My Second B-3 Jacket (from Aero this time) - Fit advice welcome!

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  1. savage.dragon

    savage.dragon Member

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    Hi.
    So a while back I posted a thread asking for fit advice for my first b3 jacket from Simmons Bilt.
    https://www.vintageleatherjackets.o...t-fit-advice-welcome.21897/page-6#post-222826

    I decided that the jacket was too short and had it sent back for a refund.
    Now Ken from Aero has agreed to make a B3 for me. It arrived yesterday.
    I'd like to know what you guys think about the fit?


    The jacket itself is incredibly warm and heavy. Smells perfect.

    The only gripe I have atm is that when viewing from the side, there is a noticeable 'bulge' starting from the shoulder area, as you can see in the 3rd, 4th and 5th pictures. This makes me look as if I have a hunchback or something similar.

    Those who have a B3, can you tell if this bulge is normal? Maybe it will go away as the leather gets broken in, I don't know. I didn't have this bulge with the previous SB's B3, though.

    Thanks in advance for your advice.
     
  2. Greg Gale

    Greg Gale Well-Known Member

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    Looks spot on to me...
     
  3. ties70

    ties70 Well-Known Member

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    Dragon,

    looks like a perfect jacket to me!

    Yes, the jacket is "bulging" at the back, but: You are wearing a brand new, not worn in, high-quality, thick sheepskin jacket....there is no way a jacket like that will drape around your body like a tailor-made suit!
    If you go online and search for "War Lover" you will get lots of pictures of Steve McQueen wearing his B-3...and old, worn to pieces jacket. And even that one shows the bulging:

    War Lover 1.jpg

    McQueen 2.jpg

    I think it is the correct pattern of the B-3, if your Simmons Bilt didn't have that, well, maybe that was due to the faulty pattern used...

    As I said, looks great to me!

    Ties
     
  4. Cocker

    Cocker Well-Known Member

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    Fit looks bang on! I wouldn't worry about that bulge in the back neither, it's not meant to be a trim fitting jacket.
     
  5. Micawber

    Micawber Well-Known Member

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    It's fine. Check the numerous photos on here showing guys who actually wore them in combat - tell you what I'll post a couple of original images from the 91st Bomb Group H at Bassingbourn below.

    Just wear the hell out of it.

    It's a reasonably loose fitting item of flight clothing designed to fit over layers to do a job in adverse conditions. It's a work garment, the arms need to be able to have freedom of movement hence the shape.

    Wear it, break it in and don't fret.

    Ike visit 11 Nov 44.jpg SP01.jpg
     
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  6. kowalski

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    savage.dragon
    perfect jacket, looks very ok; jakect is new , with time and wear will only be OK
     
  7. jeremiah

    jeremiah Well-Known Member

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    Nice fit. Nice jacket.
     
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  8. Steve27752

    Steve27752 Well-Known Member

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    Your jacket look great to me, now wear it in.
     
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  9. B-Man2

    B-Man2 Well-Known Member

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    The jacket looks perfect on you, honestly. Don’t over think it, just wear it as much as possible and it will soften up and break in.
     
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  10. Ken at Aero Leather

    Ken at Aero Leather Well-Known Member

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    Looks great.................Pull the side straps in another notch, it'll look even better
     
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  11. MikeyB-17

    MikeyB-17 Well-Known Member

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    Way better than the last one. My Aero B-3 does that. Now stop worrying and wear the bloody thing! :D
     
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  12. dujardin

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    looks good

    now, wear it ;)
     
  13. Otter

    Otter Active Member

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    All of the above ! Looks much better, you really suit it. As others have said, your hump will flatten with wear.
     
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  14. s4rmark

    s4rmark Well-Known Member

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    Now that’s better, Aero nails it again!
     
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  15. s4rmark

    s4rmark Well-Known Member

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    Here’s mine. BCF867D8-AD16-47EB-8DC3-E15320CBFEAD.jpeg
     
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  16. seres

    seres Member

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    Looks fine! My B-3 has a bulge, too. That's normal.
     
  17. stanier

    stanier Well-Known Member

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    Blistering B-3! Ken has done you proud!! Just wear it and enjoy!
     
  18. kowalski

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    everyone who has B3 has a hump:cool::p
     

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  19. Mickey.was.a.rat

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    I think your first B3 looked much better...... no, I am kidding, this one fits you perfectly !
     
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  20. falcon_ib

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    Looks great on you!
     

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