My 1992 Cooper A2

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by HanauMan, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. HanauMan

    HanauMan Practically Family

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    It is 25 years this month since I bought my 'orange label' civilian version goat skin Cooper A2. I cannot recall how much I paid for it back in 1992 but it was somewhat more than they sell on ebay nowadays. I bought it brand new via mail order. It is marked size 42R. The jacket isn't as trim as a WWII original, but I think that it fits me pretty well. I wore it all the time when I first bought it but have to admit its been some time since I last took it out of the closet. I think the time has come to wear it again on a regular basis. It has survived in very good condition externally. The only wear and tear are where the rivets of my denim jeans worn holes in the poplin liner. I have always worn it with the collar poppers undone.



    I know from reading about the civilian Cooper A2s in this forum, and others, that it isn't the best A2 jacket out there, or the most regarded A2 jacket, but I have always liked it and will wear it again with pride.
     
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  2. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    Looks like a good fit, HM. How tall re you?
     
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  3. Grayland

    Grayland One Too Many

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    Your jacket looks great. Goatskin is very durable. BTW - I was in Inverness last week for a day. Enjoyed a pint of cask conditioned ale at the Phoenix Ale House.
     
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  4. jacketjunkie

    jacketjunkie One Too Many

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    Nice casual, durable and well-fitting jacket. Looks good on you.

    I have a civilian flight jacket of comparable quality too that comes in handy in a large number of occasions where I don't want to get my more expensive stuff dirty or possibly damaged or stolen. Always good to have that one jacket you can reach to and put on without second thought.
     
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  5. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    Totally agree with this which is why I now try not to spend more than $200 on any leather jacket. Once they go north of there the fun vanishes for me. I can afford $1000 or $2000 but why would I spend this on a piece of workwear? I've been wearing my Banana Republic leather more than I ever wore my Aero or other big money jackets.It does the same job, looks good enough and the big benefit is I can mistreat it and leave it behind without concern.
     
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  6. HanauMan

    HanauMan Practically Family

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    Hi. I'm 5'11''.
     
  7. HanauMan

    HanauMan Practically Family

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    Yeah, I'm am expat living here now (I married a Scottish lass). It is a nice enough place, hope you enjoyed your visit here.
     
  8. HanauMan

    HanauMan Practically Family

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    I totally agree with the previous comments. I wouldn't feel comfortable in an expensive jacket; I'd be afraid of losing it, damaging it or whatever. I wouldn't like to pay top bucks for a jacket that will just hang in the closet because I'm too chicken to wear it. This one I feel comfortable with, its been all over the place in the US, Germany and the UK, and I don't mind the wear and tear it has gotten over that time. While I can see the appeal of a top notch A2, and wouldn't say no if I got the chance to buy one at a price I feel I could afford, I will never fly in a B17 over Germany or go fighting aliens in the South Pole, so this ol' thing will do for me. ;)
     

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