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Favorite Keeper Leather Jackets

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by HoosierDaddy, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. Vezio

    Vezio New in Town

    These are my first two Aeroleather jackets:

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  2. Dav

    Dav One Too Many

    Thanks, the B-3 is heavier than the Irvin don't know the precise weights. As for warmth, I find the Irvin to be warmer if I'm honest, the fact that the belt can be cinched up tight makes all the difference on a windy dog walk. If both are being worn open I don't think there's much in it, I can wear more under the B-3 though as it's a 44, the Irv being 42, so they both have different uses.
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  3. Nice. I'm not normally a fan of the side lacings, but this one could win me over. What is it, a Bates?

    Nice jackets. I've admired them myself - I actually have, somewhere, one of Mark (Fishmoek's) first jackets, based on a photo from the Spanish civil war, which is basically an A1 with a zip. Lovely thing, but I'll have to move it on as it was always just a bit too neat for me (a true ww2-era 44 - like a 42 in an Aero 30s HB). I think when cometh the hour and the cash, I'm going to fill that particular slot with the Aeromarine for myself.

    Interesting. I have both a LW B3 and an ELC 42 pattern Irvin. The Irvin seemed hella light when I first got it - was worried I'd tear it when I first wore it! - but it's fine. I don't think I could tell any difference between the two in terms of heat.
  4. Dav

    Dav One Too Many

    Agreed, on a non windy day there's not much in it really, but when the wind blows that belt make all the difference. I live by the coast btw.
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  5. Sloan1874

    Sloan1874 I'll Lock Up

    That's interesting. I always wondered if the ANJ-4 was just a refinement of the B-3 pattern, but with the same warmth.
  6. Monitor

    Monitor I'll Lock Up

    I forgive it side laces for that reason as well, even though I don't mind them as much. :) It's Natal Leathers. I've no clue about it, though, just that it is a very good jacket.
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  7. This isn’t a particularly rare or expensive jacket. But I don’t think rare and expensive was what Van was asking to see. In fact, when it comes to leather jackets, “rare or expensive” doesn’t necessarily translate to “favorite and keeper”. There probably isn’t even a good correlation between the two.

    This g-1 is a good argument for that proposition. It’s a NOS Orchard that I bought new...directly from Orchard. It’s just a plain-Jane, cowhide, e-series G-1. It isn’t collectible. It has no historical value. And it has no mojo from flying sorties over Hanoi or Baghdad. But it’s my jacket. My creases. My scars. My beer stains. And though I have more collectible G-1s, this is the jacket I almost always reach for when I want to wear Navy leather.


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  8. ksozay

    ksozay One of the Regulars

    What cross zip are you after? I've got a collection of Cal Jackets that might have something you'd like.
  9. The thing about a jacket this heavy is it depends what you are doing and most of the time it’s hard to say. When wearing a coat in cold climates that’s suited for a coat like the ANJ4, it’s all about on the fly adjustments. Because simply, it’s too big to carry under the arm without it looking like a giant hotdog

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  10. Interesting - I wonder is this them? https://www.facebook.com/pages/Natal-Leather/146870305357963 CAn't find a 'proper' website. There are a few Natal branded cafe racers on eBay, a common theme seems to be seller saying they are great and should be better known. I'm guessing they might also b an OEM manufacturer of bike jackets sold under other brands?
  11. Monitor

    Monitor I'll Lock Up

    My best guess is that it was some small time business that went under sometime during the 90's. Their cafe racer style is exactly the same as the Scooter jacket Walter Dyer is still producing - and I mean exactly the same; wasn't just a copy or something, the jackets were exact twins, probably made at the same plant or something - though what was the connection between the two companies was, I've no idea.

    Thing is, it doesn't take an expert to see these jackets are seriously good. I mean, I can see why people say that. Only jacket I've ever had that actually becomes uncomfortably heavy after a while. I certainly did feel cheated when I finally decided to invest into a "better" leather jacket and then got something that was half the weight of that Natal. And didn't even have canvas lined pockets. XD
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  12. Powerband

    Powerband Familiar Face

    Aero Half Belt

    Fits me perfectly in every way possible.



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  13. jonesy86

    jonesy86 Practically Family

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  14. jonesy86

    jonesy86 Practically Family

    Did I say Wow?....Wow!
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  15. dan_t

    dan_t Practically Family

    25 years young.....

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  16. dan_t

    dan_t Practically Family

    Another keeper.....

    Modified Sunburst pattern. Probably the most comfortable jacket I have.

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  17. Vezio

    Vezio New in Town

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  18. Monitor

    Monitor I'll Lock Up

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  19. Great looking Sunburst Dan!
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  20. It's time for the monthly PSA.
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