L. L. Bean A-2 history time line?

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Levallois, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. Juanito

    Juanito One of the Regulars

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    Well, that didn't take long...picked up this undated L.L. Bean Thinsulate A-2 from eBay for best offer of $62.45 shipped: http://www.ebay.com/itm/201457942967?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    It is nearly identical to the one I bought in 1987 when I was in college. It is one size larger (20 lbs will do that to you), USA made, one piece back, same tag (non-Flying Tigers), brass zipper, same feel and finish to the goatskin and wool cuffs. The only thing that is different is the color cloth inside the pockets (this one is more brown whereas mine from 1987 was gray), and that the zipper on this one is a brass YKK as opposed to the Scoville; and I don't remember the large, almost faux, stand collar attachment. Mine most likely had it, I just don't remember.

    The thing is essentially NOS with no evidence of wear. It is a very high quality jacket, with excellent stitching, symmetrical epaulets, and quality as was expected of L.L. Bean in that era.

    Although the jacket is a 42 instead of a 40, the 501 Levi's are a 35" instead of the 32," the Dexter loafers still fit and putting all that on puts me right back to the 1980's chasing sorority girls at Oregon State--a bargain at twice the price.
     
  2. Banzai

    Banzai Familiar Face

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    I've seen some of these on e-bay; older ones with a one-piece back, made in the USA. A couple are a "Flying Tigers" version with what appears to be a "distressed" or faded finish to the goat. Thoughts on that finish?
     
  3. Ralph_Phillips

    Ralph_Phillips One of the Regulars

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    Most of the jackets made with distressed or artificially aged leather just look wrong up close, unless of course it was done by whoever aged Indiana Jones' movie jacket. Real wear/age via actual use though looks great.
     
  4. Roninja

    Roninja New in Town

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    This is from the 1990s. I know that for a fact because my college dorm used to be swamped by LL Bean catalogs, esp. during Christmas. Back then, the jackets were made from original WWII patterns but were loose and comfortable to wear. In fact, they were made military issue with the addition of hand warmer pockets and an inside breast pocket (which weren't available in the original military issue until 2000). Now, their jackets suck and look like a cheap import which you can get at Burlington's for under $100.
     
  5. kojax

    kojax Practically Family

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    i think ll bean does not make the jacket anymore
     
  6. regius

    regius Call Me a Cab

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    The real sheeplined A2 with real mouton is a real nice jacket for the average wearer looking for warmth, quality and luxury.
     
  7. Dahlan Netsch

    Dahlan Netsch New in Town

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    I bought a couple LLB military leather jackets in the 80s but no longer wear them because of the "over-sized" shoulders and fit in the arms. LLB, like most companies follow the style of the day and change their patterns to the prevailing styles. Using this as a general guide, you can often times figure out when they were made. Too bad because they were made much better in previous decades.
     
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