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Aero Leather Grizzly.

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Carlos840, Nov 2, 2018.

  1. Carlos840

    Carlos840 One Too Many

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    For the past few years i have been Grizzly curious...

    It's this weird feeling, a mix of wanting one very badly, being confused as to why i actually want one, and at the same time wondering if i would ever have what it takes to walk out of my front door wearing one.
    Because of that question i didn't want to order a new one, pay full retail and end up selling it after a single wear, but i also knew that i had to try one, that was the only way i would know...
    So i started looking around.

    I missed a Goodwear one last year by a couple hours (thanks @Mysteryo!!!!), saw a few cheap repros on the Bay here and there, but none of them were what i had in mind... As you can imagine looking for a grizzly is a bit more complicated than looking for a Cafe Racer.

    Well, last week my dream Grizzly turned up on eBay, I sniped it for what i think was a very decent price, and received it today.
    It is GLORIOUS!

    The jacket is pretty much brand new and mostly unworn. It was made by Julie Leitch the 27/04/18, and with the summer we had this year i highly doubt the previous owner had many opportunities to wear it!
    It is made from rust mutton and black FQHH CXL leather with a medium or light weight wool tartan. Everything about it is well made and well executed, i cannot find an obvious bad stitch or any real issues with it, the fur is super nice, fluffy and soft.

    The fit is interesting, it has a massive chest for a size 40 (25.5") and a super thin waist (19.5") you really have to be super V shaped to fit this model.
    The waist is actually as tight as i would want it to be, any less and i couldn't zip it up.
    As it stands this big drop creates a nice blousing effect, i like it a lot.
    I really didn't want this jacket to be oversized as they get pretty weird looking when they are (well, weirder looking) and i think the fit of this one is pretty much perfect.
    It feels different from wearing a regular leather jacket, it is much softer and it slumps more, a bit like wearing a thick wet blanket. (Weight: 2.61kg / 5.75lb)

    All in all i love this jacket, i was lucky enough to find pretty much what i would have ordered, in the size i would have wanted it. The only thing i would change would be to get rid of the storm cuffs and maybe add 0.5" in the waist.

    Full disclosure, I haven't gone out with it yet, but i am confident i will survive my first outing in the wild!

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    Last edited: Nov 3, 2018
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  2. Monitor

    Monitor I'll Lock Up

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    Jeez, that is one mighty jacket! Seriously the nicest one I've seen and by a mile. That fur is glorious indeed. No better word for this jacket.
     
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  3. torfjord

    torfjord One of the Regulars

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    I think I remember seeing this jacket on Aero’s instagram earlier this year, gorgeous jacket! And it fits you very well, congratulations!

    Also, damn this place, now my desire for a grizzly has been reawakened.


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  4. Mich486

    Mich486 A-List Customer

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    Nice one Carlos! I was tempted to go with rust as well but in the end I chose dark brown fur. Agree the taper is massive ;)

    To be honest, after wearing it out of the house for a couple of times it doesn’t feel any flashier than a cross-zip to me.


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  5. ksozay

    ksozay A-List Customer

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    Literally no one else can pull off this jacket. If you had a cowboy hat - perfect.
     
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  6. willyto

    willyto Practically Family

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    Holy sh*t!

    That's the first thought that cames to mind. It's an amazing piece! Definitely something that adds to your collection being very original, you don't have anything like it.

    That's one that will turn some heads, I'm sure of that (Telling from experience, people will look at you)

    It fits you very very well. The colour is just beautiful!
     
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  7. red devil

    red devil One Too Many

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    The fit is fantastic! And the jacket killer! :D
     
  8. Carlos840

    Carlos840 One Too Many

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    Thanks guys.

    The only problem really is that my girlfriend refuses to walk next to me if i wear it.
    Still, worth it!
     
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  9. Peter Bowden

    Peter Bowden A-List Customer

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    Grizzly jackets are huge fun to wear and I have yet to have any disparaging comments about mine...I think people don't realise what they have seen.Practical too...they are lighter and warmer than most leather jackets
     
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  10. torfjord

    torfjord One of the Regulars

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    Haha, my gf has threatened to leave me if I ever buy a grizzly. I’m still interested in a grizzly...


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  11. red devil

    red devil One Too Many

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    She'll get used to it, just needs time to adapt :)
     
  12. Carlos840

    Carlos840 One Too Many

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    Well, she threatened to leave me too, but i managed to avoid that...
    I am expecting a lot of eye rolling and snarky comments whenever i wear it.
     
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  13. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    Sometimes a problem is actually a solution! Man I have to say this is easily one of if not the nicest griz jackets I've seen. I love the color combo and it looks to be an absolute fortress. The fit is spectacular but there's no surprise there. Man well done carlos...what a jacket!
     
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  14. ljs1960

    ljs1960 Familiar Face

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    Women are often insane!
     
  15. mihai

    mihai One of the Regulars

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    Congratulations, nice jacket!
    I had the same jacket on my mind but I let it go. Because of a small detail I don't like about Grizzlys off the rack: they don't have any leather under the mouton panels. Not the perfect thing for me. You have the thick leather and then the soft mouton panels only. I'm wondering about long time durability.
    This is why I got 2 custom HH Grizzlys with hair on hide. They are not as faithful as the originals but they have the doubled panels and custom fit.
     
  16. Stringmaster

    Stringmaster One of the Regulars

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    Awesome--it suits you well--and I'd rock that thing in a second!@
     
  17. Siggmund

    Siggmund One of the Regulars

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    It goes perfectly with your beard.
     
  18. Monitor

    Monitor I'll Lock Up

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    Gf actually told me I should get this jacket because it's nice and looks like a "moth". Moths are good people in her book.
     
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  19. Mysteryo

    Mysteryo Practically Family

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    Stunning jacket, I love their russet mouton!
     
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  20. Gamma68

    Gamma68 Practically Family

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    This is one hell of a jacket. Seriously cool. And you rock the look, @Carlos840. As an experiment, I think I’ll tell my wife that I’m thinking of getting one (to see how she responds).

    Actually, you’d think women would like them quite a bit, since many like fur coats.
     
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