Thinking of Buying Langlitz Leathers? Read this!

Thinking of Buying Langlitz Leathers? Read this!

A Langlitz journey that all started with a tweet, explains guest writer Darren DeadLiftBear.

One day a few months ago my friend Daddy T on Twitter told me that I’d “look amazing in Langlitz!”. Fast forward a couple of weeks to the Bristol Leather Weekend and I’m borrowing his husband’s jacket, which is the classic Brando-style jacket… and he was right. I loved how I looked, I loved how it felt on me.

So, after that weekend in Bristol, I went browsing on the Langlitz website. There’s not much on the site – really just photos and a description of each piece. No prices, no webshop. But you can order a catalogue.

The catalogue arrived quickly. It came with a price list, order form and a couple of stickers with the Langlitz Leathers logo. In between time, Pup Zalo (on Twitter), who is in no way an enabler, sent me a bunch of deals for 0% interest credit cards… naughty pup.

I decided quickly what I wanted; the Padded Pocket Columbia jacket and Padded Competition Breeches and worked out how much I’d have to save – then went and got a credit card deal, which has only been used to buy the leather and will be closed as soon as it’s paid (thank you, Sainsbury’s Bank). Then came the fun part.

How To Measure For Langlitz: An Easy Guide

In short, do what they tell you. Don’t get a tailor to measure you, get a friend to measure you; how to measure is explained well on the order form.

Or rather, it’s explained well if you read it fully. My good friend ‘doubletopuk’ measured me at the end of November and Langlitz rejected the order. Why? I had only been wearing underwear. So I read the instructions, put on a pair of jeans that fit well and my leather shirt, got measured again… and they rejected that too, because of the shirt. I read the instructions again, and put on a t-shirt, just like they say. Then they accepted the order 🙂

Yes it was frustrating, especially as all this was being done over email with a significant time difference, so learn from my mistakes.

You will need to specify the weight, fit and your riding stance. One of the options is “Not For Riding” – they know their markets. Their normal recommendation for non-riding is medium weight, snug fit, and I’d have to agree.

There are also a number of options and – for want of a better word – accessories. For example, the breeches don’t come with a belt as standard, and although the Columbia jacket comes with the duty belt, the Same Browne shoulder strap is extra. Be sure to consider options carefully.

Shut Up And Take My Money!

As mentioned, you can’t order online but they will accept a scan of the order form. You can include the credit card details if you’re feeling brave, or you can call them to give the payment details. A deposit of $100 per item is taken when the order is accepted. There were a number of emails back and forth before ordering and before the order was accepted, and it certainly seems that no question is too stupid. I dealt mainly with Scott and he was really helpful, making suggestions and clarifying things for me.

My order was accepted on 3 December… Then I had to sit back and wait – the delivery date was early February.


Like An Expectant Daddy

One day in early January I received an envelope from the USA. It had my invoice from Langlitz in it with two credit card receipts – but not for the total value of the sale. Part of me thought they were just catching up on paperwork, part of me thought – hoped – it meant it was ready. A week later I got a letter from Parcelforce requesting payment of customs fees… IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE!! Fees paid. Delivery date set, and it arrives and… “oh my god”… it’s better than I dared hope. The breeches are a touch generous on the waist but otherwise it’s perfect. They also sent me some of their leather dressing, and have wished me many years happy wearing out on the town 🙂

 Some Tips for You

  1. Read the measuring instructions carefully. Wear a pair of jeans that fit well and aren’t baggy, and a t-shirt. Hold the tape taut but not tight.
  2. If you’re not a biker, go for medium weight leather, snug fit, not for riding.
  3. Read the options carefully and consider what you want. Remember to add on the additional charges and don’t forget the oversize fees if you’e a big bear like me (I had to pay $50 extra on each item).
  4. Get your maths right on the order total!
  5. Scan the form as a PDF. If you don’t want to include your credit card details, let them know when you email and then call them. Remember Portland is on the US west coast: eight hours behind the UK – midday here, 4am there.
  6. This will cost you. My jacket alone was around $1600 and delivery is $100 per item. Save for it, or get a 0% credit card deal and make sure to pay it off! Don’t get into debt!!

Yes it’s a lot of money and so a significant commitment but I don’t regret it one bit. Neither will you.


