. 22 you probably get away with but whereas the shoulders will stretch a little over time, the chest won’t. That’s what I’ve found out anyway
By this you mean I should go for the 40? What is your height/ weight if I may ask? Thanks!
 

Skip

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Greg, I’m 6’3 slim build, weight 72kg. And I would go with your gut feeling of what you know will be comfortable based on your body measurements, and the jacket measurements that work for how you want feel in the jacket. I personally prefer the skim fit with longer sleeves/length but some like it a bit looser. With the Dubow it’s a reasonably comfortable jacket, so it should allow some leeway but it depends how you like your jackets

Ask Brett as he has one and by now will have a good feel for how it wears day to day
 

Micawber

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Basing my opinion on the 44" platon I have I would say go at least one size up from what you would normally wear - at least. I take 44-46 GW ELC, the Platon 44" was ok although the body length could have been a tad longer and believe me I am not tall by any means.
 

Brettafett

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I don't think I'm much help hahaha... Trouble is, this is a different pattern. In a perfect world, I'd have a 41 Long !!!
Greg and I are very similar in build... But theres also personal fit and appearance preferences to consider...
I wear a 40 long in most ELCs, probably a 42 in the Star... This 42 Dubow fits very similar to an ELC HLB size 40 would, in that it has a slightly wider waist, compared to say... RWs, Stars and the like. This is noticeable to me because I have a very trim waist (wear 31 to 32 jeans).
The BK Dubow 1755 40 I tried was too small for me to comfortably wear. It was restrictive and tight. And way too short for my liking.
Platon recommended a 40, but I am glad I went with a 42. I cant recommend this jacket enough.
Fit-wise... If I was Gandalf... Id magically reduce the waist and lower torso by an inch or so, to accommodate my preference for a trimmer feel in the lower portion of the jacket. As it is, it is classic WW2.
The pits and shoulders are perfect for me, and this jacket is super comfortable to actually/ practically wear and move around in.
Also, the waist knit of this 42 is not as tight as the ELCs that i have had. Its not loose, just not as tight. So sometimes it feels looser than it is. Again classic WW2.
 

Smithy

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The only thing which is holding me off from ordering one of these (apart from the better half who would probably throw an epic wobbly about another jacket) is whether I need a 44 or a 46. I'm tallish, 6' 2'', my chest is around the 41 to 42 mark unexpanded, I'm 185 lbs but have rather wide shoulders.

If anyone can help I just might pull the trigger - but that's just between you fellas here and me, not a word to the missus ;-)
 

Smithy

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I posted measurements of my 44" as it was out of the box way back when..
Thanks Steve. The problem is that I know the measurements for both the 44 and 46 but I'm unsure which to go for with me. I'm tallish so there's the sleeves and body to think about but most of all is the fit in the shoulders. I swam butterfly for school and my shoulders never recovered, they're pretty broad, you can probably see that in my AVI review pictures thread here.

One of the reasons why the Bronco is nice to wear for me is the nice wide shoulder so I'm worried whether the Dubow will present problems. Additionally I don't want to get something where the shoulders and upper body fit but the rest of it fits like a bin liner.
 

Micawber

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Thanks Steve. The problem is that I know the measurements for both the 44 and 46 but I'm unsure which to go for with me. I'm tallish so there's the sleeves and body to think about but most of all is the fit in the shoulders. I swam butterfly for school and my shoulders never recovered, they're pretty broad, you can probably see that in my AVI review pictures thread here.

One of the reasons why the Bronco is nice to wear for me is the nice wide shoulder so I'm worried whether the Dubow will present problems. Additionally I don't want to get something where the shoulders and upper body fit but the rest of it fits like a bin liner.
Just stand in line and catch whatever the QM throws at you! ;)
 
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