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Im going to take some time to write a longer review as well because so little is in the site description. First off, I’m 6’1.5”, 165 lbs, slim and fit. I live in the Santa Cruz mountains in CA and ride my motorcycle 12 months, 300+ days per year. Sunshine or rain, hot or cold Im usually on my bike and yes, it gets cold for motorcycle riding here in the mountains, into the 30’s.
I love this jacket though it took me over a week once it arrived to decide if I was going to keep it or send it back and I’ll get into those 2 reasons first. 1, I love the dark brown color and really wish Schott made this in a cowhide/steerhide black. Second reason I almost decided not to keep it is the wrist sleeve zips. I also own the 641 HH in a size 42 and I prefer those wrist zips, full gusset style which is what I am use to and was expecting with this jacket. This jacket however does a different style of wrist zips, it has a flap of leather that is open on one end so not a full gusset. This may be nice come summer time to get a better breeze up my sleeves while riding however it’s now November so I’ll have to wait a while to find out the answer to that. The jacket isn’t exactly baggy or loose but it’s also not close or tight fitting, I like this because with my body frame and build I am able to fit a hoody or nice warm sweater as an under layer for those cold mornings and nights when it get into the 30’s and 40’s.
It is a shiny jacket but not super shiny like my 641HH was out of the box, it’s also a heavy hide so stiff and will take a little bit to break it in but nothing a nice ride in the rain won’t solve and just daily wear. I have a feeling it’s not going to take as much to break this jacket in as it took my 641HH to break in though. One thing I really appreciate about this jacket compared to my 641HH is that it isn’t squeaky out of the box, my 641 HH is over 4 years old and I wear it most every day and still squeaks terribly, it’s one of the reasons I started shopping for a new motorcycle jacket though I love my 641 HH and will continue to wear that too, I just wish the squeaking would go away.
For me I think this is going to be a great motorcycle jacket year round out here because the plaid lining looks nice but it’s not a thick or insulated lining so nice for the summer yet there is a good amount of room for me to layer underneath it in the colder times of the year out here.
The antique brass zips and side straps look great with dark brown. The inside map pocket is plenty deep for typical 9.5 inch business envelope which means your cell phone and other things will certainly fit comfortably in there. The side hand warmer pockets are nice and deep as well. Another feature I appreciate as a motorcycle rider is the collar snaps down so when I’m riding on the costal highway at high speeds and high winds the collar isn’t flapping around. It also has the leather flap on the inside front main zip on the right so that wind doesn’t get through which is nice and I couldn’t tell from the pics and description. It has the bi-swing back, waist strap for slimmer people like me, wrist zips, no armpit gussets, great jacket for the motorcycle.
This is also a really sharp looking jacket for a nice night out and it’s certainly not exclusively for motorcyclist’s All in all I think it’s a great jacket, I only wish Schott made it in black as well like they do with some other styles, hint hint :) I’ll write another review a few years from now to let you all know how/if it’s lived up to my hopes and expectations. I have a feeling it will.
Schott doesn't provide a lot of details about this cafe racer jacket in the description, or how it compares to other cafe racers, so here goes.
I have this jacket and am really pleased. It appears to be a similar version to the 141 or 641 jackets. Heavier cowhide than the 141. It has a more waxy or lacquered sheen than the 141, which is more matte finish. Possibly made of the same hide material as the 641?
The major difference is in the cut of the jacket. The 141 and 641 are more form fitting. The 688 has a looser fit. Not loose exactly, but it certainly has a freer movement and is easier to fit over a sweater than a 141 or 641. No removable faux fur or quilted lining, just a plaid cloth fabric interior.
Pluses: heavy cowhide, looser fit (that's a personal preference), attractive styling, typical Schott quality. A traditional leather jacket in cafe racer style.
Minuses: waxy finish (again, a personal preference), no individual sizing (S/M/L/XL only)
It will take a while to break in (my grandson will still be breaking in this jacket). But this could become a new personal favorite.
For the last several years, I have visited the Schott store in NYC over the Thanksgiving holiday. I am from the west coast and I use this opportunity annually to try on different jackets for size and style (Joe is a great representative in the NY store) in preparation for Christmas.. Most years, I try on the classic Perfectos and bomber style jackets, but the last two years the new styles have really caught my eye. The 688 is awesome; the color of the leather is dark, deep and rich and the design is simple with elegant nuances (buckles at the sides, zippers on the sleeves). At first, the leather seems almost too stiff, however after wearing for a while, it feels like I have owned it forever. This is my 5th Schott in 4 years....can't wait until next year!
It's a chrome tanned coffee brown cowhide.
It's a heavy & loose fit.
This is a good leather jacket that I will want to wear every day.
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