The Distressed Bomber jacket I received was true to size (Large) and was not very stiff to the contrary of other customers. Only issue I had is that it was shipped with a white fur collar as opposed to the fleece collar described in the add and pictured in the photo. After complaining to Overstock, their service dept. were quick to send me the fleece collar with no charge or hassle. Overall I am satisfied with the jacket. It is a great looking WWII bomber jacket for the price and I saw other comparable bomber jackets for hundreds more.
exceptional value for the price. I had a real jacket in the sixties my father gave me. Had "USN" in white stenciled on the back of the collar. The new jacket is a decent replica in outward appearance. However this jacket has a small inside pocket about chest high--the real jacket had a large inside pocket, with a one-snap close, on the lower left side--large enough for a pistol, or, in my case, 18" of auto heater hose (for Subway self-defense). Outside pockets on the original only had a top opening rather than the top & side openings on this replica. Also, as my original fell apart in the late '70s, I found it had criss-crossing straps between the outer leather and the inner liner to keep the pleats and general shape of it true. I doubt the new jacket has these. Also, my original jacket didn't have a "map liner" but that may have been the difference between being issued in the European or Pacific Theaters? The fluffie collar liner is not, to my experience, authentic. It's easily removed and, as I said, the jacket looks fine. Nice heavy-weight jacket.
The jacket is true to size and my husband tells me it is very warm. But the leather has a veriagated look to it with some dark and light coloring which I guess is what creates the distressed look. I don't mind it, but I didn't see it in the picture when I ordered it. There was some stitching comming loose on the lapels of the jacket which I can fix but I wasn't happy about it. There are some tiny white creases happening around the collar which I'm not happy about either. I told my husband just to wear it rough and hard and we'll get him a new one when this wares out since I don't think it's beautiful enough to perserve as "good" dress coat.
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