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View Poll Results: What Indy jacket do you own?
Wested 29 54.72%
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Old 07-24-2017, 02:15 AM   #451
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Looking great gentlemen.

Major West, is that lambskin?

Dakota, that's a really nice fit you have there. Wrinkling up nicely too, did you give it the water treatment?

Yes it's had a hot water treatment but using just a misting bottle with hot tap water to soak the jacket (not through to the lining though).

The jacket was worn wet until dry and I think the fact that the hide is the shrunken lamb, it had definately helped with drap and wearing in of the jacket.

The Wested Hero is just a superb jacket and I think if you can get the correct shade of hide (depending what Wested has in at the time of order) you can get a really SA Indy jacket.
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:29 AM   #452
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Stumbled upon this yesterday, he does not ship outside UK, but someone in UK may get this. Wanted to give it a go since it is my size.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wested-Leath...AOSwHb9ZcOp l
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Old 08-01-2017, 04:43 AM   #453
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You guys have any views a good cowhide leather for a winter jacket?

I'm thinking either Dark Novapelle or Brown Cowhide. Which of these two is the heavier. Warmer?
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Old 08-04-2017, 02:19 AM   #454
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I've only ever had distressed cowhide and dark brown novapelle as a winter jacket, but of those two I reckon the novapelle is a bit thicker and heavier, but not by much. ( although that may well have been the batches used at the time) However while the novapelle feels more substantial, and certainly warm with a jumper or fleece, I've found it to be fairly porous; gets wet through pretty quickly. No noticeable shrinkage though. It would need a coat of Pecards to make it a bit more rain proof.
I've never had brown cowhide,but I seem to remember a guy over at the Indy Lounge saying it reminded him of upholstery leather.
Must say though, the warmest leather jacket I have is a heavy duty lambskin A2. Very thick, extremely heavy, I can only comfortably wear it when the weather is really cold. Great leather. It's a shame Wested don't offer it as an option, it would work really well as a Hero.
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Old 08-04-2017, 01:22 PM   #455
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Upholstry leather, that doesn't sound too good. You don't hear much about the brown cowhide in relation to these jackets. Maybe that's why. I want to get a good cowhide Indy jacket that I feel comfortable to wear in all weathers, so to speak, and offer a decent layer of protection. I do have a pre-distressed LC already, which is quite nice but I was thinking it would be cool to have a Hero Raiders in hide. Horse is out of the question, because I hear it's just too heavy and people don't wear them because of that.

I may look into other leather jackets I suppose, an A2 as you say.
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:14 PM   #456
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I use a Wested horsehide for cold weather.

Also have a Wested cowhide that has a nice luster to it. Not thin at all but the horsehide is clearly the one I pick for the really colder days.

I have found with a fleece vest and colder weather office shirt, I stay pretty toasty in the cowhide and horsehide jackets.

Warmest leather jacket is a Aero HH with a micro fleece lining.
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Old 08-04-2017, 07:49 PM   #457
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Does the Wested Horsehide have a texture or character to it, or is it quite smooth?
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Old 08-05-2017, 06:20 AM   #458
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Does the Wested Horsehide have a texture or character to it, or is it quite smooth?

The Wested HH has slight grain but pretty much smooth. Would take years of wear to get character. Might be able to get it looking aged with the standard treatments. Thing about most HH is it takes a long time to get that look just by wearing.

I have an A2 US Wings in HH that they made the leather to age faster. They have a couple of them left on their sales page.

The Aero one I have is preowned and shows some creases but not much grain at all.....

I have an S&J Indy that is HH and this sourced leather has grain right out of the box. Not as stiff and smooth as the other HH I have owned.

HH is usually a great leather if you want a jacket to last and have a newish look to it for a long time.
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Old 08-05-2017, 08:56 AM   #459
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I might look into those, thanks. I like the toughness aspect, but I've got enough jackets that look new. Still breaking them it, so part of me wants something that has a head start on it, or will have some hope of showing age by itself from wear. I hear the Dark Novapelle does this, but it's still quite a heavy hide.
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Old 08-05-2017, 02:26 PM   #460
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I had a Dark Novapelle but passed it on to charity as I could not get into the leather. Nothing wrong with it but just not my cup of tea.

It was pretty grey when I got it. Did the Pecards treatment which made it more brown but not completely brown. The leather also had thousands of dark, tiny dots in it that bugged me.

It was a heavier weight jacket and came with that already worn look that people like.
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Old 08-06-2017, 10:47 AM   #461
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Difficult. I may resign myself to sticking with medium-light leathers I like the look/feel of and invest in discreet fleece lining type garments for winter.
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Old 08-06-2017, 03:44 PM   #462
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I ended up buying a lighter vest and a heavy fleece vest. Got them a size smaller so they would not hang below the jacket. Have used this setup for the last several Winters.

Now, if the temps drop below 10 degrees (F), I switch out to a work style heavy lined canvas jacket.......

I have found with HH and cowhide with the vest, you will stay pretty warm if you are moving. I used to walk to work when in Germany and would actually sweat through my shirt. This was in the Winter when it was pretty cold.

I have read that unlined leather jackets are just an insulator from wind and the elements. It is what you layer underneath that determines how warm you stay. I would think the Wested standard lamb and any of their jackets except for the really light ones would be alright.

I think the weight of the HH makes it a colder weather jacket. Has to be in the mid-forties or below for me to wear them.
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