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02-16-2013, 07:44 PM

02-16-2013, 11:33 PM
Please stop.
I promised myself I wouldn't buy anymore jackets! ;D

02-17-2013, 08:47 PM
LOL. You have to stop doing that. This hobby has left more broken wallets and promises strewn around the globe than sailors have while on leave in port cities Indy_cheers

02-18-2013, 04:19 AM
I really think the leather on the Todd's does an outstanding job of mimicking what we see in Raiders. My biggest (really only) complaint about the jacket is the lining. It is really easy to pick. I understand the market that Todd is going for with this jacket and there has to be some cost-cutting concessions somewhere in order to hit his target price, but if you got one of his jackets and put in a good liner, you would have an outstanding jacket.

03-19-2013, 02:58 PM

Oildale Jones
03-19-2013, 04:27 PM
That looks amazing. Are you doing anything special to it?

Ram Man
03-19-2013, 05:55 PM
Man your not making any easier for some of us to resist buying anymore jackets. How about a shot or two with you wearing it just for comparison?

It does look amazing BTW

Just wondering about the pic that appears to be the back yoke. Seems a little large for a Raiders jacket? I could be wrong.

03-19-2013, 06:22 PM
That looks amazing. Are you doing anything special to it?
Here's the link where I first got it from Omar's Garage and talked about it a little bit, but yeah the only thing I've done is hit it all over with sandpaper and shower treatment: http://www.fortuneandglory.org/forums/threads/1967-Latest-Todd-s-Standard-for-sale

I'll do a full review on it shooting for next week. Comparing and contrasting to Tony's product and some screen grabs. For now, I just have to tell you though that for me I experienced a wild ride of wide ranging emotions over the first 24 hours and the underlying, overriding feeling that came out of it that cuts through all the nit picky, quality, comparisons, fit, pattern, endless debates, top shelf, bottom shelf, materials, and vendors that we discuss endlessly here is the following two things:

1. For the new guy who just wants a real, good, accurate looking, off the rack, Raiders of the Lost Ark jacket for a reasonable and expected price, this is the choice to make.

--It's a comfortable jacket. I have room to move in it. Slide around in it just a little bit. It's possible I need an Xlarge rather than a 2xl. But it's an off the rack so I don't know. I'll pick up an XL down the road sometime and find out.

--The leather and look (pattern) of the jacket is accurate.

--It's not a ferrari so don't expect it to be one. It's a $200 jacket and I believe it delivers full value.

--It also delivers full value on the Raiders of the Lost Ark look.

2. For the well seasoned Indy addict who's quit cold turkey, and fallen off the wagon. Multiple times. Owned everything, sold it all, bought it back again, engaged in countless years worth of arguments, and burnt out their retinas (if you have to ask how, then this isn't you)

--It's a comfortable jacket.

--The leather duplicates the on screen look accurately.

--Since we know the deal by now and have come full circle, we can appreciate it for what it brings to the table as described above for the new guy.

--Take fine to medium sand paper. Hit it all over. Hang it in the shower. Hit it all over with the shower head. Or with a garden hose. Wear it until dry while sitting at your desk or driving. I'll get a photo up in a while.

--Now you have the perfect super light weight Raiders travel jacket that looks the part and no worries if you lose it or it gets damaged

Man your not making any easier for some of us to resist buying anymore jackets. How about a shot or two with you wearing it just for comparison?

It does look amazing BTW

Just wondering about the pic that appears to be the back yoke. Seems a little large for a Raiders jacket? I could be wrong.

This is just a preview, but I have tons and tons of photos so I'm trying to put the review together. It's evolved into something much bigger than I intended with comparisons to other leathers and patterns and measurements and replicas and screencaps and sizes. But, hopefully it will be worth it and help those trying to make a decision.

It's a XXL jacket so the yoke is going to be bigger proportionally. Plus with the close up angle and everything I see what you're saying. Like I said I'll be posting lots and lots and lots of photos, but heres a couple that show the entire jacket. The XXL is a big jacket for a large man Indy_cheers

Here's one of me wearing it:
On me I'd say that it's a bit baggy at the bottom and maybe a little at the top. I'll get into that more in the full review and critique.

Compared to my TN Vintage Goat:

Oildale Jones
03-20-2013, 05:53 AM
If you pulled the tag out of it, I would be hard-pressed to identify it. It certainly distinguishes itself from the older Todd's Standards. I just want to lovingly massage Obenauf's into it... :)

I'm back down to two jackets (not counting my TN): my favorite Todd's Standard (do I still have to make that distinction since the Bantu Winds are in the past?) and the Todd's I have up for auction right now. I tried a Wested Hero goat and it didn't fit my shoulders. I tried a Wested Hero lamb and it looked and felt soooo nice, but it was too big in the torso. Nothing has scratched the itch like my favorite Todd's. Nothing else has come close. And I'm frankly tired of buying jackets without trying them on, hoping they'll fit. So your pics have clinched it for me. When I'm ready for my next jacket, I taking a road trip to Todd's and I'm going to try on jackets until I hear the angels sing.

