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New Aero Battle of Britain

matei

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Hi all... since suffering from a nasty bout of Covid that nearly killed me during the latter part of the pandemic, I've not been able to deal with the cold at all. Prior to that I was OK, I could wear something as light as an A2 with a jumper underneath and I'd be OK as long as it wasn't under 5c outside. However after my bout with the bug, that wasn't enough. I did get a B-6 from ELC which is great up to 5C, but being outside for any length of time in the colder temps chills me to the bone.

Using that as a plausible excuse to get a new jacket ;) , I've had my eye on either a B-3 or an Irvin for some time. As we live here in the UK I figured I'd be as patriotic as an Irishman could possible be for his adopted country (tongue somewhat in cheek!) and opted for an Irvin from Aero. I already have a Barnstormer from them and a few jumpers (submariner, para) - their stuff is top notch. (mind you so is ELC's - but I'm lucky enough to already have 2x ELC jackets so wanted to change things up).

I went for the Battle of Britain repro in pebbled Merino. It is a lovely jacket... looks lovely, smells lovely. I initially ordered a 44, then changed my mind to a 46 - but with all the to-and-fro something got lost in translation and the 44 was sent.

I'm glad it was, as the 46 would've been too big. It is a bulky (yet light) jacket to begin with. The fit is comfortable and not too snug. I can actually wear my RN or para jumpers underneath (which are bulky in their own rite) w/o feeling like a sausage.

It is a short jacket, as they're meant to be, so for a guy with a long torso who usually wears a 44L it is right at the limit - but it seems to be the norm with Irvins to have one's jumper extending out from underneath.

The throat strap is a bit odd, kind of hard to get used to as it comes up quite high, but I don't actually foresee any event where I'd have to utilise it as I don't often find myself in an unpressurised or open cockpit at 20000 feet.

Aero turned this around quite quickly I might add, I believe I ordered it in late November/early December.

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Tom71

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My fave in Aero´s Shearling lineup (but for the Coastal Command which cannot be topped). Suits you well, but you’re absolutely right: sizing up would practically drown you!
Very beautiful colours on the leather and shearling too!

Sorry to hear about your health issues. COVID is a bummer.
 

matei

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ELC makes some really nice products. I personally like the fleece on the Aero jackets more. ELC does use some sort of coating, I can't recall the name, on some (all?) of their sheepskin jackets which is a bit harder than the Aero ones.
Looks fantastic! I just received my Aero Irvin in the same hide today, though mine is Coastal Command.
 

F52

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Beautiful jacket! I ordered the same BOB size 44. Like you, I hesitated to take it in size 46, but I know that Aero is large. What is your weight and height?
 

Aloysius

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Beautiful jacket! I ordered the same BOB size 44. Like you, I hesitated to take it in size 46, but I know that Aero is large. What is your weight and height?

I don't think the Aero Irvins run large in any sense. The pit to pit is about what you'd generally expect in a leather jacket but crucially you have to account for the length of the fleece, so upsizing is often the right call.
 

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