Lookin' for a Storm Rider

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Trystero, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. Trystero

    Trystero New in Town

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    Hi all,

    Thought I'd ask the brains trust... I'm looking for a high quality Storm Rider repro, are there any current makers that you'd recommend?

    Current front runner is the Studio d'Artisan Ranch Jacket.

    Thanks!
    Tom
     
  2. Carlos840

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    Lee actually did a limited edition leather one that looks great, they come up on eBay pretty often and 2 or 3 have sold in the classifieds already.

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  3. Trystero

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    Damn, that's sharp. Is that black corduroy on the collar too?

    For the moment, I'm hunting a classic indigo denim + cord collar + blanket lining, but that black leather is ace.
     
  4. Carlos840

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    It is indeed black corduroy on the collar, and it has a blanket lining.
    I am 6'2" 180lb and wear a M
     
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  5. Monitor

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    Lee actually still makes a great jacket. I've handled a few repros, kept the 1990's Lee. I personally think that paying for anything extra over what Lee is asking for their Storm Rider (from a good range, like the Lee Archives) is a scam but $260 something that the studio Studio D'Artisan costs seems like a good price.

    This is my SR. Thick blanket, heavy denim and it fades with the best of them.

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  6. Monitor

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  7. Trystero

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    Okay, I think that's a new front runner, though that price is rough...

    Anything without handwarmers (though the Iron Heart's corduroy lined ones, even with the gigantic price tag, do look good) is a potential for me.
     
  8. Monitor

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    I had the Iron Heart 101J for exactly one day. I love Iron Heart, I'll always say that buying a Levi's Type-3 is a waste of money if you can get an IH's take which is VASTLY superior but their I couldn't have their Storm Rider out of the house soon enough. Not that it was a bad jacket, nothing like that just that you know something's not right when a $25 SR I got at a thrift store seems to outperform it in every way.
     
  9. Trystero

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    Interesting... I have corduroy handwarmers on one of my favourite jackets, maybe that's clouding my judgement.

    Are you able to put your finger on what put you off?
     
  10. Monitor

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    Not knowing what the extra $400 went for. :) Don't get me wrong, it was a great jacket just that Lee also makes a really good jacket. All the Lee SR's I have seen were simply great and you can find them anywhere for under $50. Any Made in U.S.A. SR ought to be just as good as any repro.

    And IH didn't fit very well. It was too long and a bit baggy.
     
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  11. Trystero

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    "Too long" that's enough for me to say no.

    Thank you for all your help!
     
  12. torfjord

    torfjord Practically Family

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  13. torfjord

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    I mean if you’re a normal length guy, 27 inches will go down way past your hips. Damn, it will touch your thighs. Not the length I’m looking for in a trucker jacket.
     
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  14. Trystero

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    Yeah, damn, good spot. If that's an accurate measurement that's a hard no from me.
     
  15. torfjord

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    Definitely worth doing some additional research on it though, cause it looks pretty great otherwise. Sellers measurements might not be accurate.
     
  16. Mich486

    Mich486 One Too Many

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    I think the Lee Europe premium versions are a bit elongated compared to the originals and the arms are slimmed down.

    I’ve got a Storm Rider made in US from the 70s in NOS condition and the proportions look different. It’s extremely v-shaped with roomy arms. I feel like I could qualify for Mr Olympia when I wear it :)
     
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  17. Monitor

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    Yeah, that's gotta be it but I still don't believe it that jacket is 27" back. Storm Riders usually have roomy arms and are V-shaped but they're always short. Mine is XL and 24.5" back. I'm just reading on Japanese sites, the 101JL is 24" back and that's tops.
     
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  18. tmitchell59

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    I always liked the Lee jackets. Here are the old and new.

    No idea how old this one is.

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    This one is NOS and very stiff. I bought it and a smaller one about 6 years ago at the Salvation Army. This is tight on me. I think it is marked a 42.

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  19. Blackadder

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    I don't think that is one of the archive versions. That is likely a regular possibly made in China edition and a similar one costs around 20000yen in Japan.
    https://lee-japan.jp/shop/g/gLT0522-200-02/
    This below is the archive one with the 50s tag and made in Japan by Edwin
    https://hk.carousell.com/p/全新正版-lee-the-archives-storm-rider-11119-289-jeans-vintage-257644582/
    https://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/sanshin/191122-1119-289.html
     
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  20. Monitor

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    Now I know more! :D Thanks for the info. I really can't tell the Japanese made ones from the others, TBH they all look equally great to me.
    What do you think, is there a repro that's considerably better than what the Lee makes or am I right about it being as good as anything out there?
     

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