Breaking in an ELC Irvin?

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by CoreyM, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. CoreyM

    CoreyM New in Town

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    Picked up a used ELC Irvin from a member here. jacket looks brand new and barely worn. Measurement wise it's a 44 same as my suit jackets and another leather jacket so the fit seems to be ok.

    However I find that it bunches up badly under the arms while driving and almost seems tight in the shoulders when moving my arms. Do I need to break it in more or did I just go with the wrong size?
     
  2. pipvh

    pipvh Practically Family

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    The fit will change as the fleece compacts - my advice would be to wear it as much as you can and see what happens.
     
  3. rocketeer

    rocketeer Call Me a Cab

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    +1

    Do you drive with it zipped up? Even just the bottom part, I always used to drive with mine undone, it was an original though and meant to be worn over a uniform so the armholes are usually big. My Eastman B3 was the same, I suspect Gary makes them a historical fit which means you can layer up underneath.
     
  4. Plumbline

    Plumbline One Too Many

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    Mine was always a bit unweildy .. the fleece was soft and pliable enough but there just seemed to be too much of it under the arms ... it was the same on the B-3. As others have suggested give the fleece time to compact and shape to you .... best of luck with it.
     
  5. John Lever

    John Lever One Too Many

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    I don't drive in mine as I find it impossible to move the upper arms.
     
  6. rocketeer

    rocketeer Call Me a Cab

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    I had to as the heater in my car had packed up! Brrrrrrrrr!
     
  7. John Lever

    John Lever One Too Many

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    No. No .... you have to have all the windows DOWN to drive in an Irvin !!
     
  8. CoreyM

    CoreyM New in Town

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    Well at -30 C takes a bit for the vehicle to get warm. Driving without it on would be too cold for me.

    Hoping it breaks it a little better for me. Love the look and the warmth is second to none and I knew it was a big bulky jacket but it gives me even more respect for the crews that wore these in a tight airplane.
     
  9. Worf

    Worf I'll Lock Up

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    Truer words were never spoken! I drive and walk in my Irvin whenever I can. Given this winter it's been an absolute god send. All my shearling lined coats and jackets have been getting a VERY heavy workout this year. Got another coming this year sometime as well. Hang in there... it'll tamp down over time.

    Worf
     
  10. Dumpster Diver

    Dumpster Diver Practically Family

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    Just like owning a new pair of underwear, at first you find them conforming and restrictive, but eventually they become a part of you.
     

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