Vintage Cal - It's changing my outlook on things

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead, Mar 26, 2021.

  1. Jin431

    Jin431 Call Me a Cab

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    No waiting for months/years on end? Lol must have been nice
     
  2. TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead

    TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead One Too Many

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    As I like to say at my house from time to time, sometimes the dog catches the dog catcher. I had pretty much given up on my proper fitting Cal search. I have a straight zip that's nearly there, but short. A cross zip that's long but tight. Etc etc. Well it took 6 to get pretty darn close. Shout out to @Leather Walker who flagged it for me. And to @Kubatu who had it hiding in his closet.

    It's tagged a 46L but feels more like a 43 in modern terms. 25 in back. Longer sleeves. It's 95% what I wanted. A touch loose in the chest, but the taper is extreme so it's fine. I can finally breathe and not feel like I needed a red cape lol. Anyway, I was getting tired of Cal Russian Roulette. So this is close enough. Once it cools off more and can take proper pics with jeans and boots etc. I'll post fit pics. For now, here she is... probably a 1970s version. Definitely well worn but solid. I'd say 8/10. Heavy mofo but pliable. 20210819_093233.jpg 20210819_093208.jpg 20210819_093150.jpg 20210819_093121.jpg 20210819_093105.jpg
     
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  3. JMax

    JMax I'll Lock Up

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    That’s a beauty! Man I love Cals. Can look at them all day. Your odyssey was successful.
     
  4. Leather Walker

    Leather Walker One of the Regulars

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    My pleasure! :) Glad to see how great this jacket looks on you! Amazing the high quality of the leather. Congratulations!

    Absolutely, I stare at mines sometimes, as if they were paintings, haha.
     
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  5. Leather Walker

    Leather Walker One of the Regulars

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    Well, the jacket has finally arrived this morning!! My first impression: its weight, smell and feel, impressive 70s horsehide. The seller stated in the description: wearing feeling approximately 34-36. He didn't check the inner pocket, where there's written "36L" in a thin blue pen. If I have to be honest, it fits me like a size 38, the pit-to-pit measurement is 52 cm / 20,47". I'm 1,73m and weight 63kg.
    The original zippers are Talon: teardrop puller on left handwarm pocket and both cuffs. The main zip was replaced with a brass YKK, and the right pocket was replaced with... a metal piece. All belt-loops remain tightly in its place. I guess the side-laces ain't the original if I compare with my Cal's laces, or other Cals I saw. You'll see scratches everywhere, ripped lining around the snaps of the neck, stitches without thread, peeled off areas, and one little damage point behind the neck. Excuse the lack of bright, overcast day in Barcelona.
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    Warning: the following pic may hurt sensibilities.
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    Well, let me know your thoughts both in the jacket and fitting, I'm all ears. Mine? I'm VERY happy with it :). Despite being a 36L (long?) I can't say it's tight on me, even zipped up (not laced up of course), must be 'cause this Cal's very worn and broken in.
     
  6. Robbie79

    Robbie79 One Too Many

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    Congrats, nice find and condition looks quite good! The overall fit and jacket length is perfect IMO (for my taste). Sleeves are a bit short but I guess still OK for a cross zip. I like it a lot!
     
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  7. Monitor

    Monitor

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    IMO literally as perfect as it gets. I've nothing more to add other than this is what I want a padded Cal to fit me.
     
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  8. AeroFan_07

    AeroFan_07 I'll Lock Up

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    Looks great! Nicley pre-loved and it's ready for many more years of service to you there!

    Give it a coat of Pecards or something similar and you'll be good to go!
     
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  9. TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead

    TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead One Too Many

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    Amazing! Well done.
     
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  10. Leather Walker

    Leather Walker One of the Regulars

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    Thank you, guys! Judging by the p2p, I thought it'd be a size 38. In fact, the sizing shared by the seller matches my non-padded Cal, which got a "38" inside the pocket, except of sleeves –whose difference is 1 cm. So, even being a 36, I believe I can still lace it up a little when zipped.. I'll try.
    I agree with you @AeroFan_07, lots of love on this Cal. It will get more! :D
     
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  11. Jin431

    Jin431 Call Me a Cab

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    Fits just right! What a score! Congrats on a another fantastic find!
     
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  12. Keith Garrison

    Keith Garrison One of the Regulars

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    This is the first time I have seen a padded Cal, and I think it looks great!
     
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