First Aero, First Post, BIG Dilemma

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Rokhardo63, May 8, 2021.

  1. Rokhardo63

    Rokhardo63 New in Town

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    After months of lurking in the shadows, avidly absorbing the invaluable volume of knowledge shared here,
    I am coming out with a first post, to coincide with the order of my very first Aero Leather Jacket.

    A late coming of age at 58, it figured that if I didn’t, I may never get to witness the spectacle of the jacket’s breaking and ageing process, as it would probably outlive my own!

    The model decision has been obsessively agonising, from HWM to J-106 via Cafe and Sheene, then straight back to the HWM

    The HB was also in the picture but without the chance of trying it on, I was worried about that very distinctive back shape. By contrast having owned several Schott 630 in the past, the relative safety of the HWM got the edge.

    I ride a motorbike but only in fair weather so that kind of ruled out a dedicated motorcycle jacket such as any D Pockets or Cafe Racers and I also own an old faithful Perfecto 118, so In the end, versatility and common sense prevailed.

    I know exactly what I want the jacket to look like so I have gone for Premier shape, zipped sleeves, slanted chest pockets, single tip western back yoke w/gussets, Lochcarron tartan, antique brass hardware.

    So trigger been pulled, order placed, deposit fished out of my account yesterday, conversation started, it’s time to stop messing around and get on with the real scary part, The Leather.

    After literally months of browsing more images than a teenager who’s just discovered online porn, and more U-Turns than an Uber lost in Beijin, the choice is now restricted to the following:

    1-BLACK CXL FQHH (BADASS)

    2- BROWN CXL FQHH (SAFE AS)

    3- RUSSET VIC HH (THE GODFATHER)

    4- BLACKENED BROWN VIC HH (THE TWIST!!)

    I have always maintained that one’s first Aero MUST be CXL but now that the time has come I am no longer so sure!

    The more images I see and the more I read the more indecisive I become, it’s KILLING me which id of course ridiculous, but not as much as the fact that I am already planning my second one as a back up for a dubious decision that hasn’t even been made yet!!!

    I clearly need help!!….I would be interested to hear from long standing Aerologists about their experience and choices when they first pulled that trigger and how those choices have reflected over the life of the jacket.....
     
  2. mendelboaz

    mendelboaz One Too Many

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    My vote goes to CXL, as I am a huge fan of the way it ages, the amazing color variances (especially in the brown CXL), and the incredible smell. So then the important question is, do you want the very badass black aging to grey to brown over the years (does require some dedication for any real patina to show through, but once it does it looks amazing), or do you want the straight-out-of-the-box incredibly rich and varied color of brown CXL?
     
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  3. Bfd70

    Bfd70 Call Me a Cab

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    Black CXl for the win.
     
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  4. Jin431

    Jin431 Call Me a Cab

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    Can't go wrong with either black or brown cxl, check your current wardrobe to see which color will be easier to pair with whatever you currently own. If you want an easy wearing jacket right off the bat that will show immediate character with a few wears then go with the blackened brown vic, it's easier to wear off your bike too since it midweight.
     
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  5. Rokhardo63

    Rokhardo63 New in Town

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    Dedication is not an issue, traditionally I have always preferred black, in fact, that was never even a question, I was never too keen on the brown leather and never owned much of anything in brown except maybe for my Oro Tan Red Wings

    ......this has changed somehow in recent years and now suddenly I find myself staring at those brown/amber/tan marbly shades and I just drool...then a photo of a well seasoned black CXL comes up and I 'm back to square one....

    That's why I am contemplating a second order in black...but it is pure financial madness
     
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  6. Rokhardo63

    Rokhardo63 New in Town

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    straight forward. I like it
     
  7. Rokhardo63

    Rokhardo63 New in Town

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    I have seen some spectacular wear on that, I just think I will ned up with CXL simply because I have been longing for it for so long, very good tip about checking the wardrobe and collection of boots...
     
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  8. Monitor

    Monitor

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    Jerky horsehide. You'll thank me later.

    CXL is too heavy and it's only a matter of time until you discover looking at it is much more fun than wearing it, while within the specific arena where Vicenza competes, you'll find much better contenders. Like Shinki, for instance. Or indeed Jerky HH.

    For me, when it comes to Aero, Jerky is where it's at.
     
  9. jacketjunkie

    jacketjunkie One Too Many

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    I own russet vicenca and brown clx jackets and both are beautiful to look at. I feel clx ages more nicely with color fades and scratches blending in nicely and fitting the charm where as scratches in the vicenca make it look worn out rather than worn in while it looks dressier in general. I'd take vicenca for a careful special occasions dressy weekend wear jacket and clx for a jacket that sees a lot of wear and will get roughened up.
     
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  10. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    Cxl for the “biker look” or Vicenza for the “rock-n-roll” vibe.
    Jerky is worth looking at...get some samples :)

    Or you can go for something different and beautifully gorgeous with Cordovan CXL Steerhide!
     
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  11. Salmosalar

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    Aero currently have a limited trial run of black badalassi at present that you might want to check out - I think that would be perfect for this style....
     
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  12. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    ^^now that is the right suggestion!
    ...but remove the shoulder gussets. The Badalassi will make this a very classy jacket that should have a clean rear silhouette.
     
  13. TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead

    TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead One Too Many

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    nothing looks better than CXL imo if what you want is like a vintage, worn in sort of style. But it's not comfortable necessarily. It's loaded with wax so it's super stiff if you're wearing in a cold weather climate. And obviously you won't wear much in a warm weather climate. But the breakdown, color shading, creasing, etc. is second to none. I haven't handled a lot of Shinki, but that might be the ultimate I guess, but CXL is right up there from what I've handled as well.

    If you want more of a "dress up" leather jacket, I'd go Badalassi, classic style like PHW, Everyman, etc.

    The Jerky and I'd add Battered Tan are also great suggestions. I haven't handled but pics have been great.

    Long story short, if you think you're going to end up with a handful of jackets, I'd definitely get a CXL. But if it's a one and done, I'd really take my time. Most of my madness is from chasing what I think I wanted and ended up with way more than I needed. But at the same time, I discovered a lot of things I didn't know about.
     
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  14. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    Maybe the first question should be “are you a results oriented guy, or do you enjoy the journey”
     
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  15. Rokhardo63

    Rokhardo63 New in Town

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    I may well be wrong because I have not seen it in the flesh, but the Jerky seems to me quite "opaque" if that makes sense? Grainy, and in all the photos I have seen almost dull...the one thing that definitely does it for me is oily/marbly, almost shiny, that deep butterscotch intensity with lots of variations.
    again I may be completely off piste and Jerky can be all of that, but that is the impression I have got, I will definitely ask for samples.
    Shinki I have not seen, I will research it...much appreciated input
     
  16. Rokhardo63

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    so you see...I need two!...
    russet Vicenza in photos looks absolutely stunning, is there much difference in thickness
    what styles are your CLX and Vic?
     
  17. Rokhardo63

    Rokhardo63 New in Town

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    journey all day long
     
  18. Rokhardo63

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    Cordovan is also on my radar, I can see a nice bootlegger with blonde mutton collar!!
    see?!.....it's endless
     
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  19. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    Then CXL!
    There will be opportunities for other hides on other builds.
     
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  20. Rokhardo63

    Rokhardo63 New in Town

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    Badalassi is also in contention, if it's even possible to make it even harder, although if I was going down that route it would probably be russet
    the shoulder gussets are a fixation of mine, although I see the "clean lines" concept. I think I'll end up with them if nothing else for the excuse of motorcycle riding!
     
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