Gibson Barnes a-2 jacket

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by jeepjeep13, Sep 12, 2019 at 7:14 PM.

  1. jeepjeep13

    jeepjeep13 One of the Regulars

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    Just bought one from eBay and it should be arriving today. Anyone have any experience with there? Apparently it’s about 20 years old and goatskin, but is a slim, military fit which is what I’m looking for! I wanted an Eastman, but figured maybe this could make a nice beater jacket.
    I’ll post fit pics later once it arrives
     
  2. kojax

    kojax Practically Family

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    i have a a2 gibson barnes goatskin the jacket is 10 years old still looks new there leather hides are real nice i will post some pictures of the jacket
     
  3. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    The G & B's are well made from good materials. They have never been considered highly around here in terms of their accuracy, which is important to A2 enthusiasts. Even ten years ago they were not known for offering a slim military fit so you may well have a special version. I like their goat-hide and usually recommend a wash in the washing machine to knock some of the shiny newness from them. Dry slowly away from heat.
     
  4. jeepjeep13

    jeepjeep13 One of the Regulars

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    It just came in and the guy who sold it to me took measurements which were pretty off. Pit to pit is another 1.5” which makes it look rather baggy and I’ll fitting. So disappointed! Oh well, onto the next project I guess. Search continues for a solid G1 or A2 in my tall, skinny and goofy size haha
     
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  5. Seb Lucas

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    With a G&B I need a 38 tall. I'm 185 pounds and six two.
     
  6. Doctor Strange

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    G&B jackets are well made for their price, but they should never appear in the same sentence with "slim military fit"!

    My vintage-2001 Civil A-2 has had the most wear of all my leather jackets BY FAR, and it's held up splendidly. Aside from some fading to the gray undercoat on the high-friction areas of the windflap and epaulettes, the goatskin still looks great, and the zip, lining, and knits are all still solid. (That said, I never liked the "texturized nylon" knits, which became pilled and loose-thready almost immediately... but they are so tough that they're nearly impossible to cut, so I've left the loose threads to give it the "worn-in" look that they were seemingly designed to provide.)

    Sure, it's no great historical repro... but I eventually got a Good Wear Dubow for that slot!
     
  7. El Marro

    El Marro One Too Many

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    Absolutely right. My first A2 was a G&B “historical’ horsehide model and it is huge!
     
  8. Fanch

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    I have a G&B "historical" horsehide A-2 that is a 40T (long) that probably fits like a 44 long. In fact I used to own an Aero Bronco A-2 in russet jerky horsehide that was labeled 44 with the same 27" sleeves and 27" back length at the G&B that probably fit one size smaller than the G&B. The historical G&B A-2's are not huge but IMO simply mislabeled. In any case the critical factor(s) are measurements rather than labeled sizes that is true for every jacket manufacturer.
     
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  9. Fanch

    Fanch I'll Lock Up

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    I'm curious. What were the measurements you anticipated, and what were the actual measurements and labeled size of the G&B you received?
     
  10. jeepjeep13

    jeepjeep13 One of the Regulars

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    It’s a 42L and I was hoping for it to be slimmer closer to 23” p2p. It measured closer to 24.5” p2p
     
  11. jeepjeep13

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    Oh and another weird thing is that the shoulders measured almost 21”!
     
  12. Seb Lucas

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    Nothing you are reporting is strange, JJ. These are the standard large measurements of modern A2's. 21 to 22 inches across the shoulders is standard in a Cockpit USA a US Wings jacket or a G&B. Pit to Pit in a 42 is often close to 25 inches. This is why as Fanch says, you should never go by sizes, only by measurements.

    I fit a size 38 to 48 depending on the jacket maker and the time period.

    Curiously Cockpit USA G1's actually do fit trim and they are a nicer jacket IMO.

    You can get cheaper actual trim fit A2's from Steve McColgan or AVI.
     
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  13. jeepjeep13

    jeepjeep13 One of the Regulars

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    Interesting you say that about the Cockpit G1 because the Cockpit USA mil spec G1 caught my eye! Any insight on that jacket? I’m thinking I’ll just order my usual sport coat size of 40L based on the measurements I received.
     
  14. karlito

    karlito New in Town

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    Holy moly, that is a hell of a size range

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  15. Seb Lucas

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    Well it makes sense when you think how variable sizing in jackets is. There is no such thing as a size 42 for instance - even if you just stick to Aero jackets you are looking at a Highwayman in a 38 to fit a 42 and a Board Racer a 46 to fit a 42. Sizes seem to be arbitrary. :eek:
     
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