So I came across the Vanson Commando a couple years ago here on the lounge and while I liked the looks of it I stopped short of ordering one. This was for two reasons, The first being that I had only recently started wearing cross zip jackets and I wasn’t sure that I was ready to go full on D pocket yet... The second reason is that I saw that the jacket was a little longer then I thought a cross zip should be. I think they made this alteration to the classic pattern in order to accommodate low rise jeans and untucked T-shirts, since I wear high-rise jeans and tuck my shirts in this did not strike me as a positive but rather as a negative. Those two reasons were enough for me to keep my wallet in my back pocket for two years. I’m not sure exactly what changed, I think part of it was seeing a couple members here who owned a Commando and realizing that it looked like a pretty damn nice jacket. Whatever the reason I finally decided I wanted one for myself, only to find that Left Field was completely sold out of them. I put a “want to buy” ad up here but nobody popped up to sell me one. I did get some feedback and input on that thread from folks here who own the jacket and that only made me want one even more. In August I reached out to Left Field to inquire about buying one in size L. To my surprise and delight they said that it would be no problem to have Vanson make me a one off jacket. Fast forward to Friday, October 4th (my birthday!) and the jacket arrived here at my doorstep: The leather is Vanson’s X-150 and I think it might be my new favorite from them. Seems to be a bit thinner than their comp weight but with a smooth, hard waxy finish. Grain is just starting to pop out a bit at the arm creases and I think this one is going to be something special as it breaks in. I chose their standard red rayon for the lining for it’s easy wearing quality as well as its durability. I am really happy with the fit. This is a trim pattern with higher armholes than other Vanson jackets I’ve owned. The length that I had worried about is actually not a problem. If I had my choice I would make this jacket in inch shorter all around but it is just fine as it is. To sum it up I just want to say how happy I am with this Commando. I have always respected Vanson as a maker of quality jackets but now that I’ve got my hands on this one I am even more impressed with their abilities.