Ultimate EASTMAN (ELC) flying kit thread.

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by patterson, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. Estevan

    Estevan One of the Regulars

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    Welcome

    First off, welcome to the forum. ELC makes some really great jackets. The reason I believe some choose not to buy their PHE is because it's made of steerhide and being that it's artificially aged doesn't help either. I have actually owned a couple and I can honestly say I really don't like them. Now there is a new repro maker out there (Goodwear) made by a chap named John Chapman. I have never owned one of his jackets, so personally I can't tell you how they are but many own his jackets and swear by them. All in all there are some really great repros out there but if you want 100% authenticity then nothing beats an original. Good luck on your quest.

    Steve
     
  2. Taikonaut

    Taikonaut New in Town

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    Thanks Steve, do you have the website to Goodwear?
    I saw a few photos on here and the grains on their leather look very authentic.
     
  3. Estevan

    Estevan One of the Regulars

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    Here you go....

    http://www.goodwearleather.com
     
  4. Sly

    Sly New in Town

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  5. priestyboy

    priestyboy One of the Regulars

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    I have a FS M-422A and love it still after 3 years. The leather is goatskin and a little stiff; still not broken in to my satisfaction either. But still great quality. And yes, their customer service is outstanding!
     
  6. Ugarte

    Ugarte A-List Customer

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    Hey Paddy, the Star is really nice. The pic above doesn't do it justice. I tweaked it. Hope you don't mind.

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    Mark
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  7. m000m000

    m000m000 One of the Regulars

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    Hello everyone, excuse the bump but I thought this would probably be the most appropriate place to post this.

    I've been looking for something classic and slim-fitting since I like the look on me, being slim guy (72 kg 188 cm/~159 pounds 6' 3", 31" waist on jeans) and all, and have decided to settle on one of the Eastman luftwaffe jackets, and I'd like some opinions on both of them - pictures would of course be great too, particulary of the backside, as the thing I'm most interested in is the fit.

    The thing is, I like the design of the 'standard' luftwaffe version slightly more, and the horsehide character also sounds slightly more appealing to me than steer, however judging from the pictures, the 'Hartmann' is closer to the fit I'm looking for - something really snug, that practically almost wears like shirt. The standard luftwaffe version isn't really bad either, but appears a good deal more loose in the back, and I'd like to know exactly how much before I decide on ordering either - So gentlemen, if anyone of you have experience on the subject or otherwise would like to voice their opinion, by all means make yourself heard :).

    Any tips on sizing are welcome too, currently I'm looking to order one in 38" Long, though since the jackets are short enough already I'm wondering if I should request them to add an inch extra or so on top of that due to my disproportionate height if possible (and if anyone knows if/how much extra they charge for things like that, the information would be much appriciated!)
     
  8. Luftwaffe Jacket frm ELC

    hi m000 - i got one by myself since 4 years and i am of quite slim shape, too. i got one regular size 40 and it turns out to be a little baggy with good space around the shoulders; for trimmer fit i would have to go with 38. but for this one, 40 is OK with me so i can wear some knit stuff with shirts under it with no "packed feeling". the leather is superb, inner lining very splendid and of finest quality, all zippers working smooth and press buttons tight and well working. if you swing between the Luftwaffe and the Hartmann, the Luftwaffe is definately the more baggier' one; even though you can adjust the side with the small belts, it will be only tight around your chest but blousy around your body.

    i'll try to make a picture of it and load it up the next days.

    whatever you go for - ELC will be a good choice in any case.
     
  9. m000m000

    m000m000 One of the Regulars

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    Thanks for the comments, it'll come in handy when I place in the order. I'd gather I could ask Eastman to snug in an inch or two in the waist from the usual if needed, since the jacket will be made-to-order anyway?

    And pictures would of course be awesome if you just can find some time for them :).
     
  10. hellisforheroes

    hellisforheroes New in Town

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    Eastman A-2 Havana Brown Horsehide

    New member here, I have been looking at the forum for awhile reading peoples opinions on good manufactures for A-2 jackets. I decided to go with an Eastman A-2 in Havana brown horsehide. My question to you guys is, does anyone on the the forum own one? I like the way it looks on the Eastman Leather and History Preservation websites but I was curious to know if someone could take a few pictures of theirs so I can get a better idea of how the shade looks in real life.
     
  11. atkins

    atkins Familiar Face

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    I think Kinabalu have one...

    Atkins
     
  12. hellisforheroes

    hellisforheroes New in Town

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    Hopefully Kinabalu will see this thread and post pictures of his. anyone else who has one I would really appreciate a few pictures
     
  13. hellisforheroes

    hellisforheroes New in Town

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    Also wanted to add, i am also interested in seeing pictures of Seal Brown goatskin and horsehide A-2's made by Eastman
     
  14. mb1101

    mb1101 New in Town

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    Eastman Leather Pearl Harbor Havana Brown A2 leather jacket

    here are some images of my Eastman Leather Pearl Harbor A2 leather in Havana brown:

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  15. regius

    regius Call Me a Cab

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    i would like to join this Eastman admirer's group! (if you guys like to be called such). I own a new ELC goatskin in dark brown, man, i was first blown away by the unique shiny, stiff finish and the superb grain, then i was nonpluzzed as to how long this thing is going to soften at all!! any ideas guys? it seems you all like horsehides...
     
  16. regius

    regius Call Me a Cab

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    Anybody??? About my ELC goatskin, the patina starts to develop, brown is lurking out from the dark green. BUT, a big but, one area of the hide showed a tiny crack/surface peel! Hasn't peeled yet but a crack is forming, what the hhhhhh?? I owned an older ELC goat, was blown away by the thickness, so I ordered this, much thinner. Still one of a kind goat, but why the cracking???
     

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