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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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