  • Pictures are copyright of Deadlift Bear. Used with permission. All rights reserved.


By |2016-12-31T11:41:25+00:00April 8th, 2015|Feature Article, Outfit & Gear, Uniform|13 Comments


  1. WescoBoot Matt April 10, 2015 at 7:42 am - Reply

    I went for heavy weight leather and regular fit, I don’t think in snug I would be able to move! Since my measurements I have lost some weight too especially round my middle and I’m glad I did as I don’t think even in regular fit it would of been comfortable. When I did my measurements I got two friends, one with the measure another with a camera to show how we positioned the tape to check they were happy with the way it was done.

    My main concern was a problem happening later on in the jacket’s life like which occurred to my off the peg Vanson (admittedly 10 years old now), where over time I put on weight, lost weight, put it on like we all kind of do, but the jacket had stretched. The noticeable problem became the back panel which on the side folds if that’s the way to describe it had started to fold outwards. So, I would suggest give yourself a little room, the jacket will retain it’s shape without and stress against it. It will probably even out your shape too in regular fit!

    I tried it on with my leather shirt for the first time yesterday in fact, and for sure if I had gone snug there is no way I could wear it, as it is I’m preferring the single black T shirt (ToF style) under it for now. For me I’m convinced regular was the right choice now I have it.
    -WescoBoot, Bournemouth

  2. Steven Leatherworship April 11, 2015 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Having become the proud owner of a set of Langlitz leathers in October last year, I feel I can echo virtually everything mentioned in this piece. The ordering and measuring process was incredibly straight forward and the order, once received was processed very quickly.

    Unfortunately, I was warned I may have to wait for about four months for my order to be ‘built’ but true to Langlitz efficiency, I received my stunning gear within three!!! The duty I paid was a lot less than I expected. 1 jacket and 2 pairs of pants equalled around £350 in duty (very reasonable as far as I’m concerned).

    All the three pieces fit beautifully and look stunning. Even with a little bit of ‘winter weight’, they still fit beautifully. I bought the gear just as I bought a new home and to be quite honest, opening the Langlitz box was equally as exciting as turning the front door key to my new home. In short, I’m ecstatic with my beautiful leathers.
    – Steve Leatherworship, Surrey

  3. Buck April 15, 2015 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    For those who have Langlitz, which did you get? Snug is hotter, but I’ll be riding a bike in them as well.
    – Buck, Washington DC

    • John A Siri June 18, 2018 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      Hello Buck,

      I’m a native of Portland OR and have owned several sets of their riding leathers. I would recommend the heavy cowhide for the jacket and the subtle goat-skin for the pants. The goat-skin is far more comfortable and forgiving than the cowhide.

      As far as the fit is concerned, I would recommend getting them a bit on the loose side. Riding with denim jeans under leather pants is convenient especially if you have the full length side zippers. You can remove the pants without taking off your footwear. The full length side zippers allow for ample room when putting them on or taking them off when your fully clothed. Measure your waist line while while wearing jeans. This will allow the pants to fit comfortably while in a riding position.

      I purchased my first full set in 1981. Back then the total cost was $440. My current set that I purchased in 2016 cost $1800 (I plan on keeping this set).

      And yes, they’re worth their weight in gold.

  4. Len Biker April 19, 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    I went for regular fit and could not get on my bike with them – they had to go back!!! 🙁
    – Len Biker, Dorset

  5. Klaus April 20, 2015 at 12:41 am - Reply

    Been very happy with the breeches and jacket. The fit is good, despite having a friend who is not a tailor do the measurements. I’d recommend the snug fit if you’re going to use them for fetish primarily and occasionally for riding. If you’re going to spend a lot of time riding, consider the regular fit. I can get on my Harley in these, but they’re way tighter than the (non-fetish) leather pants I usually ride in.
    – Klaus LederForce, Bremen

  6. Robert LHR April 20, 2015 at 3:43 am - Reply

    I visited Portland for jacket measurements last month. They don’t normally open on weekends. But, I gave them a couple of weeks notice of interest and one of the employees gave me his personal number to text as I drove down from Seattle. He showed me around the store and took my measurements on a Saturday afternoon. There is a very nice coffee shop across the street that should not be missed.

    Jacket arrived Friday.

