Excellent craftsmanship; the leatherwork details are very well done. No unnecessary ornamentation (fitting with the target period).
As others noted, as there is currently no L size available, I ordered an XL. The XL was quite large, and I didn't want to hire a leather worker to resize it, so I returned it and exchanged the XL for a M hoping it too would run a little large. The exchange was easy and I was sent the new M jerkin within two-weeks.
The M fits me fairly well; slightly tight in the chest, and I will need to lose 10lbs before the next event. The straps are adjustable only to about an inch, though there is room to pierce an extra hole with an awl.
I plan to wear this item with the padded shirt also sold by MRL.
August 28, 2016
I bought this as a "Deal of the Day" and it was a really great deal. It would certainly be worth the regular price as well, but getting it for so much less made it even better!
This is a really great product. The leather is supple and beautifully tanned and it is cut well for a really nice fit. I have yet to wear it without receiving compliments on the quality and authenticity. Excellent piece.
July 13, 2016
Very well made, looks great and fits nicely.
November 14, 2015
Looks great, well made. 100% real leather. Just ss advertised. It was a little big, but there is no stretch so that's probably good. Wouldst again.
September 24, 2015
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!
July 20, 2015
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!
July 20, 2015
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?
April 18, 2013
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.
August 31, 2011
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
March 05, 2009
Very comfortable and stylish a great addition to my Ren-Fair costume or to yours.
December 12, 2008