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Cowhide Casual Racer 654

Material: Waxy Cowhide

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This 26" lightweight cowhide vintage cafe racer has a satin lining. Made in U.S.A.

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
Absolutely Perfect - My New Favorite Jacket
In my opinion, this jacket is just the right weight - not too heavy, not too light. Anywhere from 30 deg to 75, you should feel fine in this. The construction is second to none, and the finish seems to only get better with time.

The high armholes give this a nice, fitted cut that feels very contemporary. The design, however, is a total classic - very minimalist with just the right amount of functional hardware to catch the eye. You feel like you can take on anything the second you put it on.

There's also the little things you just can't experience online. For one, this jacket smells incredible. I also feel the pics don't do it justice as this thing is work of art up close.

As for my experience with Schott, there's a simple reason they've been in business for 93 years: they're the BEST! I custom ordered my 654, and Gail and Casey were some of the most helpful folks I've ever had the pleasure of buying from. The turnaround time was about half what I expected, and I couldn't be happier.

Bottom line, I will wear this jacket for many years and only replace it with another Schott. If you're thinking about buying one, just take the leap now. You really won't regret it.
Published: Thu, 11/4/2010 by Ken Stauffer
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Incredible Jacket
A more casual fit which is nice compared to the 141. Waxy Cowhide has a great feel to it and is already breaking niceley. Of course the construction is second to none. Would have loved for it to come in Brown also.
Published: Sat, 10/17/2009 by Bobby Lanphier
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Understated Elegance
I've been looking for a great Schott leather jacket for about a month before deciding to get the 654 in black. Ultimately I ordered it through Helen's Leather in Boston (wanted to try it on before buying). Couldn't be more satisfied. As other reviewers have noted, the jacket is versatile for a range of temperatures--it's not light like nylon. The shine on the leather is fantastic and the jacket smells great. The pockets feel strong and the satin lining is comfortable.

I'm not a rider and wanted a jacket that I could wear with anything and feel great in. It's sleek but not flashy, slim but not tight. I'm 5'10, 170 lbs and went with the medium per Jerri's recommendation. I could have squeezed into a small but the medium feels great with a t-shirt or a light sweater. If you're looking for a casual, great looking street leather jacket, the 654 is your pick.
Published: Sun, 3/31/2013 by Dan C
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Almost Perfect
Just received this jacket after considering the different styles for the last month. I have to say that the quality is exceptional, but with one minor(and easily avoidable by Schott)flaw. Pocket zippers have a really cheap pull chain. They will never last. They should be the same as the sleve pulls. I'll replace these, but I really shouldn't have to given the price. A couple other minor complaints is that the sleves are a bit wide and the jacket is tight accross the sholders when you reach your arms out. I'm hoping the "reach" issue resolves itself in time with a little streach and wear. I'm 6', 190 pounds and wear a 42 regular jacket. I got a Large, so a XL would probably be too big. Regardless, I'm not sending it back because it's a keeper. Next time I think I will order a custom sized jacket.
Published: Fri, 4/5/2013 by Tal Brannan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Great Jacket- I Love it
Just for sizing information. I'm 6ft, 180lbs active build. Large jacket fits very well. I can still wear a sweater under it and so far it's been great for riding. I think I could also wear a medium, however I'm pretty sure it would be a tight fit. I'm glad I stuck with large that's what the lady recommended and so far every one I've asked says it looks very good on me.
Published: Fri, 3/29/2013 by Francis Lovato
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
THE PERFECT JACKET
I'm in Australia. Bought this jacket in Black Cherry color on Tuesday, and it arrived today Friday at about 10AM! That's very very impressive, thanks to Schott's zero tolerance approach in using FedEx's super fast delivery.
I tell you how good this jacket is, I've had it now for 2 hours and it's quality and fit and finish made me feel compelled to come here, spend this time and leave a feedback. This jacket is PERFECT! The zippers, the quality of leather and its thickness, the wonderful smell of proper leather wear! All topnotch! Stitchings are solid and tight! You look at this jacket and in the first glance you'd see a long lasting product that's gonna get better in the looks as you wear it over the many many years to come. Tough as a tank! Superb product, exceptional service! Recommend it 110%!
Thank you Schott for such a great product! You know your in business!
You'll hear from me again Schott all the way from Australia!
Published: Thu, 10/25/2012 by Gashtasb Amini
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Perfect
Took me a few times to find the right jacket from Schoot, but this one did it, much slimmer than others, wonderful cut. Don't let the cut fool you though, I am 195 lb 6 feet tall and L fits me perfectly, a bit snug, but thats what you need for motorcycle jacket anyways. The jacket is true to its size, I am usually 42-44 and this one is perfect, don't buy size bigger.
Published: Sat, 2/18/2012 by Peter
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Nice Classic & A Great Fit
...but depending on your dimensions I advise against the size-up recommendation with the 654. It depends on how you prefer your fit. With my stats maybe some prospective buyers can decide what’s best. I opted for a Medium, after ordering a Large and with both in front of me, making the right decision.

