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technovox
11-04-2013, 11:56 AM
I finally had a chance to snap some shots of my new Aero Sheene. There haven't been too many pics of the Aero Sheene jacket to be found on this forum, so I thought this may help those who are interested in an alternative to the Aero cafe racer or the 30's Half-belt. I've had it approximately 2 months now. The Sheene is a cafe racer cut with a traditional collar (Highwayman collar I believe.) I ordered a size 42 in a FQHH brown, nickel hardware, no action back, zippered sleeves, one cigarette pocket with diamond pull, one inside pocket, standard brown cotton lining, and an extra 1 1/2 inch in both sleeves and in length. The jacket is really starting to show some character in the horsehide, and gradually getting a bit softer to wear. Because it's wider in the shoulders and tapered in the body than my Aero 30's Half-belt, the Sheene seems to be a better fit for me. Here are the pics- and some of me wearing the jacket (hate posting pics of myself.) Thanks to Carrie and Wade for all their patience and understanding in facilitating the order. Those guys are the best!
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HoosierDaddy
11-04-2013, 12:13 PM
Looks great..and superb fit technovox..!!
Congrats
HD

wdw
11-04-2013, 12:19 PM
Fine looking jacket and fit. Well done.

Highwaymanman
11-04-2013, 12:23 PM
Fit = nailed.

Spot on.

ButteMT61
11-04-2013, 12:38 PM
Looks great. One question, is the rear-facing pic with the jacket unzipped? Doesn't even look new - that's a compliment. Well done!

technovox
11-04-2013, 12:40 PM
Looks great. One question, is the rear-facing pic with the jacket unzipped? Doesn't even look new - that's a compliment. Well done!

Honestly, I don't remember- I think it's zipped in the back pic.
Thanks for the compliment!

Cooperson
11-04-2013, 12:41 PM
That's a great looking jacket and fit, I particularly like the slim profile back. Very nice!

ProteinNerd
11-04-2013, 12:43 PM
You have to be happy with that!

Great jacket, perfect fit. Much better option for a slimmer guy than a traditional highwayman imo

ButteMT61
11-04-2013, 12:59 PM
Way better than a HWM for tall/slim(mer) guys. Looks great.

Sloan1874
11-04-2013, 01:29 PM
Really like the stripped down, unfussy look and the slimmer profile. Very cool.

Cheech
11-04-2013, 01:38 PM
Great jacket and fit. For better or worse, you’re blazing the trail of jackets that I’m hoping to pick up. (Feel free to stop until my bank account can catch up!) I’m already plotting to get a Johnson M-200J after reading your post (http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?72039-My-New-Johnson-Leathers-Horween-chromexcel-overdyed-Jacket). How does this one compare with regard to fit, production quality, etc.? I imagine the Johnson’s a bit boxier, but is the length similar?

Thanks!

nabottle
11-04-2013, 01:42 PM
Very, very nice jacket and the fit is top notch!

Fanch
11-04-2013, 01:49 PM
Very sharp jacket and outstanding fit as well. Definitely a home run.

reeks1
11-04-2013, 02:40 PM
So the Sheen has WIDER shoulders than the HB? Hmmm. I'm still trying to figure out what size/style Aero will work best for me. 40 HB was too "wide". 38 fit jacket En route from Thurston Bros.
I really like the look of the Sheen. Very clean.
Enjoy it!

Fanch
11-04-2013, 03:26 PM
Reeks1, it will be interesting to see pics of your 38 fit jacket. Personally I much prefer the Sheen collar over the manderin CR collar for every day use.

technovox
11-04-2013, 03:41 PM
Great jacket and fit. For better or worse, youíre blazing the trail of jackets that Iím hoping to pick up. (Feel free to stop until my bank account can catch up!) Iím already plotting to get a Johnson M-200J after reading your post (http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?72039-My-New-Johnson-Leathers-Horween-chromexcel-overdyed-Jacket). How does this one compare with regard to fit, production quality, etc.? I imagine the Johnsonís a bit boxier, but is the length similar?

Thanks!

