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Being from Sydney Australia, I’ve been hesitant in buying an expensive jacket overseas, especially shipping and tax cost, not able to try on for size and having to pay premium returned shipping cost if you get the wrong size. But I did it. And that’s without the help of the sizing guide because my body size didn’t suit this type of style when I punched in my body numbers.
I’m 6.4ft, 145kgs with size 40 waist, Polynesian And 39 years of age.
Reading other reviews which was a huge step into finding my size, so I thought I’d leave this here to help the next big boppa who’s struggling with the sizing guide.
So I settled with a size 50, and it is perfect for me!
A huge relief! Particularly in the fact there wasn’t any need to ship it back.
I’m a rider so I’ve got 3 Harley-Davidson leather jackets but I wasn’t settled with any of them.
I wanted something that was versatile and not just for riding, Classic and timeless. And the Perfecto 118 ticks all those boxes and some.
And something else that really sealed the deal which shocked me and it’s only when you see, touch and smell It. It’s the Quality!
I’ve never seen such quality in leather like this before!
So it was goodbye to all my Harley jackets.
We’re in the guts of winter here in Oz, and I can still put layers under including a hoodie which I’m still comfortable in whilst riding.
I really do hope I’ve pushed someone over the fence to purchase this piece of heavenly cloth especially if your from Australia.
Trust me, it’s worth it.
Because the experience is different to every other garment in your closet.
All the best.
this folks is the jacket ( 118 perfecto) that I wish somebody would have told me about 40yrs ago, I could have saved a heck of a lot of money that was spent trying to find the perfect coat. the fit is spot on, the finish is excellent....way happy with Schott in general they have been fantastic!
2 years ago I bought a P613S and it instantly became my ultimate jacket. I had never owned such a sturdy and heavy jacket before. However I started going back to the gym when the pandemic ended and my shoulders have outgrown the jacket making it almost uncomfortable to wear now. Plus, I've alway found the sleeves slightly too short for my freakishly long arms.
It was therefore time to find me another amazing jacket that would fit my current measurements. When I learned that the Schott 118 was offered in Long, the choice became obvious.
I received my 118 about a month ago now and I can already tell it's going to be my favourite jacket for many years, if not forever.
I am 6ft, 193lbs with a 42 chest, so I ordered the 42, true to size, which is what Schott recommends for the 118 (as opposed to sizing up for the 618 & 613). The fit is perfect, it is definitely not extra roomy or boxy as some people seem to experience with the 118. Mine fits like a glove when just wearing a t-shirt and feels a little more snug when wearing a sweater, which I like for colder weather as less air seems to sneak in. I was a bit afraid the extra 2 inches might be too long but not at all, the jacket reaches the bottom of my belt, right where I like it.
A few observations:
Some people have described the 118 as being built like a tank but after owning a ludicrously thick steerhide P613S, the 118 felt very light and soft and definitely not as tank-ish as what I was expecting. It's not a bad thing at all, after a month of wearing it almost everyday I now realize it's the 613 that is insanely thick and heavy and the 118 can probably indeed be considered a "heavy" jacket for normal standards.
My only criticism would be the bi-swing gussets on the back which are a bit shallow compared to other biker jacket, Easthetically, they are very pleasing but I don't feel like they really do much, being only about half an inch deep (compared to the 2 inches deep ones on my Belstaff). To be honest, it does not even matter since I do not feel constricted at all when moving my arms up and down, it's just that the gusset tend to "balloon" outward a bit since there is not enough room to contain the extra material.
Apart from this very minor detail, I love everything about this jacket. The fit, the cut (at last I have sleeves that fit!), the leather quality, the construction quality, the smell and obviously the classic look.
If you are 6ft or taller and have long arms like me, you should definitely consider the Long, it feels like it's been custom made.
Thank you Schott!
My 2nd Perfecto in one lifetime! A few shipping issues most ably solved by Denise, a wonderful Lady! The jacket itself is absolute perfection, a first-rate quality product. Couldn't ask for better.
Very good leather, very good quality !
Only one issue, some losing stitching.
I’m very happy with my new jacket. The fit and quality are excellent. I believe Schott makes the best jacket out there. And that includes being better than Langlitz. (I’ve had one)The only complaint I have is that it took almost a year to get it. I admit I don’t wear an off the rack size (54 Long) but come on guys. A year?
I will say that your customer service reps were very responsive and courteous. Nice ladies.
Thanks for the opportunity to submit this review.
Hands down the greatest garment to ever grace my body. The investment is worth it.
The thick heavy leather, the smell, the stitching, the attention to detail… the HISTORY of Schott. The action back allowing the arms to swing and reach the motorcycle handlebars without becoming tight is perfect. The 118 is what all other jackets attempt to copy and fail miserably at it. I wear mine as my primary motorcycle jacket. Remember, you get what you pay for, and the Schott is well and above worth every penny of an investment.
This jacket is seriously one of the best clothing items I’ve ever purchased, it may be the best! The leather is buttery smooth, heavy, and soft. What I really appreciate about this jacket is that it provides the right amount of flair and attitude. I figured if I was going to spend 1k, I would want to be noticed. I have a size 39 chest, and initially went with size 40. However, the 40 was too small as I couldn’t layer hoodies or sweaters underneath. Living in Ohio, it’s important to layer as our winters can be brutal. I returned the size 40 and went with a size 42, and the jacket fits perfect. The returns process was hassle free (great customer service). Overall, I love the versatility, quality, and beauty of this jacket. It’s expensive, but worth every penny.
I’ve always wanted this style of jacket since my childhood, and figured I would get the double rider from the folks who invented the design over a century ago. When I received the jacket, I was pleasantly surprised by the leather quality (smooth, buttery feel) and the overall weight. Living in Ohio, I needed a jacket that was heavy weight, durable, and had flair. I figured if I was going to spend 1k for a jacket, I would want to be noticed. The 118 I received everything I was looking for. However, I originally got a size 40 as I have a 39 inch chest (recommended size), but I later returned it and got a size 42 because it fit too snug for my liking. I absolutely love the fit of the size 42 as I like to layer thick hoodies and sweaters underneath. I may eventually get a couple inches taken off the arms as the jacket arms are a bit long. I don’t ride motorcycles, so the extra inches needed for reaching the bars isn’t needed in my case. Schott customer service did a great job of responding to questions I had. Overall, buying this jacket was a great experience. I look forward to passing this jacket down to one of my sons (they’ll have to rock, paper, scissors for it lol).
Not only is this the best jacket I've ever bought, it's probably the best thing I've ever bought. Everything about it is just quality. It looks ace, fits like a dream, and the little touches just add a bit of extra va-va-voom.
Plus it arrived from the US to the UK in two days.
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