From Highway 1 to the streets of Sturgis, a leather vest and a loud engine make the perfect pair. But motorcycle vests are about more than just aesthetic appeal. Beyond fashion, they enable function, offering riders a comfortable middle ground between full coverage and freedom.
Ideal for those who want protection from the elements without feeling constrained, vests provide coverage without the added weight, especially advantageous during warmer weather. Their sleeveless design provides riders with arm mobility, allowing them to move freely and confidently. Meanwhile, as we’ll explore below, specialized options like hi-vis and cooling vests can also provide their own particular uses and added benefits.
Vest vs. Jackets
Ultimately, the choice between a vest and a jacket is a matter of your needs and personal preference. Like jackets, vests provide plenty of canvas to showcase club affiliations, achievements, or personal customizations like motorcycle pins and motorcycle patches, allowing riders to wear their stories. And despite their sleeveless design, they can be easily paired with a flannel or fleece for warmth. But for those after added abrasion prevention or the utmost protection from the elements, a jacket may provide the best option.
While a mention of “motorcycle vest” may call to mind iconic leather looks, available options encompass a wide variety of other vest types: