I’d prefer to go with the zipper less hand warmers - good to know about the reinforced edges. I just don’t want bulging. Good insights.The hardwarmer pockets on the Seven are angled and any body movement naturally seems to help mine crease back inwards rather than puff out. I do recall some people saying when I was seeking advice on mine that the pockets may bulge but it has been a non-issue for me. Additionally, Aero does a great job of reinforcing the edges of the pockets so they do seem very stiff.
I was also looking at the Badalassi when making my decison. My test jacket was in Badalassi and it was squeaky as hell. It was hard to pass on as it was a beautiful leather. Might want to ask Carrie to see if this squeak still persists in recent batches.
My Vicenza was slightly stiff at first, but it was a nice medium weight and thickness so it started softening quickly.
Goat is wonderful wearing but I never did like the graining.
Lots of good advice across different hides here so I’m getting half a dozen samples from Carrie. Vicenza, Baladassi seem like the mainstream choices, but the goat, unfinished, jerky, and kelpie also seem like they’ve got followings. I’m going to see what the current batches are like also.