I'm looking to purchase a protective vest to use during cross-country. In the past, I always just borrowed other people's vests, but I haven't competed in an event since 2005, so I can't remember what brands their vests were. I am ONLY interested in purchasing something certified (so NO Tipperary). As far as sizing, I have a 34" chest & about a 26" waist, & I'm 5'5. I don't want to spend more than about $300. I'd really like to get a vest that comes in Navy (my trainer's colours are Navy & Yellow, & once I purchase my horse, our colours will be Navy & Baby Blue), but that's not a requirement. These are the vests that I'm looking at. Does anyone have any input on these, or recommendations for others?
Dover Saddlery | Adult's Charles Owen Body Protector .
Charles Owen Ultra-Lite Body Protector - $227.80 from Dover
It's also available with customised colour options for $299.90
Charles Owen JL9 Vest - Protective Vests from SmartPak Equine
Charles Owen JL9 Vest - $203.95 from SmartPak (black only) or $227.80 from Dover (navy)
I've heard in the past that Charles Owen vests are bulky & not as easy to move in - true or false?
Dover Saddlery | Airowear Outlyne Flexible Vest .
Airowear Outlyne Flexible Protective Riding Vest - $299.90 from Dover
I'm concerned that this will be a bit large, since the waist size for xs is 28-32". SmartPak lists an xxs size, but they don't have it in stock.
Rodney Powell Elite Series 6 Body Armour - Protective Vests from SmartPak Equine
Rodney Powell Elite Series 6 Body Armour
I LOVE how this can be completely customized to fit. My one concern is that 2 of the reviews on the website state that the vest can get a bit hot, & I live in FL. After customization (ladies style + small shoulder pads), the total price comes to $311.85 from SmartPak.