The Piper Flex(tm) Argyll jacket is a truly groundbreaking design. Through a few simple changes to a standard Argyll jacket, this design greatly increases a piper's comfort level while playing.
- The Cloth: The material used in the back 2 panels of the jacket is a Wool / Lycra BLENDED fabric, which allows for a bit of stretch in the cloth. While NO color variation can be detected between the 2 fabrics, the back of the jacket will actually flex up to 2" to allow better range of motion for pipers.
- The Closure: This jacket has a 2 button and chain configuration, not the standard 1 button closure on an Argyll. When the arm is raised in the piping position, the chain allows a slight bit of 'give' to the front of the jacket (where a standard Argyll would either be tightly closed or be open and hanging).
- The Arm Holes: The bottom of the arm hole for the jacket is sewn a slightly more snug to the armpit, allowing the arm to be raised comfortably, without the shoulder of the jacket pushing up from the shoulder.
- The Back Width: The width of the back measurement is increased by 1 inch to allow a bit more freedom of movement when the arms are positioned in front of the body.
These 4 small innovations make a world of difference for the piper looking for the ultimate jacket to maintain a professional appearance. As this jacket is custom made at our tailor's in Glasgow, please allow 8 weeks for delivery.
STOCK Size measuring instructions:
The vast majority of our customers fit into a jacket that is a stock size (i.e. 44 Reg or 48 Long). To figure out which size will fit you best, follow the instructions below.
This measurement is best taken using a cloth tape measure, while wearing a t-shirt.
Lift up your arms and wrap the tape measure around your chest at the widest point (you can then put your arms down).
Breathe "normally" and don't over inflate or exhale too much.
Take the measurement (not snug) at the widest part of your chest.
Add 2" to 3" to that number to reach the next "even" number up. Example: If you measure 43 to 44, you would order a size 46. If you measure 41 or 42, you would order a size 44.
Short / Regular / Long
5' 4" to 5' 9" - Short
5' 10" to 6' 1" - Regular
6' 2" to 6' 4" -Long
If you are taller than 6'4", contact us for an Extra Long or Extra Extra long.
MADE TO MEASURE Jacket instructions:
If you find that standard jacket sizes don't fit your frame due to an overly athletic build (very broad shoulders with tiny waist) or a stout build (rounded shoulders with a large waist), then we can gladly make a jacket tailored to your frame. We will need the following measurements, as well as your height and 3 pictures of you in a form fitting shirt from the front, side and rear view.
Lift your arms and wrap the tape measure around your torso at the widest point. Put your arms down. Stand tall and "at ease". Do not over inflate your chest. Just stand and breathe normally. Measure loosely around the chest at under arm height while wearing a t-shirt.
Measure loosely around your "True Waist" at your naval while wearing a shirt.
Put on a well fitting suit jacket. Keep your arms at your side. Find the center back, center seam, starting at 6" below the collar. Measure from that point to the seam where the arm meets the jacket body (roughly 4" down from the shoulder). If you do not have a suit jacket, measure from the spine (4" below base of neck) to the edge of your shoulder.
Put on a well fitting suit jacket. Keep your arms at your side. Measure from the shoulder seam (the top of the sleeve where it meets the jacket body) to the cuff. If you do not have a suit jacket, measure from the edge of the shoulder, down your arm to where you'd like the sleeve to end. Typically, jacket sleeves end 1.5" to 2" above the base knuckle of the thumb, breaking at the wrist or slightly lower. Roughly 1/4" to 1/2" of shirt sleeve should show below the cuff of the jacket.
If you need assistance measuring, please do not hesitate to contact us: 800.368.8633 or Rocky@USAKilts.com
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- Best jacket for serious piper SvenskPiper
Price Value QualityI love(d) this jacket... I tried one of my friend had purchased at pleasanton games last year, he being of almost exact body size and shape and size... i asked him where you guys were, and i bought one myself...
