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EugeneAus

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Hello all,

This is my first leather jacket. I went with a size 44 because I have wide shoulders.

It has quite an oversized look which I don't mind.

The sleeve length is usually good, but that is because the chest is roomy. Once I pull my armpit to the pit hole of the jacket, the sleeve becomes too short.

The problem that I have is that when I'm riding my bike, the sleeves become too short because my armpit pulls to the sleeve hole.

i wanted to get some general thoughts on this fit, as well as opinions on whether the sleeves of goat will stretch with time....

its a shame because I really wanted to get into leather jackets with the goal of having one jacket to serve for a long time. However the more I research, the more it seems like a bottomless pit :')

thanks very much.

Eugene


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El Marro

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Eugene,
that is not a bad looking A2, I like my jackets a little looser as well.
The problem you are experiencing with the sleeves has more to do with the way the jacket is put together then anything else. The A2 is a really cool looking jacket but it is pretty terrible when it comes to moving around and doing things. It would probably be my last choice for a jacket to wear on my bike, or while doing any other physical activity for that matter.
I do not think the goat sleeves will stretch with time, certainly not enough to solve the length problem on the bike.
 

EugeneAus

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Eugene,
that is not a bad looking A2, I like my jackets a little looser as well.
The problem you are experiencing with the sleeves has more to do with the way the jacket is put together then anything else. The A2 is a really cool looking jacket but it is pretty terrible when it comes to moving around and doing things. It would probably be my last choice for a jacket to wear on my bike, or while doing any other physical activity for that matter.
I do not think the goat sleeves will stretch with time, certainly not enough to solve the length problem on the bike.
Hey El Marro,
Thanks for a considered response. That is all good insight and something I'll have to keep in mind in deciding whether this jacket suits my lifestyle.
Eugene
 

Blackadder

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Eugene,
that is not a bad looking A2, I like my jackets a little looser as well.
The problem you are experiencing with the sleeves has more to do with the way the jacket is put together then anything else. The A2 is a really cool looking jacket but it is pretty terrible when it comes to moving around and doing things. It would probably be my last choice for a jacket to wear on my bike, or while doing any other physical activity for that matter.
I do not think the goat sleeves will stretch with time, certainly not enough to solve the length problem on the bike.
Agree that an A-2 may not be a good riding jacket. However
1) such is the problem with any type of jackets not just A-2. Sleeves got pulled up when one raise his/her arm. Reason why some fellow loungers prefer to have longer sleeves on riding jackets while others pick the length like any other jacket.
2) the sleeves are quite short for the OP. The jacket is oversize and still the sleeves with the knit just cover his wrists.
 
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bn1966

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You don’t want a too tight A 2 ..trust me. I use mine for riding but then I’m on a Vespa scooter sat upright. A G -1 with the bi swing back may suit you better if you are wanting a classic flight jacket for two wheeled jaunts :cool:
 

Brettafett

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Welcome to the A-2
I think that is a great fit for an A-2. Generally, most WW2 A-2s were worn this way, they had to be able to layer...
I think lengths are good and this jacket will wear in beautifully over time.

Further to what has been mentioned above... This is not the best design/ type of jacket to wear on a bike.
Its not the best design sitting in a car or even a plane for that matter. Sized correctly, its ok, but...
For military... The M-422A/ G-1 design is so much better with the bi-swing back. When you lift you arms, the back opens up. Tha, plus the rayon lining and goatskin make for a superb jacket for practical use.

High end, Dave Sheeley, Goodwear, Bill Kelso and Eastman (Japanese brands also OK, overpriced)
Mid range (quality, but at a lower price, less authentic in detailing, but good enough), Cockpit USA and AVI LTHR.
Originals also available, but fraught with drama if you need to clean, refurbish etc.

Civilian styles made for this purpose abound, cafe racers etc...
 
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