My first real leather jacket - just got my FQHH Board Racer :)

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by AlexB, Sep 2, 2018.

  1. AlexB

    AlexB One of the Regulars

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    Hey guys,

    way faster than expected I got my Board Racer! I am still super excited and can't get my hands off the jacket...and the smell is also amazing :)
    The build quality is really outstanding! Burkhard with the fitting and Moira with the making, both did a fanatstic job (from my perspective)!!
    What are your thoughts regarding the fit? Looking forward to get some feedback!
    It is always difficult to find a jacket that fits with being 2 meters tall :)

    Cheers from Berlin!

    I hope I inculded the pictures correctly...


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  2. Mark

    Mark Practically Family

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    cool jacket and fits you well. Enjoy. Yes the smell is wonderful.
     
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  3. Fit looks pretty good to me. Do you ride a MC..??
    HD
     
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  4. dubpynchon

    dubpynchon Practically Family

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    Looks like a good fit to me. The sleeve length is perfect, just the way I like my sleeves to fit.
     
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  5. AlexB

    AlexB One of the Regulars

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    Yes I do. I have a 1993 BMW R100R rebuild as a Scrambler/ Cafe Racer. I definitely want to wear the jacket while riding in the city, but 80% will be normal „day to day“ wear.


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  6. jacketjunkie

    jacketjunkie One Too Many

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    Fit looks good. At first I thought it looked long, but then I noticed it barely goes past your belt and realized you are just THAT tall. Congratulations, you did well!

    I'm curious though, have you tried on one size smaller? This jacket certainly isn't too large for you, especially as you will wear it mostly casually and extra room also means more comfort, however it's not as tight as these board racers usually look on fit pictures.
     
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  7. AbbaDatDeHat

    AbbaDatDeHat I'll Lock Up

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    Super jacket!!
    2 meters!! Can’t imagine a better fit!
    Sheeze....sweet
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  8. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    Nice job, great fit.
     
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  9. jonesy86

    jonesy86 My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    That looks great. I’ll bet it gets really comfortable as it breaks in. Fit pics work well too. Well done.


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  10. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Very nice. I like the 'Gasoline Alley' label too - assume that's the German stockist you ordered through?
     
  11. AlexB

    AlexB One of the Regulars

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    Yes, I also tried a 44, but it was super tight, particularly in the arms. I was basically unable to move. I even find the 46 to be quite snug.


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  12. AlexB

    AlexB One of the Regulars

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    Yes, I ordered via Burkhard from Gasoline Alley. He is the longest Aero retailer in Germany (sine 27 years). Very cool store and super experienced guy!


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  13. Cooperson

    Cooperson One Too Many

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    Very nice, you did well with fit, enjoy the break in.
     
  14. Fanch

    Fanch I'll Lock Up

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    That BR looks fantastic and appears to fit you very well. Well done!
     
  15. AlexB

    AlexB One of the Regulars

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    I have a question regarding labels: is there any meaning/ sense behind the labels? It seems the one with the plane and car is the most used one. Then there is a Buco label and now my jacket has a label I have never seen before. Hope to get some answers:)


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  16. Edward

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    Aero have used various labels at various times for different lines. The car/motorcycle/plane one seems to be the default, and has been around a while. The 'blue label' (aeroplane and clouds in a blue sky) is now used for specials and one-ofs (such as a run of jackets made in 2012 to use up some spare panels that were in the factory, with the resulting jackets having the back design of one but the front of another model, that sort of thing). Other labels have been designed and used in various jackets to mimic the typical style of leather jacket labels in the period during which a particular design would have been a typical style - though as Ken himself would tell you, aside from the military models, most Aero jackets are based on a design approach which favours what could have been made within the manufacturing capabilities and design ethos of the period rather than being limited solely to straight reproductions of specific civilian jackets. The Buco labelled jackets are an exception: the current owners of the Buco mark licence it to several companies, including Aero, to use on jackets which directly reproduce the originals down to the level of the labels.

    If you look at this thread: https://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/aero-labels.88549/ , while some of the photos have disappeared there's some useful information on the labelling conventions reported, both indirectly via an email from Ken, shared by recipient with Ken's permission, and a post directly from Denny (Caulder, Ken's son and Aero's factory manager since 2012) aka 'Hide'n'Seek.
     
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  17. AlexB

    AlexB One of the Regulars

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    Wow Edward! Thank you so much! Both for your direct reply and the helpful link to the other thread! My question is answered :) the standard label on the Board Racer

    I have one more question: I noticed that the leather from the front panel where the arm meets the body is way softer and seems to be thinner. Some inches away the same panel is stiff and thick. Have you guys had such thing? Is it normal?


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  18. Edward

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    A level of variation is always going to exist in leather that hasn't been artificially shaved down to a uniform thickness - it's just the nature of the beast when you're dealing with an organic material. Unless it develops an obvious fault, I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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  19. dudewuttheheck

    dudewuttheheck Call Me a Cab

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    That gasoline alley label is so cool
     
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  20. AlexB

    AlexB One of the Regulars

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    I am still a bit concerned regarding the variations that come up. One side of the leather remains relatively grain less and the other starts to grease...[​IMG]


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