Leather Jackets Men
Bombers, double riders, and moto jackets make up the majority of most commercial leather jacket options. There are, of course, countless variants on the basic styles, and even some crossover between them — an unlined bomber jacket with exaggerated lapels, for example, is verging into double rider territory, while a moto jacket with extra padding and insulation looks something like a collarless bomber.
Additionally, there are some less common styles that share the basic leather construction:Cattlemen jackets are thigh-length coats with a slight flare at the waist.
They button rather than zip, allowing the bottom to spread for horseback riding. It’s mostly a rural style, but you’ll occasionally see fashionable interpretations on store racks.
Fatigue jackets in leather look just like they do in cloth: a little loose, with a soft collar and big flap pockets, cinched at the waist and sometimes belted.
The effect is similar to a bomber, but more dressed-down and a little more aggressive.Dusters are long, split-backed overcoats that reach nearly to the wearer’s feet. Western horsemen originally wore them in waxed cloth, but long-distance motorcyclists have adopted leather versions as protective clothing, especially for extended fork chopper-style bikes.
Leather blazers come in and out of fashion periodically. Unlike the other styles, they can easily look dated, which is a bad trait in something as long-lived as leather. Steer clear unless you want to make a very bold personal style statement.
Periodically, someone will also get it into their head to manufacture a traditionally non-leather jacket in leather: peacoats, trenchcoats, you name it. They’re generally worth avoiding, unless you find one that you love so much you think you’ll be wearing it in another20 years.Not all leathers are created equal. You’ll want to know your way around the industry terms before you buy, particularly the grades of leather quality:
Full grain is made from the whole hide, including the outer layer of skin. It’s tough, long-lasting stuff, but frequently has blemishes and marks from the animal’s lifetime.
Top grain is preferred for most jackets; again, it’s the whole outer hide, but with the skin smoothed off to make an even surface.
Genuine leather is an industry term for leather made from the inner hide. It’s thinner, cheaper, and less durable than top grain or full grain, but it is still made from a whole piece of animal hide.
Bonded leather is a cheap, low-quality material made from scraps of leather pressed down and chemically bonded together.