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Old 02-26-2007, 11:15 PM   #1
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the 3/4 length leather rider's jacket is baaaaaack

this may be the one that keeps those so inclined from searching ebay for FirstGear Barons, HG Dakars, a leatherKilimanjaro, etc


never heard of the brand so we'll see

but here it is in both colors

black and vintage (?)




Miline Melbourne Leather Jackets

  • Miline Melbourne Leather Jacket
• Hand crafted in Spain
• Full grain leather
• Double stitched seams
• Full length zip-out thermo liner
• CE rated armor in arms, shoulders, back
• Adjustable waist belts to ensure percise fit
• Button volume adjusters on sleeves
• 4 Outside pockets and 2 Inside pockets
• Classic style & outstanding durability


I am digging it in a retro sort of mad max no one else will have it world traveler sort of kinda of way

269 available here


anyone pull the trigger on one yet?
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Old 02-27-2007, 01:03 AM   #2
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Similar but locally made

http://www.johnsonleather.com/n-700laf-r.htm
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Old 02-27-2007, 07:38 AM   #3
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But 2.5 times the price.


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Old 02-27-2007, 08:17 AM   #4
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I have a FG Baron and it's taken me 3 years to break it in properly. As far as I'm concerned that made its value go up. Still, I wish it were available in brown.
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Old 02-27-2007, 08:21 AM   #5
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Don't see any vents, that would be a deal breaker for me.

I'll keep my Baron, but thanks for the heads-up. 3/4 leather is, as stated, "retro sort of mad max no one else will have it world traveler sort of kinda of way."
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:50 AM   #6
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Vanson's offering....
$585 though
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:15 AM   #7
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Do you guys not get the Hein Gericke TFL Cool Leather Jacket in the US?



http://www.hein-gericke.co.uk/shop/p...oducts_id/2875

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Old 02-27-2007, 11:59 AM   #8
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I like the pocket flaps, it makes the pockets more waterproof. Of course if it gets wet it will weigh 250 lbs +/-. The venting tho... is important, I wonder where it is (or is it a fashion moto jacket).

It seems to me the heavy leather trade off is easy early breakin. If you have armour in the right spots - do you need heavy leather in spots that aren't vulnerable?
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Old 02-27-2007, 12:09 PM   #9
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No venting in the jackets per supplier. Unbelievable. Made in Spain (it gets hot there) & no venting.

the Hein Gericke looks great, it also looks like it leaks like a sieve but is vented all over.
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Old 02-27-2007, 12:11 PM   #10
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I had a dark brown 3/4 length leather coat made my Bates 30 years ago; I thought I was sooooo cool. I even worn it when I drove my little Fiat 124 spyder with the top down on cold days

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Old 02-27-2007, 12:25 PM   #11
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No venting in the jackets per supplier. Unbelievable. Made in Spain (it gets hot there) & no venting.
I guess it depends on the market it's made for. It wouldn't be at all unusual for jackets designed for the UK market to have no vents.
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the Hein Gericke looks great, it also looks like it leaks like a sieve but is vented all over.
I also guess that you can't have it both ways. FWIW, I wouldn't expect any leather jacket to be very waterproof.
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Old 02-27-2007, 02:40 PM   #12
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That Hein Gericke looks nice. I hope more manufacturers start using that TFL Cool Leather soon. I love the look of a black jacket, but it would be nice for a little relief from the heat.

Vanson also has the Teton which looks pretty nice. Looks like it should be pretty well vented too.

http://www.vansonleathers.com/produc.../tt2_teton.htm
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Old 02-27-2007, 03:12 PM   #13
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That Hein Gericke looks nice. I hope more manufacturers start using that TFL Cool Leather soon. I love the look of a black jacket, but it would be nice for a little relief from the heat.
I believe that BMW are using the same leather treatment on some of their kit.

Here's my 3/4 length jacket. I don't know what brand it is...no labels. It's got CE armour in the shoulders and elbows and is a good quality full grain hide. I bought it on ebay a couple of years ago for the Pounds Sterling equivalent of about $90 US.
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:09 PM   #14
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No Information On Miline Melbourne Jacket

After more than a year, no one have any information on the Miline Melbourne Jacket? I just notice this jacket recently but I cannot find any info on it other than the short description from the mail order house.

It has almost everything I am looking for.....

+ All leather construction, not "hybrid" of fabric and leather. All my fabric jacket gets worned and turned to shreads after a few years.

+ Have shoulder, elbow, and back armor.

+ high collar, with zipper that goes up all the way up.

+ 3/4 keeps the elements out of my lower back.

+ Minimum number of leather pieces/panels instead of a million pieces of scraps sew together and marketed as fashion. When it comes to failures, it is the stitchings, not the leather. That leads to the question ...... what is the quality of the stitching?

+ Price is right, $250. If it is not the highest fit and finish in construction, it is acceptable to me if the quality of stitching is good and strong. Blemish on the leather is fine, it is going to be a "work" jacket. It is going to take a beating exposed to the elements, a fine polished flawless surface will not make much difference.

+ It is a jacket I can walk around without little kids point at me yelling "power ranger" to their Mom. I am too old to be so loud in fashion. I am "old school".
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:29 AM   #15
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this may be the one that keeps those so inclined from searching ebay for FirstGear Barons, HG Dakars, a leatherKilimanjaro, etc
I didn't realize HG Dakars were sought after. I have this one that I bought new at Cycle Gear about 15 years ago. It looks much better in person than the flash picture shows it:

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