My Engineered Garments Activecloth Aviator Jacket arrived from The Bureau a couple of weeks ago and to say I’m satisfied with my purchase is an understatement. It’s only the second piece of Daiki Suzuki clobber I’ve invested in, and as with the first it really dead good.
Firstly, let me congratulate the Bureau again on the swift delivery of the item, ordered on Wednesday at 2pm, and delivered by 1pm on the Thursday, with no additional next day delivery postage charge in sight I might add.. Considering they’re based in Northern Ireland that’s a quick turn around.
In relation to the jacket itself, after much deliberation I opted for the ‘Large’. The majority of EG gear tends to be oversized, but the Aviator fits pretty much to standard size. I’m in-between a 40-42 chest, 6ft tall and weight just under 14 stone, and the fit is spot on.
Noticeable features include the slightly deeper than usual waistband hem (in my opinion a must for any proper aviator jacket), and the 2 way-double front zip fastening, which is something I’ve always advocated and that we don’t see much of anymore.
Personally, I would have liked to see some kind of rear pocket detail, which is a common feature of most EG gear. However, the real craftsmanship on this jacket is evident in the NyCo fabric, with the durability of the material clearly evident by the feel of the cotton outer and nylon lining.
Further finishings include two hand warmer pockets, a slanted chest pocket, press stud button fasteners at the collar and hem, and the Engineered Garments tab embroidered on the storm flap.
I went for the Khaki/Green/Navy Tri Color Stripe version, as it seemed more seasonal and complemented my green Gateshead Council bin in the backyard. Although if you’re more partial a blue waste disposal unit, then you will be relieved to know there’s a Navy option.
It’ll probably come as no surprise that stock levels were running low when I purchased this, so it might be worth contacting the Bureau direct for the latest information regarding re-stocks. Or have a look on the EG website for alternative stockists.