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Old 12-02-2011, 07:56 PM   #1
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Leather jacket for Christmas...

It's getting to the time of year where wearing one would be a little more comfortable, and my mesh jacket is a little breezy even with the liner in. Recommendations or advice welcome - I'd hate to spend the coin on one and find out later I don't like it. Must have inside pockets, hopefully with at least one big enough for an M&P 40c. Thx...
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:57 PM   #2
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:26 AM   #3
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I just bought one of these:

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/a...leather-jacket

I don't know about the inside pocket, but it is pretty nice and very understated for a riding jacket. It has enough perforation that it should still be usable in the summer. It runs really large though; I went with a size 39 which would normally be way too small, and it fits perfectly. The waist isn't adjustable, so I was lucky I got it right on the first shot.
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:08 AM   #4
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A perforated Leather jacket is not cool enough for summer wear and too cool for cold weather.
2 ways to deal with it. Get 2 jackets or a perf'd jacket for hot weather and some kind of windbreaking outer jacket. Let me explain.
A perf'd jacket with a liner isn't very effective for staying warm because the wind blows through the jacket and the liner is all that's between you and the cold.
If you go with a windbreaking overjacket then air gets trapped inside the perf'd jacket and gets warm. I don't know if that makes sense but that's what I have found to work well, without the expense of 2 jackets.

To answer you original question, Vanson is the best jacket you will ever own. Most expensive? Probably but they're nice!
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I've got to disagree on the effectiveness of perfed leather in the summer. I find them effective at the top end of the nineties.
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i've had my shift leather jacket for a few years now. i like =)

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I wear a Milwaukee Leather jacket, the Milwaukee Classic (toward the bottom of the link).

http://www.mmccleather.com/leather-j...r-jackets.html

It meets your criteria nicely, and isn't ridiculously expensive, at $225. Has inside gun pockets that easily fit my Glock .40, zippered liner, zippered vent panels front and back, so it's good for cool or brutally cold days. Good workmanship and material.
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I like the perfecto style of jacket, but I haven't found one with pockets to accept armor yet. When I do... I'll have to wait till next christmas, my wife would kill me if I bought another jacket right now.
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I wear a Milwaukee Leather jacket, the Milwaukee Classic (toward the bottom of the link).

http://www.mmccleather.com/leather-j...r-jackets.html

It meets your criteria nicely, and isn't ridiculously expensive, at $225. Has inside gun pockets that easily fit my Glock .40, zippered liner, zippered vent panels front and back, so it's good for cool or brutally cold days. Good workmanship and material.
cool, but not really a sporty jacket.
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He didn't say sporty, but regardless, there are seven jackets there, and some of them are fairly sporty. They're well made jackets, and not prohibitively expensive.
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well, he rides a sporty bike, figured he'd want a somewhat sporty jacket - not one with big collars on the front.

and they're still $200+

I've never heard of this company and would want to see some reviews before I laid down my hard-earned. Would be cool to find a quality jacket at that price, though. Have you ever crashed in yours?
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Thanks for the tips y'all. I'll definitely look into these. Yeah, I'd be more interested in a sport-type jacket, but anything that saves my skin is fair game.

I'm due for an oil change anyway, so I'll check out what Patrick has in the shop.
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I've never heard of this company and would want to see some reviews before I laid down my hard-earned. Would be cool to find a quality jacket at that price, though. Have you ever crashed in yours?
No, I don't plan on crashing at all. I'll leave that to the less fortunate and the adrenalin junkies. But I do know good, strong leather when I see it.

If you want to see some of those jackets in person, Renegade Classics carries this brand.
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Yeah, I don't think I'm gonna crash either. That sounds like a plan.
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The shift vendetta jacket is great. I did have to replace the zipper though after a year of constant use, but I paid 400$ brand new for the jacket a year or so ago.

They are 166 now. Awesome price because they are in closeout.

https://www.denniskirk.com/3567080S....utm_medium=cse
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