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Posts posted by dudewuttheheck

  1. 44 minutes ago, beautiful_FrEaK said:

    It's a nice jacket. For my taste it looks kinda too small on you

    I get that. I'm sure most would not want theirs to fit like this. I personally love how it fits. Part of it is how loose my CSF jacket looks and feels.

    If it were uncomfortable buttoned, then I would probably have to move it on and find a larger size if I could, but it's actually quite comfortable even buttoned and easy to move around in.

  2. 23 hours ago, propellerbeanie said:

    Which proxy service do you prefer/recommend?

    The one I used was Tenso and they did a good job. I have not had to use them in a while though. My most recent 'proxy' is being done by a friend right now. It's not a McCoy's product though, it's Freewheelers from a store that doesn't ship to the USA.

  3. On 10/28/2019 at 3:36 PM, mlwdp said:


    Well, this stinks.  Perhaps I could use a proxy to get some instead.

    That's your best chance. I was able to get something to me from a Japanese retailer back in 2015, but I tried again the next year and no dice. I did just proxy a jacket from a Japanese store that won't ship overseas. If you know someone who is willing to help you out, it's cheaper than using a service, but there are a lot of reliable services out there. 

  4. I managed to grab a made in USA (with Cone denim) LVC triple pleat in my size. This jacket has been on my "to buy" list for many years and I figured I had to grab it before this version was completely gone. 

    The fit is quite slim, especially when I compare it to my Conners Sewing Factory jacket. Even more than that, it is quite short. It's not uncomfortable to wear, but I've never worn such a short jacket and it feels like it's too short, but I like how it looks in the pictures. I didn't expect to like this one so much, but it's now already my favorite non-leather jacket. Makes me more sad about this fabric being no more.

    I took pre-soak shots of it on its own, but I still need to take post-soak shots of the fabric, though I'm sure those already exist in this thread (those fade pics above from @Paul T look great!). I'd love to find a duck version as well.







  5. 8 hours ago, mlwdp said:

    I’m referring to the deck jacket version that’s usually the cheapest out of all the USN deck jackets.  It was only worn during the Vietnam and Korean War unlike the other WWII and WWII jackets.  I’m not familiar with the leather A-2 jacket’s place in History but if that jacket was also only worn during Korea and Vietnam, it makes sense for it to be thin due to climate.  I should probably brush up on my naval history.


    Ah yes I had forgotten about this A-2. I always just think of the leather version from the interwar/WWII years. 

  6. 3 hours ago, mlwdp said:

    I won't do a A-2 again, no matter how cheap they sell for. They aren't warm enough and the side straps annoyingly loosen by themselves.  The sleeve length can be annoying as well.  I'm already contemplating selling mine due to warmth and I've lost weight so it's huge on me now.

    A-2 jackets are terrible for warmth. Mine was my best jacket for wearing in warmer weather, but it was awful for actual winter wear. The lining is always thin cotton or silk and the leather is never very thick (relatively). What side straps are you talking about? Are we talking about different jackets?

  7. On 10/10/2019 at 3:19 PM, Cold Summer said:

    Pigeon Tree's stuff looks nice. For belts, my favorite is Equus - I admit I'm partial to hand-stitched belts rather than ones with a metal fastener.

    Pigeon Tree does offer this. I'm the same as you and I ordered all of my belts from him hand sewn instead of with metal fasteners.

  8. I have to say that I am extremely glad I got my Clinch boots when I did. The prices have gone up a lot since I ordered mine directly. I'm not saying they aren't worth the current prices, but I am glad I didn't have to spend that much to get mine. That said, I do believe they're the best engineers around, though you could argue Role Club as well.

  9. On 4/25/2019 at 12:03 PM, Cold Summer said:

    After watching @dudewuttheheck's Viberg boots review on YouTube, and re-reading the last page of the Conner's thread, it's making me wonder: What, exactly, do we consider "quality" that justifies the prices of high-end casual clothing pieces?

    For Jake, little things like loose threads on the vamp stitching are considered flaws that have no place on an expensive boot. For me, I see things like that and think, "this is where they cut off the last thread when they finished stitching." Some of these things honestly wouldn't occur to me to consider as flaws - I tend to see things like the finishing around the back heel (which I noticed when I had Vibergs in the past) as purposefully done like that - suggesting the hand-made nature of the boots rather than something perfectly, soullessly finished by a robot. Obviously, there are definitely things I consider to be defects - poorly-aligned stitchdown work, bad clicking, misaligned heels, etc.

    This isn't to say that I don't have tremendous respect for guys like Goto from White Cloud or Brian the Bootmaker who do something approaching perfection, but for me things indicative of the hand-made process are features rather than bugs - similar to how many view the "flaws" of jeans like CSF (though in CSF's case, some of these aspects are done purposefully.)

    My Flat Head 3005s, for example, have very narrow selvedge on the right outseam, about halfway down the thigh, which could be considered a defect (although there's no indication of this unless you turn the jeans inside out.) But I've been to Flat Head's denim houses in Okayama and seen them doing this stuff in person, the whole process is very inefficient and un-industrial so I just see this as a side effect of that. Most of my 3Sixteen shirts have had loose long threads/runoff at various points, so I just clip off the threads and move on.

    I think you can go to plenty of fast-fashion stores and find clothing items that have technically-perfect stitching and construction (and maybe last longer because they're probably sewn with poly thread) because they were essentially made by robots/highly automated processes. So I don't mind the imperfect some degree of imperfection. Vintage Levi's weren't perfect either: hem roping, uneven fabrics, hidden rivets, cotton stitching, and fading in general were unintentional side effects to begin with. 

    I think you summarized my thoughts pretty darn well and thanks for watching the review. Conner's is definitely an exception for me and part of that is due to the fact that out of all the clothing I own, jeans will fall apart the fastest so I don't necessarily want or need perfect construction on a garment that won't last forever. On jackets and boots it's essential for me because I will have them forever in theory. Also, as you said, with CSF it's on purpose. With Viberg, I don't think it is and if it is, they certainly don't say so. I don't like the idea that it's a sign of being made by hand when actual hand made shoes are finished so much better. Plus, I do have much more nicely constructed jeans from people like Roy to bask in the glory of the wonderful construction.