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New jacket: Vanson x Thurston Bros. Gambler

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by ton312, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    Just received this new offering from Thurston Bros. and I have to say I'm quite pleased with it. I was initially drawn to this model in the TB thread and hadn't noticed that some subtle changes were made to the finished product until after I had purchased it. Fortunately I like the changes (nickel hardware and flap pocket snaps, these things were mentioned in the thread but I must've missed it).
    It's made from Vanson's z-150 leather which is a skived down comp weight hide. 1.2mm vs 1.4mm. It's light weight. I'd say the jacket is just shy of 5lbs but the leather is insanely stiff. Far stiffer than any of my CXL jackets, which tend to soften quickly.

    It initially feels very much like the comp weight hide and behaves the same as well. It's kind of spring loaded if that makes sense.

    My jacket is tagged a 44" and feels and fits more like a 42". The numbers bear that out as well. The main difference fit wise between this jacket and my model E is the sleeve diameter. As you can see from the pics they are quite slim. The arm holes are cut up a bit higher as well. It's lined in Vanson's basic black Rayon, with one horizontal interior pocket.

    Some cool mods away from the Raid and arrow which I believe this jacket is based off of are a functioning half belt and the snap down flap pocket. I was initially worried the snaps would detract from the simple elegance of the pattern but in the end I think they are actually pretty cool. Hiding them inside the flap itself might clean it up a bit. The half belt itself is skinny, no wider than the straps that hold the buckles, I think this is cool too. Two simple pleats above the belt. It's certainly going to take some time but I think when it finally yields this will be a favorite of mine.

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  2. plainsman

    plainsman Familiar Face

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    nice jacket. happy to see an unusual Vanson
     
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  3. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    I think this jacket fills a nice void for them as well.
     
  4. Guppy

    Guppy Call Me a Cab

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    I have an ELMC Windward, which is the same pattern, with a few minor differences, but much more expensive. I really like the style, but mine fits a bit tight through the shoulders in size 44.

    Vanson has called this style by a few different names over the years: Arrow, Raider, Raid.

    I wouldn't mind having one, in comp weight.
     
  5. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    I've got my eye on the windward in brown. My first thought was I would likely send this back and have it remade in the comp weight hide but I think, as slim as it is, it would be terribly uncomfortable. Would need to have the arm diameter opened up a good inch or two and maybe some shoulder gussets.
     
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  6. SkyTurtle

    SkyTurtle Familiar Face

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    Very cool jacket! I tried a Vanson Daredevil (in the Z-150) from Thurston Bros. last year and it was insanely snug. The leather seemed pretty sturdy to me but it was just too tight and the arms were quite narrow. I suspect the Z-150 jackets were targeted for the Japanese markets. I see a LOT of slim fit jackets from that market. I ended up returning it and getting a Model B. Just got a Thunderbird from Thurston Bros. last month and I love that jacket.

    The Gambler looks a lot like the Vanson Arrow that I've long been considering having Carrie order in brown. She seems to be able to get just about anything you want out of Vanson. It took me three years to get a handful of stickers from them. :mad:

    Here's the Arrow:
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  7. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    I had a Raid jacket which was the predecessor to the Arrow. Had a little different fit and no HB. Agreed about the z-150 jackets. They are really trim. I'm hoping as it relaxes I'll get a bit more ease in the sleeves!
     
  8. Cooperson

    Cooperson One Too Many

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    Very nice, fit looks great and really like the half belt. Looks like some some serious breaking in is in order!
     
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  9. ProteinNerd

    ProteinNerd My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I think you need more cross zip style jackets @ton312 ;)

    Joking aside, this looks great. The style does suit you really well imo
     
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  10. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    I know I need to branch out from this style...every time I turn around there's some new little gimmick and I'm right back in there:confused:
     
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  11. Fanch

    Fanch I'll Lock Up

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    Looks fantastic Tony. Fit looks great too and don't think you would want to size up.
     
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  12. ton312

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    Thanks Fanch. The body feels good and I agree that sizing up probably wouldn't help the sleeve diameter. Been wearing it around the house with a thin hoody underneath to help push the sleeves out a bit. Eye rolling from the wife and daughter in full effect
     
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  13. Americanaaa Mark

    Americanaaa Mark A-List Customer

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    ELMC makes a similar jacket.

    Interesting pattern to say the least.
     
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  14. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    Yeah I'm stalking that one too. I think I'd need a 46" in that one....which seems insane even typing it.
     
  15. TREEMAN

    TREEMAN One Too Many

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    That Vanson looks good and fits well...................GO VANSON !!!
     
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  16. Americanaaa Mark

    Americanaaa Mark A-List Customer

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    I actually ordered the ELMC dpocket the othe othe day from HPS and I got it in 46 according to the sizing info on their site... I am usually a 40-42
     
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  17. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    Even after all these years I still get hung up on that little number on the tag...despite its total irrelevance.
     
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  18. Superfluous

    Superfluous My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Congrats!
     
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  19. jacketjunkie

    jacketjunkie One Too Many

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    And another great looking jacket presented by you. At this point, I am no longer sure this is the jackets effort or the wearers. Maan, I gotta learn these poses! :D Great fit, as usual!

    (I'm not gonna lie, it slightly tilts me that Thurston and their customers are receiving Vanson jackets all day long and I am still waiting on that America jacket I ordered in early December. Thurston's probably getting a special treatment in the waiting list order...)
     
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  20. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    I think TB ordered these in late September...at least that's how far back my email chain goes with Carrie on this jacket.
    When I ordered my Derby from them it took 9 months!!
     
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