Yes, it's a pleasant feeling. Believe it or not but my 3 oz peacot makes more noise then 4 oz Suburban. The Suburban leather is kinda more oil-stuffed and a bit softer though heavier. WeirdI agree. I actually enjoy the subtle noises made by certain of my jackets . . . reminds me that I am wearing a hearty, robust leather, as opposed to some mall/fashion leather
I'm only maybe a 6 on the Star Wars nerd scales, so I enjoyed it. I guess it was a reset for JJA to reset the series to get the last episodes out of everyone's minds - those that are 9/10 on the SW Nerd Scale™
I enjoy them mainly for two reasons, my wife worked with the original guys that did all the first SW movies - (http://www.mccune-design.com/film_tv.html) and my son grew up loving SW.
We used to camp out to get seats for first night shows.
So on that level, I am a fan, but not a super fan. Worth seeing for sure. Safe for just about any age, and takes it back to where I guess the 9/10'ers want it to be going...
FYI Buzz Rickson's B-2 BR80331Derived from full length leather flight suits of the 1920s, the rare B-2 was procured for only two years by the AAC before replacement by the famed B-3. Doubtless the reasons were warmth, labor intensity and cost. The all-sheepskin B-3 was warmer, easier and cheaper to make. The B-2 hearkens back to the open cockpit age. Closed cockpits and increased altitude required warmer gear.
That's possibly why B2 is not so popular. I've just checked Rakuten global market, there's no B2. A rare jacket.
Thanks for the information, Noel. I haven't even been able to find out the story of the jacket. It's a great jacket and has the best of both worlds: it's warm like the B3 and durable like the B2. A LW B2 is Alpaca lined, which makes it very warm too, thus providing the versatility for the current whether conditions.Roma:
The B-1 was fundamentally the same design as the B-2 but with sheepskin lining instead of the moquette (and later wool blanket) lining of the B-2. The B-1s had a couple of small, unique features as well. The early generation B-1s had a button-type throat closure (instead of the familiar snap closure) and the later generation B-1s had a leather strap-type throat closure with a second strap to secure the top of the collar together (similar to a B-3).
Thanks Blackadder. Really cool jacket, obviously. Not a great variety of sizes but it's a different story. Great.
I got the jacket yesterday and my only issue is the collar stud. I have a hard time clasping it while the jacket is on. How did you handle that? Or, possibly, you don't use it at all? There are the two collar buttons that are enough to keep freeze off, but I like the collar strap with that small stud but am barely able to use it.Very nice, Roma. I like the heavy Crown main zipper - it will serve you well. I also like the vintage mouton, which is different from my older Lost Worlds B-2. My collar has a more curly fleece (but very warm). He is mine for comparison:
I hope you enjoy your new jacket when it arrives and don't get discouraged when you try to open the pocket button for the first time. It will get easier as the leather breaks in.