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View Poll Results: What Indy jacket do you own?
Wested 29 54.72%
Todd's Costumes 10 18.87%
Steele and Jones 3 5.66%
Bill Kelso 0 0%
Other (post about it below) 11 20.75%
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:07 AM   #351
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With little natural light, jacket looks darkish. In bright or sunlight, it is a lighter russet brown.

BK Indy jackets run on the slim side which is very good for normal sized folks. As a more beefy guy, it feels comfortable with some snugness in the pits and chest. If I ordered my actual chest size, the OTR would be way too small. Andy at BK will make some changes to facilitate fit. I had to go a little bigger on the pit-to-pit. The back length is shorter than my Wested jackets on paper but came out about the same fit.
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Old 01-11-2017, 12:11 PM   #352
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Great looking jacket. I really like that colour. A better fit than Westeds Hero would you say, or quite similar?
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:02 PM   #353
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Great looking jacket. I really like that colour. A better fit than Westeds Hero would you say, or quite similar?

The Kelso is a copy of a Nowak Raiders which should be pretty darn close. It fits much more comfortable than the Wested Hero and does not that weird fit feeling. I have 2 of the Kelso Cairo ones in SL and HH. They are good wearing jackets.

From the jackets I own and I like them all, I would rate them:

1. BK
2. S&J
3. Gibson & Barnes (No Longer Made)
4. Wested
5. US Wings
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:52 PM   #354
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BK Indy jackets run on the slim side which is very good for normal sized folks. As a more beefy guy, it feels comfortable with some snugness in the pits and chest. If I ordered my actual chest size, the OTR would be way too small. Andy at BK will make some changes to facilitate fit. I had to go a little bigger on the pit-to-pit. The back length is shorter than my Wested jackets on paper but came out about the same fit.

Interesting, I was going to ask you about the measurements. I was looking at their website. Noticed they had the option of ordering OTR sizing short/regular/long or including your measurements. According to their guide chart I should order a 40R

Are they UK based? I noticed a banner at the top that said free UK shipping.

If I were to order one I suppose I'd have to pick the striated leather, and maybe south america version of the jacket.

Which version of the jacket is the Flying Wing, it's the Cairo jacket I think.

Why am I rambling. I can't see myself pulling the trigger on £500

I hope you're not thinking about it Drones, your new Wested Hero looks fiine.
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:13 PM   #355
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The guy who owns BK is American but they are located in Greece if I remember correctly. A BK Indy is cheaper than most Aero jackets. They have a goatskin that is not a bad price if the other leathers are too expensive.
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:12 PM   #356
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Yes it is a reasonable price. The striated leather is sourced from the same place as the original movie jacket where they still tan leathers by hand the old way. You're paying for high quality.

I'll have a look at the goat, but I think the striated lamb is a must for a first time buy of a BK Relic Hunter.
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Old 01-12-2017, 04:15 AM   #357
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Interesting, I was going to ask you about the measurements. I was looking at their website. Noticed they had the option of ordering OTR sizing short/regular/long or including your measurements. According to their guide chart I should order a 40R

Are they UK based? I noticed a banner at the top that said free UK shipping.

If I were to order one I suppose I'd have to pick the striated leather, and maybe south america version of the jacket.

Which version of the jacket is the Flying Wing, it's the Cairo jacket I think.

Why am I rambling. I can't see myself pulling the trigger on £500

I hope you're not thinking about it Drones, your new Wested Hero looks fiine.
Nah. I've considered it a few times, and as you say if I were to buy a BK it would have to be the striated lamb, but that five hundred quid price tag puts me off. I doubt my understanding Wife would be THAT understanding
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Old 02-06-2017, 04:49 PM   #358
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Had this a couple of weeks. Off the rail Wested LC in pre distressed cow. Ive streamlined my collection dramatically and had no intention of picking up a new one, until I saw online some recent pics of how Wested`s pre distressed looks these days; much improved on the mottled, almost stone washed look it used to have. Great jacket, probably my last... for the moment.


Hey Drones33, I am new to this site, and just ordered a Wested Custom LC in Pre-distressed cow. Any idea if the current bundles are the same as what you ordered? The website shows a different look? I wasn't sure if they updated their website regularly.
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Old 02-09-2017, 12:14 PM   #359
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I`m not sure if it`ll be exactly the same, but the photos the pre distressed LC on the Wested site have been the same for years, they still show that "stone washed" look that it used to have. Thankfully their more recent hide has a more consistent colour and texture so you should be fine. I still think Wested`s pre distressed is the best thing available for an LC, and with just a little wear it`ll start to break in nicely. Let us know how you get on
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:11 AM   #360
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Ive gained a little weight over the last few months, so had to go up a size. This is my new size 42 LC in distressed Cowhide. It really is a gorgeous leather, very heavy but what the photos don`t show is just how soft it is.

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Old 02-14-2017, 12:55 PM   #361
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Ah this is a new one. Looks like a good one. I like the LC Predistressed they do at the moment. Yes is is a little heavy but in a good way, feels 'substantial', which was actually one of the words in the notes given to Peter for making the LC movie jacket. Substantial, bigger pockets, comfort fit, I believe was the direction given for the original movie jacket
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Old 02-15-2017, 08:07 AM   #362
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Substantial is the word. I really like the fit of the LC. Not mad about the longer collar but thats a minor niggle. Ive considered going for a hybrid jacket from Wested. Possibly an LC, with Raiders collar, nickel zip with no facing, and have the straps placed about 2" higher on the back just to pull it in a bit at the waist.
Wouldn`t be screen accurate of course, but it`d be a great jacket.
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Old 02-15-2017, 10:34 AM   #363
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I've thought about this too. I would ask for no facings. And rather than ask for Raiders collar I would ask them to make the current collar bigger by 1/4 inch, and slightly less pointy. Back length on the LC jacket is long, about 27.5 inches. For custom length above 26.5 they charge an extra 5. Anything less than 26.5 is too short for LC IMO.

