Without wishing to be controversial or upset anyone, I personally would suggest saving further and going for Platon Dubow. IMHO, Five Star has pro’s and con’s but could become an exercise in frustration as you start from scratch saving for something better.I'm on a budget of $200 and am looking for a brown leather A2 jacket. I'm wanting the best bang for my buck repro, or a vintage in good condition. Also in the vintage/WW2 style, nothing modern like US Wings. Any help is appreciated.
That’s sort of my thinking as well. I know how strong the A-2 bug can be, but it’d be better to hold off and buy a Dubow, possibly used. Not sure what your size is, but Brettafett recently mentioned he’s planning to sell a Dubow in size 42L.Without wishing to be controversial or upset anyone, I personally would suggest saving further and going for Platon Dubow. IMHO, Five Star has pro’s and con’s but could become an exercise in frustration as you start from scratch saving for something better.
Since this is your first A-2 jacket, would you mind telling us your actual chest measurement? It wasn’t clear from your post whether 38 is the actual measurement or the jacket size you normally wear, and since A-2s are a bit wonky in their sizing compared to other jackets, it’s very likely you’ll need a larger size.I appreciate all your guys help so far, I'm 6' tall and 38 chest if that helps anything
Problem with that though Brett to get the length to work, there's a good chance it'll be too big and roomy in the chest and torso. His chest is 1 and a half inches smaller than yours but you're suggesting a size up from you. The Platon is already outside his budget so if he did really scrape his pennies and make some sacrifices to save for it, there's a fair chance it won't fit him properly and that seems to be unfair advice for a guy who might be on a tight budget and doesn't have the cash to blow if it doesn't work out. That's the thing with these Platon jobs, you have to be in the sweet spot otherwise they won't work. I'd love one but I'm one of those for whom they won't work.Agree with the above in that if you are set at $200, then a Five Star Doniger in goat would be my choice.
Totally agree though, that if you can sell your car tyres or some cutlery and save a bit more, get a Dubow from Platon.
Size 44 would be your bet.
I am 5'10+ 39.5 chest and wear a 42
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