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Old 04-17-2008, 07:21 AM   #16
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I've got a HG Dakar that i bought NOS off ebay and it's a great jacket except that it doesn't have armor. I usually wear Bohn back armor with it but that leaves a lot to be desired.

I hope someone pulls the trigger on the jacket so we can get some more info.

I do like the stuff at Johnson Leather but that particular jacket looks a little on the short side to me. What's nice about the Dakar jacket is that the zipper doesn't go all the way to the bottom so that when you're riding the bottom part just sort of flaps up without restricting you.
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Old 05-28-2008, 02:09 PM   #17
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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".

Well come on, buy it. I just saw an ad for and google search brought me to this thread. Let me know what you think.
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:13 PM   #18
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Well come on, buy it. I just saw an ad for and google search brought me to this thread. Let me know what you think.
soon as my vanson leathers sell.. challenger jacket and traverller pants - and another star jacket sell.. I am going to pull the trigger on one of these... I can't find ANY of the others available.
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:06 PM   #19
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if someone wants to send me $250 ducats
I would be willing to purchase the jacket, wear it, and report back in with a thorough review!


send me more and I will write a very sad country song about the whole affair
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Old 06-01-2008, 05:35 AM   #20
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Spanish leather is usually lightweight, if it is even made in Spain, which it may not be. Check it out closely before paying big $$$$

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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


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 06-02-2008, 06:00 AM   #21
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Spanish leather is usually lightweight, if it is even made in Spain, which it may not be. Check it out closely before paying big $$$$

Is 1.5-1.7mm leather considered lightweight?
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Old 06-04-2008, 03:59 PM   #22
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Is 1.5-1.7mm leather considered lightweight?
The johnson leathers is 3.5mm .. I am going to pass on the Miline and look for a dakar ... If I can find one....
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:08 PM   #23
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FYI, the official Vanson offering in this jacket is the Teton.



The upper chest pockets zip up to form a mesh vent...
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:56 AM   #24
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The johnson leathers is 3.5mm .. I am going to pass on the Miline and look for a dakar ... If I can find one....
3.5mm ! I think you meant 3.5oz weight leather. 3.5mm leather, no matter how soft, will weight a ton. The Foxcreek Leather with 1.6mm thick was HEAVY. The Miline is thick, nice, but don't know anything about the quality of the stitching. Lots of racing suits are only 1.2mm thick but they are triple stitching. The stitching is where it'll fail. The leather will hold up.

I called Competition. They will not give a refund, only store credit. Otherwise, I would order it and check it out and return if it does not meet quality standard.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:00 AM   #25
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According to Foxcreek Leather website, their jacket uses 1.4-1.6mm thick leather, with weights in at 3.5-4.0 oz ..........per ......... square inch?
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:44 AM   #26
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miline jacket

i made the plunge based on the specs and the comments from this site. after i got, i felt really nice and the leather was thick. it the stitching appeared to be solid double stitch on every part of the jacket. i live in san francisco and visited johnson's leather's similar jacket. JL jacket is very well make with thick leather also. if i can afford JL's price tag i would probably just buy it there. But comparing the two jackets, the price of miline's is a very good deal. it has similar quality to JL without the high price. i wear a size 40 suit and ordered the size 44 in miline's sizing chart. it fits perfect with enough room to move. if i had ordered the 42 i think i would have a tougher time in moving my arms forward to hold the handlebars.

bottom line, i would recommend this jacket based on the way it feels and looks as well as the specs. unless i fall at high speed with this jacket, i cannot vouch for the durablity in a slide.
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Old 07-28-2008, 11:02 AM   #27
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But 2.5 times the price.
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Old 07-28-2008, 11:25 AM   #28
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I have a jacket in that style. It was sold under the BMW brand, but made by Dainese. Very classy, if a little large for me these days.
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:49 PM   #29
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..... i wear a size 40 suit and ordered the size 44 in miline's sizing chart. it fits perfect with enough room to move. if i had ordered the 42 i think i would have a tougher time in moving my arms forward to hold the handlebars......
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Thanks for the information.

Size charts from various jacket brands are all over the place. One chart, I needed a size 40, in another chart, I needed a size 48 ! I think I need a 40 Long.

You can help me a lot if you can answer a few question for me .....

Can you do a measurement of your waist & chest (wrap the tape measure just under the arm pits, RELAX the chest) ?
Also, what is your weight ?
Are you slim, had a few beer too many, or body builder torso ?

Post some close up photos of the stitchings? I have been trying to do some research on stitchings and some looks like double stitching but actually single. The second row was not a load bearing stitch ! Hummm .....
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:57 PM   #30
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jashui,

I find lots of jacket made today are "hybrids". Parts are made of cordora and leather panels are stitched onto the "frame". How is the details of this jacket? All leather construction?

One more question .... What is the circumfrence of the sleeve cuff opening, measured from the inside (measured from the outside can be 1/2 to 3/4 more) ?
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