G-1 Jacket (Navy Leather Flight)
- Product Review (submitted on July 22, 2010):
I was very pleased when my new Navy G-1 arrived earlier this week from U S Manufacturing. This jacket represents to me the happy ending to a seven plus year search for a Navy G-1 that could meet my drive for a superior level of quality coupled with authenticity. Let me explain; I had acquired a G-I in 1969 when I left the Navy. That G-1 was with me for nearly twenty years and accompanied me on many memorable adventures that helped shaped my life as it is today.
finally, I could not longer wear it as it was now too small. I sold it to a collector and forgot about G-1's for about two years. I then got the urge to own another and located an early one that fit I become obsessed with finding better G-1's and finally begin buying and selling them. This was a lot of fun and I met some great people as a result. Finally, the demands of working a sixty-hour week eliminated the spare time to look for vintage G-1's, I still wanted to own an authentic G-l. I decided that a new one was the answer, I spent several months of time researching both quality and authenticity. I settled on a Willis and Geiger. I spent a tremendous amount of time talking to their designers and ultimately to Burt Avedon personally trying to buy their authentic model with single entry pockets. Impossible!
I discovered the Eastman Company and ultimately not only paid a high price but also waited a long time to get their G-1 that "could be passed down to my son" become the quality was so superb. I waited anxiously for the G-1 to arrive when I finally got it I was disappointed in the ribbing on the bottom and cuffs. The pattern looked right but the material seemed thin by comparison to others l has seen. I wore the jacket a short period of time and the BI swing pleat in the back began folding inward to the extreme. I ware it very little over the next year as the pleat situation kept getting worse and it annoyed me. Time passed, I was busy building a career and moved more than one time, finally last year I was able to track their US rep down again. I had paid a lot of money for what was advertised as a superior product. I realize that time had passed but the attitude of both the Eastman Company and their US rep was "there is not a problem". I spent $60.00 for shipping the G-1 to Eastman's factory in England to have new elastic put in. When the G-l came back, it was exactly the same! I was not only extremely disappointed in the supposed quality, but also very unhappy about their approach to customer service. I do not mind spending a lot of money for things that are as advertised and make me but I did not get any satisfaction from Eastman Leather Clothing whatsoever. I finally sold the jacket at an extreme loss,... so much for lasting quality and resale value. I have since advised six potential buyers to look elsewhere for a G-l or A-2.
I found US Authentic Manufacturing by accident on the Internet The web-site looked good, but I have had a lot of experience with G-1's that just donâ€™t measure up, I called and talked directly to Shaul Dover, the President of the company. I was really impressed with the commitment to quality that you voiced and I asked several more critical questions about materials and construction, and got all the right answers. I ordered your G-1 and I am really pleased with the level of qualify and authenticity. The attention to detail is excellent and the materials are top quality. The goatskin used is an excellent overall match and very thick yet very soft and pliable. The price was a real bargain even more so if you consider the option of custom features to the customer's design for only $100.00 more. For my money, the real key factor has been the dedicated level of customer service and genuine desire to provide what the customer truly wants. I look forward to wearing my new US Manufacturing G-I as often as possible. In addition, I will show it with great pride to all of my associates that have an interest in preserving W.W.II flying history. I look forward to the day in the near future when I buy one of your other quality flight jackets.