meckintosh, I think you've listed pretty much every single option that a certain Schotish manufacturer is currently offering, down to the exact name. :)
But think of it this way; let's take the 618 style for example - that jacket, one that's being sold right here, was first created by Schott and it's being made exactly the way it's supposed to be, so I believe that any kind of serious modification to it would no longer make it an original Schott. Don't forget that no matter how great the jackets from other companies are, fact remains that they're copying from Schott.
Anyway, to answer Jason's question - I personally would like to have a choice in lining. Simply a choice between Schott standard nylon quilt lining and plaid cotton flannel lining would be enough for me.
Also perhaps, I don't know how much of an adjustment would that require as I understand that decades of development have gone into getting your styles as close to perfection as they are now, but I would like to have an option of zip-out pile liner on all MC jackets, as I really do find these things very useful for when I'm riding.
Other than that, I'm good.
meckintosh, I hear you. There are all manners of customizations other manufacturers are offering, which, in my opinion, is the reason why many people go for the copies instead of the original. Then again, fact of the matter is that Schott is still half the price of any of the other brands and I don't know how much they'd benefit from offering all these alterations, since then they would have to considerably raise the price of their gear. Schott already makes a tremendously good product that does a perfect job for what it's designed for (I'm talking mainly about Schott riding gear) and I really can't think of a single thing that needs to be addressed on any of my Schott jackets. Other than the lining, perhaps. I'd really like my MC jacket to have one of the cotton plain linings.
Boris, good thinking! Choice between brass and chrome hardware would also be a big plus, too, and seeing as how Schott already included brass snaps and zips with the PER2 model, this shouldn't be a problem! Also, Schott is offering custom tailored jacket, but it's a bit pricey.
Albatross, I had a local leather shop remove a quilted lining on one of my Schotts and replace it with a light nylon one for $80. I know some say that this is sacrelige and ruining future collectibility and other nonsense, But now i've got one for Springtime. As you say I've looked at some of the foreign brands and in MY opionion theyre cool. but Not Schotts.
richgreene; thought about going that way too, but the only leather shop that I've got where I live doesn't even have sewing machines powerful enough to sew through Schott hh so they said they could go about it by hand, which I refused.
I don't really think of these sorts of modifications as sacrelige or anything like it. It's my leather jacket, one that I plan to wear for a long, long time, one that I intend on making a part of who I am, and I'm thinking, the more I personalize it, more I will love it.
Bunyip; but Legendary leather jackets - Black Stallion D pocket included - are made by Schott! :)
Yes Albatross you definately need a leather shop that can sew through leather. I had it done on one of my Legendary D-Pocket Horse models (Still Shakin my head on the guy that said he'd buy one only if it had a Schott tag in it-- HAHA) and the seamstress said it was a chore. The sacrelige reference was to some that think theyre better off storing their relic for future .profits instead of wearing the Damn thing .
Bunyip, ah, I get it now, but don't worry friend, it's not that they only go to 46 but rather, they're probably out of stock for larger sizes. If you check a standard Black Stallion jacket, without the mouton add-on collar, you'll notice that you can order sizes up to 52! I don't know if they'll restock the ltd Edition but you can always buy a standard one and a mouton add-on collar. :)
richgreene: I know some people do that and it's ing me off, as there are others like us who'd really love to buy and wear these jackets but we can't because someone bought them all off for profit.