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Patina on 13 year-old Aero halfbelt and 20 year-old R-Jays cross zip

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Benny Holiday, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. Benny Holiday

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    I was home the other day and thought I'd get some photos in the sun of the patina on my ol' faithful jackets. First up is my FQHH Aero Halfbelt. Each wrinkle, mark and colir variation tells the story of an adventure enjoyed:
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    Next up is a Brando-style jacket I bought about 20 years ago from a 'cycle shop in my home town. It's a heavy steerhide, R-Jays brand. Interestingly, the label says "Made in Pakistan," which I'd never bothered to take note of before. I have to admit that if this is the quality of leather goods made there, they must know their stuff and then some. This jacket has been all over Europe and Australia's east with me. It's a tough beast. I bought it long before I'd ever heard of this Lounge or Aero, Thedi, LW etc, but man I love this jacket. We've had a lot of fun together.
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  3. Seb Lucas

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    That FQHH glows with aesthetic goodness. It's such a photogenic hide. Must find a half-belt too. I remember seeing an R Jay's jacket around and I may even have had one at one point. The problem with being a serial jacketizer is that you forget some of their names....
     
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  4. ProteinNerd

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    That Brown FQHH is gorgeous!!
    Also isn’t RJays an actual motorcycle gear brand?
     
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  5. Seb Lucas

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    Yep.
     
  6. Benny Holiday

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    It's a good time of the year to take photos out in the natural light. The sunlight was just perfect to show the toning in the brown CXL & highlight all the creases that make it mine.
     
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    the cracking pattern on the biker's sleeve and lapel almost look like exotic hide.
     
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  8. ton312

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    These are fantastic Benny. Love the HB. Any chance of getting the red fox in the sun?
     
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  9. handymike

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    Great jackets and great photos!
    ...Finally a photo that shows what I refer to as "crinkling" in the Aero FQHH.
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  10. sweetfights

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    Fabulous character and beauty to this half belt. Thank you for sharing!
    I absolutely love seeing photos of aged cxl or chrome tanned hides.
    It’s really special knowing these well made classic pieces tell a life story.
    That is a huge part of the appeal for me.
     
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  11. Benny Holiday

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    Absolutely my friend. The sun's gone off my back yard for the day, but I'll get some shots of it in the morning.
     
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  12. Benny Holiday

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    I'm glad u enjoyed seeing them Sweetfights. There are so many greats pics put up by guys in this forum that I've appreciated and I thought it would be fun to try to capture the character of the old warhorses to share with everyone.
     
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  13. dan_t

    dan_t Practically Family

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    Great shots & jackets.
    To translate for our northern hemisphere friends, 13 year old Aero in Sydney conditions = approximately 3 winters worth of your normal wear.
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  14. Benny Holiday

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    Hahaha so true mate!
     
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    OK here are some shots of the red fox Sunburst in the sunlight. It has just started to show some break in signs here and there:
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    You can see some lighter areas developing in the leather, almost a yellow tone breaking through here and there in the honey-orange colour and it looks great. It's very different than horsehide, just as heavy but not as stiff. I'm really enjoying wearing it as much as possible this winter.
     
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  17. handymike

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    Wowzers!
     
  18. willyto

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    Lovely colour that one. You need to wear it indoors with the AC turned on!
     
  19. Benny Holiday

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    Very tempting to do just that Willyto! I work in an office during the week with suit and tie, and the weekends are not enough time to wear my leather jackets!
     
  20. Powerband

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    That red fox has a healthy glow like a child who eats lots of fruit and vegetables.


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