The Johnson M200j fits amazingly well, and is a gorgeous jacket with quality materials and workmanship throughout. Yes, it's a bit boxier than the Sheene, however the M200 has side buckles so some of the taper can be adjusted. The M200 is about an inch shorter in length. But the biggest difference is the thickness. With the chrome excel overdyed 4oz hide, the M200j is a beast- it's the heaviest jacket I've ever owned. I'm finding that the 4 oz chrome excel hide is almost too darn thick... and warm for this temperate Bay Area climate. Consequently, I rarely wear it. Since I don't ride a motorcycle, the 4oz thickness is really unnecessary for daily use. And if I'm heading out the door, I'm most likely to grab my lighter mid-weight Himel cafe racer, or if it's a bit colder, I'll go with the Sheene. They are warm enough and easy to layer up (a necessity in San Francisco.) I know this might sound crazy, but I've been considering putting the Johnson up for sale (most likely first here.) If I lived in a colder climate, or still had my BMW 75/5, I'd keep it. It's as tough as nails and a beautiful jacket.

technovox
11-04-2013, 03:47 PM
So the Sheen has WIDER shoulders than the HB? Hmmm. I'm still trying to figure out what size/style Aero will work best for me. 40 HB was too "wide". 38 fit jacket En route from Thurston Bros.
I really like the look of the Sheen. Very clean.
Enjoy it!

Yes, the Sheene has wider shoulders and a narrower waist than my 30's Half-belt. They're both size 42, but the 30's Half-belt is 18.5 shoulder seam to seam, and the Sheene is 19.5 inches. The way Wade explained it to me, if I recall correctly, is that since the Sheene is technically a motorcycle jacket, the shoulders have to be cut wider to enable flexibility when turning/reaching around on the bike. Conversely, the 30's HB shoulders are more of a tighter tailored cut.

reeks1
11-05-2013, 06:42 AM
How is fit at the back of the neck? With the collar, is the jacket's weight distributed across the shoulders like a "normal" jacket? I assume so.
With my My cafe racer fit jacket, the weight was focused at the base of my neck, like many other posters have mentioned. Not comfortable.

Thanks!

Cheech
11-05-2013, 09:57 AM
Thanks for the info, T. Might have to sell the Johnson, huh? Hmm... I'm also 6'2" and wear a 42 jacket.... I was planning to drop the kidney panel on the M-200J and add a double-yoked back/shoulder, but I'm really digging that single-yoked back on your Aero. Food for thought. Of course, if you end up selling your Johnson, I'd be sorely tempted.... Thanks again!

technovox
11-05-2013, 10:19 AM
How is fit at the back of the neck? With the collar, is the jacket's weight distributed across the shoulders like a "normal" jacket? I assume so.
With my My cafe racer fit jacket, the weight was focused at the base of my neck, like many other posters have mentioned. Not comfortable.

Thanks!

Yes, personally I find the spread collar on the Sheene to be more comfortable than the cafe racer collar. Honestly, I don't even notice it- feels normal. In fact, I like the cut and the fit of the collar better than on my half-belt. The collar fit around the neck on my 30's HB is a little tighter than on the Sheene. But a caveat here- everybody is different in the way a jacket fits.

technovox
11-05-2013, 10:22 AM
Thanks for the info, T. Might have to sell the Johnson, huh? Hmm... I'm also 6'2" and wear a 42 jacket.... I was planning to drop the kidney panel on the M-200J and add a double-yoked back/shoulder, but I'm really digging that single-yoked back on your Aero. Food for thought. Of course, if you end up selling your Johnson, I'd be sorely tempted.... Thanks again!

You're a bit taller than me, but we both wear a size 42- so it just might work. Feel free to email me off-site if you're interested. Cheers!

reeks1
11-05-2013, 04:28 PM
Thanks for your detailed responses. This is the most option-available purchase I've embarked on. Watches and stereo gear are FAR simpler. :)

Jeigernaut
04-13-2014, 01:06 PM
Hey Techno,. I didnt want to hijack the other sheene thread but it got me curious if yours is showing break in yet. If so would you mind posting a pic or 2?

technovox
04-14-2014, 02:34 PM
Hey Techno,. I didnt want to hijack the other sheene thread but it got me curious if yours is showing break in yet. If so would you mind posting a pic or 2?
Here you go, J. I'm not sure if the wear really shows up that well in the pics, but my Sheene jacket is definitely getting a bit more pliable, and more character after 6 months. (And in fairness, the jacket shares a bit of day-to-day rotation time with my 30's Half-belt, and Himel.)
The close-ups are more true to the actual color.

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Jeigernaut
04-14-2014, 03:12 PM
Thats beautiful. Just what i was hoping to see.

Monitor
04-14-2014, 03:56 PM
Gorgeous!

06911s
04-14-2014, 04:16 PM
Thank you Technovox for sharing the pictures! Your Sheene is breaking in nicely, I hope to have a similar outcome with mine in few months of intermittent wear.

ProteinNerd
04-15-2014, 12:32 AM
Well this has really thrown a spanner in the works for me. I was pretty sure I was going to order a 30's half belt with a bit of added length (or just the plainsman) but this looks very much like what I'm after.....decisions decisions