Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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Whichever vest you choose - please get one that has the stamp and approval on it from ASTM and meets BETA Level 3 standards of safety.
Tipperary's ARE NOT stamped and appoved by ASTM and DO NOT meet even the minimal level requirements of safety.
I have the Flex Rider vest. It is the cheapest on the market, but has the stamp of approval on it. The vest is approved by ASTM and meets BETA level 3 requirements of safety and protection - without breaking the bank to buy it.
I bought mine used, and it does its job well. I paid $50 for mine in total from a fellow Eventer who decided to merge into a different sport where vests were not required. I've had mine for 3 years and I love it and wont be out on the CC course without it.
You don't need an expensive vest to be protected out on the CC course - you just need one that meets ASTM requirements of safety and protection, that meets BETA Level 3 standards.