In the Shop

Test ride with the Vanson wax cotton Road king

Transient

It was last year sometime when Bryan at Vanson sent me a sample of their new jacket. Within 24 hrs of it being at the shop there were a bunch of folks clamoring to get one of their own.

Besides trying this jacket on in the shop and using it on a couple test rides I had not yet taken it for a long spin until the other weekend.

The jacket has a great fit without giving you the 80s power suit look. Off the bike it gives a flattering fit to everyone I have seen try them on. The cut is flexible enough that it is attractive on women as well. Two white leather stripes down the sleeves add a nice retro look to the jacket.

Tom Geiger and I checking out the B44 Victor I rode into the Oily Pipe's 'Vintage Daze' show. The only pic I could find of me with the jacket on.  (photo courtesy of David Beck)

Tom Geiger and I checking out the B44 Victor I rode into the Oily Pipe's 'Vintage Daze' show. The only pic I could find of me with the jacket on.
 (photo courtesy of David Beck)

The cut is a little generous compared to Vanson's other offerings. Usually a large, the medium fit my size 42R comfortably.

Stock, it comes with CE approved shoulder and elbow armor held in place with Velcro. Back armor is optional. 

The jacket scores with all its pockets, 4 out and 2 inside, give ample space for a phone, wallet, and a tool or two.

Two inside pockets sit above the zip at the bottom to access the armor.

Two inside pockets sit above the zip at the bottom to access the armor.

Four pockets on the outside.

Four pockets on the outside.

Saturday was slightly muggy and holding in the mid to low 80s. Two rear vent zips open up the back, as well as grommets in the pits adding to ventilation. Despite this the temps were on the upper end for stop and go riding. I await some below 80 days and maybe some rain to give jacket a full try.

Zips at the tuck on the back aid in ventilation along with the grommets in the arm pits. A buckle on each side helps trim the waist line.

Zips at the tuck on the back aid in ventilation along with the grommets in the arm pits. A buckle on each side helps trim the waist line.

Sleeve snaps and a zip help trim the sleeve to keep it from flapping in the breeze.

Sleeve snaps and a zip help trim the sleeve to keep it from flapping in the breeze.

Overall this jacket gets a thumbs up. I need to dig up some back armor to make this jacket my regular.