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Marc mndt

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Levi's roughout jacket from the 60's or 70's would compare to a Real Mccoys western jacket.
I haven't handled the RMC one but I did handle four 60 / 70 Levi's Shorthorns. The suède Levi's used back then was very substantial, somehow it feels more solid than Levi's current day offering. Construction quality was good but compared to the RMC the stitch count was lower (one isn't better than the other).

When it comes to character vintage jackets have the edge of course, the rmc has 0 character. But the problem with vintage Levi's is finding one in your size. I owned four and each and every one of them was either too tight or too short or a combination of those.

Oh and by the way, those levis jackets aren't roughout, they're suède.

RMC stitch count

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Levi's stitch count

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How they fit me

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Craig from Craigslist

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I haven't handled the RMC one but I did handle four 60 / 70 Levi's Shorthorns. The suède Levi's used back then was very substantial, somehow it feels more solid than Levi's current day offering. Construction quality was good but compared to the RMC the stitch count was lower (one isn't better than the other).

When it comes to character vintage jackets have the edge of course, the rmc has 0 character. But the problem with vintage Levi's is finding one in your size. I owned four and each and every one of them was either too tight or too short or a combination of those.

Oh and by the way, those levis jackets aren't roughout, they're suède.

RMC stitch count

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Levi's stitch count

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How they fit me

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Thank you, This was the type of advice I was looking for. Feels a bit like a function of patience vs. money then.
 

Leigh H

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Hi folks, after owning smooth leather and suede trucker jackets for a long time, I think I'd really like to try a roughout trucker. This is perhaps an apples-to-oranges comparison, but I wanted to know if anyone has any insight into how a Levi's roughout jacket from the 60's or 70's would compare to a Real Mccoys western jacket. I obviously think I'd like either, but I'm hoping to get a sense of a price-to-enjoyment ratio. I'm leaning a bit toward RMC if only because Levi's jackets are kind of pain to shop for since lots of people are inflating the price due to the name but if someone has somehow had both I would love to know your thoughts.


I think you've answered your own question. Vintage ones are hard to find in good condition and at the right price and right size, vs brand new and you can choose your size. The Real Mccoys jacket looks like great quality to me, one of the best ones available right now. There's a lot of bad ones around half the price and are not worth buying. I have a vintage Levi's roughout and it took me over a year to find my size (42).
 

Marc mndt

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Yesterday this 70s Pioneer Wear suède trucker arrived. It looks like it's brand new, never been worn. Construction quality is very good, better than the Levi's truckers I owned from the same era. The suède is nice but it's not as substantial as the Levi's truckers, those were thicker and heavier.

Because it's basically new I felt like it lacked some character so I used a spray bottle to add some sleeve creases.

Most importantly, unlike those Levi's truckers which were either too tight or too short or a combination of both this Pioneer Wear is a perfect fit, 10/10. Perfect sleeve and body length and a lot of taper to the waist.

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