So has anyone had a chance to try on one of the Matchless jackets?
I've been trying to find a review or even a picture of the jacket outside of a publicity event, but have come up empty handed. Any chance anyone might want to take a plunge? I'm sure I can't be the only one curious to see what these look like worn candid and unzipped (strange that the only clear photos of the Matchless jacket are completely zipped up).
On another note, I'm starting to wonder if the folks at Matchless even had a prop jacket to work off of, considering how there are many details omitted from what I can tell. While I understand the use of zips to make it more functional for riders, the lack of little details, the proportions being a little off, and the overall color being completely off is strange for a luxury item at this price point geared towards collectors.
I mean, consider what I wrote in my previous post about the vest. It just looks like they cut corners where they could, which to me explains the inaccurate magnet size on the stormflap: The bottom magnentic closure should be a long rectangular piece, but it's the simply two widemagnetic closures instead. It really seems like they simply were cutting corners by using only producing and using one type of magnetic closure shape so as to save on having to create two unique magnetic shapes.
Same argument goes for the detailing on the back of their Han Solo vest in which they reused the loops from their Han Solo jacket chest instead of making a larger set of loops, making that detail on their vest look very awkwardly placed and more than a little pointless.
I'm not even arguing for screen accuracy at this point, but rather the cost-saving design choices impacting both the aesthetic and functionality of fairly expensive luxury products. I mean, if this were a Target/Wal-Mart jacket I'd understand, but for the price you'd think they would be able to run two separate production lines for both variants of the loops and magnetic closures.
Just a little disappointing to me, especially considering how nicely their Finn jacket turned out. Even though not necessarily screen accurate, the changes that Matchless made for their take on the Finn jacket are aesthetically pleasing and understandable.