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theman
09-01-2010, 03:44 PM
Amazingly I find this cheapest of jackets one of the most accurate Raiders pattern jackets available, second only to the Nowak. I even checked it against a Nowak when I had the two together and much of the important stuff was similar between the two.
They look a little "plasticy" out of the box new, but man do they distress and fit to you nice, and rather quickly. Very lightweight and thin, great for windbreaker weather.
I had one for a while, gave it my distress treatment, and then passed it on to Adam Savage who wears it on his show MythBusters in a few episodes over the past year... just keeps looking better!
The only reason I even let it go was because I thought it could use a tad more sleeve length, which Todd spec'd into the basic pattern on the next revision.

I'd suggest calling up or emailing Todd directly and checking what jacket batch he has available there now... as he had one batch at the end of last year that had some errors in some very minor details, that all should have been corrected on the following batch. Still great jackets, but much closer to perfect when everything is as Todd has them spec'd.

I will say the one week point of the jacket is the quality of stitching... I have seen similar issues with stitches coming loose on these around the handwarmer entries after a bit of use, much like quite a few Westeds I have seen with the same affliction. But many don't even use the handwarmers, making it a non-issue for those owners.

Here are some pics of my old one...
http://a.imageshack.us/img180/1338/rolafront.jpg
http://a.imageshack.us/img406/2047/rolaback.jpg
http://a.imageshack.us/img169/3237/myrola2.jpg
http://a.imageshack.us/img405/7407/myrola3.jpg
http://a.imageshack.us/img405/4906/myrola4.jpg
http://a.imageshack.us/img704/4774/myrola5.jpg
http://a.imageshack.us/img169/521/myrola6.jpg
http://a.imageshack.us/img543/1959/myrolaback.jpg
http://a.imageshack.us/img704/5184/myrolafront.jpg
http://a.imageshack.us/img704/3228/myrola.jpg

djd
09-01-2010, 03:49 PM
Todd makes a fine jacket and that's a good example ;D

crismans
09-05-2010, 03:45 PM
Todd does make a really good jacket. I find myself reaching for it a lot due to the fact that it's lightweight really lends itself to different weather conditions (if you layer for when it's a bit "nippy"). I really like the newest batch of lamb he's gotten and hope he keeps it for future jackets.

RCSignals
09-05-2010, 06:07 PM
If Todd's most recent version had the sleeve and yoke seams misaligned I'd have one. The leather is better, the handwarmer pocket construction is an improvement, and from what I can tell the sleeves are longer (which i need).

I did have one of the previous versions. It was a nice jacket with accurate details, but for me to get a correct fit in the body the sleeves were too short, so I had to sell it. (selling it is a whole other story, not that it was hard to sell)

These are great I-j Raiders jackets at a very nice price.

Canyon
09-13-2010, 07:08 PM
Oh my! That is an absolutely gorgeous jacket! ;D

theman, thanks so much for posting! :)

Tyderium
09-14-2010, 05:44 AM
Always good to see pics of Todd's Raider's jackets.
When beaten up and worn in like the above they just exude that authentic screen vibe.
I love the collar on this one.

Weston
09-15-2010, 04:01 AM
Todd's jackets punch way above their weight. Next to my Wings goat, it's the one jacket that is most often in my work truck.

Weston