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  • European standard EN 13158 LEVEL 1
  • Horseback riding body protectors beta 3 vs astm

 
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    03-08-2011, 07:32 AM
  #11
Foal
Hi, the Woof may look similar to the Airowear one, but I don't see anything written about it being for women? The reason I like my Airowear one so much is because it moulds to my body shape (I am quite busty) and it's apparently because the foam is darted at the bust, which also means it pulls in neatly to my waist. Does the Woof one do this too?
     
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    03-08-2011, 08:35 AM
  #12
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Folks, I went to Dover, but they don't have Woofs there yet (I bet they just signed contract with Woof or something?). They said hopefully in couple months. I also asked about Beta vs ASTM and they were as puzzled as I am. We looked up the catalog and surprisingly enough Airowear didn't say "ASTM" either, just Beta 3 and something else.
     
    05-13-2011, 02:32 PM
  #13
Foal
Hi. Sorry if I'm late to the party, but I hope this info will be useful anyway ...

BETA is the British Equestrian Testing Association. The WoofWear company is based in England, so they use the British standard. The BETA standard is the same as the European standard, EN 13158 (which you might see referenced on some body protectors). They have 3 levels of protection. Level 1 (the lowest) is for jockeys only. Level 3 (the highest) is recommended for most riding, including jumping, young/untrained horses, and riding on roads.

ASTM is the American Society for Testing and Materials. Companies that are in the USA are more likely to use the ASTM standard, which is ASTM F1937. There's only one level of protection in this standard.

Some companies will have their body protectors tested to both standards, but that costs more, of course. Most countries except the USA and Canada use the BETA/EN 13158 standard.

The ASTM and BETA/EN 13158 standards can't be directly compared to each other, because they measure different things. However, if you just look at the severity of the impacts that are used in the tests, then the ASTM F1937 tests are about the same severity as the BETA/EN 13158 Level 1 tests.
ASTM F1937: 24.5 Joules of kinetic energy.
BETA/EN 13158 Level 1: 20 - 25 Joules of kinetic energy.
BETA/EN 13158 Level 3: 35 - 45 Joules of kinetic energy.)
Personally, I like to wear a body protector that meets the BETA/EN 13158 Level 3 tests. The latest version of this standard was published in 2009, so you want the BETA:2009 Level 3. This will be clearly marked on the body protector. You want to check the label on the protector itself, because the information in the online catalogues is usually incomplete.

The previous version was the BETA:2000, and the tests in this version are the same severity as the 2009 version. The newer standard has more requirements on covering the zippers and things like that. If your body protector says BETA:2000 Level 3, it's probably just as good, but is an older one.

If you see a body protector that just says "BETA" or anything other than BETA:2000 or BETA:2009, then it was probably tested to an older version of BETA (Prior to the year 2000), and is out of date.
     
    05-13-2011, 03:10 PM
  #14
Super Moderator
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Originally Posted by Hershey    
Hi. Sorry if I'm late to the party, but I hope this info will be useful anyway ...
Wow! Thanks, Hershey! That was a very helpful explanation!
     
    05-13-2011, 03:56 PM
  #15
Foal
You're welcome, kitten_Val.

Not too much jargon, I hope? I was trying to make sure that it would be understandable.

BTW, I love your Avatar!
     
    05-13-2011, 05:06 PM
  #16
Super Moderator
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Originally Posted by Hershey    
Not too much jargon, I hope? I was trying to make sure that it would be understandable.
Nope, that was very explanatory. I'm thinking about ordering from UK (much cheaper looks like), and they definitely have only BETA there as well (which was confusing).

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Originally Posted by Hershey    
BTW, I love your Avatar!
Thank you!
     
    05-13-2011, 05:14 PM
  #17
Trained
Do you know what the shipping would be like ordering from the UK, Val?
     
    05-13-2011, 05:19 PM
  #18
Super Moderator
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Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
Do you know what the shipping would be like ordering from the UK, Val?
Not yet. But the vest itself is like twice cheaper. I don't think the shipping will be $150. BTW, I did buy from UK and Hungary in past and shipping rates were not bad at all (not sure this will be a case though as vest is rather big).
     
    05-13-2011, 05:20 PM
  #19
Trained
Good point! :P
If you buy it I expect a full review! I'm on the market myself but nowhere carries them in stores so I'll just rely on feedback from others...
     
    05-13-2011, 07:30 PM
  #20
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
Do you know what the shipping would be like ordering from the UK, Val?
It cost me $48.95 to get my AiroWear vest + shoulder pads shipped from the UK to Florida. I paid a total of $271.28 for everything ($155.92 for the vest + $67 for the shoulder pads).

That Woof body protector looks like it doesn't offer quite as much of a customisable fit as the AiroWear, although it's hard to tell from the pic. The description doesn't mention anything about it. With the AiroWear, you can adjust the fit of the chest/waist/shoulders separately.
     

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