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One of the best wardrobe decisions I ever made. I'd been on the fence about getting a classic biker jacket for years, but when I saw this one, I knew it was mine. The leather is soft, crisp, shines impeccably but is sturdy, tough and rigid. The embellishments pop visually and are made to hold up. I recently got the collar accessory and can't decide if I like it traditional, or if I like to embellish my embellishments (the answer is both). To top it all off, it seems to be working some magic on the ladies too. I get lots of glances, smiles, and compliments. I'm not telling you that last part to try and impress you, I'm telling you because of how impressed I am by the people at Schott NYC. It's everything I ever wanted from one of these jackets and more.
I already have a horsehide 689H, and I love it, so I couldn’t wait for this 618HH. This new one will be for motorcycle riding — with the fake-fur collar I recently purchased from Schott in the winter — and the 689H will be for more traditional pursuits and socializing. (I can’t believe I wrote that with a straight face.)
I have more than ten Schott leather jackets now, and a few dozen leather jackets from other brands (especially Harley-Davidson), and this could be my favorite — either this or my new 111 Perfecto in navy blue cowhide. For reference only: I’m 6’0” tall, 225 pounds, with a 46” chest and still have an athletic build with no belly (yet). I wear a size 46 suit and sport coat, and a size XL in most other brands’ leather jackets, like Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle jackets. I went against the Fit Guide on the Schott product page and instead of ordering the recommended size 48, like my 689H and my older 118, I went with a size 50 with this jacket because I read the 618 has a more fitted profile. Also, Schott made it clear that the fur collar for a 118 or a 125 should be ordered a size larger than the jacket itself so the snaps will match up. I am SO glad I ordered the larger size. It fits perfectly and has room for a hoodie underneath.
The only surprise is this 618HH measures 27” from the base of the collar to the bottom in back. I expected it to be. 25” but I prefer this longer jacket because I wear these jackets for daily riding, not for fashion. The chest on this jacket measures 50” (25” across from armpit to armpit) and also at the waist — there’s no taper. Surprisingly, my older, size 48, 118, which I bought used, measures around 49” at the chest, 46” at the waist, and 25” from the base of the collar to the bottom in the back. It’s more fitted than my size 50 618HH.
The horsehide leather is shiny and stiff but it will break in beautifully. I can’t wait.
Really glad I visited the San Francisco store, I was able to compare each of the Perfecto options they had in stock. Once I put on the 618HH, I knew my mind was made up.
I'm 6'0 and about 150lbs, normally fitting nicely in a 36. If you're looking to put a layer in besides a t-shirt, take Schott's advice and go a size up. The 36 was snug - looked slick, but I knew I wouldn't be able to layer into it.
I ended up taking a 38, the fit feels perfect and versatile. The 618 lands right where I want the length of my leather jacket.
The horsehide selection is A+, beautiful cuts that are consistent and luminous.
I absolutely love the sheen of the horsehide leather on the 618HH. Denise was so amazing, as I returned the 613H and ordered the 618HH, and had Denise add the stars on the epaulettes. It came out amazing, as I really love the "one star" look. The steerhide is nice, but it was too matte for my liking. If you are thinking between horsehide or the steerhide/cowhide, the horsehide is the way to go.
Great jacket, but it really does run small. I'm a 37 and had to go up to a 40 because the 38 was just too tight
If we were talking about anime, the 618hh jacket would be what the protagonist wears in his/her ultimate (strongest) form!
This is the second 618hh I have: one size 40 for layering during the colder weather and one size 38 for just over a T-shirt during the warmer months. Either way, it can be badass and/or super chic!
It’s the perfect jacket. I ordered the 618 model, horse hide size 46. I wanted it a little loose so I can wear a hoodie under it. I am 5’11 and 165 lbs. The size they recommended was right on. A 44 would be just right, and form fitting for me, but the 46 gives that extra room I wanted. These guys know their business. I was expecting some blemish or irregularities as is usual when you don’t buy at a brick and mortar store but there was nothing but perfection right out of the box. The leather is thick and man is it rich! The horse hide is no joke. Italian leather at its best. American quality craftsmanship on top of that. Every stitch and every seem is perfect. All the hardware and very detail...perfect. If you are thinking about it, and are having second thoughts because of the price, just save a little longer. You are making a correct decision with this investment. I am too poor to buy cheap clothes!. It’s solid. I am very happy with my purchase.
I was very disappointed to see Schott no longer puts the American flag tag in their 618hh. All this talk and hype about being an American icon and they remove the Old Glory tag from their jackets? What gives? It is replaced with a "made of USA and imported materials" tag. This is VERY upsetting to me.
On to the reason I gave it a 2 star rating Instead of a 1.
The jacket arrived in 2 days as expected. Customer service was very helpful. The Quality of the jacket is great. This is a SERIOUS motorcycle jacket. This is NOT a fashion jacket. Don't complain about longer sleeves, underarm footballs,and stiff leather. Schott makes poser jackets for that. This jacket is made to throw a leg over a shovelhead and see where it takes you.
I am 5'10" and 200lbs. I have a 44" chest and I ordered a 46. I have plenty of room to layer and I might have been able to get away with a 44, not sure. The 46 fits pretty good.
I would return this great MOTORCYCLE jacket, but I didn't notice the missing flag until after I removed the tags from the jacket. Do the RIGHT thing Schott, BRING BACK THE FLAG!!!!
Response from Schott NYC: First and foremost we are happy that you like the jacket. We wish we could put the American flag in this particular jacket too, but since there is no source for horsehide in the USA we need to import the horsehide from Italy. As a result we must call it Made in USA of imported materials. If you want a Made in USA jacket we make this same exact jacket in USA steerhide style 618 or USA naked cowhide style 118. From time to time we have Made in USA horsehide jackets from a USA tannery, but these are only available on a limited basis.
The 618 HH is a phenomenal classic motorcycle jacket. The quality is unsurpassed. However, I ordered my usual jacket size 38 instead of going up a size as recommended. The jacket was too tight. I'm in the process of doing an exchange, and decided to go with the 603 Cafecto. Slightly less heavy but still the classic lines. I'm looking forward to getting it! Customer service was excellent, too!
This is my 3rd leather jacket I’ve purchased from Schott. It is my absolute favorite! The quality is amazing as always. I just wish the sleeves were a inch shorter on my coat, then it would be perfect. You definitely won’t regret your purchase!
Since 1913, we have stood behind the quality of our products. That's why for our customers, if you are not happy with your item, you can send it back to us, with no questions asked. Our return and exchange policy is valid for 30 days from when the item was shipped, and make sure the original tags are attached, and it has not been worn.
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