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What Every Cowboy Knew About The Denim Vest And The Leather Vest

By Edited Jun 24, 2015 0 0

Why Have The Denim Vest And The Leather Vest Always Been So Popular?

The denim vest has long been a favorite and may have bypassed the leather vest in popularity. Early American cowboys realized a good thing when they saw it. From the day denim jeans found their way west, cowboys, miners, prospectors and anyone else who spent days in an unforgiving environment found that denim wore like iron and gave them protection far longer than a lot of more expensive and uncomfortable materials.

Early leather vests and jackets while offering warmth and protection could become stiff and uncomfortable after becoming soaked with rain or snow. Denim on the other hand offered warmth and utility and dried quickly even when soaked and is much less expensive that leather.

Easy Maintenance And Comfort With Denim

Denim is easily maintained with a good washing when necessary. And as the denim jeans or denim vest ages it becomes lighter in color and the material softens which creates a more attractive and comfortable article of clothing. Not many other materials can claim to offer these virtues at such reasonable prices.

This is not to say that the leather vest does not have it's own virtues. Motorcycle riders have long enjoyed the protection and warmth that leather apparel provides. Many police officers depended on leather jackets and leather vests for protection before the introduction of bullet proof vests. While a leather vest or jacket will certainly not stop a bullet they have been known to turn a knife thrust and prevent other nasty wounds.

Vests Offer More Than Warmth

Vests have been popular for a number of reasons. Cowboys in the early days did not have pickup trucks with glove boxes, center storage areas, sun visors and backseats in which to keep all the necessities handy. They rode horses and had minimum space for the necessities. Extra pockets in vests offered space for such items as tobacco, pipes, glasses, pocket watches, perhaps a few pieces of hardtack, a pocket knife and maybe even a small hand gun or extra ammunition. They also protected expensive shirts that could easily be torn or otherwise damaged without the protection offered by a vest.

A leather vest was a natural piece of clothing for motorcyclists for many of the same reasons. A handy pocket to keep sunglasses handy and perhaps a small flask of a favorite beverage and in some cases a type of tobacco unknown to the early cowboy. A leather or denim vest also provides space to display club membership logos and badges expressing personal feelings.

Safety vests have long been required for anyone working in traffic areas such as highway workers, aircraft handlers and others that need to be seen easily. Safety and reflective vests have become popular for many motorcyclists for the same reasons. Anything a rider can do to become more visible to today's motorists who are busy using cell phones, enjoying a fast food meal at 80 miles an hour or otherwise being distracted and  not  too careful about noticing  those on motorcycles.

Manufacturers have had many years to perfect leather and denim vests and you can find a vast assortment of vests in different styles and designs. Here are just a small portion of what is listed on Amazon which carries one of the largest assortments at discount prices.

Denim vest:

Men's Blue Denim Jean Vest MV107 Blue

Men's Blue Denim Jean Vest MV107 Blue

4.0 out of 5 stars 
List Price:     $59.95
Price:     $39.95
You Save: $20.00 (33%)

Leather vest for men:

Men's 10 Pocket Leather Motorcycle MV106
Men's 10 Pocket Leather Motorcycle MV106
5.0 out of 5 stars 
List Price:     $79.95
Price:     $34.95
You Save:     $45.00 (56%)

Interstate Leather Small Ladies Side Laced Vest
Leather vest for women:


Interstate Leather Small Ladies Side Laced Vest
List Price: $69.99
Price: $45.54 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping. Details
You Save: $24.45 (35%)

Motorcycle vest:

Diamond Plate Genuine Buffalo Leather Biker Vest

Diamond Plate Genuine Buffalo Leather Biker Vest

3.3 out of 5 stars 
Price:     $20.07 - $35.36
Sale:     Lower price available on select options


Safety Vest:

Vega Yellow Small to Large Safety Vest
Vega Yellow Small to Large Safety Vest

4.8 out of 5 stars
Men's Size Name: Small to Large
Color Name: Yellow
Price:     $44.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping

Reflective motorcycle vest:
Icon Interceptor Reflective Motorcycle Vest - Mil-Spec Yellow

Icon Interceptor Reflective Motorcycle Vest - Mil-Spec Yellow (Large / X-Large 2830-0182)
Price:     $65.00

Do A Little Review To Find The Best Bargains And Selection

The above items are only a tiny sample of the vests available on Amazon. Whether you are searching for a  motorcycle vest, leather vest or denim vest you will surely find a style to fit your needs. Spend a little time reviewing all the choices and the customer reviews to be sure you find the exact vest you need.
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