    At their shop, tried on several jackets until I found one that fit around my chest. They started with that pattern. But I ordered custom to get the sleeves long enough and I wanted the Epauletes on the shoulders for the Sam Browne belt set.

    One thing is if you are expecting the breeches belt to be exposed below the jacket, Langlitz has run into issues with their satisfaction guarantee. They will not deliberately make a “short” jacket to measure. But if you find one in their extensive inventory that you want, they will happily sell it to you. But, I think you will have to visit their store.

    I love the jacket. But, if I’m sitting down, the jacket bulges out and I think I look a bit overweight.

    – Robert, London (Heathrow)

  7. Biker Lou April 27, 2015 at 9:39 am - Reply

    With any expensive, heavy weight leather gear combined with riding, you really owe it to yourself to be measured by the makers, or you are inviting the frustration and expense of having to have the gear re-made. You also need to put into the sizing equation whether you will be doing any cool or cold weather riding, in which case, you may need to wear thicker under-garments.

    If you go to Langlitz, then you can discuss your specific needs with them, directly, and they will measure you with those requirements in mind. For riders, they have a motorcycle seat, set at your riding height, and they measure you in actual riding position. Vanson, in Boston, does the same thing for their suits.

    Remember the proverb… “measure twice, cut once”. 🙂
    – Louis, Cornwall

  8. Mike April 30, 2015 at 9:40 am - Reply

    I agree with Louis, and am amazed when I hear of guys spending serious money on Langlitz leathers and sending measurements in through the post or by email. I trained in tailoring many years ago and my first piece of advice is to be measured by the guy who cuts the cloth/ leather. It’s the reason why I do not own any langlitz. I hate long flights but one day hope to make it to Portland to be measured up in store.
    – Mike, Leeds

  9. Melvin A Schiffer May 11, 2015 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Quality article! Thanks for the tips. I am moved to order my catalogue from Langlitz right now. My partner and I are going to have lots of fun measuring up! Let us hope we can have our Langlitz together so we can be at UK Leather Pride in all our “Langlitz Glory”. 🙂
    – Mel Schiffer, Newbury, Berks, England

    • LeatherWest Team May 12, 2015 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      Really pleased you liked the article! Thanks for the thumbs-up guys! Tell us how you get on. Maybe you can write up a blog article for us to let other guys know what to do and some tips as well. Thanks again. We’re really looking forward to seeing you in November at UK Leather Pride.
      – S’Berg, LeatherWest team.

  10. Patrick Colt May 12, 2015 at 7:34 am - Reply

    Great article guys. As a Leatherman, my ultimate aim was to acquire Langlitz leathers (and vk79 leathers too) – and I am very fortunate to have purchased my first Langlitz jacket last year. It’s a worthwhile investment as it’ll be with me throughout my leather life! Langlitz produces one of the finest quality leather jackets in world and worth every penny (if you wish to invest in your leathers. They are for life after all). Next on my leather shopping list is a pair of Langlitz breeches – let the saving begin! 🙂
    – Patrick Colt, Belfast

  11. Steve December 30, 2016 at 9:55 am - Reply

    My Langlitz experience was disappointing, and I’m in no hurry to buy from them again.

    I was living in Palm Springs, but in England visiting friends, with a side trip to Berlin where I saw some Langlitz in Gear. I took a side trip to Portland on my way back to Palm Springs.

    I bought the padded pocket Columbia jacket in goat hide. The only modification to the ‘off the peg’ jacket was to have the zip reversed (as American zippers are opposite handed). I later had the sleeves shortened slightly.

    There weren’t any padded competition breeches in my size so they offered to make them and send them to me. Considering how many times they rejected your measurements they might want to look at how they measure people. When my pants arrived – and remember Langlitz themselves measured me – they were loose around the waist. This has happened to me before in the US, I’ve come to the conclusion Americans like their leather loose and baggy. One knee patch was higher than the other, and the quality of the leather varied; one leg seemed significantly poorer quality to the other. For well over $1000 I expect much better. When I contacted them they were very keen to ‘make things right’. As the only way to make things right was to make a new pair, and as they had made such a mess of the first pair, I took the no quibble refund instead.

    I definitely wouldn’t buy bespoke if they were coming from over 5000 miles away with duty and taxes to pay, with the possibility of having to return them…

    Langlitz seem to be fashionable in the gay community, but in my opinion they’re nothing special.

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