I have that exact same vest and I like it very much. But I'm not "blessed" up above. I don't even realize it is on when I get going and moving, it is comfortable, stamped with ASTM and BETA's approval of safety standards.
While I love my vest, I am saving up for a Rhodney Powell.
I wore the "tipperary knock off" at a lesson last week, because I forgot mine at home *it belongs to a friend of mine* which I borrowed
And to be honest, I destested it. Greatly. I felt very insecure in this vest, and I punched myself a few times, and it hurt! Imagine if you came off your horse and hit a fence...that'd be a bigger blow to the body than a punch. And those laces on the side....do not protect the ribs at all.
No wonder these vests are not ASTM approved nor meet BETA's safety requirements. Blech.
They most definitely are. No protection. I felt very uncomfortable in my friends vest, and I am glad I didn't do any fences over BN that day.
I punched myself in the ribs a few times to feel how "protective" that vest was, and I felt every force of my punches. I also punched my sides where the laces were, and that hurt even more.
Horrible design. No protection at all.
I hear they are going to be making a rule where you have to have a certified vest on course, not sure when it'll be implimented, but if you are going to invest in a vest, I'd invest in one that is certified and meets the levels of safety standards.
To be honest, I wouldn't wear a vest that isn't certified and stamped with approval, even if that rule doesn't take effect.
I just got the Airowear. It was all custom sizing, so that might be the way to go. It's very comfy and I got it for cheaper, and in cool colors, for ordering it from the UK.
I had a question about this so I searched through some old protective vest forums so sorry for the major delay...
I am seriously looking into the airowear outlyne and found it on the UK website as well for basically 1/2 off Dover's price. I told my Mom that I should order it there because I can customize it and get it for way cheaper (using my own money). But she says I'm crazy to order overseas and that the taxes and shipping will be huge. Do you recall how much it cost you? I would definitely order on that site if I could, I mean it's MY money lol. But to persuade my mom to budge I'd like to hear your experience with ordering it. She also said shipping would take me weeks :( which I understand, but I feel like she might be exaggerating and that it'd be worth the wait.
There shouldn't be any taxes because you are ordering out of the country, or at least there weren't any taxes on the bridle that I just ordered. Declaring that you bought something online on your personal taxes is a whole nother story.
Depending on how quickly you need it if you can get it cheaper from ordering from the UK the I say go for it. Yes, shipping is going to be more expensive, seems to average to $20-30.