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I've wanted a Schott's jacket for years and now that I finally have one I am 100% satisfied. Previously I had a cheaper brand and it served me well for 6 years, but I wanted a Schott jacket and I decided to take the plunge. This jacket is perfect. Obviously it is built very well, and feels like a jacket that will outlive me for sure. However I was not buying this jacket for riding, but more for fashion and living in Texas I wanted a lighter jacket to wear during the spring as well as winter. Well this jacket is definitely light enough and feels very comfy and not at all too hot to wear, the cotton flannel lining feels good. The length is also great, my previous jacket fit at about my hip and I hated it because my shirts were much longer, but this jacket is long enough to not look dumb in my opinion. The fit is also great, I'm a chest size 38 I believe and I got a medium because I wanted a looser fit for layering and just general comfort and it fits just the way I want it. However If you're looking for a tighter fit, then by all means order to size and it'll fit perfect I'd imagine. The leather is fantastic as well, I love the naked cowhide it looks very cool and vintage in person. All in all I hope to keep this jacket for the rest of my life and if anyone is thinking about buying a 619, I'd definitely recommend it, you will be very satisfied. A really great piece of American workmanship, kudos Schott.
I went back and forth between a 626 and this 619 for a long while before I ordered it from a local Schott dealer. Even though I was not looking at either for personal protection - I'm pretty safe fron road rash unless I fall out of my truck - I didn't want a taxi jacket and "lightweight" leather sounds too much like lambskin to me. No thanks. And then there was the expense part. It was more expensive than the 626. On a soon to retire elementary school teacher's salary, it was a lot more expensive. Back and forth - a lot - till I finally worked out the cost to use ratio and decided that it would likely outlive me and that I was probably worth it anyway and the jacket was too. Got it last Saturday and it is. First off, its built and its beautiful. The construction is top-notch, the materials first-rate and the fit is right-on; like a glove. But it's not glove leather; its plenty thick enough and it has real heft. Its going to break in beautifully - its already started - and its going to really be that second skin that I've always looked for in a jacket. But nothing's perfect and if the powers that be are listening, hear me; the buckle doesn't do the jacket justice. Sometime back I read that the iconic wire grill on the 2014 Bentley (dream on, teacher!) isn't steel any longer, its coated plastic. For me, the buckle on this jacket is like that; it isn't solid. But thats my only gripe. Otherwise this is a beautiful bit of American workmanship and on that I am glad I bought and proud to wear. Good job, folks. And thank you.