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Vanson's Competition Weight Leathers:

Vanson uses drum-dyed top grain cowhide which is manufactured in the USA. Vanson leather is chrome tanned, a process developed in the last half of the 1800's to create leather that is strong, durable, can be dyed and will hold that coloring. The leather is finished and waxed by hand.

Tanning is the process of converting the cellular structure of skin into a network of collagen fibers. How short or how long, how tangled or how straight is the determining factor in the stretch and the strength of the leather, and the density and complexity of that network is affected by the blend of materials used in the tanning. The random structure of this network has great tensile strength. This, as ancient toolmakers and armorers as well as modern motorcyclists know, makes for an unparalleled protective material. So good that man has been unable to duplicate or improve it for the purposes of the modern motorcyclist.

Once tanning is complete, the next step is drum dyeing. Vanson leather is tumbled for up to six hours with a mixture of oils, dyes and hot water in 12 by 12 foot oak drums. This method impregnates the leather with color and nourishes the skins making them stronger and more supple. After drum dyeing, the skins are polished and waxed to maximize the character of each hide.

Finally, finishing is the process where the leather receives its top coat and is made ready for cutting. Before finishing, Vanson selects only the best tanned hides, culling out skins that don't meet their standards. Then, once the skins arrive at their cutting tables, Vanson further eliminates any inferior skins as they start the process of building your jacket.

Some manufacturers use nude leather with a smooth buttery finish. In contrast to that, Vanson leather is somewhat stiff. It's polished and its top coat, over several underlying applications of waxes, gives it Vanson's characteristically deep finish, luster and durability over time. In the worst-case scenario, when your jacket is all that's between you and the asphalt, your Vanson jacket with its different feel and hard topcoat has been proven to perform the best!


Vanson Body Armor

Vanson's body armor is designed for use with their world class leather racing suits, the Mk2 Sports Rider Jackets and the Sport Rider Technical leather pants. Jackets and suits can accept internal armor at the shoulder, elbow/forearm and spine. Pants accept internal armor at the hips and knees and also an optional external knee puck.

The internal armor is designed to fit between the inner lining and the leather to provide an additional layer of protection between you and the road. It's held in place by large areas of VELCRO® brand hook and loop fasteners on the leather. This allows you to fine tune the position of the armor.

Access to the Velcro which holds the armor in place in the jackets is through the zipper in the lining above the waistband in the back of the jacket. Access on the pants is through the unattached lining material in the fly area.

Vanson offers two classes of armor for different applications:

  • "Soft" "CE" armor: general use - meets European Union / EU safety standards
  • Hard shell "GP" / Grand Prix Armor for racing

Vanson also supplies a variety of hard knee pucks for their racing suits and pants.

CE Armor:   Shoulder   Elbow    Back    Knee

This is a general purpose "soft" armor which meets European CE specifications. "CE" armor is made of a double layer closed cell foam which compresses on impact. CE Armor This is a sacrificial armor which does not spring back after an impact and must be replaced after it has absorbed an impact.

The "CE" armor is available for the shoulder (VA2V), elbow (VA1V), knee (VA3V) and back (VA4V). The Shoulder, Elbow and Knee pads are "one size fits all".

The back pad is different from the Grand Prix back pad and does not have the hard plastic scales. The VA4V back pad is available in two sizes:

Large = 11.5" wide at top, 5.25" wide at bottom & 15.75" top to bottom. The LARGE size fits all men's jackets.

Small = 9" wide at top, 4.25" wide at bottom & 14.5" top to bottom. The SMALL size fits all women's jackets.

There is no hip armor in the "CE" style... use the "GP" PRO5 hip pads.

Grand Prix Armor:   Shoulder   Elbow/Forearm    Knee/Shin   Hip

Vanson's hard shell "GP" armor uses a Floating Armor System (F.A.S., Patent Pending). The Floating Armor System is a moveable sandwich of materials including dual density foam and formed thermo-plastic shells. It's designed to absorb impact energy and disperse it over a wider area for maximum protection while allowing a wide range movement and comfort.

The "GP" FAS armor, larger and more effective than the previous generation GP armor, is attached via a sturdy elastic harness which Velcros to the garment and allows the outer shell to move independently of your body, increasing both safety for comfort. The "GP" armor is "one size fits all" and made using encapsulated hard plastic shapes. Because it is bulkier, it may not fit into every size jacket comfortably.

Grand Prix Back Pad Armor:    Spine/Back

Back Pad Armor

The Vanson Grand Prix back pad armor (PRO4) is designed to help protect the back and spine. It's available in multiple sizes, each of which consists of several thermoplastic scales riveted to dual density foam. Depending on the size of your jacket, it may have 3 to 5 scales. Vanson also makes special 6 and 7 scale versions to fit their professional roadrace suits.

The back pad attaches inside the jacket via Velcro tabs... one on the liner in the small of the back and the other attached to a triangular elastic panel at the back of the jacket collar.

The connection of this elastic panel and the backpad via industrial grade Velcro allows for solid attachment while maintaining the integrity of fit through a wide range of movement. The weight of the backpad (10 oz.) is distributed across the shoulders and away from the neckline.

