The Leather Vest was part of the second tier armour set. They gave a better overall protection than their tier 1, Cloth, counterparts. This was especially true when it came to protection from Radiation.
To other players the vest appeared as a red hooded sweatshirt.
The vest could be obtained in three different ways:
The vest could be crafted using 15 Leather. Doing so would take 10 seconds and yielded one vest.
To learn how to craft them the player had to either obtain it's corresponding Blueprint from Rad Animals or use a Research Kit. When using the Research Kit method, the player had to drag the Research Kit onto the vest with one Paper in their inventory.