Advice on leather choice for a MC jacket please.

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  1. moktabe

    moktabe One of the Regulars

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    Within the next week or so I'll be ordering a MC jacket from Aero and was pretty well stuck on CXLSH.

    As ever, things can change!

    Living in the middle of the UK we don't get freezing weather too much so hovering over leather choice....

    Current jackets are :- Sheepskin flying jacket for when it's cold enough to freeze your bits off. Windward in CXLSH with alpaca lining and an Irvin collar for when it's slightly warmer and a Sheene in Badalassi for Spring/Autumn wear.

    Keeping in mind I don't ride at all a MC jacket would be purely for street wear so starting to wonder if I need the solidity/heft of another CXLSH jacket. Have the seed of an idea of getting one made in black Badalassi and wondered what the general opinion ref that would be. Only had the current Badalassi for a few hours so, does anyone have any experience on how that leather progresses? Does it get noticeably softer as it beds in and end up being too soft for a MC jacket?

    TIA for any replies.
     
  2. TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead

    TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead One Too Many

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    I'd go Ridley (J106 pattern). I have one in the blackened brown Vicenza and it's perfect for street wear. It's mid weight though, probably similar to the Badalassi in pliability. I've heard the black badalassi is incredible though. There's one or two members here who have it and maybe they can chime in. So can't go wrong, but I'd highly recommend the Ridley style. I think it's Aero's best pattern.
     
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  3. moktabe

    moktabe One of the Regulars

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    Thank you for that.

    Planning on going for a J106 front and a KOR back.
     
  4. Aloysius

    Aloysius One of the Regulars

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    Badalassi is arguably the most beautiful option here.

    Did you have a particular colour in mind?
     
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  5. moktabe

    moktabe One of the Regulars

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    It has to be black :D
     
  6. MrProper

    MrProper One Too Many

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    Unfortunately, I do not have Badalassi myself.
    But with my Ridley (Aero calls it slim motorcycle jacket) in blackened brown Vicenza I am see satisfied and would also recommend it.
     
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  7. Salmosalar

    Salmosalar One of the Regulars

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    Here is my F59E1B67-B368-4E44-8401-03E871098585.jpeg 6D501097-BCA8-4400-9E9C-FDBCD5DBC0CE.jpeg 7AAD0FBD-771B-4F23-AC55-127321FB9DEF.jpeg black badalassi Aero Slimfit MC aka Ridley - I have one in blue Vicenza too and the badalassi wins hands down. It is by far the best leather Aero offer in my view.
     
  8. Salmosalar

    Salmosalar One of the Regulars

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    And here is a different take on the style in blue vicenza…. 4D91B9E0-F692-4B90-B296-22E2CBC48612.jpeg 4AC0E005-DC7E-44E1-A3FA-F970FFD81278.jpeg
     
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  9. Aloysius

    Aloysius One of the Regulars

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    If you want a pigment finished black (with brown undertone), I would go with blackened brown Vicenza. If you want pure black, both Vicenza and Badalassi will get you there but I think Badalassi is more special.

    I would avoid CXL for this use because it will wear to brown much more.
     
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  10. moktabe

    moktabe One of the Regulars

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    ^^ Many thanks for that.

    Have to admit I'm blown away by the Badalassi and for some reason, I can't put my finger on why, I just don't fancy HH. I'll never be a collector, more of getting what I need/want and wearing them.

    Going to chat with Aero later today and go through what I want and what they can offer. If the two things meet then I'll order and pay my deposit.
     
  11. Aloysius

    Aloysius One of the Regulars

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    Badalassi is a great leather in general, but Aero’s reworked version is particularly special.
     
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  12. Salmosalar

    Salmosalar One of the Regulars

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    For comparison I also have this custom Wayfarer in black badalassi - it is in a totally different league to both vicenza and CXL in my view - it has a real richness to it, and is really supple but also thick and grainy - by far their best hide! 9EC1F4AD-95AD-4054-B807-09E3472ED7A9.jpeg C23708DA-BA81-4EF0-B04A-76A868B8A6E5.jpeg BF466140-369B-487A-9DDB-998932FDA438.jpeg EC3B4430-C748-47B7-81C7-38F8806038DC.jpeg B1FFC410-1F62-43CD-B1A5-561E9416F85E.jpeg 482C5F2C-58CB-4A8C-AB39-342261662E6C.jpeg F63F7366-45DE-4530-BCE1-2021A375B7C4.jpeg 50733117-F47E-479F-BB4B-54BB091EB23B.jpeg
     
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  13. moktabe

    moktabe One of the Regulars

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    Thank you.....it looks impressive.
     
  14. moktabe

    moktabe One of the Regulars

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    Well that was quick.....plunge taken!

    Aero can do what I was asking for so order placed, spec as follows :-

    J106 front, King of The Road back,
    Black Badalassi leather,
    Olive cotton drill lining,
    Antique brass zips, brass studs to collars and rear kidney panel,
    Sleeve zips to the top of sleeves,
    Hem reduced.

    Now the wait!
     
  15. TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead

    TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead One Too Many

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    Nice. I like the pattern on King of Road with the snaps and all that. But doesn't it have a full action back? For my tastes, I'm not a fan for pure fashion. Obviously has huge dividends if you ride.

    If you do like it, that's fine too, not trying to sway you. Just want to make sure since you said it was more for fashion. Also if you do want it, make sure you size smaller. Like MrProper said, the slim fitting motorcycle jacket is where it's at, especially if you go with action back. But they did a good job with your Sheene. So hopefully they can strike lightning twice.
     
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  16. moktabe

    moktabe One of the Regulars

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    It does have a full action back and that's why I went for it. Not so much for the reach as I don't ride, more for the looks of it. it's a busy front so thought may as well have a busy back!
    Chloe suggested we went for the 44" which is the same as the Sheene as the J106 was a very similar cut.
    I feel the hem on the Sheene could have done with 2" less but I can live with that, the hem on the biker has been reduced by 2" as when zipped I'd use the belt and it'd reduce any potential 'puckering' around the hem.
    I took on board what @MrProper said however, the amount of small changes I'd have gone for (belt, belt loops, kidney panel etc ) might have been a bit much so I thought I may as well go the route I have as there are less changes to the overall pattern.
    I'd have never even thought of a different back until the post where that guy had it done. It was in naked HH and, for me, the benefits of that colour highlighted the details of the jacket in the photos better than photos of a black one would.
    Talking of MrProper, I blame him for my Sheene as it was when I saw his I thought 'wonderful, need one' :D
     
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  17. Aloysius

    Aloysius One of the Regulars

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    Great choices! The only thing I'd do differently is get cotton sateen instead of cotton drill, but most people here are committed to drill.
     
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  18. moktabe

    moktabe One of the Regulars

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    I went for the drill as I quite like the 'utility' look of it.

    The 3 Aeros I'll end up with...one has Alpaca, one has Minto tartan and the drill has plenty of time be re-thought about!
     
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  19. Aloysius

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    The sateen looks the same and is just as strong; it's just smoother to the touch.

    The problem is that many people here don't know the difference between sateen and satin, so when people make threads asking about the Aero sateen, there are long comments by people about their torn satin linings in other garments, lol. This despite the fact that Aero employees post in the same threads pointing out that they are not the same thing.
     
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  20. moktabe

    moktabe One of the Regulars

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    Now that's interesting!

    I admit to thinking that sateen and satin were the same thing and I'd have worried about it tearing easily.

    Thank you for that, appreciated.
     
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