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A REAL A-2 jacket will have a single-piece back, suitable for artwork, which is why so many pilots and aircrews had the backs of theirs painted. This jacket has a seam running up the middle of the back. That makes it a totally obvious fake that no serious enthusiast would touch with a ten-foot pole. I would pay no more than about $150 for this jacket, no matter what the quality.
Response from Schott NYC: This jacket does have a two piece back. This allows for the jacket to sit more naturally than the traditional cut can at times. We try and make this clear and in fact there are at least 3 pictures of the back of the jacket on the product page. We do also offer A-2 jackets with the traditional single piece back such as 584, 574, and 184SM.
Have had mine since 1980's Still looks like the day it was new. This is guaranteed not to be a disappointment.... although pricy it is timeless and will make a good impression on people when you wear it.
Kind of like wearing an expensive watch.
I usually wear XL jackets, but the sleeve length was too short so I went with the XXL. The fit worked out fine. The sleeves are long enough and the jacket is roomy enough if I want to wear a sweater.
The quality and look of the jacket is excellent for this price point. Glad I discovered Schott.
Bought for areospace engineer graduation gift. Size medium fit him perfectly (about 5'8" and 175 lbs male). He absolutely loved it. Great quality in leather, zipper, snaps, stitching, lining. Perfect.
I've owned this jacket since the early 80's.I just purchased a new one for Christmas to replace it.I've always got a lot of compliments about this style jacket. I think it is one of the nicest I have ever seen. It always gets the looks from others.Don't hesitate to purchase one like I just did here.It truly is a 10 star jacket.
I purchased my jacket in 2012. I had seen others at half the price. When I pulled it off the rack, feeling its weight and subsequently trying it it on, I knew I had "the real thing". My jacket is warm, very well constructed and looks cool!!!!! Quality like my Schott, A2 Jacket is not cheap and is the best value! Buy nice or buy twice.
On my first weekend in a new community, I went on my usual garage sale trip around the community. I was awestruck by this jacket. The jacket - circa 1986 - was begging to be tried on, but it looked too small. At the urging of the owner and my friend, I tried it on, and voila! A perfect fit. As a teacher, I don't have much money, and as luck would have it, the woman selling it saw me as "a good soul" and having "a good vibe" about me. Low and behold, I received the story about the jacket (her father, a WWII USAAF Navigator, had purchased it late in life and wanted it to go to a good home), and the charge to let it lead me on many adventures. Here's to future adventures with an amazing jacket.
Just received my A-2 jacket and am absolutely delighted with the fit, the look, and the quality. The stitching is also professionally done and appears to be heavy-duty thread. This is a superior product, when compared to other manufacturers of similar jackets. Wish I had learned of Schott years ago instead of just recently. Very reassuring to know that QUALITY is still available in the U.S.A.
Since 1913, we have stood behind the quality of our products. That's why for our customers, if you are not happy with your item, you can send it back to us, with no questions asked. Our return and exchange policy is valid for 30 days from when the item was shipped, and make sure the original tags are attached, and it has not been worn.
For US customers:
• Need to exchange an item? No problem. The shipping label for the first exchange is FREE
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