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Jens_Hoppe wrote:I ended up ordering a jacket from wolverinejacket.com, which I received the other day.
- I like it a lot.
- I got a custom-sized one, specifying my own measurements, and those I wanted the jacket to have. The result was extremely close to what I asked for.
- The leather is heavy, and beautifully predistressed/antiqued.
- Communication from Wade @ wolverinejacket.com was impressive. Whenever I had yet another stupid question (tm) to ask, he'd reply within a few hours every time.
Here's a couple of examples:
Jens_Hoppe wrote:TopGun78 wrote:What was the production/delivery time?
I received the jacket about three weeks after placing the order.
DavidCoppola wrote:Who was the vendor? Did you say earlier that the light brown accents and stripes were fake leather?
What is the thickness of the leather?
DavidCoppola wrote:Sizing seems to be a bit weird, a size small has a 44" chest?
Jens_Hoppe wrote:I am still looking for a "good" XO jacket, and could use some input from you guys as to the various options out there.
Ideally, I would want it to be sturdy, well-made, thick and reasonably screen-accurate. Price is not really an issue. Well, it is of course, but as long as the quality follows the price, I am willing to pay quite a lot.
The obvious choice, of course, would be Logan's Closet, but to be honest, I have more or less given up on them. It seems that some people don't get proper communication about orders they've placed. Well, I have not been able to get even the one reply that would enable me to place an order. Too bad.
There's a lovely used LC on eBay at the moment (in Europe, even), but I think it's a size or two too big for me...
So, where does that leave me?
Wested: Price is reasonably good. They're in Europe. I don't know how accurate the pattern is, but probably only so-so. However, I have had one of their X1's in my possession for a while, and didn't really like their predistressed hide. Also, their standard sizes are extremely wide in the body and short-sleeved, so I would need custom measurements (and I am always wary of that when dealing with Wested). I have tried to communicate with Gemma@Wested, but getting replies is tough going...
Soul Revolver: Expensive, probably really light-weight. Sent from within the EU. Their pattern seems slim, so probably good for someone tall & thin like me.
Leathernext: Cheaper, possibly of comparable quality to Soul Revolver's stuff before they went with Italian manufacturers. Good comments about them here recently. My one experience with them was bad - I got a (well-made, admittedly) Cyclops jacket from them, but the details were horribly off. That was several years ago, however, so perhaps they've gotten better? However, I am more than a little wary about going back to them.
Heron: ("thebestjackets" on eBay seem to be selling their jackets). Cheap. Reports on uneven quality here, so I am not really comfortable ordering from them...
Of course, all sorts of more or less horrible jackets can be found on eBay from different sellers. Some look horrible even in the photos provided (!), but even with the ones that look nice, I don't know if they are showing the actual product or just stealing images from other vendors. As can be seen above, I did order a jacket from one of these sellers, and I am only happy about it because it was so incredibly cheap (and I needed it fast)! But this new jacket should be an upgrade on the cheapo, so repeating the eBay experience, and probably getting another jacket of similar quality doesn't really make much sense.
Have I missed any major players? Any suggestions?
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