This or That? Gustin or Iron Heart

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Powerband, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. Powerband

    Powerband Practically Family

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    I assume you mean like this? If so, then it’s exactly what I’m looking for, a jacket to throw on and wear like a shirt.

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  2. navetsea

    navetsea Call Me a Cab

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    collarless jacket is so versatile, edgy, and non discriminating toward the size of one's neck looks good on people with thick neck or thin neck short or long neck I wonder why they don't get more love :)
     
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  3. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    In part I imagine it's because they weren't exactly common in the era in which TFL is primarily interested (outerwear is a bit of an outlier in that regard, but....). I don't think I've seen one earlier than.... sixtieS? I think they originated primarily as a racetrack thing too,and they've never really made their way fully into civilan fashion.

    I like the collarless cut on a sleeveless jacket, though - especially if to be worn over another jacket.
     
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  4. Powerband

    Powerband Practically Family

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    Trigger was pulled. The Fine Creek Leathers will be my first collarless jacket.

    But, damn, I’d hate to get rid of this Iron Heart. I’m afraid I’ll regret this move. It drapes like a robust blanket, yet light enough to just grab to take anywhere.

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    Best horsehide I’ve ever laid hand on.

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  5. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    I would hold onto the IH until the FC arrives. Don't make the "ton312 mistake" where you sell a perfect jacket in order to replace it with something you perceive as better only to later find out:
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  6. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    As I understand it, the collarless racing shirt - generally unlined - is a 1920's and 30's creation and is from the very early days of motorbike racing. But yeah, they didn't leave the race track too often and become a jacket you would wear in public until 30-40 years later.

    For the last decade, the badly made, ugly and modern cafe racer has been ubiquitous and is probably responsible for those who shudder and cross themselves when they see a beautiful Buco J100.
     
  7. Powerband

    Powerband Practically Family

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    I don’t want to be catfished. I’ll hold onto the jacket until the other comes in on Monday. I may even hold on to both in the end.


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  8. El Marro

    El Marro One Too Many

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    As I see it that’s really the only option here. The only responsible option anyway...
     
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  9. Cyber Lip

    Cyber Lip Practically Family

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    Neither. There are so many better options out there for this style jacket
     
  10. Fonzie

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    Like which ones?
     
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  11. Monitor

    Monitor I'll Lock Up

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    I'd hold to an IH, period. You won't find a better CR. Man, I'm tired of hearing all that crap about oh this is so much better, that is so much better when in reality it's all exactly the same. It's just a leather jacket. If it fits you the way you want & if you like it, you're done. Everything else is a waste of money. In this range, you won't find a bad jacket. Nor a better one, for that matter.
     
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  12. Powerband

    Powerband Practically Family

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    I have owned a bunch, so which one?




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  13. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Possible! I had one soem years ago, around 2003. It was modern, but still a nice cut. Long yokes on the front like an Aero Hercules, zipped Handwarmers only, no chest pockets. In the end, I just found the mandarin collar too casual to be able to make it work with a collared shirt, which mattered as I'd bought it in order to have less of a 'statement' leather to wear to the office than a Perfecto style. (While there is no dress code at all here in academia day to day, The P-type just felt a bit, eh.... try too hard somehow to wear to work, especially when I don't ride to the office.) I wear a tie more often than not, and the cafe cut looked especially odd with that. Which is, in effect, how I got into half belts and the likes after I stumbled across this place....

    I'd be tempted to try a cafe racer again some time, but with the rarity that I wear an uncollared shirt now (and t-shirts basically being underwear in my wardrobe), I just odn't think I'd get the use out of it.
     
  14. Powerband

    Powerband Practically Family

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    Just picking up this jacket with your hands makes the grain patterns develop. It has been worn gently less than 20 times yet it is breaking in rapidly—one of those jackets that will develop a healthy and “clean” patina in about a year from now... and probably in two years the tea core will start to become visually impactful. I think it’s just barely starting life.

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