Current Alpha Industries MA-1 "Classic" Review

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by MeachamLake, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. Edgar Laurel

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    It's good advice, but in fact I'm looking for a new one to replace one from the early/mid 90's I own.
     
  2. Edgar Laurel

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    Absolutely dreadful fit.
    I could fit my thighs through those sleeves and it would still be and feel baggy.
     
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  3. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    As I said above - Gibson and Barnes make their own version. As well as stocking Alpha. Their own is a very thick nylon and well made but not accurate. You can get a thinsulate lining. I got one and liked it but gave it to a friend who needed a jacket. I would order one size down for a trim fit.
     
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  4. Edward

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    THe G&B one looks nice. might be an option if/when the pound recovers.
     
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  6. MeachamLake

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  7. Edgar Laurel

    Edgar Laurel One of the Regulars

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    G&B have some interesting stuff. The MA-1 on their web page seems good.
    I'll have to check them.
     
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  10. MeachamLake

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    Interesting, I will enquire about that with them. Definitely looks more authentic.

    That McCoys one is very nice - odd though how they don’t seem to include the roundel on the shoulder though. It’s an early MA-1 repro - I thought they all had the insignia on the shoulder? I’ve only ever seen the later orange lined versions without it.
     
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  12. Harris HTM

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    Probably a bit older version? Mine (2012) looks exactly like that.
     
  13. bn1966

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    Those Greenbrier's look the same as the old Alpha 'Vintage' Series MA-1.

    SOF Alpha MA-1 looks potentially interesting :) I'm loath to pay+++++£ for nylon flight jackets (but probably would if I could get a good fit).
     
  14. Big J

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    Two thoughts;
    It seems that the quality of Alpha MA-1s has continued to drop over the years. Is it not possible that SOF bought a lot of Alpha jackets wholesale way back, and is still working it way through them? That could explain why the Alphas on their site look 'better'.

    Also, that Greenbrier is interesting. Greenbrier, like Alpha, were original USAF MA-1 contract holders. They should also know how to make a good jacket.
     
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  15. MeachamLake

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    I think so. I've emailed SOF to see if the jacket shown is actually the jacket you'd receive - I'm more hopeful than not, as they actually list the sage green/sage knits model that I received as a separate item altogether. We shall see.

    Part of me is heading towards splurging on a Buzz, though. The quality and finishing on my N3B is so top notch that, to me at least, it's worth the premium. If Alphas retail for £130 ish, paying £399 for a Buzz in my mind doesn't seem too bad as it's a vastly superior product in every department. If Alpha's were £60, then it might be a different story...

    The only trouble might be fit though. I did try on a Buzz MA1 slender at the ELC shop in London last year, and it was too small for me. I think it was an XL or XXL, can't remember - but I do recall them telling me the slender MA-1s were pretty snug even by "slender" standards. Luckily, Eastman's Buzz site has a few jackets left that are of interest - I'm leaning towards a Lion Uniform MA-1 or an L-2 in an XXL. Can always return it if it doesn't work out...
     
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  16. Edward

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    The Lion Uniform Buzz is very nice indeed - and has the proper wool/cotton batting inside.

    The Greenbriar would be interesting to see in person; there, it does very much remind med of one of the old Alpha Vintage Series. Would definitely be interesting to know if it was to milspec (it's rare enough to see a non-Japanese one with the green liner). The other company I've often seen touted online as an original military supplier are Rothco. The Rothco MA1 looks nice (though clearly they size BIG going by the website). They have some great reviews on a number of online sites (some say they are thicker, warmer, and better made than the Alphas), but much like the Greenbriar they're an unknown quantity to me. I'd like to have the chance to handle one and see what it's like. It would be great to be able to compare these directly to the Bronson and Jianshi jackets.
     
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  17. MeachamLake

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    Here is the size large Alpha - I exchanged it just to see what the smaller size was like. As expected, the fit is a lot better but it's not perfect. Quality of materials is still not good enough to me, so this is going back too.

    Strangely, it's much smaller than the XL - particularly on the length. The XL has a 26.25 inch back, this large a 24.5! Other measurements are wildly different too - the XL had 21 inch shoulders, this has just under 19. Eh?! Something is either up with their pattern grading or quality control, because those seem like wildly varying measurements. I do wonder if this is actually an incorrectly tagged size medium...

    Anyway, considering it measures so short, I don't think it actually looked too bad. Allegedly the Buzz has a back measurement in my size of around 25/25.5 inches, so that might look okay, particularly with a little extra room in the shoulders and chest.

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  18. bn1966

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    Someone buy one of those SOF Alpha jackets in XL & post fit pics & numbers :)
     
  19. MeachamLake

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    You'll have to do it, I've already been told off for having too many packages coming and going these past few days! ;)
     
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  20. bn1966

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    Tempted!!! But I don't want to get into trouble either (with she who must be obeyed).

    Mind you...no Council Tax this month :)
     

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