Aero 101J Leather Jacket

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Monitor, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. Monitor

    Monitor

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    Fell in love with this jacket the moment I saw it. Figured if I missed out on it and decided to get one later, I would've paid twice as much for what is essentially the same jacket, while messing something up in the process of ordering so...

    ...here it is. Aero 101J jacket in Jerky Horsehide. Yeah, that's the one from the Sale page.

    Normally I would've passed on an unlined jacket in leather that's not CXL FQHH but having recently handled an A2 in Jerky, it was actually this very hide that tipped the scale.

    Read a lot unflattering things about Jerky, how it's lightweight and whatnot and honestly, I couldn't disagree more.
    This is a very under-appreciated and absolutely fantastic leather. It's full of character, texture, grain and color variation while being equal (or very close) in weight to most CXL HH jackets I've seen. It's a very hard wearing, relatively stiff hide with a tougher surface that won't be showing wear nowhere as quickly or break in as fast but no doubt, it'll get there with a vengeance.

    So yeah, I'm absolutely amazed at how nice Jerky HH is and can't say enough good things about it. It's exactly what comes to mind when I think of how leather should be.

    Anyway, back to the jacket...

    I wanted this Lee 101J style for quite a while now so not only was the timing perfect but the entire jacket is at good as it gets. There is something very raw and cool about it. Being unlined and all, the jacket is right to the point and that's what I really dig about it.
    Sure, if I was getting a made to order jacket, I would've predictably come up with a whole bunch of stupid mods with the end result being something I probably wouldn't nearly appreciate as much, due to constantly overthinking how I should've gone with this or that... So this jacket simplifies things for me. A lot.

    I'm still not sure whether I like snaps or buttons more on these jackets but one thing is certain; snaps are a lot more convenient and there's no fear they'll fall off, plus vintage 101J's had snaps as well so even that turned out for the best.

    Anyway, enough talk. Here's the jacket and... That's it. Enjoy.

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  2. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    Nice one!
    Where are the fit pics? :rolleyes:
     
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  3. Monitor

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    It's a beautiful jacket. Let's not ruin it...
     
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  4. tmitchell59

    tmitchell59 My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    You done good. I'm lusted after that one, but thought it too small for me.
     
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  5. sweetfights

    sweetfights Call Me a Cab

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    stylish timeless and uber cool!
    Thanks for sharing
     
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  6. Mich486

    Mich486 One Too Many

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    How does the jerky compare to Vicenza hh? It looks stiffer but it’s hard to tell from the pictures alone.


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  7. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    The stitchwork looks better than usual. I especially like how the shoulder seams are facing backwards instead of forward as is the norm for Aero.
     
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  8. Monitor

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    I haven't handled Vicenza but it's definitely stiffer than the Shinki RMC is using, which often gets compared to Vicenza so it gives an impression of being slightly heavier... But it's probably the same. The jacket is a good 5.5 lbs and that's pretty decent considering it's unlined.

    I didn't even notice that about the shoulder seams but you're right! And yeah, it's very nicely made! And I'd imagine it can't be very easy to work with that hide. . .
     
  9. ton312

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    Absolutely gorgeous hide!!! I LOVE the color and it looks to have some tasty grain. I love the angled chest pockets. They instantly make this style 10X cooler. Don't be stingy man. Beautify this jacket by filling it out with some fit pics!!!
     
  10. nick123

    nick123 I'll Lock Up

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    That is a BEAUTY Ivan! Just noticed; that diagonal zig-zag stitching is also found on the wind-flap of the MA-1.
     
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  11. Bfd70

    Bfd70 Call Me a Cab

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    That's a really great looking jacket. If i were to be the hero in a zombie apocolypse that is what i'd be wearing.
     
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  12. wdw

    wdw One Too Many

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    That's very, very nice indeed. I was pleased to see that Aero are moving into the leather jeans jacket scene, as that's what I feel I'm missing at the moment. They seem to have started putting the stitching over the Type 3 pockets now, rather than having patch pockets, which looks a lot better. Can't wait to see the final versions.

    Are the chest pockets on yours functional? Bags at the back? What height are you and how does the length feel?
     
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  13. Monitor

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    The pockets are functional of course and - something I wanted to address in the OP, but forgot - are fully leather lined! Normally, the pockets on these leather trucker/jean jackets pockets are always textile bags because the openings are just slits on the front of the jacket but this is the first time I see them being made entirely out of leather! I don't know whether that's exclusive only to this jacket since it's unlined or if it's a standard but it's really cool. And I hope it's gonna become a norm.

    I'll post some fit pics tomorrow so you'll see how it fits. This particular jacket is really short but I like it.
     
  14. dan_t

    dan_t Practically Family

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    Awesome!
    What colour is the contrast stitching?
     
  15. Monitor

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    It's the same as the jacket, I think. Stitch holes give off the impression that it's contrast stitching but it's not.
     
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  16. SpeedRcrX

    SpeedRcrX One Too Many

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    Really nice jacket, I can’t wait to see the fit pics.

    Congrats, Ivan!!!!
     
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  17. Sloan1874

    Sloan1874 I'll Lock Up

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    Fantastic. *Fortunately* there wasn't one in my size, as it saved me from a tough conversation with my credit card...
     
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  18. Monitor

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    If only I was as lucky... With the washing machine on the fritz, this jacket was literally the last thing I needed at this moment but I was too weak. When I saw it, measurements and all, I knew that was it so I just pulled the trigger.

    Listed and sold another jacket right away so I don't feel overly guilty...
     
  19. BobJ

    BobJ Practically Family

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    That is one awesome jacket! I really like the curved back yoke and the curved back seams. And the grain on the back is a thing of beauty already. Of all the new jackets I've seen on here lately, THIS is the one I would get, if I were getting another one.

    I agree that the Jerky HH is inexplicably underrated. Like you said, it's kinda what you think of when you think of garment leather, especially if you like it grainy.

    And don't worry about the stiffness, it didn't take long before mine was about as stiff as a damp bath towel.

    It isn't tanned and topcoated to age artificially fast, you have to wear it and earn the character and patina. But it does record the life that is lived in it. My jacket is also dark seal Jerky HH.

    It's surprisingly breathable for leather - very comfortable to wear. And since it's dry and absorbent, is will keep you warmer than leather that is stuffed with oil and wax.

    Are you happy with the fit? Good range of motion? Did I notice hidden hand warmer pockets?

    I bet you're going to find this an easy jacket to reach for.

    Congratulations, very nice catch. I envy you... except the washing machine part ;)
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2017
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  20. TREEMAN

    TREEMAN One Too Many

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    Really nice ...no lining is a nice touch !!
     

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