Thanks a lot for sharing your experience. I’ve been comparing the Mulholland and the Nelson for a few weeks now because they’re a similar style, and ultimately pulled the trigger on the Nelson. It arrived yesterday.I’ve owned a Mulholland and currently own a Nelson so can contribute to this - although I’m perhaps a bit biased considering my experience with the Freewheelers.
The Mulholland and Nelson and equally well made in terms of finishing, stitching etc , however the Mulholland I had was hands down he least comfortable jacket I’ve ever worn (it felt like I was wearing an ill fitting and heavy horse saddle), and the vintage style zipper only successfully fastened on a couple of occasions, and then proceeded to totally disintegrate, leaving it unable to fasten at all. So they are my, not entirely positive thoughts on the Mulholland.
By way of contrast, the Nelson is comfortable and seems to fit a normal(ish) western body, the zipper works every time, and I don’t dread putting it on. I’m sure people with more knowledge than me can weigh in on the stitching etc etc, but to me they seemed equally well put together.
I do agree with you that the Nelson is very comfortable, and it fits me very well. I thought the Mulholland would’ve been really comfortable with the cotton flannel lining - but perhaps the discomfort came from the rigidity of the leather instead? I just have a bad habit of wondering what could’ve been, but I also didn’t want to deal with getting both of them and then returning the one I liked less. Actually there isn’t a Mulholland in my size anywhere, so that would’ve made getting one difficult. Maybe that’s a blessing in disguise.
Good to hear about your experience, because it makes me feel better about my decision lol