Indiego Jones
03-20-2013, 01:29 PM
wow. just amazing.
This leather is beautiful!!!. EXCELENT Raiders jacket!!!

03-23-2013, 02:44 PM
Totally. As I flip through all my screencaps while working on this review, the leather is definitely something I'm impressed with. Here's a photo that shows the leather a few shades darker than how most of the other photos came out. I think it's pretty close to the naked eye.

And the leather texture compared to The Main Hero in the Hawaii airplane scene:

03-23-2013, 04:38 PM
That is great leather!

Oildale Jones
04-04-2013, 06:52 AM
The angels have sung! I drove up to Bakersfield today and "stopped in" at Todd's to check out the new jackets. (I say "stopped in" because it's not exactly on the way; it's about a 35-mile sidetrip from the 5 freeway.) My son Logan and I met Todd and his son at the shop and while Logan ogled all of Todd's cool Indy props, I tried on jackets. I mentioned this thread to Todd and told him what I was looking for. The new jackets ran the gamut from almost featurelessly smooth to almost dino-hide. Although I tried on five or so, and looked through about 10, the second one I tried checked all the boxes for me: It was light, it fit great, it was ribby but not excessively grainy, and it draped well immediately. The New Zealand leather is incredibly supple. The chest "ribs" are on the wrong side, but it's not a dealbreaker.



Oh, and when I asked him about my first Todd's jacket—the one with the really artificial-looking leather that some people took issue with my calling a "fashion leather"—he said it was a higher-end fashion leather. Ha!

I will get some comparison photos with my 2008 in a couple of days. One noticeable and welcome difference with the new jacket is the size of the cuffs. I'm lovin' it.

04-04-2013, 08:50 AM
That looks great. Fabulous when you consider the price

04-04-2013, 04:26 PM
Yes. Awesome looking leather. Congrats on getting a new jacket and for the chance to try them on and pick the best one.

I've neglected this thread as I've been feverishly working on a response to the Hawaii photo from the rare and deleted thread. Todd's new jackets are shrunken lamb by the way.

04-04-2013, 08:43 PM
They are really great jackets. I only sold mine to NB (although this thread is another benefit) to get my Steele and Jones. I might very well get other Todds. Like NB said, it's a great jacket to take on a trip with you and not worry TOO much what happens to it for the simple fact you don't have that much in it. It's really one of the best deals in the hobby.

Oildale Jones
04-05-2013, 12:59 AM
Like I've said (and I told Todd and his wife), I've been through a lot of jackets and none of them have done it for me like Todd's. What's funny is how my tastes/preferences have developed as more details have come out with the Blu-ray release. In 2011 I wanted something smooth; now I want...well, this jacket! I look at the texture and shine of this leather and it says "Kipu Falls" to me. If only I could get that pocket puckering... ;)

01-13-2014, 07:22 PM
Fantastic jacket.

04-01-2014, 12:57 AM
This jacket has a new, old owner now Indy_cheers I should've checked out this thread and looked at the compares again. I may have changed my mind :doh: Seriously though, the leather is ribby and shrunken and imo a very good match to what can be seen on screen. I lost a lot of weight and it didn't fit. Also, the difference between the XL and XXL jackets that I have from Todd's is massive. At 190 lbs the XL is a good fit, but looks a bit tight compared to SA. At 230lbs + the XXL is a good fit but too loose on me in the waist. I was just about to take it to a tailor I've worked with before in town and have it completely taken apart, recut following one of my other jackets that fit well, and then put back together, when I received a message from the old owner asking if I'd be willing to sell it back. It's so hard getting a jacket that really works just right that I immediately agreed to. Sometimes the jacket chooses the owner and why fight its destiny :whip:

I have worked long and hard on putting together a review and analysis on this jacket and will continue to do so as I have taken all of the photos necessary to complete this thread. The thing with Todd's jackets is because of the cut and pattern, it is not always going to give a good fit to everyone.

Anyway, here's a farewell toast to the jacket and the fond memories I have of it :drink: May it have safe travels. I know it'll bring the spirit of adventure to its new owner. Man, I loved that leather.

08-09-2014, 04:16 AM
I didn't see this when he first posted it but massive kudos to Bryan for selling me this jacket back. Like I mentioned before, I only sold it to fund a Steele and Jones and regretted it almost as soon as I left it at the post office. It just ticks all the buttons for me and I am very glad to have it back in the stable. Before colder weather, I might take it and have a cotton liner put in it, but, otherwises, it's perfect. Thanks to Bryan again!

08-10-2014, 03:01 PM
Your welcome Crisman!! :toast: