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post #11 of 26 Old 06-07-2010, 09:00 AM
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Nordic, I highly suggest you go to a tack store where they sell Eventing Vests and try them all on.

There are many who have the Rodney Powell and the Charles Owen who say they love them and cannot feel the bulk. I ride in my Flex Rider and I have NO ISSUES what-so-ever with how it feels - where others say they are too stiff.

So, YOU need to go and try them all on, because when 1 person says "such n such" vest is too stiff and bulky, and then says "such n such" vest is not, while others will disagree - each opinion is different and each feel and experience differs from person to person - so, go try on all the vests you possibly can, and you decipher yourself as to what vest will work for you.

I see pretty much the majoriy of eventers in my area wearing either Rodney Powell Vests *the norm now* or the Flex Rider like what I have. There are still a few Tipperaries, which is fine - because you need to go with what works best for you.

I have NOT seen this new Aerowear one anywhere.

But again - you need to try on the vests yourself and make your own decision as to what feels best or not.

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post #12 of 26 Old 06-07-2010, 10:16 AM
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NThere are many who have the Rodney Powell and the Charles Owen who say they love them and cannot feel the bulk. I ride in my Flex Rider and I have NO ISSUES what-so-ever with how it feels - where others say they are too stiff.
I actually tried both - Flex Rider and Charles Owen in local Dover and to me they felt exactly the same stiffness-wise. I bet Rodney Powell feels that way too. So personally out of them 2 I'd go with Flex Rider myself (which is more cheap).
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alrightt.. I have the tiperary eventer and I know its not certified so I wont reccomentd it, but I will reccoment one like it, that's cheaper. I reallyyy feel like those "bull rider" type of style vests really hinder your movement on the horse and are not comfy at alll. So instead I would really reccomend: Dover Saddlery | Intec® Cushioned Protective Riding Vest.
Its got the free movement style of the tiperary, but its certified. I have friends who have this and love it. I also have a friend witht he ovation bull rider type and it really restricts her movement and kills her in the summertime when its hot. Hope this helps!!

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post #14 of 26 Old 06-07-2010, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys.

MIEventer, I live in an area that is not horse oriented at all, there are two tack shops near me and neither one even carry body protectors at all so trying them on just isn't an option for me. If I had the option to do that I would but I mainly have to rely on what others say and use their advice to influence my decision.

I am really leaning towards the flex rider cause it is cheaper. It isn't a huge deal I don't think any vest will make it impossible to ride. I just wanted to see what everyone else likes.
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post #15 of 26 Old 06-07-2010, 08:14 PM
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I tried on my new Rodney Powell today. Gotta say I do see the turtle shell reference there. It's not uncomfortable, but it does have that one piece feel to it.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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alrightt.. I have the tiperary eventer and I know its not certified so I wont reccomentd it, but I will reccoment one like it, that's cheaper. I reallyyy feel like those "bull rider" type of style vests really hinder your movement on the horse and are not comfy at alll. So instead I would really reccomend: Dover Saddlery | Intec® Cushioned Protective Riding Vest.
Its got the free movement style of the tiperary, but its certified. I have friends who have this and love it. I also have a friend witht he ovation bull rider type and it really restricts her movement and kills her in the summertime when its hot. Hope this helps!!

This vest is not certified either, nor does it meet ASTM standards of safety, nor does it even meet BETA Level 3 standards either - because it is just like how the tipperary is made.

To be honest, would you wrather have a vest that is light and "cool" in the summer and "comfortable" that doesn't meet any standards of protection - or have a vest on that isn't as comfortable, but does its' job when your horse has a rotational fall and crashes ontop of you?

I pick a vest that does its' job and passed all the testing, to aid in protecting my body incase of a rotational fall which easily happens at lower levels, or when I flip off my horse and smash into a fence.

Would you wrather be comfortable? Or properly protected?

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Yeah I saw that it wasn't certified as well MIEventer, I am going to go ahead and go with the Flex Rider, I like and it is a nice price for the certifications that it has.
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Give it a try and see how you like it. Out of all the certified and approved vests, the flex rider is the cheapest.

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actually I have fallen XC while wearing my tiperary eventer and been trampled on and it protected me just fine because I came out of both of those with no injuries (besides a cracked elbow, but that dosnt even relate to the eventer) when I could have had countless broken ribs mabye even a spinal injury (the horse stepped right square in the middle of my spine). So even though it isint certified, it certainly does its job for me. And sorry about that, I didnt know the intec wasnt certified, a frind told me they bought that one instead of the tiperary because it was "certified". Apparently not :P

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post #20 of 26 Old 06-09-2010, 05:40 PM
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It's ok - you can use whatever vest you want :) Your body, your horse, your money, your choice.

Any vest that has those indavidual panels, are not certified, regardless if it is a Tipperary or an Intec or etc, etc. Because of the panels, when you hit a solid object with them, they give - where a vest that does not have those indavidual palens, do not give on impact.

That's why they don't pass the safety tests put on them. Also the ties on the side, will not protect your ribs incase if you hit a fence in those area's, or get stepped on.

I watched a rider at Novice, I think it was.... who flipped head first off of her horse right into the fence, and hit it on her side. Her ribs were broken. Another got stepped on by her horse on her chest, broken ribs.

I wont wear a tipperary.

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