Avid Harley riders also go all out for the functional and stylish name brand attire to complement the HD experience. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for the Harley rider in your life, one of the most highly recommended accessories is a leather vest. The brand manufactures and distributes some of the finest quality riding vests on the market today and this is why so many riders only wear HD riding gear. We considered a variety of different HD vests and chose the most highly rated by Harley enthusiasts for quality and the true classic aesthetic. It’s hard to go wrong when you’re buying the genuine article, but some styles have come and gone through the years. This narrowed our pool to those that are tried and true and are still making news in the sales departments. For your convenience and enjoyment, here is our pick for the five best Harley-Davidson vests that money can buy.
5. Harley-Davidson Men’s Passing Link Leather Vest.
The Passing Link Leather Vest is available in a range of sizes starting with Small and going through 5XL.The vest is constructed with vintage leather that continues to develop a unique patina as it ages. It’s rugged and offers a stylish and comfortable feel. The front of the vest is fairly basic with the Harley-Davidson name shown off to the side. When you turn the vest around the graphics become more intense. Oversize graphics complete the rugged aesthetic with leather inlays, raw-edge appliques and detailed embroidery. The craftsmanship of the vest is outstanding in quality. Even chest pockets are include for storing smaller valuables. his is an all season vest that can be worn with a variety of clothing styles. The vest is mid-weight so it’s not too light, nor too heavy for riding comfort. The material is cowhide leather with a distressed finish and polyester taffeta lining. The back waist and shoulders are lightly padded. The two hand-warmer pockets feature strong and durable zippers.There is a horizontal pocket on the interior with a second internal pocket placed vertically with a media port built in.
4. Harley-Davidson Men’s Hydration Vest
The Hydration vests have just been improved. This high-quality vest is made with 100% nylon material featuring a lining of polyacrylate crystals. These materials absorb water and hold it to keep you cooler when riding in warm temperatures. A 10-minute soak fully fills the vest for keeping you hydrated and keeping the heat at bay. It’s made with mesh panels sewn into the chest and shoulders for additional cooling on the ride. The vest provides a flexible fit with stretchy side panels for extreme comfort. The HD badge is made of rubber and applied to the chest of the vest.
3. Harley-Davidson Men’s Hi-Vis Vest
This brightly colored vest is ideal for riding in dark conditions. It’s designed to be worn over your jacket to make yourself more visible. This versatile vest can easily be rolled up to a compact size for storage in your saddlebags when it’s not needed. It’s made of water-resistant nylon material with adjustable sides so you can customize a secure fit. Visibility is enhanced with 3M Scotchlite brand reflective strips of material that catch light and reflect it back. A left chest pocket ID holder is removable. This vest comes in sizes that range from Small through 3XL.
2. Harley-Davidson Men’s Leather Vest
This is the Black 98090-15VM vest with Foster Reflective materials. It’s a mid weight vest for comfortable riding protection. It’s made with genuine buffalo leather on the exterior with a lining of polyester taffeta to give you a comfortable fit when riding. The collar is made with a Mandarin design with a snap front and snap tabs at the waist for a customized fit. The vest includes two hand warmer pockets that close with durable and strong zippers. There are also two chest pockets with snap-flap closures that look extremely stylish and rugged. There are also two interior utility pockets for additional safe storage space. Both are oversized with zippers for extra security. The vest is made with 3M reflective material for the piping to make you more visible to oncoming traffic during dusk and dark lighting conditions. Attractive graphics are embroidered on the back neck of the vest and on the warmer pocket on the left side.
1. Harley-Davidson Men’s Eagle Distressed Leather Vest
This is one of Harley-Davidson’s best selling men’s riding vests. It has a rugged aesthetic with a vintage appeal. It’ made of mid-weight cowhide leather that provides durability and protection without weighing you down. The vest Is available in sizes Small through 3XL. It’s lined with cotton twill materials to make the vest fit comfortably against the body. The leather material has undergone a special washing and tumble dry process to give it a rub-off finish for an impressive vintage aesthetic. There is a strong heavy-duty zipper for closing the front of the vest. Two hand-warmer pockets are built into the vest with snap closures. One interior stash pocket is built in for keeping your small valuables safe. One of the features that makes this vest so popular is the 1903 accent that is embroidered with distressed printed graphics and a dirty embroidered patch. This style is designed to fit closer to the body for a slim fit. It’s a classic leather vest for Harley-Davidson riding enthusiasts who insist on wearing genuine HD riding attire with a vintage grunge styling.