It is leather and it is lined, just like they say it is. It’s also reasonable heavy. It should hold together during use.
The price is also very nice.
However, I found the jerkin to fit very large even though I checked the sizing guide before purchasing/ordering. The leather straps on the front do not allow for much adjustment, so if the sizing is off, is going to be off. They also do not like to lay flat, as mentioned in other reviews. When making you decision to buy this item (or not) it is worth bearing in mind that the models are used in the photos are, well, models. The jerkin might not look as nice on a big boned middle aged frame as it does on a handsome young model. This is where the limited sizing adjustments can become a nit to pick.
So, if you're a young model it will look much like the photo when you put it on, and that will be great. If you're a middle aged not-model dude, it might look more like a leather tube when you put it on. A great item when expectations are appropriate. Mine were not, but at least the return policy is fair!
Reviewed by Joe
7/20/2015 11:31:10 AM
Fits great and goes well with my other viking pieces. I wish the belts had slides to hold them down when fastened but not enough of a problem to diminish the product.
Don't think, just buy it!
Reviewed by Patrick
7/20/2015 1:59:29 AM
Absolutely great. The leather is truly 100% real (I was surprised but very pleased). I got the medium and it's a little big, but far from too long or loose; the armpit opening's a little too big for me. I'll wear something puffy under there. Overall though, it's a great piece of work, durable, and comfortable to wear. I'd recommend this to anyone.
ALSO - the leather straps doesn't give me any problems. I believe they added new anchors that hold them down?
Reviewed by Den
4/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This jerkin is absolutely beautiful. When I opened the package, the strong smell of leather assaulted my nostrils. I can't say enough about this jerkin. It is well made, with a satin interior. It would go well with many different period costumes. The only drawback is the straps. They should have placed a loop on the jerkin to thread the excess straps through. I know Brian said that the brass trim has enough room to thread the excess through, but my jerkin doesn't. However, I just loop the excess strap length over/under itself just past the buckle and it is fine. If you are on the fence considering buying this jerkin, you should just order it before they stop making it. It is well worth the price. You will not be disappointed.
Reviewed by Daniel
8/31/2011 12:00:00 AM
I love it, its a lot more comfortable then I originally thought it would be. my only issue with it is there isn't an effective way to keep the belt straps laying flat. otherwise amazing piece and very comfortable
Reviewed by Jacob
3/5/2009 12:00:00 AM