Men's Madison Wool Bike Blazer
More trendy, youthful, and high end than photos - best gift!
BEST DESIGN ON WEBSITE: Color warmer than photos - subtle dark brown and tan wool tweed with hazelnut window panes and hazelnut corduroy trim. Truly gorgeous fabric and pattern. The green fabric hidden under lapel is HIGHLY reflective (silver) in headlights. Jacket is cut short for skinny 5'6"-5'10" man with thin neck. Its on trend for 20-30somethings, but 80 yr-old man would look equally dashing. Great fall coat and semi-casual blazer. This jacket reminds us why there are so many buttons on jackets by restoring lost function and adding additional modern ones. True to history, the lapel has a functional neck button to close it when cold outside (hole aint designed for flowers!). Sleeve buttons function so that you can open cuffs and tuck in gloves. Front pockets have flaps with hidden buttons to keep larger items safe. Modern additions include the button strap across neck to insure your jacket is wind-tight at neck. Button holes below front pockets to fold up front edge in bike position. Buttons at tail hold flap closed for protection. Typical jackets have sweaty polyester lining and foam shoulder pads. This jacket breathes well with gray T-shirt flannel and natural cotton lining. There's a zippered inner pocket with loops to thread headphones.
DOWNSIDES: cut 1 size too small in chest for regular medium sized man. If you have wide shoulders and a tapered waist order one size up and it should be perfect. If you have a thick neck, the neck strap won't button. I always wear 38 (mens medium, not muscly or overweight), shoulders were normal, but a hair tight in chest with just a tee shirt on. Fingers crossed sizing up works for me! DESIGN SUGGESTIONS: Needs hidden reflective material on rear (drop down panel/ribbons/reflective pocket handkerchief). Neck only visible from side, if you have short hair, on bike - not very functional!
November 9, 2012
This has lots of cool pockets. Very sharp!
It was a gift for my 26 year old son. He wore this Christmas eve. It fits perfect and it looks great!
We aren't sure what all the little buttonholes are for or the tabs, but he loves the many pockets because he rides his bike all over New York City.
December 24, 2012
Great medium weight blazer
I am a tall individual, so I usually cringe when I find out a blazer has functional buttons on the cuffs. Since I wear a 38 jacket and usually need to wear a 35 inch shirt, most jackets off-the-rack need to be taken out in the sleeves to fit properly. Overall, the jacket fit well enough that I didn't need to get any part of it tailored. Great for me since I usually need to get some waist suppression in my jackets, but no so great for the person who isn't thin. Keep this in mind, I am 6 foot/160 pounds.
I guess in an effort to cover as much of your arm as possible when biking, Lands End made the sleeves longer. Long enough that they don't need tailoring on my end, but could be a problem with someone with more normal length limbs. With that said, a lot of my forearm is exposed while riding an actual bike since it's a little tight around the shoulder area and I need to shimmy the jacket up a bit for fear of tearing the rear seam.
The fabric is wonderful. A little itchy at first, but has worn in nicely. I haven't worn it in the rain, but I imagine it will resist some moisture to an extent.
The button up quarters and rear hidden pocket are nice touches that I find myself using more and more.
The tape under the collar is more reflective under normal daylight than the YouTube video suggests, but since you won't be walking around town with your collar popped in the daytime, don't concern yourself with the glowing collar.
The loops inside the jacket for your headphones is a pointless addition, since I don't recommend anyone ride a bike with headphones.
November 26, 2012
BEST DESIGN EVER, FINE TWEED - awesome christmas gift!
I bike to work and can go right into the office with this blazer. Great fall jacket/blazer. Fabric color warmer than photos (subtle dark brown and tan wool tweed hazelnut window panes trimmed with hazelnut corduroy collar). The green under neck is entirely HIGHLY reflective (reflects silver). Cut for slim-youthful body with thin neck. On trend for 20-30something, but an 80 yr-old man would look dashing too. This jacket reminds us why there are buttons on suits restoring function and adding modern ones too. True to history, the lapel has a functional neck button to close jacket when cold (that hole aint designed for flowers!). Sleeve buttons open, so you tuck in thick gloves. Front pockets flaps button to keep things safe. Modern additions include button strap across neck to keep neck warm while traveling. Button holes below front pockets allow you to fold up and not rumple front in seated bike position. Button at tail hold tails closed, so they don't flap and rip while biking. Gray T-shirt flannel lines body and natural cotton lines arms. Typical jackets have sweaty polyester lining, but this jacket breathes! no more sweaty stink after riding. Zippered inner pocket with loops to thread headphones inside. DOWNSIDES: cut 1/2-1 size small in chest for average weight square man, while shoulders are normal width, so might require expensive tailoring to fit. If you have wide shoulders and a tapered waist order up and sure to fit. Cut is short and ideal for 5'6-"-5'9" person, if much taller jacket might be too short. If you have a thick neck, neck strap won't button. DESIGN SUGGESTIONS: Needs hidden reflective material on rear (drop down panel/ribbons/pocket handkerchief) because neck only visible from side, if you have short hair, when riding - not very functional.
November 9, 2012
Nice coat, interesting features.
This is really a nicer quality coat than some of the other LE blazers available. the quality of the wool is deffinately on display. The functional features are cool but the jacket lacks an simple interrior breast pocket which is kind of bizzare. The color and weave are way better and richer in person. I really like the coat but the 3/2 roll of the buttons takes some time to fall.
November 9, 2012