No B3 in my collection.

Discussion in 'Repros' started by John Lever, May 10, 2017.

  1. John Lever

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    For the first time in 20 years I don't own a B3. I have always liked the design an enjoy wearing them and have owned over ten. The problem is though I never did wear them. They were taken out looked at then put away.
    Has any one else done this ? Are they too bulky, too warm for our winters or are we getting rather old to wear them ?
    My tastes have moved over to designs without any fleece showing at the cuffs and waist, or to earlier jackets like the B2, A1 and cossack jackets.
     
  2. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    OMG John. I really thought your wore your B-3s down in darkest Surrey. Mine have had a lot of wear over the winter.:)
     
  3. John Lever

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    Winter here was cool rather than cold. If I had a dog to walk then perhaps a B3 would see more wear.
    If a nice one pops up then maybe i'll buy it but it would have to be very special something like a Few Liberator, or Phillips Tanning.
     
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  4. Silver Surfer

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    funny you should mention it, john. i still have my elc rw and perry, but did not wear either this winter, and it was plenty cold enough to wear them. i found that the nylon n-2b jackets are easily as warm as a b-3, and a lot more practical. they are rain-snow resistant, and are made with a hood. and, like you, i have taken to repro cossack-menlo,, and hb style jackets as my intermediate wearers, as against a-2s
     
  5. CBI

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    I didn't wear my ELC B-3 at all this past Winter. If it gets no use NEXT Winter, I will put it up for sale. I am finding my tastes are really changing as well. I guess its normal if you are at this hobby long enough!
     
  6. Bombing IP

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    Never had the need for a sheepskin jacket for me they are just to bulky in the land of the car USA.
    BIP
     
  7. John Lever

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    I think you've got it there, they don't fit very well with 21st century life.
     
  8. Silver Surfer

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    b-3 driving a car? hahahahahaha, not.
     
  9. John Lever

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    Impossible to drive in any sheepskin.
     
  10. CBI

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    possible but very uncomfortable!!!
     
  11. gav

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    This is not what I want to hear, having recently acquired my first B-3. I pray for a hard winter!
     
  12. dmar836

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    I've worn one once or twice - once in the proper context, flying in a cold plane in 20F. Even colder up there.
    My wife thinks fleece looks like one is trying too hard and for me it would be. I feel like I'm screaming for attention. I have complained at how few notice a nice A-2 but, on the other hand, there are those with gaudy painted A-2s with things hanging all over them to make up for it. Often they are seen with 50 mission caps and corncob pipes too.
    Maybe next time we eat out I wear a seat parachute!
     
  13. Roughwear

    Roughwear Well-Known Member

    I have worn my B-3s to drive in this winter and found them fine with no problems.
     
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  14. johnwayne

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    For the very reasons most of you say is why I've always steered clear of shearling jackets, particularly the car even though I did used to own an old MGB roadster (soft top) until a couple of years ago! Have been considering a B3 similar quite recently but ultimately I've too many jackets really so have again decided against one.
     
  15. MikeyB-17

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    I wore my Aero B-3 all the time in the Winter (not in the rain). Not had a sheepskin jacket since which I've liked as much, and I fully intend to get another.
     
  16. mr_lits

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    I wear my B3 all through the winter. Note that I'm in Alaska and it suits the weather here well.
     
  17. dmar836

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    Certainly not criticizing the B-3. I do think that Eastman B-6 in the FS section would be a great wearer and not so bulky.
     
  18. Clark J

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    I thought I felt something in the world was a askew ! I had a nice big old Aero B-3 and probably wore it 2 times a winter even here in Minnesota.I did like the weight of the Eastman D-1 but I also sold both of those.I think the Eastman B-10 is the way to go.
     
  19. ausreenactor

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    I was going to contend that without a B-3 on the books it is not really a collection? ;)
     
  20. John Lever

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    That sounds like fighting talk.....
    I have to agree though I suppose.
     
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