the 3/4 length leather rider's jacket is baaaaaack

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by mutineer, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. Dantegod

    Dantegod Been here awhile

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    Sorry... we missed the BMW rally last week had to do the Moto GP. We had all the Belstaff Jackets on display and sold out of most of them to European customers due to the weak $ and high retail price in Europe. We ship out of our San Diego Warehouse for USA Belstaff Orders. Many of you may not have heard but the Belstaff Brand was just sold to LabelLux out of Switzerland a major player in the Luxery Brand market. Sorry I missed responding too a few comments on this thread. The slanted pocket was indead for your time card although there were those who used it as a pistol pocket.

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  2. Recht

    Recht Binge Thinker

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    Belstaff Knockhill vs. Vanson Teton. Anyone do a side by side comparison, which wins?
  3. Twistyblackmetal

    Twistyblackmetal wrenchslinger

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    I keep dredging, as I am looking for an awesome 3/4 length jacket at an equally awesome price. (I am a guzzi rider and therefore, cheap) I see this one available from a shop in India and have been in contact to see if this would fit my needs..

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/160914948471?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

    and I really like this one as well....

    http://www.chequeredflags.co.uk/vintage-speedwear-black-label-leather-jacket-p-151.html

    If anyone has experience with either of these....let me know!
  4. Recht

    Recht Binge Thinker

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  5. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    I have one of the new versions, it's a pretty solid-feeling jacket. The leather isn't super-thick but it's about the same as my Fieldsheer jacket.

    It fits me great, I wear a 44L and ordered a 46 in the jacket. The sleeves are just long enough and the torso isn't even terribly huge as is usually the case.

    My only real gripe is that the armor it comes with still sucks. It looks better than what was included in the previous version, but it's still pitiful compared to the armor in my Fieldsheer jacket. So, I swapped the Fieldsheer armor over since this jacket fits me so much better.

    The venting is OK, still not going to be a jacket for 90+ degree weather but I think it'll do OK into the low 80s.

    Oh, and there are no longer any labels stitched into the jacket. It's just plain black leather. I really like this one and I feel like I got a great deal for $200.
  6. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    I don't see it on their website. What model? Does it have armor?
  7. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    Time to start pairing down the gear just before an extended trip.

    Anyone looking for a FG Baron (size L) or Roadgear Oregon Trail size 44 (Paris Dakar knockoff, however it was made it the same factory as the PD jacket and is 90% identical).

    While I'm here, Hein Gericke reintroduced the Paris Dakar jacket. It looks nothing like the old one, I'll try to find a picture of it.
  8. Schtum

    Schtum Free Genie

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    An old thread but a goodie if, like me, you're a gearhead. :D

    So, some 7 years after originally posting in this thread, I finally purchased the Hein Gericke jacket that I'd posted about.

    This is a Hein Gericke TFL Cool, 3/4 leather jacket. Hein Gericke is no more here in the UK and these jackets have been hard to find for some time. I picked this one up on Gumtree (a bit like Craigslist) from Norwich in England for the princely sum of 50 Pounds or c. $85.00 US and had a friend whose home is there but is working up here in Scotland, bring it up for me. I then spent 70 pounds, c. $119.00 US, purchasing back, shoulder and elbow D3O armour for it and another 50 Pounds having the sleeves shortened by a local saddler. So, in total, it's cost me about $290 but it's as new and I don't think it's ever previously been worn. The pic I've attached here isn't, in fact, my jacket but a European size 54, that's currently on eBay.co.uk if anyone is looking for one. The jacket is grey in colour rather than the black that it appears to be in the pic.

    Part of the reason that my jacket may never have been worn is that it's a very substantial garment, made from thick and fairly inflexible leather. I consulted with a friend who is a chemical engineer and who has done considerable research on the materials of motorcycle clothing to ask if using some kind of leather treatment to soften it would compromise the TFL cool coating on the leather. His view was that it would do so and I should break the jacket in by putting it in the tumble drier on a low heat with something heavy in the drum to beat the jacket into submission. He was quite correct. :lol3

    Since doing that, having the sleeves shortened and then fitting the D3O armour, I've only worn the jacket on my R1200 GS WC once and found it now to be very comfortable and very well ventilated via its six front and three rear vents.

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  9. CollinsB

    CollinsB Been here awhile

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    I like the 3/4 leather jackets. When I find one that fits like my "Tour Master Transition", I'll probably buy one.
  10. little foot

    little foot Scratch and Sniff

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    Didn't want to start a new thread so i revived this baby.. I am looking for a 3/4 length leather jacket w/ armor and not black in color. is ebay my best shot?
  11. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Yeah,I wouldnt even look at a jacket with 0 venting. And leather do suck in real life situations sometimes,drying takes days. But I suppose style counts for something.:1drink
  12. Gruesome

    Gruesome Alter Heizer

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    I wouldn't necessarily call this type of jacket stylish, what with the giant outside pockets etc. Or at least it's a special kind of style.
    And they do make waterproof leather these days that still breathes.
  13. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

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    sorry but ugly never goes out of style :lol3
  14. Graemsay

    Graemsay Been here awhile

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    Hideout Leather in the UK offer a longer touring jacket called the Robo. It's available in brown and black.

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    It's leather with a Kevlar lining, a full zip to join it to trousers, soft armour, probably by Forcefield, in the elbows and shoulders, and the option to add a back protector.
  15. mutineer

    mutineer pierpont lives

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    That is way cool
  16. motorjon68

    motorjon68 Been here awhile

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    Tourmaster has the Lawndale in dark brown with brass snaps or black with silver snaps.
  17. RogerWilco

    RogerWilco Been here awhile

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    Vanson Leathers offers the "Teton" 3/4 length jacket. Their website indicates it is supplied with armor, and has vents for cooling.
  18. RonkoRider

    RonkoRider Wrong Island, NY

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    From the Teton Description:
    • CE armor elbows and shoulder armor pre-installed
    • CE armor back-pad sold optionally
  19. Gruesome

    Gruesome Alter Heizer

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    Do you really truly want those big pockets on the outside? If you don't care, think of the people who have to see you like this. Also, carrying tons of stuff on your person (that could then dig into you in case of a fall) is not safe.
  20. James Adams

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    Motorcycles are dangerous, too. :lol3