Classic Perfecto® Steerhide Leather Motorcycle Jacket

STYLE: 618


Classic Perfecto® Steerhide Leather Motorcycle Jacket

STYLE: 618

The classic Perfecto® Steerhide Leather Motorcycle Jacket is the original that defined the standard. Each individual rider-inspired jacket starts with US-sourced, drum dyed, hand cut, heavyweight 3 to 3.5-oz steerhide leather for long-lasting durability. The asymmetrical front zipper, belt, snap-down lapels, and traditional zippered sleeve cuffs help resist the elements. An insulated nylon quilted lining provides comfort and softness against the skin, and you'll find the three outside zippered pockets and lower inside map pocket handy and useful. Signature elements like grommet vented underarm footballs, bi-swing back panels, and large back panel design allow a freedom of movement unusual in leather jackets, illustrating Schott’s uncompromising dedication to quality. Once a symbol of anti-establishment, now a classic icon of craftsmanship, the Perfecto® 618 radiates attitude and undeniable cool.

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  • Rider inspired 25" length moto jacket
  • U. S. sourced, drum dyed, hand cut, heavyweight 3 - 3.5 oz. steerhide leather
  • Large back panel design, a signature of Schott's uncompromising Perfecto® quality
  • Asymmetrical main zipper pattern for added warmth and protection
  • Snap down lapels, collar and shoulder epaulets
  • Custom embossed “SCHOTT” snap faces
  • Bi-swing back panels with grommet vented underarm footballs
  • Traditional zippered sleeve cuffs
  • Attached belt with durable nickel plated square buckle
  • Three outside zippered pockets plus small coin flap pocket
  • Lower inside map pocket
  • Sewn in fixed 5.5 ounce nylon poly quilt insulated lining
  • Water resistant leather finish
  • U.S.A.

    Model is 6'1", weighs 175 lbs, with a 37" chest and is wearing size 38.

    Leather Type, Fit and Construction:

    We consider the Model 618 as a close cousin to our popular Model 613 with just a few subtle differences, namely the 618 has Schott logo snaps and no stars on the epaulets. Perfecto® Model 618 leather jackets for men are made with U. S. sourced, chrome-tanned, drum dyed, heavyweight steerhide leather. This hide has a medium to firm “hand” and a matte finish. It is chrome tanned and processed to provide many years of use without the need for treatments or conditioners. Right out of the box this jacket will have a stiffer feel and fit. We always tell our customers that to make this leather jacket their own requires a profound commitment. Wear it often, explore the open road and watch how it conforms to your body over time. This Perfecto® model 618 leather motorcycle jacket was designed and built for the long haul, the short ride, whatever you decide to throw at it!
    Schott NYC uses steerhide to help your leather jacket or “second skin” resist the elements. Motorcycle jackets need to be as tough as the people wearing them. You will enjoy the benefits of stain resistance, sturdy protection and water resistant leather whether you are riding on your classic motorbike or venturing out in the chill of a winter storm. For wind protection and added warmth the 618 features an attached belt, zippered sleeve cuffs and a durable insulated nylon quilted lining sewn into the body of the jacket. Our bi-swing back panels and under arm footballs ensures that this tight fitting jacket moves with you eliminating that restrictive feel often found with other leather motorcycle jackets. Nickel plated brass hardware complete this timeless American made classic that is built to last a lifetime.

    As with all Perfecto® leather jackets, Schott only uses the best, highest quality leather available. In the same tradition used in the 50's, highly skilled workers hand-cut each panel for the 618 from patterns that date back to the early Perfecto® leather jackets. In keeping with their original custom style, Schott designed this jacket to fit tighter than most for that classic bold and streamlined look. Offered in sizes 32 to 54, we suggest you carefully check our sizing diagrams and measurements to determine best fit. Many of our customers prefer to “size up” in this style due to its classic, close-fitting cut. Ordering based on your chest size will give you that snug, t-shirt only, bad boy look pioneered in the 1950’s.
    The Schott Perfecto® Model #618 is still proudly made in the U.S.A. Our customers know that the quality and construction of our jackets are unparalleled. From the heavyweight nylon thread we use to the strong American hands that do the crafting. We build our leather motorcycle jackets to the same indestructible standards as the old style leather medicine balls. One-hundred plus years of being the best is your assurance that Schott Brothers stands behind every jacket we make.


    The three pocket design of the Schott Perfecto® One Star dates back to the late 1940's. In those days this leather motorcycle jacket was referred to as just “Perfecto®” or “Beck model 999” (manufactured by Schott). The small coin flap pocket started out as a custom option offered in the early 50's. By 1955 this coin pocket became a standard feature of this biker-style jacket known as “the Perfecto® One Star".

    Considered to be the best motorcycle jacket it caught the mainstream public's attention after Marlon Brando epitomized the coolest of cool, wearing his Perfecto® in that iconic classic film “The Wild One”. Originally referred to as "the One Star", it was officially banned from schools across the US for an entire year in the mid 50’s. Some believe this action served to make the Schott Perfecto® even more desirable to America’s young renegades with their “Wild One” tendencies. School Boards wanted to burn it and youthful rebels saved every penny to buy one. At the time, this jacket retailed for close to $50 which amounted to roughly 100 hours of work if you were a gas station attendant making fifty cents an hour!

