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This jacket wasn't my first choice, but I'm hoping it will be exactly what I want in the end. I decided to purchase a classic asymmetrical biker jacket for both riding and casual wear. I own a Harley, so this fits in with the look and attitude of my ride. I looked at the choices online, and since in live in NY, I decided to go check out the store. The salespeople are very helpful and I tried on a number of jackets including the 118, 613 and 618. To be honest, each had pluses and minuses, and none had 100% of everything I wanted. That said, I bought the 618, mostly because of the weight and feel of the leather. It seemed the most substantial for protection while riding. I liked the longer cut of the 118, but the leather was softer and more broken in feeling and I wasn't sure it would offer as much protection. I didn't see the need to have the stars on the epaulets so the 613 got nixed.
So I brought home the new 618 and modeled if for the family and the comments were basically they don't like the belt. Back online I go to see what my choices are in the same look, but with no belt. The options are the 125 and 525. I like the 125, but when I call the store to see if they have it, I find out it's discontinued and there's only a 38 and 52 online (I was a 42 in the 618 and 40 in the 118). So that only leaves the 525 - different leather, no belt and side laces. Here again a compromise...nobody in the family is too ginned up about the side laces, but it's better than the belt. Also the leather isn't as heavy feeling as the 618; it feels more like the 118.
I decided to exchange the 618 for the 525, this time in a size L because this style doesn't come in numeric sizes. Truthfully I think for riding none of the Schott jackets offer maximum protection - there's no pockets for back, elbow or shoulder armor, but then again I see plenty of people riding in shorts, t-shirts and flip flops so it depends on your perspective.
Quality appears to be very good and I'm looking forward to owning this jacket for many years.
I was really looking for a Perfecto high and low. I searched East Coast to West Coast. This wasn't what I thought I would buy. I was the annoying customer who called, sent e-mails and double and triple checked. Sadly, I know that general fit information usually doesn't work for me and I'm a "try it then buy it" type.
I wear a large in most things and I assumed that I would in one of these as well. I tried on one at one of your vendors in Seattle, "Kuhlman". to be exact and was in love. It fit perfectly. Other models the 626 etc, fit way too slim for my boxy shape. The leather was buttery, broken-in and soft to the touch. Top Notch. It was missing the stars on the epaulets but I can forgive the jacket for one small aesthetic difference. It's perfect. No swinging belt to worry about which is nice and the weight of it will be nice, spring, fall and winter. The liner is a tad scratchy against bare arms when you're in a t-shirt but that's a minor gripe. I am not ungrateful by any means.
This jacket is worth a look if you want to stand out in a sea of Perfectos. The quality of craftsmanship and leather is remarkable. Grateful to Schott for standing by quality and timelessness in an age where those things have often been forgotten.
Okay, so I don't ride but that doesn't mean I can't have a great double-rider jacket right? I looked at several brands but Schott's reputation drew my attention.
I tried a 618HH and it was great but since I don't actually ride, the length was a bit short and I didn't care for the belt. The 525 seemed to fit the bill with a belt-less design and longer length. I am very glad I ordered this one. The fit is spot on. For reference, I'm 5'10" 148 LBS 37" chest and the Small is snug enough with a T-shirt but still has enough room to layer a sweater underneath.
The construction quality seems excellent and I am confident this jacket will last for decades. The leather is thick but supple and didn't require any break-in. I am extremely pleased with my purchase.
Was already aware that Schott jackets are superior as this is second I have purchased. Person I gave the previous one was very pleased to have a first quality jacket!