It is slightly snug, but otherwise it fits great. I pretty much always have to size down in the chest at this point. Haha well I'm glad you like how mine looks on me thenI had to do a double take also. I thought to myself, I thought this dude was around a 44 or so. I had to ask myself, size 36 can't be right. Isn't this a Japanese brand also, aren't they made smaller from the start. Then I had to ask myself, maybe this is Jin431 posting or something. Maybe my mind is still in a fog after the Browns game. lol.
Nope, this was Dude in a Japanese size 36! Wow! Congratz my friend. You look great in this jacket. Those boots are crazy. I would be afraid to go off road with them.
I voted never buy an A2. Take that with a grain of salt. I wouldn't buy anything that wasn't a cross zip.
Great review as always.
Nice jacket. A-2s are my favorite. It’s an airplane thing.
Looks great, Jake! The slim silhouette and ever so slightly longer body work extremely well on your physique. The color is out of this world!
It’s fine zipped up too but looks a bit restrictive over the chest. Not a visual issue for sure, but I hope it doesn’t bother you.
I much like A-2’s. I insist on accuracy but only in the following sense: An A-2 needs to follow mil-spec, i.e. it must have all the features so it COULD HAVE BEEN an actual contract. I don’t care about accurate repros of actual contracts. In this - very subjective- sense, your jacket is absolutely fine.
Another cool look, and once again another unique piece!
Also, size measurements deviated commonly then. So theoretically, if you were to order a custom A-2 today with an inch added, it could have fallen within spec from back then. They’re discussing this on VLJ with Platon’s A-2s, where he does not offer anything except for stock sizes. However, original J.A. Dubow examples probably exist in the same size that are longer than Platon’s stock measurements. So it’s not totally un-authentic to order a jacket slightly longer or shorter. If I’m wrong I stand corrected.
Flight jackets are the OG of cool leather jackets. The history and the graphics that came with them are never dull either. Burgundy brown takes that A2 jacket up to a new level. Very nice jacket!
I voted for modified or customized A2. There were already many different contracts then, it doesn't hurt to have some variations now.
You wear it well! Congratulations on another great jacket Jake.
Awesome jacket, awesome fit and unique color to boot!
By the way, I always enjoy reading your reviews. Very informative. Thank you.
These boots, man. Work of art. So much so that any scuff on them would hurt me like a wound. I know that they are meant to be worn hard, age, yadda yadda. Jake, how do you deal with that? They still look new.
Fits nice and trim compared to some in the small knowledge I have of the accurate
A-2 repro rabbit hole. Very nice!
I am more into the civilian side as you can imagine, but this looks good!
Historical accuracy has never been a concern of mine, I just want the jacket to look good on me
As for the belt, I think the colour works really well with red, I would certainly not call it a gaffe, quite the opposite in fact. I would push this further by saying that your boots have a really beautiful shade of burgundy/red. I woud wear such boots with many colours!
That jacket looks incredible. Fit is spot on also. Not to mention, the color on that leather is great!!
congrats on such a beauty!
The write ups here. I have read a couple of your blog posts as well and some of them were really helpful, like the top 10 leather jacket brand list: I first learned about a lot of these niche leather jacket makers through your blog. But on some subjects I think you tend to overthink things. Like your article about cuffing vs hemming, or when you discuss color matching your outfits. Personally, I'd say let's forget about clothing rules. Just wear whatever you like and wear it however you like to wear it.Thanks. Are you referring to my short write up here or the blog? Just curious.
The write ups here. I have read a couple of your blog posts as well and some of them were really helpful, like the top 10 leather jacket brand list: I first learned about a lot of these niche leather jacket makers through your blog. But on some subjects I think you tend to overthink things. Like your article about cuffing vs hemming, or when you discuss color matching your outfits. Personally, I'd say let's forget about clothing rules. Just wear whatever you like and wear it however you like to wear it.
I've enough A2's and A1's. I wear them in early Spring and late Fall. When I first got into leather jackets, A2's were all I was interested in, now I wear them only occasionally and do not see myself ever buying another.
I'm not a fan of A-2's, to me these are the pinnacle of least flattering fit for any jacket. They always seem to look bulbous and make the wearer look sort of round/onion shaped, droopy shoulders, bloated gut, etc. I like the leather on yours dude, and I think the trimmer fit certainly helps a bit.
Congratulations Dude, those boots absolutely steal the show! I am naturally skeptical when I read a sentence claiming that someone is the “best bootmaker in the world”, but looking at the photos you posted I can certainly see why you say that and I wouldn’t argue with you.
The jacket is nice and it fits very well for an A-2. This was one of the styles that brought me into leather jackets and I learned early how tricky it can be to get one that fits as well as yours.
Forgot to ask, how was the ordering process with Mushmans. I know in the past I’ve seen jackets I loved but wasn’t sure how the transaction would have turned out so never went through with it.
your A2 looks slim that huge plus, and you wear it as already look broken in, most I see have muffin top /blouse fit, perhaps with military badges and harness and that yellow vest thing they wore in the war, it look the part as a uniform piece. but when worn without all those accompanying pieces, it looks round and make the wearer looks unnecessarily fatter especially when brand new like few years ago around here.
Unsnap the collar and it will look better.
The leather looks great but I’m not a fan of A2 anymore.
First off, I think the collar looks just fine as it is and if you like it that way leave it alone!It might, but I actually like how the collar looks right now to be honest. Do you think unsnapped it would be more casual or something?