I am 5’9” and weigh 158 or so normally, and am around 166 right now. Regular off-the-rack suit size is 40R and usually the only alteration format from the standard 6” drop to a 34 waist is taking it to a 33, or a 7” drop.

Dress shirt is 15.5x33.

For comparison, my usual bike jacket is the Navy G1 which I still have after being issued to me years ago as an Ensign in Pensacola. I never had anything on it beyond a velcro name tag path on the front left and when I retired after 26 years they did not want it back. That jacket is a 40R with biswings and it still fits. Snug around the waist as it always was.

For riding the Bonnie I often don an Areostich 1-piece coverall with the pads, but often opt for the G1.

But the G1 is not a good choice for a dual-use jacket. Too much for casual wear or air travel overseas for example.

I have a coworker with a 141 easy rider and liked the fit. A little roomy but he has a 40 and it worked for me. I wanted something with a little less bike look and decided to try a 654.

I read the posts and called in to Schott's for advice. The recommendation was for an L for me as a size 40. When I got it that fit was too long in the sleeves and too much at the waist. Great jacket if I was possibly throwing a hoodie underneath - but if I layer I use the Aerostich.

Wanted something for all-round use, warmer weather + casual wear. The 654, black in M is perfect. Starts out somewhat snug but easily molds to me. I could wear a thin merino sweater over an oxford shirt and be comfortable. Do not miss the biswing in my G1 or the buddy’s 141 I tried.

For comparison - for casual and travel wear - I have a Remy Leather “lite lambskin” which has a nice fit, longer length at 27” and is a quality product. At the time I bought it, the Remy was about the same price as the 654. It’s now priced at almost $1k and unsuitable for riding.

Moreover, in just a few days I’ve had more compliments and questions on the 654 than all of them over the last 5 years wearing the Remy.

Have only had 1 ride in the 654 and it’s fine for that - not too thin in moderate temps.

But it is perfect for an all-around riding and casual jacket. Looks good, fits and as many of us have said-smells like - and is made like the real deal. Perfect. Some guys at my weight that are taller might find an S OK, but with my dimensions the M is...as a I said before ... PERFECT. Could not be happier.
Published: Wed, 5/7/2014 by DST
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Ooo... The Smell and Feel of Fine Leather
I saw an ad about American Companies which helped me find Schott. Schott is one leather company that can't be beat. This is my second jacket from Schott. The Brown leather 654 is a light everyday wear jacket, looks awesome, feels incredible and smells of pure pleasure. At 6' 235 lbs my non-ballerina body fits nicely into the XXL. Body length, sleeve length and chest size are excellent. High quality and durable zippers on the sleeves, pockets and front in nice antique brass. The satin lining is perfect for this style. The waist could be a little snugger and the sleeve cuffs could be a smaller diameter(makes sleeve zippers unnecessary). Other than that the jacket is perfect. The leather may be considered light but is still more substantial than other makers use. I also have a 141L heavy leather jacket for colder times. After a few weeks of wear the leather has softened and started to conform to my shape. Schott may charge a premium for their jackets but you get a premium jacket that will last a lifetime. Shipping is fast, three days to my door in NC. I now need to order it in black.
Published: Fri, 3/28/2014 by Steven Lynch
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Love it.
I bought this jacket in Italy nearly one year ago. Seen on this website before buying it. I would have ordered here but I preferred trying it out.
I love it. I have only one annotation. I was expecting the zip "double" and it's single.
I think a double zip would be better for this kind of leather jacket.
If I knew I would have ordered with the double zip.

Overall I am VERY SATISFIED the leather is very good and the jacket suits perfect.

