My current list of considered options encompass either: Monarch/Seal; Aero/Seal; RW 1401-P/Russet (which is probably the most desirable GW but I unfortunately already hold that model from ELC). Generally I find the russet finish provides more character, however, if it comes to combat clones I feel like they could come out more complex and profound in seal. Happy to get your view as well.
My vote would be get the 1401-p, in this hide: https://www.goodwearleather.com/pages/sale_rw23380_0001.html
A 1401-p in that cowhide is on my bucket list.
(Can you tell I’ve been ogling GW RW’s lately?)
Maybe sell the Eastman? Masters of the Air is coming out soon, so that should drive up the price, between increasing demand and ELC’s predictable price hike.
Finally - did anyone of you ever set sails on a Combat Clone from John and can share his/her experience?
Yes and no: I’ve asked for combat cloning on the stitching in order to create the effect of an original fresh out of the box, but never tried full on combat clone aging. I don’t have any objections to it; many of us have too big a collection and aren’t active enough to realistically give these jackets the kind of wear that would really make them look like originals. Nothing wrong with creating that effect.