I decided against it though. Too frustrating if it didn't turn out the way I wanted. Happy enough with my current OTR predistressed LC.
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Old 02-15-2017, 01:09 PM   #364
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Actually wore my Wested LC in HH today. Nice darkish leather. Got a little warm at lunch and switched to an old Wested Raiders lambskin jacket. Back to the HH at quitting time.

Keep about 3-jackets at work when the weather is wonky and not constant.
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:52 AM   #365
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New Jacket. Custom Raiders in Goatskin (Westeds new Goatskin). It doesn't look it in the picture but it's a shade darker than the authentic lamb colour. Not by a huge margin, probably 5% darker. I needed another size 40". As that's my size now. Ordered with buckles and x-box stitch. Gussets and extra inside pocket. Special request, silver zip. I quite like it, despite being a tough leather I think it's lighter in weight than my authentic lamb. It is very soft though. One to consider. If I want it to look distressed though, I may have to do that myself.


I received my Wested Raiders OTR goatskin today. Ordered it as I had seen a few posts on here and COW about it being a dark brown. It is indeed darker than my other Wested goatskin. Very soft though and feels lighter by a little than my other one. Had to look twice to make sure it was goat and not lamb. Drapes really nice as well.
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Old 02-18-2017, 08:45 AM   #366
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Nice. If you age it up or do anything to it, post pics. Let us know how it turns out.
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Old 02-27-2017, 11:21 AM   #367
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OTR Raiders in goat after a soak and a few hours wear. Nice. Quite lightweight, ideal for summer, and I love the colour. Here are 2 pics, one in artificial light with my pre-distressed cow LC for comparison, and another in natural light. It has a similar colour to dark chocolate. Lovely.

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Old 02-27-2017, 12:49 PM   #368
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Great looking jacket! I am surprised at how dark and very light-weight this new Wested goat is. I have the new one and a few older Wested goatskins in LC and Raiders. One of the old ones from many years ago is thick and the others are a little more thick than the new skin.
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Old 02-28-2017, 01:35 PM   #369
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Thanks. Yeah me too. My first Wested was a goatskin Raiders, I bought in 2007/08 I think, and I remember it was quite rigid and a bit plastic looking, this is really nice though.
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Old 03-01-2017, 02:59 PM   #370
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Drones, how long did you soak your wested goat? I plan on doing that to mine, do you have any suggestions on water temp and how long to soak it for? Do you aim to just get the leather a little damp with the shower or should I soak the whole jacket in the tub?

The way yours turned out is just awesome!
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Old 03-02-2017, 02:38 AM   #371
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Drones, how long did you soak your wested goat? I plan on doing that to mine, do you have any suggestions on water temp and how long to soak it for? Do you aim to just get the leather a little damp with the shower or should I soak the whole jacket in the tub?

The way yours turned out is just awesome!

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I put the jacket on a coat hanger, zipped it all the way up, then hung it in the shower. I then showered it with luke-warm water ( not hot, just warm enough to be not-cold, ) enough to get the whole jacket evenly wet, but not enough to soak through to the lining. Held the shower on it for probably less than ten seconds. Then once it stopped dripping I put the jacket on and wore it for a couple of hours. I've done this a few times with different jackets and it's always worked pretty well for me. Gives a really nice lived-in look. Depending on how lived in you want it to look you can maybe roll it into a ball and squash it a bit while its wet but before you wear it, push the sleeves up and bend your arms a bit, gives it nice sleeve wrinkle. It feels a bit scary doing the above the first time, the inclination is to 'baby' your snazzy new Wested, but leather is tough stuff and Westeds jackets, in my experience, are built like tanks and can withstand a quick shower and a bit of a roll-up!
Best of luck, let us know how it turns out.
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Old 03-02-2017, 09:27 AM   #372
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I sure will. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 03-10-2017, 08:10 AM   #373
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Wested fit comparison

A couple of shots to show the differences in fit of Wested`s OTR jackets...
On the left, Raiders in goatskin; On the right, LC in pre-distressed cowhide.
Its interesting I think that from the front the fit of the jackets doesn`t appear radically different, but from the back its really quite obvious, with the Raider`s distinctly tapered, broad shoulder/narrow waste shape and the LC`s sloping shoulders and roomier back. Both great jackets, and nicely different.
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Old 05-04-2017, 04:18 PM   #374
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first time post, I have a wested custom raiders in dark novapelle purchased back in 2006.

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Old 05-05-2017, 05:50 AM   #375
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Also I think in my opinion these are the best shaped pocket flaps I've seen on a Raiders jacket.

I am looking at possibly purchasing a Raiders Hero in shrunken lamb but from what I have read so far on the forum, it seems that even though the jacket is the most SA, the colour shade of the shrunken lamb may not be and is too light.

Any recent photos of the Raiders Hero in shrunken lamb would be appreciated in helping me make my decision.
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