From day 1 of my road riding career I have ridden in a helmet, gloves, boots a leather jacket .... and jeans. Around town and on trips both short and long. I have never owned a full leather suit.
Until now. Thanks to my wife (and MVRC51 for putting the bug in her ear).
MVRC51 expressed some concern to my wife about me riding in jeans all the time. Then when my wife saw the pixs from the NC trip, she noticed that Bug and I were the only two riding in jeans. So, she decided I needed a full suit.
There was only one choice for me. Vanson.
She told me to order one before the last F4T, but I told her I would not be able to get it in time and that I wasn't confident that I could measure myself and fill out the custom order form. I was a bit lost and needed some help. Then I found out that Vanson would be at Indy. Perfect.
So, on Friday, between practices, we headed over to tour the vendor area and we found Vanson. I started talking with Doug Irons and trying on the jackets. I wanted the same jacket I have now because I like it so much. I just needed it in a larger size.
And this new version has a few new features. It has 3 zippers to attach the pants (good for track days) and new vents located on the inside of the elbows. While I was trying on jackets Kim van der Sleesen came over to help out and make sure I got the right size.
At that point, my brother Jason came in (he has been racing in Vanson suits for 10 years) and said hello to everyone and got to put some faces to names and catch up with the owner a bit.
After we took care of the jacket, the liner and the back protector, Kim started measuring me for the custom pants.
I think Vanson is a fantastic company and they have excellent high quality products. I bought my Cobra jacket 7 years ago for $400. I had to get the wrist zippers replaced because they stopped working (became brittle), but that was the only problem I had. I have also seen the suits my brother has used (after being crashed in too!) and they are top notch. The also do excellent reapair work on crashed suits (just ask Jason, lol).
Kim and Doug were a big help and Kim was nice enough to throw in some sample size leather lotion and a tee shirt (I chose black of course).
Here is what she bought for me.
Mark 2 Cobra jacket
- newer version of the jacket I have been wearing for 7 years.
Cold weather liner
- newer version of the liner I have and it comes with removable sleeves.
- The jacket was 10% off at Indy and came with full armor, but she did have to buy the back protector.
- I was measured for a custom set of pants that included armor and velcro for knee pucks.
I'll have it all in 2 months.