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This is a great light weight jacket that is well suited for both riding and casual wear. Though I wouldn't say it is "fitted" in the traditional sense, but is probably more fitted than their other jackets. I still found it rather boxy on my athletic build. I have a 41 inch chest and 33 inch waist and found lots of room in the midsection and a bit tight in the chest, armpits, sleeves and forearms. The size chart had me at a medium which is what I got, though the fit guide suggested a small that was in no way acceptable. That being said, as with all good leather, there is some eventual break in though I think I'd prefer it with a better taper and more room in the upper section, it would go a long way to make the jacket look more flattering. These style jackets don't always look so good on people who are anything but super skinny. With my athletic build these jackets can really make my midsection swell, but this isn't has bad as some other jackets I guess. As far as motorcycle riding, its actually quite excellent. Its great for my neutral riding position. The jacket vents incredibly well, better than a lot other jackets on the market, with the low opening in front and the loose sleeves you get plenty of air flow going into the jacket and out the back. I can wear it in as hot of weather as 85°f. When the weather gets cold you can unbutton the collar and zip up the front all the way up. Just synch down the belt and zip the sleeves up and you're good to go. As with all cold weather gear its more about layering than anything else and this is a decent outer shell, I've worn this on the highway at about 50° f with no problems. With heated gear you could go colder. That being said this is more a warm weather jacket than a cool one.
I was looking to buy this jacket new and came across a used brown one in excellent condition. It is the older version of the 626 (pre 2014) before they changed the model and added bi-swing back and removed the stars on the epaulettes.
I am 5'10, 168 pounds and the Medium fits like a glove. My twin must have been wearing it all these years. The medium cowhide leather is pebbled, not smooth and is substantial but has a soft hand. It's a great jacket pre or post 2014.
I live in south Texas. The weather here changes every 15 minutes it seems. This jacket is thick but still feels like no leather jacket I’ve ever worn. It stays cool and Feels great. A lot of motorcyclists don’t wear leather here for more than 2 months out of the year. This jacket stays cool and would save a lot of skin.
I'm a 44yo and have never owned a proper leather jacket. I've always thought they wouldn't work for my personal style (I'm typically a peacoat/trench/field/flight jacket guy). Finally decided to take the chance, and after looking at styles and brands, decided on Schott. I'd actually first been looking at a cafe racer jacket, figuring it'd suit me better - but then something inside said if I was already trying something new, I may as well step all the way out of my comfort zone. I am so glad I did, bc the 626 is AWESOME.
I'm 6'1, 215-220lbs, 46 chest, broad shoulders/pretty athletic build. Though some reviews suggest sizing down, the Schott size assist advised getting an XL, so I went with that. The jacket arrived today, and is freaking beautiful!! The leather is robust/thick, unexpectedly soft & (thankfully) not nearly as shiny as some pics make it look, rich deep black, and the zips/appointments are all VERY well done. Overall craftsmanship is superb, and you can tell immediately. The fit is snug around my shoulders and arms - as it should be for a slimmer fit - but not overly restrictive. I'm sure as I wear the hell out of it, it'll loosen up and mold perfectly to my shape, as well as develop some great character. VERY satisfied customer, thank you!!
After looking at the sizing guides I went with a Medium. I’m 6’1” and 170lbs. The jacket couldn’t have fit better. It exceeded my expectations and I’m thrilled with the purchase. After wearing it for a week or so it’s already forming to my body and the leather is relaxing. I plan to have it the rest of my life. If you want the best you got to pay for the best.
The quality and fit of this jacket are so amazing. I have an original Perfecto jacket (I swear it weighs 80 lbs!) and also bought a Cafe Racer style jacket from Schott last year. But, I was looking for a bad ass jacket that I could wear in the spring and early fall as well because the other jackets are on the heavier side.
I’m a bigger guy who’s built like a linebacker at 6’1” and 265 lbs. I went with the website’s recommendation of buying a XXXL even though I usually wear an XXL. The jacket fits perfectly. Everyone should buy this jacket for the warmer weather- you will not be disappointed!
This is actually 6/5 stars but I'm taking one off because I put it on and then remember I drive a Toyota Corolla
6"2 / 180 lb / 38.5 chest and wearing size M jacket
Loves the jacket, ordered a small but thought a medium would be better. Communication and shipping was fast and easy. Would order for you again.
I've owned a few Perfectos over the years - some 118's, a 618, a PER70 and the 626VN. I still have the 626VN but sold the rest. The 118's were too boxy, the 618 too short and I just didn't like the PER70. The 626VN looks great but I'm very finicky and am not a fan of the zip placement on the sleeves. What I always wanted was a more sleek and somewhat longer version of the 118. The 626 fits the bill in every respect. The XL comes with a 27 inch back length which is exactly what I wanted. Zips on the sleeves to the back with gussets (unlike the 626VN) and the bi-swing back panels make it a more comfortable jacket than its vintaged first cousin. Actually, the lack of sleeve gussets and and bi-swing back panels were little niggles I had about the the 626VN. This is my second 626 as the first one I bought had a high gloss finish. The second one, the one I'm reviewing now has more of a sheen than a high gloss. I hate high gloss! So another win. I swapped out the buckle for a buckle I took from a 118 and stuck a couple of stars on the epaulettes and now it's everything I was looking for. Now if only I could stop sniffing it! God I love the smell of leather!!
First of all I thank you for the quick delivery! I did not expect that it will work really so quickly because of Corona crisis.
I am actually mid aged woman who loves mens´ motorcycle jacket. Hence, my review will not correspond to the "average" customer´s review.
But anyway, I love this jacket although the sleeves are bit too long for me; but most of the jackets have sleeves which are too long for me.... So please do not mind.
I hope you will survive the Corona crisis!
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