Vanson x Left Field Commando

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Carlos840, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. Carlos840

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    What's better than one Commando?
    A pair of Commandos!

    This jacket came up for a great price not long ago and i just had to have it.
    I'm a sucker for uncommon/rare Vansons and this is a pretty uncommon one, it is basically the same jacket as the one posted above but being the Left Field 20th anniversary edition it is made from Horween CXL and has a gold rayon lining. They call it "The Gold Standard".

    Fit is identical to the regular Commando so i won't post fit pics now as the jacket is basically brand new and still needs a break in. When worn they feel the same although i think the X150 one is a bit more rigid and crunchy and the CXL one a bit softer.

    The leather is what you would expect from Horween CXL, basically what Aero uses but a little bit lighter.
    According to Constantine the batch was 3oz-3.25oz and i have to say it feels about right.
    The top coat on this particular jacket is very thin, and you can really see the beige hide through the black top coat.

    The lining is a thick 8oz Japanese rayon, it is very silky and has a very nice feel to it.
    No idea how warm it is but i would assume a bit warmer than the stock lining.

    One thing i instantly noticed is the precision and style of the stitching.
    Rather than a low stitch count and slanted stitches that you see on traditional Vansons and Schotts this one has super tight straight stitches, like what you see on a Lost Worlds, Himel or Japanese jackets.
    It is imediately apparent that this jacket was stitched by someone who really was paying attention to what they were doing and didn't want to screw up and waste fancy horsehide!
    I have heard some people say that collab jackets are stitched to a higher standard than the regular range, well this one is definitely a step above that.

    If i had to describe it in one sentence, this jacket is like an Aero MC jacket, designed by someone who actually sat on a motorcycle, and made to a Japanese standard. I like it a lot!

    If you like Vanson and Horween this is IMO as good as it gets, if you see one get it!

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  2. Carlos840

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    IMO these two shots show the difference in stitching the best, regular commando on top:

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  3. JMax

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    I shoulda kept it and said it got stolen off my porch.
     
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  4. Carlos840

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    It's would have been too small for you unfortunately...
    Thanks a lot for proxying this beast to me!
    If you see a Large one just hit BIN, you won't regret it.
     
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  5. dannyk

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    Wow I remember posting about this one when it was announced. The price seemed to be the main complaint. But getting it second hand would be quite alright. I never realized how much the brown undertones show through. Too bad they made so few and the cost high at release. This looks killer. Good for you @Carlos840 You got something very special there.
     
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  6. navetsea

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    really cool finish, congrats, with that much brown showing through they could also have used brown zipper tape.
     
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  7. dannyk

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    That would have been a nice touch actually.
     
  8. Monitor

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    Correction - if you like leather jackets in general, this is as far as it gets.

    It's absolute perfection and would've been my exit jacket for sure. I just feel this'd be it. Cross zip with brown tea core. That's what I had envisioned 6 years ago when I joined this forum and for some deranged reason, I'm still looking for it while letting go jackets like this pass under the radar. There's really nothing more to look for once you get something like this. Oh well, next time...

    Congrats on a perfect jacket, Carlos!
     
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  9. Sid33

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    @Monitor - There is one available on grailed for sale in a size M if you are interested.
     
  10. Monitor

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    Thank you but I've seen it. Too much $, more than what the new one was and the seller ships only to the US. Getting it over to EU would make it around $1500.
     
  11. ton312

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    Damn a CXL Vanson in this pattern. I would say you are done Carlos but it would fall on deaf ears;). That jacket is bad ass. Legit pinnacle crosszip. If it gets better than that...never mind. It doesn’t. Congrats!
     
  12. dudewuttheheck

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    That looks great and I love the gold lining. Very cool.
     
  13. JCSD

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    Best Vanson collab that I’ve seen thus far!
     
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  14. red devil

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    There is no exit, only going up the chain of leather jacket appreciation, expanding our horizons :D
    We are never done :p

    Great jacket @Carlos840, another fine specimen for your wall :)
     
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  15. handymike

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    Looks killer!
    Congratulations.
     
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  16. El Marro

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    Congratulations Carlos, that is one great jacket!
    I am a big fan of the Commando, as you know, and I’m glad you got the CXL one you’ve been seeking.
     
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  17. Monitor

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    If I could get a model E or C in this, though... I really wouldn't know what else is there for me.
     
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  18. Carlos840

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    You can, you just have to get the leather from Horween and have them ship it to Vanson.
    It is going to end up costing close to 2k, but if it is your dream/"retirement from TFL" jacket it might be worth it in the long run.
    Currently the only CXL Vanson has in stock is the leftover from the Left Field "Gold Standard" run, so you can still order a custom Commando in that leather if you want. Once the left over is gone, you have have to provide your own CXL if you want it.
     
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  19. Monitor

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    But then I would have no clue what to do...
    Nah, hunt is what it's all about. I'm happy the LW project failed! Now I've something to look forward too. Again.
     
  20. El Marro

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    That’s the spirit man!
    Also, in my experience there is no bigger let down then the jacket that you think is going to be your “Be all and end all” piece. I was sure it would be my second Langlitz, or my Good Wear, or my LW CHP...
    I am now happily cruising along with the knowledge that there will never be just one.
     

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