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Nothing has caused me more consternation than figuring out what jacket to get. I ditched all of my gear when I sold my last bike, so I'm starting over. I already ordered everything else (kevlar jeans, riding boots, gloves, and a Bell Bullitt helmet), but the jacket has been elusive.

I really like the waxed cotton style with added armor like the Belstaff's or the Union Garage Robinson jacket, but those prices are out of reach. The Roland Sands Tracker is close, but misses the mark for me. I had written off Barbour completely because they don't have armor, and as such are just fashion jackets, but then today discovered that they do make the International (short and long) with not just armor, but a waterproof breathable membrane and a removable full thermal layer as well.

Here is the short:



And here is the full size:



I've found that you can order them from the UK, with the short being $400 US shipped and the long being $460 shipped US. That's almost half the price of the Belstaff! So now I'm about 90% sure I'm getting one of them in the Sandstone color. I'm absolutely split on which model though. I think the short looks less like you are going on safari and is cleaner stylistically. But the full size one is the classic Barbour design from the 1950's (although I don't like the added reflective material on the belt), and I think it might be a little better if I hit rain since it goes lower.

The 15% price difference for jumping to the larger one isn't that big of a deal. I just can't make up my mind on style. I'm leaning toward the short one for the next 10 minutes, then I'll be back to the long one. Opinions?

Here is a video review of the short one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWuvJGyUDD4
And a video review of the long one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZcqFzxeQ1U
 

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Thanks for the tip!

That's a really nice jacket, albeit not the style I'm looking for. The $150 price is pretty good, but not amazing. It's not the expensive waxed cotton $800 Belstaff's people think of. It was a $380 jacket new (an excellent jacket that is).

It might be the jacket I need to let me forget the full length Barbour. It comes with Armor, which would cost and additional $75 for the Barbour anyway, so that makes the net cost of that Belstaff $75 for me. I registered there and sent the guy a PM.
 

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Well, I can call off any future opinions, because I just ordered a Belstaff jacket. The first jacket I had lusted after in my search was the Brooklands Blouson in brown, but the $795 price tag was just way too much. I had written them off, but the same site that has the Barbour jacket above has the Belstaff jacket for $568 with free shipping. Yes, that's still pretty steep, but whatever. It's coming my way.

I'm not nearly as handsome as this dude, but a guy can dream. ;)

 

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I was in urban rider earlier in the month to try a few things on. I'm going for the belstaff brooklands jacket. Just beware you'll need a size larger than what you normally wear as they're very small fitting. What do you think of the bell bullit? I was set on getting one until I tried one on! The most uncomfortable helmet I've ever put on my head!
 

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I was in urban rider earlier in the month to try a few things on. I'm going for the belstaff brooklands jacket. Just beware you'll need a size larger than what you normally wear as they're very small fitting. What do you think of the bell bullit? I was set on getting one until I tried one on! The most uncomfortable helmet I've ever put on my head!
I almost always wear a size L in jackets, but ordered the Belstaff Brooklands/Mojave in XL. I had read that about sizing, and my chest measurement is 43, and the XL is 42-44, so I'm hoping it's spot on. Fingers crossed!!

I originally ordered the Bell Bullitt in size L based on my head measurement, but it was very uncomfortable and and seemed tight. It was a no go, so I returned it. I was concerned the XL would be too large, but I ordered it anyway, and it's perfect. I cut my hair with a clipper to near skin tight, and it can be very sensitive to hats and materials, but I found it felt great for me.

I got the Bullitt in gloss black with the silver iridium shield, because I think it looks awesome, and I don't like wearing sunglasses under my helmet:

 

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I almost always wear a size L in jackets, but ordered the Belstaff Brooklands/Mojave in XL. I had read that about sizing, and my chest measurement is 43, and the XL is 42-44, so I'm hoping it's spot on. Fingers crossed!!

I originally ordered the Bell Bullitt in size L based on my head measurement, but it was very uncomfortable and and seemed tight. It was a no go, so I returned it. I was concerned the XL would be too large, but I ordered it anyway, and it's perfect. I cut my hair with a clipper to near skin tight, and it can be very sensitive to hats and materials, but I found it felt great for me.

I got the Bullitt in gloss black with the silver iridium shield, because I think it looks awesome, and I don't like wearing sunglasses under my helmet:
This may sound strange, but how is your head shaped? I've been meaning to order a bullit for some time now, but I'm fearful to do so without having tried one yet (shear lack of time on my end I readily admit). Luckily I still have a full head of thick, wavy long hair (down to my jaw), which complicates matters as it will often catch me between two sizes because of the extra 'volume'...

I've been unable to find a consistent 'guide' if you will to their sizing...
 

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Using the revzilla head shape 101 image, I'd say I'm half way between long oval and intermediate oval. The Bell Bullitt is shaped for intermediate oval.



Is there anywhere you can order it from that will give you free returns? I have Amazon Prime, which is free 2 day shipping, and free no questions asked return shipping as well. Revzilla does free return shipping as well (in the US anyway). Maybe there is a local retailer that carries them where you could try on on?
 
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