Speed and Strength Tough As Nails Vest
- Premium cowhide leather frame
- Knox C.E. approved spine protector
- Perforated leather panels
- Low restriction collar
- “Lockdown” waist adjuster
- Rear access panel for patching
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We tried the size Medium in this vest on Huey and we put an XL vest on Dewey. These are the sizes they normally wear and both fit well. The vests are roomy. My primary advice would be to wear the size you normally wear in men’s clothing. If you are between sizes I’d advise you to go down. There isn’t a lot of taper from the chest to the waist, so there shouldn’t be concerns with fit if you have a bit of a belly. The large side leather adjustment straps can take up a lot of the slack, so those with a trim waist will look good too.
The chart provided by Speed and Strength shows chest sizes for each alpha size that are a bit larger than what you’d normally see for “standard” conversion from chest size to alpha size. Based on my observations (above), the chart seems just about right.
Our Two Cents
The Tough as Nails vest is a black leather “stripped” (without the logos) vest. And being stripped, these leather vests are made primarily for those who want to add club colors. The back of each vest is a blank palette so to speak, and cleverly, Speed and Strength has added a really neat feature to make the addition of your colors really easy. There is a large zipper that runs around the back protector, and when you unzip, you’ll have full access to the back side of the leather. Your tailor will LOVE YOU! (and probably charge you less too). The overall quality of the vest is great. The leather is high quality and the side Velcro adjusters are well engineered, so not only do they look good, but they work well to fit the vest to your body.
Just as a convenience, the vest has a couple hidden external pockets and an inside wallet pocket (sorry no gun pocket). BTW, if you need a gun pocket, check the Quick and the Dead version (take the link below). :: Paul, 11-12-12