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Non-insulated Leather Jackets?

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by meyerm41, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. meyerm41

    meyerm41 New in Town

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    I'm wanting a lightweight, spring/fall leather jacket that doesn't have insulation. Is there such a thing and what is it called?

    Thanks from a noobie

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  2. Monitor

    Monitor I'll Lock Up

    Hey,

    It's, um, called a leather jacket. :) Insulation is seldom used in quality repro leather jackets we talk about here. Leather won't keep you warm, by itself it's just a windbreaker without something providing insulation so any jacket with a simple cotton lining is what you're looking for and there's plenty of that around.

    You'll need to be a bit more specific; what style are you after?
     
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  3. Harris HTM

    Harris HTM A-List Customer

    By insulation do you mean lining? Or thermal insulation, such as polyester, thinsulate, etc?
    There are unlined leather jackets (check Thedi and Schott). If you want lined (but non-insulated) jackets then you have many options. With many brands (such as Aero) you can choose the lining you want, you may choose a lightweight fabric.
     
  4. Justhandguns

    Justhandguns Practically Family

    Yes, there should be plenty of leather jackets with thin linings. Our beloved Buco J-100 here is only lined with cotton linings, the A-2s are mostly lined with thin cotton linings as well. Actually, if you look at a lot of women's mall leather jackets, they are all very lightweight and thin, aren't they? I guess you just need to avoid something like FQHH or heavy weight steerhides?
     
  5. meyerm41

    meyerm41 New in Town

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    Thanks. I don't want filled lining like thermal, just a single layer of polyester or similar.

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  6. Monitor

    Monitor I'll Lock Up

    Like I said, you have dozens of brands to chose from that make quality OTR jackets lined only with a cotton or a polyester lining so now it all comes down to what kind of jacket style do you want. If you want a custom made jacket, most if not all makers will let you choose the lining.
     
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  7. handymike

    handymike My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Welcome: I would also recommend a lighter weight leather such as capeskin or goatskin. Horsehide and heavy steerhide might not be warmer, but they are heavier and thicker. Keep us updated!
     
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  8. Monitor

    Monitor I'll Lock Up

    I often see some really lightweight horsehide jackets on styleforum, and the fashion industry cowhide is extremely thin as well. It all depends how they cut it. Italian horsehide can be particularly thin.
     
  9. bn1966

    bn1966 One Too Many

    I find a Capeskin A-1 is very useful for warm weather, extremely light weight :)
     
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  10. meyerm41

    meyerm41 New in Town

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    What about lambskin?

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  11. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up


    Done you blaspheme in here! Don't you blaspheme!

    Lambskin is usually shunned around here. It's very light, a fashion leather that tears and wears very easily. Capeskin is close, it is adult sheep leather used for period accurate WW1 A1 flight jackets. Wears better than lamb.

    I personally would choose goat which is very hard wearing or a light (2oz) calf or cow hide.

    Don't know where you live but down here any hide 3oz or heavier is too heavy for most days in this humid and hot land.
     
  12. meyerm41

    meyerm41 New in Town

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    My bad, still learning. I am in central Kansas. Thanks for the advice

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  13. bn1966

    bn1966 One Too Many

    The A-1 Capeskin is the lightest flight jacket I've come across, I wear it when it's too warm for an A-2 :) it's like a light leather sweater IMHO
     
  14. meyerm41

    meyerm41 New in Town

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    So, where do you guys get your jackets?

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  15. bn1966

    bn1966 One Too Many

    :) now there's a good question......
     
  16. Or keep watching Ebay. I just scored a great cotton lined Schott in goat leather for $95. A perfect 9 month of the year jacket up here in the Pacific Northwest. And scored a new US Authentic G8 with a satin lining for $250, not sure of the leather, not goat for sure, likely a cow hide. It is a bit heavier/thicker leather than the Schott but still a fine jacket for this climate.
     
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  17. AeroFan_07

    AeroFan_07 Practically Family

    Just start browsing forum topics, such as what jacket are you wearing today? Plenty of good reading on here, you'll learn a lot.
     
  18. Harris HTM

    Harris HTM A-List Customer

    I would definitely try also Schott (https://www.schottnyc.com). They don't get a lot of attention here mainly because you cannot customize but they are excellent jackets.
    Recently I received a custom jacket for my girlfriend from Aero. The leather is soft black italian horsehide, still not in Aero's website. Really light and soft but miles away from mall jackets. If you go for a custom jacket then I'd advise to ask for leather swatches, most of the companies will send you a couple of small samples for free. You can feel them and test them.
     
  19. Harris HTM

    Harris HTM A-List Customer

    Oops, you forgot Simmons Bilt (just a test to see how fast this thread will go off topic!)
     

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