i wore it for saturday and sundays festivities and i was even near to thinking about sleeping in too.... God what a great jacket for playing the pipes;.... i am a little guy, about 5.8/9 and 140 lbs and i have never been able to find a jacket that fit me... i was either forced to find x-large little boys coats or, if i was lucky, a few short and small chested argylls would pop up here and there... well the piper flex was a God send. it made playing my pipes feel like i had been playing for a hundred years... no more cramping and tired fingers and no more hunched over poster! i would finish my sets not red in the face and fatigued. one of my friends once remarked that after i get done playing my bagpipes, wherever it may be, i would always look like a drunk who had just woke up in the afternoon... all bloated and ruddy faced... NOT ANY MORE... this jacket is the ergonomic choice for all serious pipers and those who want to better the aesthetic as well as technical side of their playing... my stint with the piper flex was short lived tho, cuz whilst at massed bands, i left it by my case, like everyone else does when we all trudge off and play for the crowds... well someone must have tried on mine too and liked it enough that he, or she, decided to take it home with him/her.... I know, what a great way to end the weekend... it's been almost a year since i wore that jacket and if my budget wasn't so tight, i would have replaced it a while ago... i miss ma baby, lol, well no, it's pretty lame... now i just forgo the whole jacket-wearing aspect altogether... in favore of just a button up or a waistcoat to accompany it... maybe one day i will be able to get this jacket again,,, who knows, maybe the version you guys make now is even better... i dunno...
bottom line: superb job and well executed - every piper who is serious about playing, regardless of age or level of expertise should own one of these! (Posted on 10/14/2014)
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PLEASE NOTE: Our jackets are made in the UK and tend to run a bit snug. If you normally wear a suit size 44 Reg, order a 46 Reg. If you wear a 48 Long, order a 50 Long.
Formality of Jacket Styles Guide:
There are several different styles of jackets (and vests) which span the scale from daywear to formal. This is a quick guide to our jackets and their appropriate level of dress.
Prince Charlie jacket and vest:
The Prince Charlie jacket and vest (also known as a PC Jacket) is worn for formal (black tie) events. In your mind, equate this jacket to a ‘tuxedo’ type outfit. Places you’d wear a tuxedo, a PC would be appropriate.
Argyll jacket (with or without vest):
This is one of the more versatile jackets. It’s a bit dressier than a Tweed jacket and less formal than a PC. In a situation calling for khakis and a blazer, the jacket (no vest) could be worn with the kilt and not be overdressed. When worn with the vest, the outfit could be worn in place of a ‘nice suit’. Also, the vest provides a bit of versatility in itself… you can wear it alone with a shirt and tie or leave off the tie and roll up your sleeves for a casual dressy look.
Tweed jacket (with or without vest):
Very similar in cut and style to the Argyll, this jacket and vest is made from tweed cloth, giving it a little bit of an ‘earthy’ or ‘natural’ feel. In Scotland, it’s still often worn to dressy functions (much like the Argyll), but here in America, we often relegate tweed jackets to ‘daywear’. That NEED NOT be the case. If you’re going to be a guest at a wedding, you would look perfectly fine in a tweed jacket and vest.
Brian Boru jacket and vest:
The Brian Boru jacket and vest is effectively the Irish equivalent of a Prince Charlie (see above)… it is worn for formal (black tie) events. In your mind, equate this jacket to a ‘tuxedo’ type outfit. Places you’d wear a tuxedo, you can wear a Brian Boru.
Kilkenny jacket (with or without vest):
The Kilkenny jacket and / or vest is effectively the Irish equivalent of an Argyll (see above). In a situation calling for khakis and a blazer, the jacket (no vest) could be worn with the kilt and not be overdressed. When worn with the vest, the outfit could be worn in place of a ‘nice suit’. Also, the vest provides a bit of versatility in itself… you can wear it alone with a shirt and tie or leave off the tie and roll up your sleeves for a casual dressy look.
Welsh Prince Charlie jacket and vest:
The Welsh PC jacket and vest are similar to their Scottish Prince Charlie counterpart, but differ in the details… they have gold buttons (not silver), red dragons embroidered on the epaulette and come with or without Welsh tartan accents. Like the Scottish PC jacket, they are worn for formal (black tie) events. In your mind, equate this jacket to a ‘tuxedo’ outfit. Places you’d wear a Tuxedo, you can wear a Welsh PC.
These are worn mostly by pipe bands and military organizations for formal dress. They would be worn in place of a military dress outfit.
AvailabilityThis item is custom made in Scotland and will take roughly 8 weeks to ship.
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