My first ELC A2

johnwayne

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Very good buy I'd say, nowhere near as cheap as it was when made but amazing condition! Dubow's nice too!!
 

Carl

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The Dubow is sadly too big for me .
When ive earnt enough "privilege" to post in the sell/want section, i will make it available .
What price were these ELC jackets when new ?
I was looking through the Golden Age book and didnt notice it in there ??
 

johnwayne

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ELC house A2 back in late 80's/early 90's approx £135! Don't think you'll have too much trouble selling the Dubow when you do, as to price to let it go for then members here tend not to like valuing a jacket for sale but perhaps go through old posts as a guide vs what you'd be happy to get for it - it's a popular size too.
 

Carl

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Just over a year later , and im still not "feeling it " with this A2 , maybe should have waited for a 38 ?
 

jeremiah

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Carl,
Have you worn it much? My size 40 ELC monarch didn’t fit me that well at first. I just wore anyway. I beat the tar out of it by wearing in all types of weather. It does fit me very well now. Only thing I don’t like about it are the wrist knits. Apparently this is a trait of a lot of ELC A2s though.
 

Carl

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Carl,
Have you worn it much? My size 40 ELC monarch didn’t fit me that well at first. I just wore anyway. I beat the tar out of it by wearing in all types of weather. It does fit me very well now. Only thing I don’t like about it are the wrist knits. Apparently this is a trait of a lot of ELC A2s though.
Probably not as much as i would have liked too to be honest . Because of the fit ive teneded to shy away from it and stick with the cloth jackets
 

Carl

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Bit of a Catch 22 on my part to be honest .
Ive just been on the ELC site to check the size charts etc and its supposed to be the correct size . Maybe i just need to get it wet a bit and get it formed to my body shape ?
 

Edward

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Bit of a Catch 22 on my part to be honest .
Ive just been on the ELC site to check the size charts etc and its supposed to be the correct size . Maybe i just need to get it wet a bit and get it formed to my body shape ?
when I first got my ELC Star (size 42) I was a little concerned. seemed tight. tight across my shoulders and short on the arms... I felt maybe I needed a 44. I knew it needed a break in period so I wore it inside (was august so too hot outside.). once the cooler season started I wore it to work almost every day doing deliveries and it didn't take long for it to relax and stretch out a tad... now it seems quite roomy. fits me well and is comfortable. I think the ELC horsehides need a lot of meat tenderizer lol! don't just wear it. do something in it to work it and flex it.
 

jeremiah

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I think Carl’s jacket was a tad roomy?
Anyway. Yes I have found the ELC warhorse leather does conform really well and will shrink up a bit as will the threads.
Think of a leather work glove that fits better the more you use it.

Carl, if you are going to keep it, doing a “light” HWT might get it to where you want it.
Heavy emphasis on “light”. The goal would not be making it look like a WW2 original so much as training the leather to get to where you like wearing it.
 

Edward

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I think Carl’s jacket was a tad roomy?
Anyway. Yes I have found the ELC warhorse leather does conform really well and will shrink up a bit as will the threads.
Think of a leather work glove that fits better the more you use it.
oh sorry lol! I misread. well, roomy is a good thing ain't it? hell I'd take roomy over tight.
 

Carl

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Did i read correctly somewhere on here that getting it wet would help break it in ?? or is that a complete and utter no no !!
 
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