New Aero Bronco A-2

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by AIRCRAFTMECH, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. AIRCRAFTMECH

    AIRCRAFTMECH New in Town

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    IMG_8126.jpg IMG_8128.jpg IMG_8127.jpg IMG_8126.jpg My new Aero Bronco A-2 in Vicenza Seal with Caramel knits. It’s a size 42 and feels a little tight, maybe because it’s new HH? My old A-2 is an Aero 42-15142-P in 44 and is definitely too big. What’s the opinion?
     
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  2. Dav

    Dav One Too Many

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    Back looks great, the front is perhaps a little tight but I wouldn't say too much. All in all I think it looks good.
     
  3. mattmiller1973

    mattmiller1973 Familiar Face

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    looks damn near a perfect fit to me. i'm jealous!
     
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  4. Fonzie

    Fonzie One Too Many

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    Looks pretty good!
     
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  5. Downunder G Man

    Downunder G Man One Too Many

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    Looks good to me. I'm not an A2 guy , had a nice one and sold it recently. "Blousy" on me as they can be in 44"

    I sold that to a guy who was taking it back to Thailand. he was "rounder" than me and it fit him fine.

    Repeat. Yours looks good to me
     
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  6. CBI

    CBI One Too Many

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    nice looking jacket - enjoy!!!
     
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  7. robrinay

    robrinay One Too Many

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    A proper fit and it looks good!
     
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  8. nick123

    nick123 I'll Lock Up

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    I could see it feeling tight, but in this instance, the leather should relax in time. I have a 42 contract Aero A-2 which has a marginally thicker batch of Vicenza. Indeed, it'll need to break in like yours. I wear my jackets on the relaxed end of the fit spectrum and that one is still kind of tough.
     
  9. rockandrollrabbit

    rockandrollrabbit One of the Regulars

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    Looks like the classic Bronco fit to me - snug across the chest, looser in the back. Obviously it will get more comfortable as it breaks in, though with the high arm holes it doesn't like a heavy sweater underneath.

    Here's a shot of mine when it was new (bravo on the caramel knits by the way).
    20180818_134905.jpg
     
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  10. El Marro

    El Marro Call Me a Cab

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    That’s a great looking jacket man!
    How do the arm holes feel? I once tried on Aero A-2 and the arm holes were so high and tight that they literally sawed into my armpits.
    A little bit of tightness will probably loosen up as others have said, but if the jacket is uncomfortable then I would send it back.
     
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  11. Turnip

    Turnip One Too Many

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    Great jacket, looks really cool!

    Cheers

    Turnip
     
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  12. draš katalenić

    draš katalenić One of the Regulars

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    Nice jacket and great fit.
     
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  13. AIRCRAFTMECH

    AIRCRAFTMECH New in Town

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    Thanks for the insight, yes, it’s the armholes were I’m feeling the tightness. Did yours loosen up? Nice jacket by the way!
     
  14. AIRCRAFTMECH

    AIRCRAFTMECH New in Town

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    Hi El Marro, the armholes are tight! Tighter thank my Aero contract jacket but it’s also a 44 and definitely too big in the body.
     
  15. ton312

    ton312

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    Looks great to me. While I'm not at all into military styles I find these jackets are helped out tremendously by a neat and trim fit like yours and R&R Rabbits . A big blousy A-whatever is unflattering imho. Yours looks spot on to me.
     
  16. rockandrollrabbit

    rockandrollrabbit One of the Regulars

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    Yeah, it loosened up a little and molded to me, which definitely helped. I had to adjust my expectations for layering though. Maybe a thin sweater, long sleeve tee is fine too. Anything heavier than that, it's not the best.
     
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  17. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Looks great. Love those knits!

    Don't get too far down the rabbit hole of "correct" A2 fit - as you'll see if you look at a lot of period fits, especially during the war fit was all over the place. In the end, though, the A2 was designed to be worn over just a shirt and tie (in place of a military dress tunic), so, imo at least, it's not a jacket that looks right when worn to be layered with a heavy sweater.
     
  18. rockandrollrabbit

    rockandrollrabbit One of the Regulars

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't pilots wear them in the cockpit?

    And you're absolutely right that in practice the fit was all over the place.
     
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  19. El Marro

    El Marro Call Me a Cab

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    Hmmm. Well at the end of the day only you can make the call. I know the one that I tried was just not even an option, after having it on for 30 seconds I was in pain. Your jacket looks amazing in the pictures but in my experience the jackets that are a little too tight always photograph the best.
     
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  20. AIRCRAFTMECH

    AIRCRAFTMECH New in Town

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    Yes, having baggy clothing in the cockpit would be bad!
    I’ve decided it will join the permanent stable and I have begun breaking it in, even just today the back and sleeve openings have given way and it feels like a comfortable sport coat which is what I was after. My Perry Mixed hides is my colder weather jacket so I need something over a t shirt or t and dress shirt. Thank you everyone for the comments! Great group of folks here.
     
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