• First Vanson leather motorcycle jacket
  • Vanson original Model A jacket updated with armor
  • Backpad optional - will accept optional backpad
  • CE approved armor at shoulder + elbow
  • Dipped back and kidney panel for secure windtight fit
  • Full length action back
  • Snap-back mandarin collar
  • Brass hardware
  • 1 Interior lining zip-close secure wallet pocket
  • Competition weight steerhide
  • Black rayon lining
  • Full leather inside facings
  • STREAMLINER snaps for streamliner vest attachment
  • 1 Zip-close exterior chest pocket
  • 2 Zip-close exterior hand pockets
  • ID key fob embossed with garment unit-number for reference
  • Built in underarm gusset for enhanced movement
  • Windtight low-bulk zip close sleeves
  • Leather windflap
Material Color

  • 4.40
  • 8.10
  • 26.10
  • 35.10
  • 35.20
  • 35.70

In 2012 we began to produce Vanson AR2 jackets with armor. This was such a successful update to the AR2 that we made it a style of its own and called it the AR3.

Taking all the great features of the AR2 as a base we added some room to the shoulders and the back, to allow backpad and shoulder-armor installation without compromising the flexible fit of the jacket. We built this jacket with wide, substantial inside leather facings for anchoring the inside pocket and keeping the lining away from any potential wear points. For greater wind protection without adding bulk and keeping a good collar height, we lined the collar with long-lasting rayon. Then, to allow the collar to either be fully sealed, or snapped open without anything loose flapping in the wind, we extended the collar and added snaps. We also started the front zipper a few inches up from the bottom so the jacket would splay out slightly, increasing comfort for the rider. Then we moved the wrist zippers to the inseam so that when elbow/forearm armor is installed there is no conflict with the top of the wrist zipper. For installing or adjusting the armor there is a zipper in the center back seam of the lining.

This update is just the latest in the 40 years since the Type A jacket family was first designed. To appreciate how years of firsthand riding experience, re-engineering and refinement lead to the AR3, you can read about the first Vanson leather motorcycle jacket here. Built to last for 40 years and beyond. Thats how we do it at Vanson.

  • SIZES...32..34..36..38..40..42..44..46..48..50..52..54..56..58..60..62
  • Size 42 ----Chest measures 46.5 --------Normal ease 4.5 inches
  • Back Length 27 ......Front length 21 ...Nape of Neck to Wrist 35
  • Bottom circumference sweep is 43 inches.
  • AR3 - is the original Vanson jacket updated for Armor.
  • This jacket has a full length action back - and under-arm-gusset to provide
  • great movement. The Back is cut longer than the front.
  • N.B. The jacket is cut for longer torsos - on people of less than 5 ft.9
  • The jacket may be too long - especially in the front.
  • Download the Fit Chart

Full weight 1.4 mm (3.50 to 3.75 oz) competition leather.
Revolution is the leather of choice when you really need
protection on or off the track. We have been making
jackets and racing suits out of this leather for over
40 years. It works. And it lasts. With minimal care it
lasts a long time. We repair and maintain garments
over 30 years of age regularly. It is as simple as that.