689H horsehide jacket
i've looked at several horsehide jackets over time, but my one year old 689H schott tracker is the first one i've owned and worn. i bought it new. i have some observations i want to share, and some questions as well. as a result of reading in several posts and websites that horsehide is waterproof, i've worn my 689H through rain and snow, walking the dog, working, etc.. not one time, has it become soaked through. from what i can see, it appears waterproof, or at least, extremely water resistant. now, i read an answer to an earlier post, from gail, (who, after working for schott for 26yrs., and sounding very experienced, as i'm sure she is) that getting any schott leather jacket wet is not recommended. this is kind of throwing me for a loop, as i've been subscribing to the theory that getting it wet helps open the grain of the leather. i was under the impression that this would help wrinkle it up and make it become soft and pliable, which, on the surface anyway, it appears to be doing. i would like to hear some opinions from people who are more knowledgeable than me on this subject. also, i'm interested in hearing about how schott has their horsehide tanned. i've read that in the old days, it was quite a process, in some cases, even using a controlled shrinking process, to make the hide more dense and strong. my last observation is that i believe the pieces of hide could be examined a bit more closely before construction begins, to get a better match. my jacket is really not bad at all. however, i've looked at several horsehide jackets, including schotts, where one sleeve wrinkles and the other is smooth. one side of the body has a light pebbling, and the other side is smooth and shiny, producing a nice wrinkled checkering pattern over time, while the pebbled side is dull in comparison, and the wrinkling pattern is very different . it seems to me more attention in this area would result in a much more consistant looking jacket, be it the one that is shinier, or the one that remains a bit more dull. i don't know how important these little details are to others, but they are important to me. if it ends up being a cost consideration, why not offer one or two premium models? sorry this is so long. are you out there gail?