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How Popular is the Aero A1..??

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by KentH, Dec 8, 2018 at 12:17 AM.

  1. KentH

    KentH New in Town

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    Hey guys and gals..

    This is my first post, I probably should not announce that, but anyway.. Say a person has two or three A2's and has a little more money in their slush fund.. Is an A1 a good selection..?? This may sound dumb, but how many A2's can you have really, I have one in russet & one seal jerky HH, I also have an actual G1 from my time in the service in 1974.. I am only interested in military style jackets.. The B3's seem too bulky although a beautiful jacket, I like the lighter style of the A2's and their notoriety.. The A1 caught my eye on the Aero site and looks like a good alternative, but I was wondering how other people thought about it and is it really a popular jacket or is it too obscure seeing how it was out of production in the early 30's..

    Thanks in advance for your feedback.. Kent
     
  2. Guppy

    Guppy Call Me a Cab

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    It's a lot less common, so I'd have to say it is less popular. But don't let that dissuade you. It's a good looking jacket.
     
  3. KentH

    KentH New in Town

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    Thanks Guppy..
     
  4. jonesy86

    jonesy86 One Too Many

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    I don’t think any originals survived as many were made out of Capeskin. I like the A-1.
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    I also like the civilian Cossack-shawl collar from the same period. [​IMG]


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  5. ton312

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    I think our friend @nick123 had one in Olive green vic? It's a cool design and I say that despite really disliking jackets with knits.
     
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  6. KentH

    KentH New in Town

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    Nice jackets Jonesy... is that first one an A1..??

    Nice jackets Jonesy..
     
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  7. jonesy86

    jonesy86 One Too Many

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    Yes, the first is a repro. A-1, the second is a Heron-A-1, aka a civilian cossack-shawl collar.
     
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  8. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    The A1 is a fairly common period jacket style amongst jacket enthusiasts. Actually, I noticed in Italy that the A1 style s a common civilian pattern for leather jackets. Or was a few years back. The Aero version hasn't caught on as much here as the (edit) Eastman and Goodwear versions. Authentic USA do one too.

    As already indicated by Jonesy, I think the reason they are not as popular in general is that they tend to me made from sheep - capeskin - which is no where near as cultish as the far more durable FQHH. I am also not sure that buttons are as popular. People who dig the style tend to go with a shawl collar jacket like the Himmel Heron.

    The A1 is a nice light weight windbreaker jacket alternative.
     
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  9. Dav

    Dav One Too Many

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    Anything around here is obscure if it ain't from a mall. I have an Eastman A-1 which I think is a great alternative to the A-2 that I also have, I do prefer the A-2s though.
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  10. robrinay

    robrinay One Too Many

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    :)Having previously bought (cheap on eBay), an RRL version in a 42 and a suede Italian version in a 46 I’ve now got an A1 in my own size 44 long and it’s my most comfortable leather jacket, very easy to wear and looks great. I think of it as my Goldilocks A1
     
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  11. Boyo

    Boyo Practically Family

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    The A1 is a very light jacket in both weight and its ability to keep you warm, the two front pockets are very small and are fairly useless. I had one for a while and I had no issues with the lightness of the capeskin as it is pretty durable in general.
     
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  12. Lebowski

    Lebowski A-List Customer

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    Nick, you definitely should think about a model career in hi-end leather jackets' business, seriously.
    I mean, looks like almost every good jacket not only fits you perfect but tempts somebody to buy the same one for themselves!))
    P.S. This Eastman A-1 you're wearing looks absolutely fantastic!
     
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  13. Lebowski

    Lebowski A-List Customer

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    David, this GW A-1 looks very cool on you, it's possibly the best your jacket. At least, one of the best of your top-3 chart) Respect and congrats, it's superb!
     
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  14. bn1966

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    I own an ELC A-1, lovely and light for the warmer weather, like a leather cardigan & with a less obvious military vibe than an A-2. I have found Cape hide to be tougher than expected and super comfortable :)
     
  15. handymike

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    I think the lighter hides are better for the A-1. My favorite is still the Real McCoys dark seal with olive knits version...
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    But the Shinki hide is a bit heavy. @Worf has the most fabulous looking capeskin one.
     
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  16. Bfd70

    Bfd70 Practically Family

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    I think if you already own a few A2 i’d go in a completely different direction.
     
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  17. KentH

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    Thanks for the input bn1966..
     
  18. nick123

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    It was certainly a cool jacket. Pretty true to size. A size 40 fit like a size 40.5-41. I would have prefered a collar knit that laid more flat, but chalk it up to learning. If I was to order again, I'd go brown lol.
     
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  19. bn1966

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    You are most welcome :)

    First time I ever came face to face with an A-1 (at ELC) I couldn't get my head around it..Cape!!..Buttons!! A seed was planted though.

    Second time I met one (ELC again) I ended up cancelling a planned A-2 order & went for the A-1 instead.
     
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  20. KentH

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    If I were to order one I was leaning towards the Aero russet Vicenza....

    Kent
     

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