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Fox Creek Distressed Nickel Vest

All, just wanted to post some of my impressions of this leather vest from Fox Creek. I've had it for about month and a half following a swap out for a smaller size (customer service is top notch, w/ great communication and snappy return times). This very is first rate. From the leather down to the stitching and the hammered buffalo head nickel snaps. I've been riding it under my main jacket through our Idaho winter, as well as wearing it around (it looks great). Tends to run a bit full in the cut (unless you have a gut--I don't). I'll post more later, but if you are looking for something along these lines I can highly recommend the FC products.

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I think i'd get shot if i wore that in London. Looks like its very nicely made, would the fastners stop the waitcost popping open in a crash?
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Got a link so that we can see what it looks like?
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I did a Google and found it
Men's Leather Motorcycle Vest & Leather Vests - Fox Creek Leather
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I'll post more later, but if you are looking for something along these lines I can highly recommend the FC products.
+1 on Fox Creek. My classic Brando style biker jacket from them is the best quality I've ever seen. It weights 11 pounds and that's more than my one piece 'stich Roadcrafter.

I bought a belt from them last month. First rate leather and hardware.
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Although I'm in the UK my leather jacket comes from Fox Creek and its the best jacket I have ever owns or seen. The quality is second to none and the leather is top quality and heavy. It feels bomb proof and I'm pretty sure it will outlast me!!!

Very recommended!
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I've never really understood the point of wearing a leather vest (or waistcoat). Anytime I've taken a spill off a bike I've always hit the ground with my shoulder first. A vest like that seems to be useless to me.
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I've never really understood the point of wearing a leather vest (or waistcoat). Anytime I've taken a spill off a bike I've always hit the ground with my shoulder first. A vest like that seems to be useless to me.
It's fashion, like my kids going to school in snow or freezing rain without a jacket or hat. This type of mental illness hits them around age 13.
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I think i'd get shot if i wore that in London. Looks like its very nicely made, would the fastners stop the waitcost popping open in a crash?
Hi, Joe,
I think you'd only be shot because someone wanted to take the vest! It's a head turner.
The snaps are pretty firm. I couldn't speak to a crash, but they're by no means wimpy.

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Well Clyde, it's very YMCA isn't it? Unless you're that way inclined, better not to have anything to do with this item.
Nah. But I see why you might consider that. Actually the brown leather and the snap detailing makes it mix of western and dressed leather look. The Fox Creek product line has plenty of black "biker" leathers IF you wanted to do the YMCA look, as you put it.

I've worn this one to ride a bunch of miles, to church, to faculty meetings. It's very versatile (in looks and functionality). YMMV
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I've never really understood the point of wearing a leather vest (or waistcoat). Anytime I've taken a spill off a bike I've always hit the ground with my shoulder first. A vest like that seems to be useless to me.
Some will ride sans a jacket. Not me. But the distressed vest is, to me, about keeping my "stuff" at hand. Wallet/passport stashes in hidden slash pocket. Pen, quick cash, pocket knife, etc tuck in elsewhere. When the jacket comes off I still have all this at hand. Riding pants get peeled off, but the vest stays on w/ the bits I want w/ me at a bar/restaraunt/hotel.

A vest is also a good layering tool. Not sure about others, but I ride in the Northern Rockies and Washington Scablands. The vest layers up nicely for a bit more warmth and protection (esp. one's back). It's a good means to avoid needing elec jacket or a thick sweater, or, above 40 degrees F, the insulated jacket liner.

I think we all develop gear systems that work for our climate/riding/body. If a vest is on your list the Fox Creek products, as folks attest above, rock.
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The point is NOT to have a YMCA look. Thats what Joe means about getting shot - it can be seen as clothing for a "minority" group. Gay bikers will like this kind of thing.

PS What is "functionality"?
Functionality would mean that it is usefull. In the case of the Buffalo Nickel Vest
you will always have $0.20 with you (4 nickels), in case of an emergency.
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"Functionality" is a term usually applied to computer functions - that's why I wasnt sure what it meant in the context of leather fashion wear.

I dont think those nickels will be of any use outside the US? Thanks anyway...

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functionality - Definitions from Dictionary.com
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"Functionality" is a term usually applied to computer functions - that's why I wasnt sure what it meant in the context of leather fashion wear.

I dont think those nickels will be of any use outside the US? Thanks anyway...

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LOL--right, not much to be bought w/ the nickels. For functionality I meant more #3 on the dictionary list (being an architect my brain thinks that way). For instance, vests w/ sucky little pockets that will not hold anything of consequence, that have cheap/think leather or w/ a poor fit are more about looking a certain wa, but w/ no follow through on construction quality or design.

Do many biker get shot in the UK? for anything, let alone fashion? Maybe that is a cultural thing. Most folks on bikes here are bikers (albeit many are more about fair weather, pavement and chrome than exploring). My point was more the verasatility of the garment.
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