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Fit Check: New to me Premier Half Belt

STPmotor

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Fit check on a new to me Aero Premier Half Belt recently purchased from the classifieds. Awesome grain. (please forgive the rambling)

Became interested in leather jackets about 5 years ago. Acquired a couple really ill fitting ones, found the Fedora Lounge...learned a lot (thank you all), acquired some better fitting ones, and saved up to purchase a mto jacket. Then got married, moved to the mid west, had a kid, weathered the pandemic, began working from home and gained some weight - so, as quickly as many of the jackets were acquired, as they no longer fit, away they went. Had a serious (non weight related) health scare...and after many check ups and doctor visits to satisfy insurance coverage requirements I realized the "no-big-deal 15 lbs" I had gained, was in reality more like 35...and committed to do something about it - an, if not for me then for my kiddo sort of thing.

Now 18 mo later I'm on the other side - all clear medically and feeling pretty good. Ran a 44min 10k which I will grant you is neither spectacular, nor has any real relevance here...but my wife cares even less about that than the fit of this jacket so have to tell somebody.

Not 100% on what my measurements are (don't think I even quite had them dialed on my mto) so any fit advice would be greatly appreciated. Hoping my wallet can weather another jacket.

I'm 5'9" on the nose and about 155lbs

I know from getting bike fit that I'm on the short torso long limbs side. Typical department store (vanity size) pant size is 29X32 depending on fit. On nicer denim or trousers that I don't plan on wearing with boots I usually go for 32.5 inseam

the blue chinos pictured have a 15.5" waist band and 32.0" inseam

the pictures in the green pants reflect the half belt as shipped (about 18" waist and 18.75" hem) the pics from today (blue chinos) reflect the half pulled pretty tight, folding in on the side panels to be about 3/4" tighter in both measurements. Not sure if the folded sides are causing a problem. Thus far no issue in movement or anything but not sure if I would be hurting the integrity of the pattern with this set up. Sleeves feel about 0.75" short maybe - but as a smaller guy I'm worried about looking like I stole my dads jacket so would rather error on the too short side than too long.

Lastly this leather is awesome. First CXLFQHH experience and it's truly great. No issues with weight or aero neck pressure issue - really feel like I got a steal.

thanks again for all your help! really have enjoyed lurking here over the past couple of years



For context:

JACKET MEASURES
PIT TO PIT 20.00"
SHOULDERS 17.00"
SLEEVES 24.25"
BACK LENGHT 23.25"
FRONT DROP 1.75"
BOTTOM HEM (Green Pants) 18.75" (Blue Chinos) 18.00"

MY MEASURES
5ft 9", 155 lbs
CHEST 39"
WAIST 29"
Not sure I'm taking shoulder measurement, roughly 16.50"

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Tom71

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Big congrats on the weight-loss! Truly happy for you that all is good again health wise (Healthy people have plenty of ambitions, sick people only one…).

Very nice jacket you picked up here. Good fit too. Arguably you could do another (half) inch on sleeve length, but I wouldn’t worry, and indeed some around here prefer it just like that. Rest is spot-on to my eye.

And: In my book, 44 minutes for the 10k is more than a solid achievement.
 

cbez

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Right side sleeve ever so slightly short and left is perfect. Maybe you have uneven arms
 

Brandrea33

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Congratulations all around, especially your weight loss!

The fit looks perfect to my eye, enjoy that beauty of a jacket!
 

STPmotor

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thanks all! admittedly a self indulgent post. thanks for bearing with.

thought maybe pulling the half belt tight was a no a go...but doesn't really bug me. nice to feel confident about measurements for the next one
 

Superkav

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Firstly, I'm glad your health is on the up and well done on the 10k. Even if it had taken you 85 minutes that's a great achievement.
Secondly, the jacket looks great to me and as it sounds like you are in the market for a 2nd, now you know what to look for sizewize.
If you are buying direct from Aero then you'll be able to tweak the sleeve length if it becomes an issue
 

STPmotor

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Firstly, I'm glad your health is on the up and well done on the 10k. Even if it had taken you 85 minutes that's a great achievement.
Secondly, the jacket looks great to me and as it sounds like you are in the market for a 2nd, now you know what to look for sizewize.
If you are buying direct from Aero then you'll be able to tweak the sleeve length if it becomes an issue
Thanks for the message - yeah in the market for a 2nd...but decided to go with a JL. Doing a muslin mock up first to help solidify sizing.
 

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