The pockets are a bit annoying on the ToD jacket. Otherwise it looks good.
It's a bit of a dilemma though, about how do you get a practical ToD jacket without altering accuracy too much. Raiders hero pockets might look too big. I would probably ask them to extend the outside pockets slightly and add the optional extra inside pocket (with zip). I might do that myself one day.
The jacket I'm wearing the least at the moment is my OTR Last Crusade, it's a nice fit but since finding out it's the least accurate of all the Wested jackets I've slightly gone off it. Collar is not accurate for LC or CS. Same for the pockets. Only the press stud identify it as LC. I knew it didn't look right, but I was never a scholar of the LC jacket until more recently. I hope Wested release the LC Hero soon, then I'll buy one. Otherwise you need to order a custom with a detailed number of modifications to get more accuracy. I'm not the biggest accuracy nut, but the pattern isn't right.
It's an odd one, the LC. I find it really comfortable, nicely loose, but as you say, just not quite right. I'll be interested to see how the long awaited hero LC differs.
And yes, you're right. The TOD situation is a dilemma. I've promised myself I'll give it a week on eBay, if it doesn't sell I'll keep it ( at least I will have tried to thin out the collection, albeit half-heartedly) and may send it to Wested for some alterations.
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'd say the new Goatskin is almost as soft as the lamb, there's still a subtle difference. It's definitely not stiff by any means and certainly comfortable to wear. The goat seems to drape just as well as the lamb, but I've not worn it for long. Be interesting to see if it locks in my shape. Not aging as well as the lambskin without intervention may be a drawback, but we'll see.
You could also consider a ToD in this skin, IMO.
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I have a Wested LC in horsehide and goat and they are indeed a strange fit. Great jackets until you lift your arms and the flying squirrel effect kicks in.
On my Wested TOD, I just requested pockets smaller than Raiders and it came out well. Not a fan of the tiny pockets. From what I have read, the small pockets are from the original jacket design for a certain size and everyone gets the tiny pockets that fit that one jacket.
The whole Wested pattern for the ToD is duplicated from a movie used jacket that they borrowed from the estate of one of the ToD costume designers. So it will be the size that Harrison Ford wore. (I believe it's been identified as one of the two jackets he wore in the movie. I agree the pockets are small and not much good for anything other than change and a small wallet in them. Luckily as you say you can request larger pockets, or have an additional inside pocket added. Although if the pockets are too large I think it stops looking like a ToD Jacket.
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.
Drones33 - Great looking jacket. Did you treat the leather at all? I picked up one in the same leather not too long ago. Gave it one coat of pecards and it turned a nice darker shade of brown with the distressing being not as pronounced. Guy at work who buys expensive leather jackets said it looked great for an older jacket.............
I gave the seams, collar edges, cuffs etc a gentle going over with a pan scourer, not as abrasive as sand paper so the stitching remains undamaged, then gave it a quick shower. Just enough to wet it evenly but not enough to soak through to the lining, then wore it to go for a walk. I was wearing it outside in fairly warm weather for about 2 hours and this is the result. I intend to give it a coat of Pecards. I'm most impressed with Westeds latest pre distressed. It actually looks old and well worn rather than just faded a bit
I think it would work really well for a TOD too.
I just ordered a custom made "Heavy Duty Horsehide" Indy Wested. Very excited to receive. I have had wonderful customer service. All my emails are answered timely and they have been very informative as to my obsessive- compulsive questions.
I have a bison US Wings - but I am thinking maybe the horsehide will be a little lighter to wear on slightly warmer days.
I like the look of the D rings option on the Wested so I ordered that style. Anyone ever have any issues with the D rings staying in place?
Everyone's jackets look great on these postings.
Oh anyone recommend a good whip maker - I see some older recommendations - looking for a current recommendation. Thank you!
Horsehide is my favorite leather for a jacket. The Wested HH is heavier than their other leathers but not nearly as heavy as say an Aero. HH jackets are all over the place in thickness depending on the manufacturer.
I tend to not start wearing my Wested HH jackets until the temps get into the forties during most of the day. My Aero HH when the temps are in the thirties.
Have never had any problems with the D-Rings staying in place.
Yeah me too, about 39" actual chest measurement. There's a definite difference between the 38" and the 40", particularly across the back and shoulders. The 38" might be a bit snug with a moderately chunky jumper, but with just a shirt or thin polo neck it fits great. Interestingly the lambskin feels far thinner on this than on the OTR or even the custom. Whether that's a feature of the authentic lambskin Hero or just this batch I don't know, but it's going to be a summer jacket anyway, worn with just a shirt, so I'm glad I ordered this size.
That said, if I were to order a Hero in a heavier hide, (distressed cow would work great I reckon,) then I'd go for the same shorter length as this but with a 40" chest to allow a bit more room for layering.
I haven't done any artificial ageing on this, haven't wet it etc, don't think the lambskin needs it. Worn it a lot since Christmas Day though, even round the house, and it's beginning to take on a really nice shape.
Ah interesting. That's what I was thinking, if I were to go with a 38" it would be to wear with just one layer. I've noticed the authentic lamb varies slightly in weight and thickness too. My ToD jacket is a lighter batch.
Nice Bill Kelso, which one is it, they offer three don't they?
I'm toying with the idea of ordering either a Hero wested in authentic lamb or maybe another Raiders custom in authentic lamb. I've got a 42" LC Lamb to sell which is just too big for me now. I like ordering customs because you can add the extra right sided inside pocket (not on the Hero though).
Cairo - main Hero jacket. Their Mark 31 Seal is not that expensive compared to their other horsehide offerings. I like this leather better than their SL which is also a nice leather. I think the BK pattern is very close.