I got a small and my size is 48.
Thank you!
Published: Mon, 9/2/2013 by Paolo (Genova)
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Awesome Jacket-gotta get it.
This jacket is absolutely fantastic. I have been wearing it for 3 months now, and just putting it on makes me feel good. From the great fit, the comfort of the inner lining, the great leather feel and scent, and over-all classic and timeless look makes this jacket one you would not regret purchasing.
Published: Sat, 5/4/2013 by David Haviland
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A Great Jacket
This jacket is a beauty! It's classic and cool without being overly decorative or trendy. It's very well made, definitely built to last. I'm 5'11", 160lbs. The small size is a perfect tailored-type fit for me in the chest and shoulders; the length is perfect as well. My arms are lean though, and the sleeves are a bit too baggy in the biceps, so I had the sleeves altered from the elbow up (tightened about an inch). Now the jacket fits like a glove. I'll be enjoying it for years to come. Very satisfied!!
Published: Wed, 5/1/2013 by Greg Rule
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Finally got a 654...
I have been eyeing up a 654 cafe racer jacket for a couple of years and decided to take the plunge. I was concerned after reading other reviews that this jacket might not be a good fit for me cause I'm not built like a ballerina at 5'11" 210 pounds. I called Schott and spoke to Jerri who was very helpful. She recommended a XL. Ordered the jacket on Monday and was slipping it on Thursday...and the fit is great. I was concerned about the shoulders cause I'm a full 44 through the chest and it fits perfectly without being too loose in other areas, like the waist and arms. I got the Black Cherry jacket cause I already have a black Fox Creek and I am thrilled with the look. As others have said, it's a work of art with style and fit not to mention the wonderful sweet aroma of new leather which fills the room. Thanks Schott...this ones a keeper!
Published: Thu, 3/7/2013 by Joseph A. Kucic
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Wonderful, Timless, and great for the years to come
This was my first leather jacket. I was looking for something very classic, but with a nice modern fit, i.e. trim body and high-cut armholes. The Schott 654 fit the bill, and at 165 lbs, and 6"1' the small fits very nicely. I can layer a shirt and a nice sweater and the look is very modern, but very classic. The jacket feels very substantial, and despite being called "lightweight", i think the weight is very ideal. Unless you're riding or living somewhere very cold, this should keep you very nice and comfy. The construction is very solid. I love the fact that the pockets are not make from the same satin as the lining, because the lining satin is usually not strong enough to withstand regular use. All the zippers are of a solid quality, and unlike many jackets out there, there aren't obnoxious bells and whistles on this. Absolutely perfect.

I have to mention, that the customer service at Schott is also top-notch. Jerri was very informative, and her sizing guidance was spot on. The jacket fit just like i had wanted it to. I am very hard to please when it comes to clothes, and i can say that i have never been more satisfied.
Published: Fri, 1/18/2013 by Abbas Zaidi
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654 cafe racer
I got this jacket a few days ago, and I have written this review to share my opinion to any prospective buyers out there. I can honestly say this jacket is great, in looks, feel, quality and style. It's been said plenty of times but the quality will last a life time. If you're wondering about size I'd suggest ordering you normal shirt size, rather than sizing up as the recommended by Schott. I'm 5'10" and 175lbs and I ordered a medium and the fit is spot on, fitted but not tight.

The cost of shipping is expensive, but it turned up a my door within two days of ordering in London.
Published: Sat, 12/29/2012 by slickster
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The Search Is Over
After years of searching I've found the perfect jacket. It looks great and it's not too heavy for life in the southeastern USA. The fit is ideal and the brown shade is just right. Top quality garment. Dealing with Jerri at Schott was a breeze. Outstanding customer service.
Published: Sun, 10/21/2012 by Andrew Rosen
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I'm Obsessed!
Well I've had my jacket for about a year now and I thought it was time to give it some love. Its an absolutely perfect jacket. Goes with everything. Not to light nor to heavy. Got mine in classic black and looks stunning. Schott really knows how to make a outstanding product. Im 5'11 and pretty muscular and the jacket fits me like a glove. As if it was tailored to me. Truly it is a dream.
*****
Published: Fri, 10/5/2012 by Bobby Schiavone
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bewtyfull jacket great service
i have been wearing my #654 jacket every day since it arrived (96hrs from NYC too SOUTH AUSTRALIA was fantastic)took me awhile to decide which jacket but after many emails and even a early morning AUST time phone call(thanks JERRI) went with the 654 and am surely not dissapointed, the style ,colour,cut, fit are all great..would surely recommend SCHOTT for anyone after a great jacket with excellent service ..thanks.. cheers..andrew
Published: Wed, 5/25/2011 by andrew mcdonald
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great jacket?great service
my schott #654 jacket arrived today 96hrs from nyc too pt pirie australia, that was fantastic. spent the the next 2 hours checking it out (mum was a proffessional seamstress so its just habit with clothing) could not fault it.took me weeks of looking at diffrent styles(wanted a lighter wieght jacket as we dont have the snow bound freezing winters here,but it isnt like fashion types its still a substantial jacket that will be just fine to use on the ride too work)this is the perfect type .after many emails and 1 early morning phone call to sort sizing (thanks, Jerri) i got the XL being 6'1", 174lbs atheletic build was concerned about the fit across the shoulders but its a great fit.would recomend this jacket to anyone. with this quality of gear and great customer service one can see why SCHOTT have been around nearly 100yrs..many thanks Jerri and the team at SCHOTT.... cheers andrew
Published: Fri, 5/20/2011 by andrew mcdonald
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Nice!
A very nice Jacket, good fit and not to heavy for use every day. Thanks Schott for make this :)
Published: Wed, 3/2/2011 by Chris La.
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good weight, good toughness
this is truly a superstar jacket, slick and clean. the finished cowhide is thick enough to protect your body, but the overall construction is not too bulky for a casual dine out or date. WATCH OUT, this jacket has an open tongue! the cuffs are tongueless.
Published: Sun, 2/14/2010 by An Innocent man
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