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Leather jackets for winter.

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Imuricecreamman, May 20, 2019.

  1. Imuricecreamman

    Imuricecreamman One of the Regulars

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    Hi friends.

    I'm considering putting in a custom order for a leather jacket that I intend to wear during the rather harsh norwegian winter. I haven't yet decided what brand, style, color or leather yet, so I just wanted to pick your collective brains if you guys have had any experience with this. I'm also curious as to how much I should size up as I intend to use a wool submarine sweater underneath. I'm not considering the B and D-type jackets as they will be too bulky for me with the full sheeps lining.
     
  2. Guppy

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    ANJ4 would be an obvious choice.
     
  3. Imuricecreamman

    Imuricecreamman One of the Regulars

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    Good shout, but I already have a M422 which I feel is a little short and it doesn't have handwarmer pockets.
     
  4. Peacoat

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    Aero's Thunder Bay might be an option you could consider. The shearling isn't as thick as some of the others.
     
  5. Peter Bowden

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    I recommend the Aero Hudson,possibly sized up to allow for layering as required.It is a practical long length jacket and as tough as they come.If you provide measurements with your layers on they would work from that.Their chromexcel fqhh leather is virtually waterproof.
     
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  6. Imuricecreamman

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    That looks really cool :)
     
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  7. Monitor

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    Sheepskin is the only kind of leather I'd recommend for any respectable winter. Which is something Norwegian winter definitely qualifies as. And then some. I've been freezing in literally everything until I got a cheapo B-3.

    So yeah, any of the sheepskin flight jackets (B-3 or ANJ4 or B6 or Irvin or whatever) or anything lined in sheepskin. On its own, leather is horrible once it gets truly cold. It's actually counter productive. It makes you feel even more cold.

    Heavy padded quilted lining is also okay in cold weather but for truly the harshest of winters, you gotta go textile.
     
  8. Imuricecreamman

    Imuricecreamman One of the Regulars

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    Yeah. I think I'll probably need to default to my Fjallraven down jacket for the coldest days anyway, so I was considering a heavy duty padded quilting with a detachable fur collar for that extra comfort
     
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  9. Guppy

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    Shearling lined Aero Barnstormer is another one to consider.
     
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  10. Imuricecreamman

    Imuricecreamman One of the Regulars

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    Damn. I'm researching these as the suggestions come in. This one looks really mean as well. Any experience with those high handwarmer pockets? Are they comfortable in use?
     
  11. dudewuttheheck

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    I was also going to say ANJ4, B3, and B6. You can also get custom jackets with very warm linings from brands like Aero which would definitely broaden your possibilities.
     
  12. Imuricecreamman

    Imuricecreamman One of the Regulars

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    I really like the simplicity of the B6, but I feel I might need something longer in the body and the B6 looks best a bit shorter like this fit from @MeachamLake which looks belt length.

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  13. Guppy

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    Not on this specific model, as I've never owned a barnstormer. But I have owned two similar jackets, and it really depends on how high up they are. They can look deceptively higher than they are.
     
  14. Imuricecreamman

    Imuricecreamman One of the Regulars

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    I can see that. I guess if they are really high they can be quite restrictive due to the thick leather as well, so I guess the allow for that in the design.
     
  15. zebedee

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    Leather jackets aren't great for harsh winters unless you're looking primarily for a wind/sleet protector layer. In very cold conditions, I've found an Aero Stockman was perfect for this (length 31"), but it was the layering (thermal vest, Hanes beefy long sleeve, thick faux-wool lined hoodie, watch cap, seven shots of soju before walking home) that made the difference.
     
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  16. Imuricecreamman

    Imuricecreamman One of the Regulars

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    Lol! I can picture it :D I really think I need a similar length for it to be a viable option with the weather we get here. The Stockman looks like a nice simple design and it seems like you can get some windprotection by popping that collar as well.
     
  17. zebedee

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    A Stockman is a great choice for wind protection due to the length, which protects the tops of the legs. The collar's good when snapped up- the patch pockets are simple but effective and (at least mine were) unlined. They're better for keeping things in than keeping your hands warm, though. Without inner pockets, it's quite a nice, fairly straight design- I found a Teamster far more chunky.
     
  18. Peter Bowden

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    I enjoy mine-these jackets are a big investment but/and will give you years of protection and improve with wear.I have a jacket with similar hand-warmer pockets to the Barnstormer in terms of placement and find rain runs down my arms.The Hudson hand-warmers are at waist level so this doesn't happen.
     
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  19. torfjord

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    As others have already stated, for really low temps leather isn’t that great. Sheepskin or something lined in sheepskin is the way to go. I would also advice against a winter jacket in cxl, the oils and waxes get really stiff and cold when the temperatures drop. It’s a bit like wearing a wet jacket. I have found Vicenza to be a lot more comfortable in cold weather than cxl.

    If you go for one of the aero patterns that are meant for cold weather I don’t think you need to size up, the patterns allow for layering. At least that’s the case with my size 40 blizzard that has a p2p of over 24 inches, so I can easily layer with a thick Norwegian (devold) wool sweater.
    The blizzard is basically a barnstormer without the double breast. Mine is lined with a wool blanket, nowhere near as warm as shearling but the belt and the fur collar traps a lot of air which helps a lot too. It’s comfortable down to 5-10 minus, haven’t tried it in lower temps.

    I’ve found the hand warmer pockets to be quite useful and comfortable to use. But I imagine they wouldn’t be quite so in a jacket made from heavy weight cxl.

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  20. red devil

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    This seems to be prefect for a robust winter

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