Aero Board Racer - fit advice needed!

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  1. BassandB3

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    Hi—I’m ordering a custom Board Racer from Aero through Thurston Bros. Working with Carrie. I’m 5’11”, 175 lbs and approaching 50 years old. Want this jacket to be comfortable and functional for everyday wear; I live in Northern California and don’t ride (yet...).

    This fit jacket is a 42. For some reason, it looks really different based on the angle of the photos. The chest and shoulders feel pretty tight with anything more than a T-shirt. Thinking of going with Bainbridge abyss blue in a hybrid 44 on top/tapering down to 42, Add 0.5” Body length, shoulder gussets, kidney panel, cotton sateen, moving sleeve zips to back (no straps), with straight pockets (no stars), nickel hardware with main zip brought closer to end of hem.

    For comparison, I have a 38 Aero Highwayman (wish it we’re a bit longer in sleeves and body), a 42 Aero Ridley (Fits great), and a 40 Aero Teamster (slightly roomy but good for winter/layering). Appreciate any and all advice!
     

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  2. Cyber Lip

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    one thing about that jacket is it will feel tight in the upper chest and shoulders when you have your arms straight down, due to the curvature of the sleeves. They create a pull in the shoulders/upper chest if your arms are straight down. The sleeves are curved into a position that's supposed to comfortable for riding. If you put your arms up as if you're holding handlebars you'll feel that it then feels natural, and the tightness in those spots goes away. That's just the nature of this design. It will break in and feel more comfortable over time, but that tightness in those areas if your arms are down at your sides never really completely goes away. You could size up, but that's not ideal either. The fit in the photos looks perfect
     
  3. Seb Lucas

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    Can you breathe in deeply with ease when zipped up? If not get a bigger one.

    Size looks ok. You easily can overthink this stuff into the land of nutty compulsion. Some might say it is long in the body and short in the sleeves. Others like it that way. But really, I'd be happy with that as long as you can breathe. It will loosen up. But I would want to be able to wear a thin sweater underneath it without issue. I do not own any jackets that can only be worn over a t-shirt. That's not an aesthetic I value.
     
  4. JoeNiblick

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    Looks pretty close to perfect! I’d be worried about it being too baggy if you size up, but that’s my personal preference. You could maybe add a half inch to the arms, but again, totally just what you prefer.

    I feel like the benefit of getting a custom jacket is getting one that’s trim and looks tailor made just for you... A baggy jacket screams “off the rack.”
     
  5. navetsea

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    don't get a bigger size than that, sure a proper moto jacket would feel tight on the chest when zipped up, sleeve is is slightly in front, probably slightly more rotated to the front too, but all those will make it look great when worn half zipped since the top part would pull more to the side and created V opening past your zipper with your arms down on the side.
     
  6. Will Zach

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    That jacket is friggin perfect. Front, back, and side. If it does not restrict your movements, I say go with it.
     
  7. Psant25

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    If it feels tight I think you have your answer. My best looking jackets in pictures were just to too small for everyday use. The board racer has a very narrow shoulder width. Why not get a cafe racer model that has a wider shoulder and spec it like a board racer with same pocket confirmation and zip placement
     
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  8. Sockeye

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    I’ve owned both. I vote for a cafe racer with the board racer collar. A little body width added at the waist makes it a less tapered, but a more comfortable jacket to move in. I found the bit of outward flare at the bottom hem that the board racer has was something I didn’t like. Tobacco baladassi would look great!
     
  9. BassandB3

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    Thanks so much everybody, appreciate the comments! Keep ‘em coming as I’m nervous about screwing up the order.

    Also—anybody have experience with Bainbridge leather? I want a deep dark blue color jacket. The Vicenza Navy is pretty but doesn’t have the depth of color that I really want, so exploring the abyss blue in Bainbridge, which is pretty dark in photos and the swatch I received.
     
  10. GoAround

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    A tight (but still comfortable) fit of the Board Racer is OK, as this jacket supposed to fit like a shirt. Concerning the length it would be good to see a picture with your t-shirt tucked in. From my point of view the jacket should cover your belt when zipped up.
     
  11. Tom71

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    I second that idea. Go for a Cafe Racer and spec it with BR attributes.

    I had a Board Racer that was a pretty good fit and a great look, but always felt too tight. In the end I exchanged it for a Cafe Racer (even sized down) and was much happier.
     
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  12. rockandrollrabbit

    rockandrollrabbit One of the Regulars

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    What leather is your Board Racer, by the way?
     
  13. BassandB3

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    Trying to decide but leaning towards Bainbridge in abyss blue.
     
  14. dudewuttheheck

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    This. It looks good to me. If it's tough to breathe in or move around much when zipped, then it's too small. Otherwise, you're good.
     
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  15. Seb Lucas

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    Photos are often a poor indication of fit. I really liked this one. An Iron Heart cafe racer in French goat. Bloody lovely jacket. I was unabel to breathe in it. It had to go. Damn.

    Ironheart.jpg
     
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  16. MrProper

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    who has to breathe when the jacket fits so well?
     
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  17. Edward

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    This is an important consideration. Size your jacket to fit how you want to wear it - don't dress to fit the jacket. I have a number of leasther jackets that I have bought knowing I'll never fit a hefty sweater under, but if I can maange a shirt, tie and a waistcoat comfortably, I'm good with that. Others, of a more 'overcoat' style, I want to fit all my layers under. No point ending up with a jacket that's too warn for "t-shirt weather", and not warm enough if you need more than one, thin layer between the jacket and your skin.

    THat said, for me these days a t-shirt is essentially underwear, so I'd always want at least a shirt to fit under the jacket...
     
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  18. rockandrollrabbit

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    No, sorry, I mean, what leather is the fit jacket, in the photos?
     
  19. BassandB3

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    764B8410-9AC3-4292-95E6-008B13F33670.jpeg FC5B8B51-3784-47B5-99A3-A7827216C65F.jpeg Thanks—I can definitely breathe in it! Actually the more I try on the fit jacket, the better it seems to feel and I was able to put on a shirt and thin sweater—felt very tight but I could do it.

    See new photos with shirt and thin sweater—the jacket looks tighter in the non selfie photo but better in the selfie, probably because of the mirror and angle?

    Also, the fit jacket is badalassi leather, Carrie says the Bainbridge will definitely relax over time. I’m at my lowest weight in several years and concerned that I may not be able to hold it once restaurants are open again... also keep in mind I’m approaching 50 and am no waif haha.
     
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  20. handymike

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    Something is odd with the shoulders IMO...the neck shouldn’t be creasing up like that.
     
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