I agree completely. One quibble, Aero's reason for refusing to do handwarmer pockets isn't exactly historical accuracy. It's historical *period*. Aero decided to not reproduce any styles past 1960. The Levi's Type III with handwarmer pockets and inside pockets is historically accurate... to the 80s period. So Aero won't do them. Which is sad for me, but I guess it is what it is.This is crucial. I can understand and even respect Aero's insistence on the historical accuracy but the truth is that the end result is a piece of cosplay that nullifies what could potentially be the ultimate leather trucker options on the market.
What makes Type-3 the most versatile choice for a daily jacket are the hand-warmer x inside pocket combo which never left me wanting more carrying space. The inside pockets can be so spacious that the jacket can replace a smaller backpack. Of course, I'm not expecting that from a leather Type-3 but take away the double pockets setup entirely and you're left with a jacket with essentially ZERO pockets as the two chest pockets are basically useless for anything thicker than a folded bill.
Besides, if Levi's did it, what's there to even talk about?
Leather Type III jackets are typically lined, which means that the handwarmer pocket bags are unable to double as inside pockets due to the clever way the pocket bags are sewn to the unlined shell, the way they are on unlined denim jackets. Which is a brilliant innovation and very practical.
They also wouldn't make a leather M-65 field jacket, but I am more understanding about that.
Maybe someday, when the torch is passed to a new generation of owners.