Chopper Leather Jacket

by Vanson
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Vanson Leather Chopper Jacket from British Customs

The Vanson Chopper Leather Jacket is inspired by the post-WWII Highway Patrol Departments of the Western US. These in turn were inspired by the highly practical Tanker jackets worn by top Generals in the US Armed Forces. This heritage is clearly on display in the quilted shoulder and elbow areas of the Chopper Jacket. The Jacket will require an extensive break in period due to the thick competition weight leather used by Vanson. This is a positive thing. While a commitment to the break in period is required, rest assured that the Vanson Chopper Jacket will last a lifetime.


  • Special waxed finish 1.4mm competition cowhide
  • 2 Exterior zip close pockets
  • 1 Interior lining pocket
  • 1 Snap close leather lined gun pocket
  • Brass hardware, black snap caps
  • Quilted red sateen lining
  • Double buckle side adjustere
  • Short action back shoulder gusset
  • Quilted leather detail on sleeve cap, shoulder and yoke

    Note: Made to order; please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery

    Fitment Chart

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    Details from the Manufacturer

    The distinctive quilting on the shoulder and elbow areas reflects the heritage of this design from the Pacific Northwest. Police departments in Washington and Oregon added this feature for extra protection to the original California Highway Patrol design favored in Sacramento. 

    We use a double layer of military-derived ballistic nylon spacer fabric under the quilted area - this resists compression, giving additional padding and energy absorption. It offers little resistance to airflow, so when the front lapels are opened cooling air flows through the quilted areas, making this jacket more comfortable in warm weather. When the front is zipped up, and the lapels are closed, the quilted areas become an insulating dead air space which keeps the rider warmer in winter. Performance and protection in one streamlined package.

    The cut of the Chopper is very much a period piece. During WW2 Patton, Bradley, Eisenhower and their officers wore waist length Tanker Jackets - a look which became very popular after the Allied Victory. 

    After WW2 Highway Patrol Departments in the Western states evolved an unmistakable style for their motor patrols. Practical considerations drovethese developments. Zippered fronts had become more common instead of buttons and hooks. The front was shortened so contact with the thighs would not push the jacket up into the rider's throat. A moderately-dipped back was added to support the kidney area and help seal out the wind. To keep the freedom of a full-blouson upper-torso cut with wind-tight snug waist, we added traditional double side-buckles of polished solid brass.

    Details are important, so is the leather. The Chopper is made from Vanson XL X150 leather - a reproduction of the leathers made in the '40s. Hand waxed, hand finished, milled and plated just as in the distant past. Vanson XL Leather is the Real Deal when it comes to bringing good things to life, again.

    So when you hold a Chopper in your hands you can feel the resonance of Patton and his generals, enjoy the beauty of the details and the cut, and sense the pride of the CHP; with the unparalleled quality and craftsmanship that can only be a Vanson. Simple lines, functional details, long-lasting durability inside and out.