I agree after trying both on again. I noticed the 46 shoulder seams drooped off my shoulder, sleeves a bit too long, and the biggest difference is in the waist. The waist on the 46 was noticeably looser and you can see from the side pictures the back side sticks out way more. Makes me look huge when I sit down.I think the 44 is the better fit.
Brettafett: I just finished trying on 3 sizes for the Top Gun Heroes G-1. I can definitely vouch for people when they say to go up one size from your regular chest size. I have a 42” chest and the TG jacket fit very snug in a 42. The 44 fits great and still looks nice and trim with the right amount of space. Fits more like a 43”.Going back to what Big J and Seb were talking about... The Top Gun Hero and the 100 Missions are definitely different patterns, although probably very similar. I wonder WHY Cockpit keep 'dodging' this?
I have emailed Cockpit about this a number of times. At first they direct me to the 100 Missions, then they say, "yes, well, the ONLY differences are..." Besides the pattern and horizontal seem, the collar is also slightly different. If the same guy had both jackets in the same size and took pics, one would see they drape differently also.
Also, the TG Hero is offered in long sizes now, not the 100 Missions (yet)
I have had the 100 missions, size 40, nice jacket, but too short on me, a bit of room in the torso also... could have gone down to a 38 possibly.
From what I keep hearing, guys tell me to size up in the TG Hero....
Jackie did say (after much badgering) that they could make me a TG Hero 40 long without the patches, but I would have to pay a premium for the 'effort'???, so I gave up and ordered a Headwind M422a instead!
If anyone at Cockpit reads this... I am annoyed at you!
The 42 feels fine with a button down shirt on. I think the snugness I am feeling is at the top of my shoulders - could be a function of the cut and my broader upper body. If I wear a sweater it starts to feel pretty fitted.
The 44 definitely is more comfy up top but gets blousey in the midsection as you might tell from the photos. Comfortable enough to wear thicker sweaters though.
I figured in the long run it may be worth keeping both. Different looks and uses. Who knows, I am only about to turn 30...may need the extra room later on (although doing my best to keep staying lean and fit, lol)
Cockpit makes very nice jackets, but their customer service combined with their weird sizing...phew..
I once tried a size 40 100 mission G-2, perfect fit, but I had a size 36 long WW2 A-2, and a size 40 reissue goat A-2 (this latter was too baggy, yet short.) One can't just keep sending jackets back and forth across the pond.
I see people who eat a lot and doing physical activities in sport, hobby or job requirement grow big when they are slowing down from those activities, people who just don't eat much and not very active to begin with practically stay the same weight throughout their life.
It's not a weird scene if you think Maverick is still in the closet at that point in the movie.
Brettafett: I just finished trying on 3 sizes for the Top Gun Heroes G-1. I can definitely vouch for people when they say to go up one size from your regular chest size. I have a 42” chest and the TG jacket fit very snug in a 42. The 44 fits great and still looks nice a trim with the right amount of space. Fits more like a 43”.
I definitely decided a little while ago that the Top Gun 44 is the best size to keep as I figured that money could be used towards a 100 Mission G-1 instead, which is essentially the TG jacket without the patches (some minor differences in details).Worth thinking seriously about how you are going to wear it - and how much you love or will continue to love the Top Gun associations. Will you always love it enough for it to be worth having two versions of the same jacket for wearing with different underlayers, or should you think about owning one of this and maybe a plain or differently-badged USN jacket in the other size? And do you really need two? The 42 might look better with just a shirt under it, but does it look better enough that you really need the second jacket? Or is it worth just having the larger one you can layer with?
Yes. I've sometimes considered a Cockpit G1 as a 'beater', but there is that factor. Likely I'll wait and look at them in the States once the pound improves enough - and like everything else they're always significantly cheaper over there than buying in the UK.
True. I've piled on the weight over the last few years. Was never into sport (I actively loathe it; I think in part I was born without the requisite competitiveness gene), but back in the day I did used to walk six or eight miles a day, which I just don't have time for now. Trying to lose weight over forty is much harder than it was ten years ago when I could drop half a stone in a week by being careful what I ate; now I'm even having to consider going to the gym as a temporary measure - something of which I am very bitterly resentful.
Dissappointingly, "You can ride my tail" is a misquote, but otherwise it stacks up perfectly...
In those photos I would say the 44 looks better - though not by enough to my eye to be really worth having two of the same jacket if you still want to wear motorcycle armour with one.
My experience with all of this style of jacket I've tried. I need asize up from my A2 size in all USN jackets.
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Brettafett - I am considering both the 100 Missions G-1 and the Forrestal in the future to add to my collection. Is the Forrestal the same fit as the 100 Missions G-1?I think thats a really good fit btw.
To answer your queries...
I had both an older Avirex G-1, the 100 Missions G-1 and the Forrestal. The 100 M and Forrestal are the same jacket, the Forrstel without the fur. I found they fit well, were well made and solid jackets.
I personally prefer a touch more length. Cockpit G-1 jackets for me, in my regular size 40, fit fine (I may get away with a 38 long), but are always a touch short on me... Sleeve length was great, shoulders were good, pit to pit had a touch of extra room, but the darn length... Just wish I could magically add an inch.
I know the Mil Spec comes in a long, and the Top Gun Hero now also, but then the sleeves...! I think you will find you'd be the same size in all of these. The patterns are essentially the same, with minor differences (I've been through this numerous times with Cockpit, incl Stanley himself)...
I was hampering after a Top Gun Hero in a size 38 or 40 long, WITHOUT the patches, and this was possible... for a hefty fee, but it just became too complex and the interest wained.
Ordered my Headwind HL Block M422a instead and thats looking the bomb.
I currently have their Government issue WW2 A-2 version in a 36LONG! And it fit very well.
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Thanks @Brettafett ! I am quite pleased with the TG jacket. It holds a special place in my G-1 collection - definitely a conversation piece. You may still want to consider getting one!Interesting, answered in the other post Drewdog2323... before reading this one.
Your 44 TG Hero looks awesome!
I was trying so hard to get a TG Hero in a long, but without the patches and didn't want another 100 Missions G-1... (Essentially pull one off the assembly line, before patching and sell it to me - not so simple)...
Came close, but then was told to wait for new production and they wanted to charge me 'prime' moola for the efforts. I gave up and ordered a Headwind M422a instead... and you should see it Its on the way will post pics soon.
Just be careful with those roads over to Malibu. As I have gotten older the mountain roads hold less allure for me. I still like curves, but maybe not curves above a 1000' drop off into the valley below, with no guard rails.I won’t lie...feels pretty damn cool to ride with the TG jacket up and down the Pacific Coast Highway
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I won’t lie...feels pretty damn cool to ride with the TG jacket up and down the Pacific Coast Highway
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