The backpad comes in 3 sizes... each fits a range of jacket sizes. Sizing details are shown in the armor sizing matrix below and on the order form for Vanson armor. The three scale pad fits in men's jackets up to size 38 and most women's jackets. The four scale backpad fits in men's sizes from 40-50 and the five scale fits in sizes 52 and above.

Back Pad Armor Sizing is Based on Jacket Size
Women's Jacket Size 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
Men's Jacket Size 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62
Back Pad - PRO4 3 scale 4 scale 5 scale

All other Grand Prix and "CE" class armor components are "one size fits all".

Racing Knee Puck Armor:    Knees

Racing Pucks

The racing knee pucks are made of a white thermoplastic slider attached to a leather "spider" with Velcro backing. This external armor attaches to the Velcro which is on the knees of Sport Rider technical leather pants and Vanson racing suits.

These pucks are available in Red, Blue, Black & White leather with white thermoplastic sliders. One size fits all.



Armor Installation and Adjustment:

The armor is attached with Velcro hook and loop fasteners and is positioned between the jackets's outer leather shell and the lining. Access to this area is through a zippered opening at the lower rear waist area in the jackets, and custom suits.

The positioning of your armor can drastically change the fit of your garment, so follow the steps below and then readjust until you are comfortable in your new jacket.

To help in the break-in procedure, bend the armor parts at their hinging
points multiple times before insertion.

Shoulders
Insert and push armor up to the shoulder area between leather and the lining. Position shoulder armor with center of armor aligning with shoulder/sleeve seam. Press armor against the inside of the leathers, making sure the Velcro fastenings are securely attached.

Elbow / Forearm
Insert and push elbow/forearm armor up into sleeve between the leather and the lining. Push it down the sleeve, aligning it so elbow part is opposite the spandex/kevlar cutout. Press armor against the leathers, "molding" leathers to the armor shape. Make sure Velcro fastenings securely attach to each other.

Back Pad
Carefully thread the back pad through the opening in the lining, with the pointed portion of the back pad pointing down and the plastic panels facing against the back of the garment. To fit back pads into some jackets you may have to cut some of the exposed foam away at the pointed end to fit as many hard plastic pads as possible into your jacket. Position the top about 2 to 3 inches (50 - 76 mm) below the neck and attach with the Velcro leather tab. Center the pad in the garment, smooth the lining and attach the lower part of the Velcro panel in the lining. Note: you may have to remove the Velcro fastened pad which is attached to tabs during stitching. that keeps the Velcro from sticking to the lining when there is no back pad installed.

A.I.R. Ventilation System for the CSRX Jackets:

Air RAM scoop
Air RAM scoop

These solid leather jackets feature Vanson's exclusive Air Induction Ram system (A.I.R., Patent pending). The system has an air scoop built into the elbows and an exit vent in the back on either side of the jacket.

Air RAM exit Both the scoop and exit vent can be opened and closed with a zipper to control ventilation. The scoop and exit vent are both backed with Vanson's PROperf™ ventilated leather which lets air flow through, but maintains the shape and structural integrity of the jacket when the scoop is open. This prevents the sleeve from puffing out and the armor shifting out of position when the vent is open.

Air enters the sleeve through the perforated leather behind the open zipper in the elbow scoop and flows up a channel which leads directly to the armpit, cooling you by carrying heat away and out the nearby exit vents.


Air Curtain Ventilation System for the Lightning Jackets:

The front of the Lightning jacket is built with PROperf™ ventilated leather. Inside the front of the jacket there is a wind resistant panel which can be opened or zippered close to adjust the amount of air entering the jacket.

The snaps adjacent to the adjustable panel are used to fasten the optional Streamliner™ vests.




Snap Back Mandarin Collar

The classic mandarin collar is tailored to fit comfortably and is placed so it won't fight with your helmet. The black anodized brass snap holds it neatly in place in both the closed and open position. This keeps the flap from slapping in the wind when you wear your collar open.

Closed Open Stowed


Adjustable Waistband

First introduced on the COBRA jacket, Vanson's adjustable waistband allows for up to four inches of adjustment on the Sport Rider jackets. This feature allows accurate fit throughout the changing seasons as layers beneath the jacket change. It also helps in fitting non-standard individuals and allows them to fit accurately in an off-the-rack jacket.

The adjustment is cleverly concealed on the inside of the waistband so the jacket keeps its clean lines.



Serial Numbers

Key Chain Every Vanson garment is discretely embossed with its own serial number. That serial number is proof that each garment is handmade, and that a VANSON garment is yours. Each garment comes with a key chain which is embossed with the same serial number as the garment. Also included is a a warranty registration tag which, when filled out and returned to Vanson, is entered into their computer and becomes part of their database forever. Here at BIG BLACK BOOTS we also keep a record of your serial number. Your jacket is discretely embossed with this number on the inside of one inside pocket; your trousers behind the zipper, on the ankle or on the fly wind flap should they not have an ankle zipper.

If your Vanson is lost or stolen we or Vanson can help identify it as yours. In the event of the loss of your garment is due to fire, theft or accident, we can verify replacement value for insurance purposes. The purchase of a Vanson garment is truly an investment. The individual numbering system helps you protect that investment.


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