Vanson Oxford in octagon leather

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Guppy, Apr 15, 2021.

  1. Guppy

    Guppy My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I bought this on ebay from a seller in Japan who wanted way too much for it. I talked him down to still too much, but I think I got my money's worth, even if I paid over what Vanson is charging for a new one right now.

    I'm pretty sure this is my first octagon leather, and it's really nice stuff. Not as heavy as the HH in the Vanson Enfield I bought from technovox a while ago, but still stiff enough to stand on its own.

    The Enfield is still here, too. The jackets are similar, the Oxford is a slimmer fit, less blocky. I think both are keepers, but I'm not sure which I like better. I don't think I could know until the Oxford is fully broken in. The main differences I note between the two:
    • Different leather (Enfield: brown HH, Oxford: octagon cowhide)
    • Different linings
    • Oxford has a double-ended main zipper
    • Oxford back has a center seam
    Octagon isn't an option on the vanson website for this model at the present, and I don't see it listed in their "about our leathers" page any longer. I'm not sure if it's still available for special orders, or what, but it might be they can no longer source it, if as is the case with their former tannery that sourced comp weight went out of business. Would be interested to know, if anyone has info.

    It's like-new, unworn. Tagged 40, fits perfectly, snug fit throughout. The sleeve cuffs when zipped perfectly fit my wrists. A lot of jackets with zippered cuffs, I can still pull my hands out of the sleeve, or nearly so; not a chance with this one.

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  2. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    Nice one, good to see you’re still in the game @Guppy!
     
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  3. TREEMAN

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    Great score Guppy !!
     
  4. AeroFan_07

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    Octagon leather is special. I checked out one (very similar to this one in fact) several years back when Thurston's had their brick & mortar shop in Seattle. It was just broken in, and actually "softer" than I might have expected. It was similar weight as Competition leather. I think it was a little large on me, hence why it did not go home with me. In addition, the color is "acquired" in taste - at least for some, since it is not black or basic brown.


    With all the troubles Vanson has had with their leather suppliers, I suspect this offering may be forever gone. Especially if it was from the tannery that burned down (as I recall...) You may just have snagged a good collector's piece right there.
     
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  5. Fiver64

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    Love it! The hide really shows some character.
     
  6. dudewuttheheck

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    Looks cool! Need fit pics!
     
  7. jonbuilder

    jonbuilder Call Me a Cab

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    Wow love the leather and color, Vanson makes some nice jackets congratulation
     
  8. jonbuilder

    jonbuilder Call Me a Cab

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    @ Guppy, I would like first dibs if you decide to sell:cool:
     
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  9. Guppy

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    Pretty unlikely to happen, but I'll keep you in mind.
     
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  10. Schambach

    Schambach Familiar Face

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    I was at Vanson in Fall River a couple weeks ago, picked up an Enfield. They had a comet in octagon in my size that was lovely, but I just couldn’t justify two new jackets. Liz(I think)helped me out and did say that if I liked to octagon jacket I should probably grab it, as there probably wouldn’t be more of them. And sure enough, they sold it a day or two later, she was nice enough to call me and tell me so I didn’t make the trip again for it. They did have another comet in octagon, I think it was a 40.
     
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  11. ton312

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    Any fit pics? I’ve got an order in for an Oxford and I’m stone cold terrified as to how the hide will be. What I’ve seen from Vanson of late does not impress in the least. Comp weight almost looks like rubber.
     
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  12. roadking04

    roadking04 Practically Family

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    I really hope it has gotten better. My E from 2018 was complete garbage. It was so bad I was afraid to sell it in the classifieds for $100. I gave it to my younger brother who knows absolutely nothing about premium leather jackets. When I gave it to him he asked, "is this even leather?" lol.

    It was stamped and heavily coated. I was hoping it would break in and get better, it stayed the same. I should have sent it back. It was a waste of 700 bucks. Live and learn. Hopefully mine was from a bad batch and yours will be better.
     
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  13. ton312

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    From the looks of things it’s actually gotten worse, not better. At least it’s 100% stock and can be returned. I just hope it’s at least decent. I love the Oxford and have been far more accepting of less than stellar leathers of late. Nevertheless, I’m still concerned by what I’ve seen recently.
     
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  14. roadking04

    roadking04 Practically Family

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    Oh Boy! I really hope they can straighten things out in Falls River. Such a shame to watch a once great jacket producer die a slow agonizing death. Hopefully they can turn it around in time.
     
  15. Hh121

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    I think Vanson just doesn't want to spend more money on their leather because they want to keep their jacket price low, plus most of their customers won't even know it is good or bad leather.
     
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  16. roadking04

    roadking04 Practically Family

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    I am thinking they are going out of business. The owners are near retirement age. They have EVERYTHING on sale for the last year. I hope I am wrong.
     
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  17. Hh121

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    Really? I thought they are doing really well judging by their Instagram, lol...
    There is no reason that Vanson can not get the quality of old competition weight cowhide back since they provide the formula to the tannery (according to Carrie ).
     
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  18. Guppy

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    I owe fit pics on so many jackets by now, I've lost track, lol. I've been dissatisfied with the camera on my current cell phone, which seems to have some issue with auto-focus, and it makes taking selfies aggravating, at best. So I don't know when, or if, I'll be able to take decent fit pics of anything in my collection. I will say that I can't find anything to complain about the fit. While I normally wear a 42, Vanson seems to cut their jackets a little on the roomy side. That is probably practical for layering, though. For a form-fitting superhero fit, I like going a size down.

    As far as the leather goes, I don't know what Vanson is putting out these days, but I haven't heard much good about the "new" comp weight since around 2017. So it'll be interesting to hear what you think when you get it.
     
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  19. TREEMAN

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    I hope your wrong too ...
     
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  20. mendelboaz

    mendelboaz One Too Many

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    That, sir, is a mighty fine jacket. Congrats!
     
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