Windward jackets by Montgomery Ward (and copies)

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Windward, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. seabass

    seabass Call Me a Cab

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    Just add high waist pants. :cool:
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  2. Windward

    Windward Practically Family

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    yeeeees .... more more more ... button down collar its a nice feature its a kind of a "Flight-Windward". This jacket got face !!!:D
    The position of the elasticeated side panels are different - the breast pockets are more "smiling" and are a bit larger.
    Do you have any wear pics? Would be much appreciated.
    Thanks
    Windward

    Oh forgot to ask: Where'e the removable collar?
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2013
  3. Capesofwrath

    Capesofwrath Practically Family

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    What a nice and well preserved jacket.

    I like the nylon stitched nylon lined on the label. Not something they'd be proudly trumpeting nowadays.
     
  4. Windward

    Windward Practically Family

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    I also wear hig waisted pants from Bills Khaki ... the M1 do the job as well as the model M2 for me. Bills Khakis made in the US :usa2::usa2::usa2::
     
  5. ButteMT61

    ButteMT61

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    Where have you been??? Good to see you back!
     
  6. Windward

    Windward Practically Family

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    Sorry Butte - I am very busy, because I'm planning my new Windward - and this time completely transformed!
     
  7. seabass

    seabass Call Me a Cab

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    M1's are great super high rise..& well made !
    The collar is real nice Mouton,& a modest size not too puffy,, good you brought it up, I have to find it...
    I might have some old pics on the old side-shifter,, gotta look
    Glad you got a kick out of the pics !

    oh the nylon lining proved good for extra wind proofing,,,,ala Windward
     
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2013
  8. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    I've fallen in love with these jackets, and I just bought one off ebay. I hope it's not too short ;)
     
  9. nick123

    nick123 I'll Lock Up

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    It won't be if you make believe it isn't. :) 6'2" and 24.5" back Windward, baby. lol
     
  10. jacketjunkie

    jacketjunkie One Too Many

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    Now, this is what I call coincidence. I ordered a Windward at Aero a while back and it's going to arrive just today.
     
  11. nick123

    nick123 I'll Lock Up

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    That classic Windward model that Aero reproduces is pretty cool. I have a fleece lined one from the 50s with a breast zip pocket, large mouton collar and side pockets. Not as cool as the one pictured above or the Aero. You guys have the iconic model. I like those pockets a lot, and I think you'll realize the elastic isn't a big deal at all. It looks kind of odd on a jacket in the pictures, but they aren't bad in person. The old one I have, you hardly even notice them. The elastic is no longer taught but it seems to not even be a worry.
     
  12. jacketjunkie

    jacketjunkie One Too Many

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    Guys, I Need help! My modified Windward arrived. It's perfectly crafted in all regards just like I asked for, except for one and that one gives me a headache, but before I do anything I would like to hear your opinions. The fit is great in the body and sleeve length is good, too, however...

    I asked for extra length, 24.25" specifically, because that's what my Vanson Stadium has and I definitely did not want to go any shorter than the Vanson whose length already took me a while to get comfortable with. Now, the jacket arrived and it has a back length of roughly 23.65". While it covers the belt at the back only just, the accordingly short front does not cover the belt, it barely reachs it matter of factly. Here are two quick pictures, I apologize for the poor quality, there was noone close to help out and I had to improvise.
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    I am torn.. Holly has been a charm to work with, friendly and helpful and Julie created the jacket, so you can be sure it's perfectly crafted other than the length, and I feel like a total jackass after all the modifications they did for me, but I do not see myself wearing a jacket this short and the 0.8" difference to my desired length is pretty much what the jacket is lacking to fit just perfect.. Should I reach out to Aero and ask them to fix this?

    edit: Since the backlength is kind of okay, maybe just replacing the front waistband-parts for other ones with a drop towards the center a la Dustbowl might be a economic way to fix this dilemma?
     
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  13. nick123

    nick123 I'll Lock Up

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    It looks fine (really good in fact). The last picture is the only one where I think it looks a bit too short. I think that's due to how you were positioned.
     
  14. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    Oh man....
    It's too short. This is my fear with my soon to be here vintage one.
    Email Aero about it. Usually 1/2 inch is within tolerances, but yours is short IMHO.
     
  15. ButteMT61

    ButteMT61

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    I watch lots of old TV shows. It's amazing how many jackets there are in just The Twilight Zone alone. Shorter jackets (and yes, higher-rise pants) are pretty much the look. When I see a jacket that is reasonably short, it just reminds me of that look and I like it.
    I've also had to compromise some being 6'-4", so maybe that's why.
    I think it looks great myself. But YOU have to wear it.
     
  16. Sorry, but if honest opinion counts, it looks too short to me. I just wouldn't be happy, and would definitely contact Aero.
    HD
     
  17. GriffDeLaGriff

    GriffDeLaGriff One Too Many

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    My short jacket has actually also shrunk with time. If I were to order a new one from Aero, I personally would add .5 to my desired length being that they have a .5 fault tolerance. If it comes perfect to spec then .5 wont matter, and if it comes in under then its still good.

    And since they have .5 tolerance, they might also understand why .8 makes it too short for you. I would contact and just say as it is....hi, its amazing, its too short..it came in underspec....i feel bad..what do we do?
     
  18. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    Looks like it needs a full 2 inches more length. I think asking for .25 extra in a measurement for leather is crazy, Man. Go full inches, leather is an organic martial, not a scientific instrument that can be infinitely calibrated. I would expect any jacket to come accurate in measurements only up to a point, say half an inch.
     
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2015
  19. Superfluous

    Superfluous My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Gotta agree -- looks too short.

    My favorite Winward repro is the RMC Wayward. I continue to hope that RMC will reissue the jacket.

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  20. Sloan1874

    Sloan1874 I'll Lock Up

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    The Windward is still on my 'want' list, I think it oozes style, but that does look on the short side.
     

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