    The customized asymmetrical leather motorcycle jacket worn by Brando became the must-have anti-establishment symbol for 1950’s youth. The orders skyrocketed for this leather jacket causing Irving Schott and his son Mel to increase their workforce and expand the Schott factory. By the mid 1960’s the Perfecto® mens jackets had also caught on with the emerging rock n roll movement. Once again, due to increasing sales, Schott had grown out of their current factory on King Street in Perth Amboy, NJ. A few new factories later and still in New Jersey, Schott proudly continues this iconic American classic motorcycle jacket as the Model 618 for the wild side in all of us.

    Interested in more? Learn about the history of the Perfecto® by clicking here.
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    Published: Sun, 9/15/2019 by Ken

    The quality of workmanship of this jacket is amazing. The leather is super heavy weight, which is very cool to me. It may even be too heavy for some.

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    Published: Mon, 9/9/2019 by Tihomir

    I must say thank you because the staff was so helpful in resolving my issues with PayPal and without them I couldn’t get my hands-on this piece of art.
    Quality of the jacket is unmatchable and the sizing system was spot on. I order size 44, and it fits like a glove. I’m 1.70cm with 103cm chest and short torso.

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    Published: Fri, 8/2/2019 by s.hart

    The Quality of leather is truly impressive. Very heavy and a bit stiff, but breaking in has been very easily. I had considered buying a used one, but having a 618 mold to your body is part of the reason to buy a 618. Also, I normally wear between a M and L in men's clothes. M in workwear, and L in more casual or form cuts, so i was surprised when the web page suggested a 46, but the fit is perfect. It is the right size to layer with a hoodie or a sweater. I would only recommend your "normal" size if you plan on only wearing the jacket with a t shirt underneath.

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    Published: Fri, 7/19/2019 by Brett Burnette

    I was concerned about buying this item without trying it on first but the online size guide was spot on in getting the size right. I received the jacket in quick order. The jacket is amazing and looks great on me as well. It has a nice heavy feel and thick leather which is what I was looking for. Love the big panels of leather and zippers on this jacket. This jacket is beautifully detailed down to the asymmetrical front zipper and pockets. Makes me look like a badass.

    Thanks Schott

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    618 IS 100% LEGIT

    Published: Thu, 7/11/2019 by J Hagquist

    Rode up to the Schott Los Angeles store to buy a new riding jacket. The staff was incredibly helpful and walked out with a brand new 618 Perfecto. The fit and finish on this jacket is second to none. Every seam and line on the jacket is perfect, and the jacket is comfortable even in the heat of Southern California. Thanks for making such an incredible jacket Schott.

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    Published: Fri, 5/24/2019 by HC

    I was skeptical about the 618 due to it's reputation of being short and rigid but I went ahead and bought it instead of the "roomier" 118, since I wanted to have that classic and uber-cool silhouette.
    Honestly I couldn't even wear it properly the first time and I liked that feeling as the leather was so fresh, stiff and thick. It needs some good breaking-in.
    I also read online about getting used Schotts for way lesser prices but I am glad I got a new one as I am loving this process of breaking-in this jacket and making it mine. (Just my opinion)
    And oh if this helps anyone reading these reviews I am 5 ft 9 inches tall with a 36.5 - 37 chest and I got a size 38 and I believe this is the right fit but cannot exactly say for sure as I ordered online and did not have a chance to try.
    I would recommend this to anyone who loves the motorcycle style jacket in genuine leather over many of the overpriced fashion brands.
    But one gripe was I could not access the side pockets on both sides with my hands no matter how hard I tried. I don't know if it's because of the new condition of the leather or because of this classic fit but it kind of annoyed me a little.
    And it was also a little difficult to raise my arms and the armpit areas seemed a little too snug, I guess it's just the fit as I read the same type of reviews online.
    Other than these, I am in love with this jacket !!
    The details, stitching and hardware are very well done.

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    Published: Thu, 5/9/2019 by Antonio CG

    This is the first true leather jacket i own, when choosing a leather jacket, it’s all about the fit! If you have the chance to visit a Schott NYC location in person to try on snd see the products i highly recommend you do so, if not, i’ve read only good things bout their customer service.

    You will appreciate the materials and craftsmanship in this as soon as you put it on, i’m having trouble wearing any other jacket, i wanted a biker jacket for so long, for riding and as a fashion piece, i couldn’t consider any other brand but the original and i was not disappointed, looking forward to my next purchase from Schott NYC.

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    Published: Fri, 4/26/2019 by Mike Iserman

    Fantastic coat made in America received with great service. Totally satisfied customer;

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    Published: Fri, 2/22/2019 by S

    Love this jacket!! I just received today.Paid the taxes and it took only 2 days after the order! To Finland! Amazingly fast delivery, and thank you Jerry also for helping with the sizing. Fits like a glove!! I’ m 6 feet 250 lbs and size 48 is perfect!! I’m really happy!

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    Published: Fri, 10/26/2018 by Daniel McGuire

    I never pictured myself as a "motorcycle jacket guy." The Pefecto has changed that. I love this jacket. I get tons of compliments about how it looks. I wear it everyday -- walking around, driving, the grocery store. It is very comfortable and warm (the weather where I live is currently 35 to 40 degrees F).

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