New Jacket: Simmons Bilt Detroit

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by K-Pants, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. K-Pants

    K-Pants One of the Regulars

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    SB Detroit Model, sans zippered chest pocket
    Leather: Horsehide by Clayton of Chesterfield, Black
    Lining: Black Military Viscose
    Zipper: 8# RiRi

    Once upon a time I owned a double-rider but did not appreciate the belt, the epaulets and the jangling chains. So I got rid of it quickly and decided I wanted something stripped down, simple yet robust. This is what I decided on.

    The leather has a very nice hand and a few degrees of temperature, up or down, make a big difference in stiffness. It is early days, though, and I've only just begun the break-in process, which will consist of wearing the thing a lot.

    Enjoy the pics. I will see if I can add some outside sunlight pics soon.
     
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  2. Pdxgeo

    Pdxgeo A-List Customer

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    Beautiful jacket, that hide is friggin awesome!
     
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  3. Mark

    Mark Practically Family

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    Very nice indeed. Is it veg tanned or Chrom? I have an SB coming soon in their Ranger.
    ( Interesting to note; so many views so few comments, should of said it was an Aero!!;))
     
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  4. red devil

    red devil One Too Many

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    Agree!!
     
  5. Grayland

    Grayland One Too Many

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    Beautiful jacket. The hide looks great.
     
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  6. K-Pants

    K-Pants One of the Regulars

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    It is veg tan and feels very nice. Smells quite nice too. What model did you get?

    On the views versus comments: maybe I will get an aero next time ;)
     
  7. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    Looks fantastic man. The hide is really nice too. Did they throw a little kevlar at the hem? Congratulations on a fine acquisition! The best part of this pattern is its versatility. Can be worn almost anywhere, with anything and it doesn't scream biker jacket. Enjoy it!
     
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  8. K-Pants

    K-Pants One of the Regulars

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    I'm not familiar with ranger. What is that?
     
  9. K-Pants

    K-Pants One of the Regulars

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    There was a Kevlar strip at the bottom! That's a great touch.

    I am enjoying the jacket. My only gripe, if you could call it that, is that the arm holes could be a tad higher. Not that they are low, but my arms are relatively skinny and my shoulders are not girthy with muscle (yet, haha) so even these feel just a bit low. Perhaps I should have asked for that mod. Regardless, it feels good and I can fit a heavy pullover/sweater under it if i feel I need one.

    I agree with you about the versatility. Looking forward to owning this for a long long time.
     
  10. eggleman

    eggleman One of the Regulars

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    Nice jacket
    how do you find the RiRi zipper ?
    does it feel as robust as a Talon ?
     
  11. K-Pants

    K-Pants One of the Regulars

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    I do not have any experience with talon zips. So I cannot judge. I chose the riri based on reputation and it feels sturdy and smooth.

    The finish is aged, which is standard for SB
     
  12. eggleman

    eggleman One of the Regulars

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    thank you
     
  13. El Marro

    El Marro One Too Many

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    Beautiful jacket K-Pants!
     
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  14. K-Pants

    K-Pants One of the Regulars

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    Thanks El Marro. Wearing it right now.
     
  15. Worf

    Worf I'll Lock Up

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    I love a subdued look. No studs, sequins or unnecessary zippers. Well done.

    Worf
     
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  16. K-Pants

    K-Pants One of the Regulars

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    Thanks Worf, subdued is what I was going for. Your remarks mean a lot as I dig your style too.

    It's still very new jacket, of course, and the slightly shiny, pitch black leather makes me look as if I am Walking around with licorice armor. It's kind of cool.
     
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  17. Mark

    Mark Practically Family

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    I like the Clayton leathers and the one made using Olives! However funds limited me to the Ranger which is horse, no idea if it is Chrom or veg tanned but the sample is very nice, lightish and flexible. I am having a Classic Bike Jacket for when I ride. Enjoy your jacket Sir.
     
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  18. Pdxgeo

    Pdxgeo A-List Customer

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    What is the purpose of the kevlar?
     
  19. K-Pants

    K-Pants One of the Regulars

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    I imagine, being at the inside of the rear hem, it's purpose is to reduce or guard against excessive wear around that area of the jacket. I have not asked SB about this. In fact I did not know it was standard until Ton mentioned it when he received his bootlegger a few weeks ago.
     
  20. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    Um, er, Detroit! Don't make the same mistake I did some time ago. ;)
     
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