I started this thread to post my thoughts on and experiences with the jacket I got. And as I made clear, I don't care at all about authenticity or faithfulness to a particular contract model. In fact, I would prefer some non-authentic features, like an additional interior pocket. The color or weight of the knit matters very little to me, though its durability does. The shading of the mouton, likewise - a pretty wide range would likely be fine with me. My sole complaint with the jacket is the front length. The goatskin is phenomenal and very easy to wear. It is moderately heavy and sturdy, but that makes it a pleasure to wear - I suppose I might feel differently as the weather gets warmer. I am sure an ELC is great and if it fits me better and I had came across it instead at the same time, I might have gotten that instead. But not because of claims of authenticity.