Been a bit of a busy week trying to get all the Christmas decorations set up both inside and outside of the house but I finally had a moment to snap a couple pics of my new suit compared to my older nomex. I can't say enough how beautiful this suit is, and the way the color changes depending on lighting is amazing. There are some times when it looks to be very tan like in some of the production photos, then there are other times where it looks much more gray like during the Gozer roof top scene. I really like the patches as well, to see the final product after following all the changes both on here and on the RPF is impressive, but a little more on that later. Below was under the kitchen lighting when it first arrived, seemed to be much more tan.
Here it is side by side with my surplus nomex suit, no lighting beyond normal sun light through the window.
I really enjoy the pockets like the screen used suits, that's always my biggest issue with my nomex since I typically just wear shorts underneath I can never easily access the pockets. This leads me to putting my phone/wallet/keys etc in the flightsuit pockets which would get annoying for me.
They did a great job with the pockets and the velcro for the cuffs to match the screen used suits.
This brings me to the patches and hose connector. As I said earlier watching these progress from prototype and all the changes throughout the design process to see how well done the final product is says a lot about Indy and his team. I really like the no ghost patch, the slight off white of the felt for the ghost and just the feel of the patch being a little thinner and more flexible than most are great. The sizing is very good as well, it's virtually identical to the Todd Cook patch which was made off measurements from the Stantz patch. Below is Indys patch (L) Todd Cook (C) and the Calgary GB's (R) for some reference, it's really a tough call as to which patch I'll put on. I've been looking at all of them over and over and it's really a struggle.
Also, here is the nametag compared to the GBFans that I have. Some slight variations between color, size and font on these.
And lastly, the hose connector which for me is a much easier call than the patch. I think Indy did a great job on the coloring, much like the suit the connector color slightly shifts based on lighting. Under kitchen lighting it's a darker shade of tan, under natural light it's much lighter. While I know the debate will rage forever regarding GB1 connector color I think this was very well done. While the rubber on the GBFans connectors are much softer and more maleable this is only slightly stiffer and much softer than my GBFans tan connector on my nomex suit. Indy (L) GBFans (C and R).
My only regret on this suit, if you want to call it a regret, is that it's not as baggy in the chest as I had wanted. But that is not Indy's fault, when I ordered this back in March we added a couple inches to the chest in the measurments. However with gyms reopening in southern California in the spring I was able to start lifting weights again and put on a little bit of size in the chest. I have a feeling this suits measurments would have been perfect had it not been for that. I do plan on ordering a GB2 suit and will add a few more inches to the chest/waist on that one and it should be perfect. Just need to wash this one to get out some of the wrinkles and figure out which patch I want to use. Thanks to Indy for being so patient and willing to make so many changes for all of us accuracy nerds, and to Joachim who was always helpful with production updates or questions I had. The final product is well worth it, you've earned it!