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Field Leathers - Heart-shaped D-Pocket Navy blue Shinki HH red contrast

Robbie79

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Hi fellow Loungers,

When I saw Greg's fist posts here, following his history and chatted with him throught WhattsApp I got the feeling that I really want to give a start-up business / talented and very polite/friendly/responsive person like he is as chance and taking the "gamble"! He was open to modify his D-pocket version to my desired jacket which is also positive. When taking my body measurements he was also very precise and when creating the "heart-shaped" D-pocket design he first of all sent me pics of first attempts which IMO were already perfect be he wanted to do it 110%. During making of my jacket he provided me with 20-30 pictures to see the progress.
Finally I received the jacket today and it exceeds my expectations and it's definitely worth its money! Stitching is very narrow and precise (more precisely and narrow compared to Aero or SB - I would say in the same "league" as Thedi). The navy blue Shinki smells intoxicating and better than Freewheeler's Shinki. When comparing it with other Shinki HH's it smells very similar to Himel's oil tanned Shinki. From leather touch it feels buttery soft and is comparable to Freewheeler's Shinki HH (similar to my Caboose). Leather doesn't really need any break-in. Heaviness is similar to Freewheelers. For me personally the Shinki is my favorite one as it feels softer/more pliable than Himel's Shinki with the same smell. You can already see that after wearing it it will get a lot of character.
Lining and stitching I chose wine red which I think is a very good contrast to the Navy blue. Hardware is nickel Talon - feels better than the standard Talon zippers Aero use.
All in all it couldn't get any better IMO and from workmanship and leather point of view this jacket in en par with my three favorite leather jacket makers Freewheelers (of course Freewheelers do use two stitching lines sometimes and thicker blanket lining - not sure if it's better), Thedi and Lost Worlds (even if the leather is not comparable). If I would buy another Shinki leather jacket I would definitely contact Greg again. Also from pricing point of view the price-quality ratio is very good IMO....you can get more than two jackets for a Freewheelers, Himel and 1.5 for a Thedi.
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Marc mndt

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Beautiful! I like the design of the 'd-pocket'.The backyoke - kidney panel also work together very nicely, great design.
 

Tom71

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Robbie, I was awaiting that since the first “teaser” post. Outcome is most impressive! Unique design and great fit. Wear it in good health!
 
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Perfect jacket and fit. This is the kind of jacket that reminds of how cool a leather jacket can be. All the details are just prime cut. Love it!!
 

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