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Sheepskin B-3 Jackets - What's the Difference?

Posted by Pops on 11/14/2014 to Military
Sheepskin B-3 Jackets - What's the Difference?
Wearing a Sheepskin B-3 Bomber Jacket is an experience. You can feel the substantial plushness of the sheepskin pelts used in its design the moment you put it on. A common remark many people state is they feel like "the Michelin Man". Wearing this jacket just for a few minutes and you can understand why WWII Army Air Force servicemen wore these in sub-zero temperatures at altitude - they are extremely warm!

We offer several different types of sheepskin designs. The most common question Customers shopping for authentic Sheepskin B-3's usually ask is... "What's the difference in quality?" The most common comparison is between the Cockpit Z2102M Classic B-3 and the Schott NYC 257S B-3. The quick answer to that question is... not much.

Both are quality pieces that you would be proud to own and wear. Both have the sheepskin pelt "windowpanes" reinforced with goatskin leather strips, also known as taping. Both have twin goatskin leather collar straps for cinching up in frigid temperatures. And both offer adjustable sleeve design that allows you to roll up in the event they are too long, which does not detract from the overall look and design.

The Cockpit B-3 model Z2102M has been our top selling B-3 for the past 3 years. Cockpit was the first company to re-issue the B-3 in 1977 for civilian use and their competitors soon followed. Jeff Clyman, the founder of Cockpit, redesigned the front pocket configuration to include two handwarmer pockets instead of the WWII style single map pocket. During that time, Jeff also worked closely with the tanneries in Texas to develop the shell finish of the shearling. Some key features of the Cockpit B-3:

  • The hand warmer pockets are heavy canvas, with integrated zippered stash pockets
  • There is a leather hanger loop sewn by the neck area.
  • The waist adjustment belts are designed to face forward, as in WWII versions
  • The waist buckles are square shaped, with Cockpit logos
  • Cockpit is the only B-3 manufacturer to offer long lengths for tall customers
  • Cockpit also offers a hooded version, all-black version, as well as many other sheepskin variations

The Schott NYC 257S B-3 is a very popular choice and is truly a quality garment. This B-3 version offers several distinctive features that separate it from the Cockpit version.

  • The leatherized shell is a bit shinier
  • The hand warmer pockets are leather lined
  • The waist adjustment belts are designed to face rearward
  • The waist buckles are D-shaped with Schott logos

Whichever one you choose, we recommend ordering in your actual chest size. Since these jackets are very warm, there simply is no need to add layers underneath, so upsizing for extra room is not necessary.

Updated 3/20/2017

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Reader Comments


Scott Miller
Date: 1/4/2015
Your website mentions a slight difference in shell color between the Cockpit and Schott versions of the B-3. The difference is not really visible in the sample photos. Is one darker than the other? Thx.


Dee Simms
Date: 8/16/2016
I wear suits to the office, and would luv to wear a Cockpit B-3 as an overcoat; as such should I up-size and order longer version for my need??? Thanks /R Dee
A Boeh
Date: 8/25/2016
What is the length? I am 6'2", and I want the jacket to cover below the waist. Is that possible here?
Daniel Carr
Date: 12/30/2016
5 feet 9.5 inches tall, weight 195 lbs. with a 36 inch waist would I order a size 44 or 42 regular? Thanks, This my question, this is kind of a problem for me in ordering a B-3 jacket. ****It all depends on your chest measurement. These jackets are true fitting, so order the size of your chest in inches.
Zoe Gregori
Date: 3/1/2017
Hello, I'm a lady from Italy, love the B3 style both Cockpit than Schott. I' m just asking if this bomber can fit on me as I cannot interpretare the size chart correctly. Anyway, my measures in cm are :167tall. 113chest round , 52 shoulder, 60cm sleeve(on top). Which size do u suggest? Thank u for your help. Regards ****Based on size 113 cm chest, we would suggest US size 44 chest. Hope this helps.
David Finn
Date: 8/22/2019
Nice blog I like it
Date: 6/24/2020
David Jay
Date: 11/30/2020
the schotts appears to be more tapered (the circumference of the waist is smaller than shoulders) ... is that true? do you have measurements for a standard size drop? ie. whats the size 42 shoulder vs. waist for each?

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