Advice on custom Aero (Ridley)

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by nattevagten, Jan 26, 2021.

  1. nattevagten

    nattevagten Familiar Face

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    I'm considering ordering my first jacket from Aero, namely the slim fit version of the Motorcycle Jacket (known as Ridley) and have a question concerning the chest size.

    My chest measures almost exactly 38" (c. 38.5" when layered) and I'm torn between the sizes 38 and 40 (with 20.5" and 21.5" chest measurements, and allowances of 3" and 5", respectively). I'm of a relatively athletic build.

    Anyone with similar measurements, do you think the smaller size will allow any layering at all or should I go for the larger size just in case? As for layering, I'm not necessarily talking about an ultra thick wool jumper but something lighter to put on when it's colder.

    The jacket will be made of Aero's goatskin.
     
  2. marker2037

    marker2037 A-List Customer

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    I have a 42" chest and have a size 42 Ridley which has a 22.5" pit to pit. The Ridley isn't really a layering jacket IMO, but if you want to do that it would depend on how thick of a layer you would want, but more importantly how often you would want to layer. It's not going to be a slim fit jacket anymore if you size up though.
     
  3. dannyk

    dannyk One Too Many

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    That’s it. It’s a slim fit model and meant to fit close. Not that you can’t layer it, and if you want to layer feel free. It will be your jacket but I would say it’s not really the type to layer with. There would be other models I would look at for layering if that’s your priority.
     
  4. nick123

    nick123 I'll Lock Up

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    I think the Ridley can safely be worn 1-2 sizes larger than chest size. Wish I still had mine.

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  5. MrProper

    MrProper One Too Many

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    with my ridley Holly said that I should take a size bigger. I have 43 chest and a 44 ridley.
    layered
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    unlayered.
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  6. nattevagten

    nattevagten Familiar Face

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    Thanks for the answers and pictures!

    I wonder, with a 38" chest (almost exactly 38"), could it be that a p2p of 20.5" (size 38) is too snug or restrictive? What's the consensus here? Size 40 is 21.5", which might be slightly too loose-fitting. Or perhaps not? I'm going for soft, mid-weight leather, BTW.

    No previous experience with Aero, so I'm a bit worried about getting the measurements right.
     
  7. MrProper

    MrProper One Too Many

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    I would recommend to get in touch with Holly or Denny from Aero. Give them your measurements and preferred fit and you get a recommendation for a size.
     
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  8. nattevagten

    nattevagten Familiar Face

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    I did. Holly said 20.5" would be 'very slim fit', whereas 21.5" would give a comfortable, yet slim fit. Honestly, I'm not that concerned about extra room for layers; just think 20.5" might be too slim. It's also a somewhat costly experiment, as the slim fit version of the jacket is custom by definition and hence non-refundable.
     
  9. Marc mndt

    Marc mndt Call Me a Cab

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    I think what constitutes a 'slim fit' differs from one person to another. I have a 43' chest and most of my jackets have a 22' or 22.5' ptp. What ptp is comfortable also depends on the pattern. I have a 22' ptp jacket that is very comfortable and another one with a 22.5' ptp that feels restrictive.

    Are there any Aero stockists where you live? My advice would be to simply try one on. That's the best way to figure your size :)
     
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  10. dudewuttheheck

    dudewuttheheck Call Me a Cab

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    It's really up to you. Some people like to have a good amount of room in their jackets. I'm usually just fine without much extra room in my jackets. I have a 42" chest and my leather jackets range from 21.5" to 22.25" from pit to pit. That's as little as 1 inch above my chest measurement which isn't much. That jacket doesn't allow for much layering, but with a normal shirt, t shirt it is quite easy to wear and move around in. With a sweatshirt on I can still move pretty easily, but it's a little snug.

    Again, this is my personal experience. I'm rather short especially for my chest measurement (5'7" height and 42" chest exhaled) so with OTR items I often go fairly tight in the chest so the sleeves and body aren't too long on me.
     
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  11. Bfd70

    Bfd70 Call Me a Cab

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    MY question with that Model is how is the arm mobility with a slim fit. In my 30s 1/2 belt with a trim fit i can’t scratch my head with it zipped.
     
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  12. Cyber Lip

    Cyber Lip Practically Family

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    You can specify it to have width added to the side panels so it's not so snug in the torso. I had that done with mine. I think we added an extra half an inch per side, or maybe it was 1 inch per side
     
  13. Cyber Lip

    Cyber Lip Practically Family

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    I got shoulder gussets with mine and arm mobility is great. It's my most comfortable jacket
     
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