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post #1 of 10 Old 08-24-2010, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Inflatable XC Vests

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/24/sp...rbag.html?_r=1

This seems like a god idea to me! What do all you eventers think?

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-25-2010, 08:33 AM
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great idea. I saw Oliver Townend fall this year at Rolex. He had a Point Two vest on. Probably saved him a lot more damage!

BUT... they are wayyy expensive and I will not be getting one in the near future

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-25-2010, 09:16 AM
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I don't think they're that expensive compared to a regular vest are they ?

I saw one last weekend and it was really quick to inflate. I was impressed
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-25-2010, 04:03 PM
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Yeah. they are. Point Two Pro-Air Jacket - Quality Tack at Outlet Prices - VTO Saddlery

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post #5 of 10 Old 08-25-2010, 11:11 PM
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I think they're great and when/if I get to prelim or higher I will definitely get one. But I would never wear it without a certified vest underneath. It won't protect you at all if both horse and rider fall together (rotational fall) since the chord wont snap unless you happen to pull it yourself but I doubt youd be thinking about that at the time. haha.
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-25-2010, 11:17 PM
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I think they are a great idea, and I am with Drew - that vest saved Olivers hiney at Rolex, but they are very expensive to replace.

The air canisters that cause the vest to inflate, are around $60+ to replace..yeesh...to much for my purse. I'll stick with my vest for now, until I get to higher levels and invest in a Rhodney Powell.

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post #7 of 10 Old 08-26-2010, 12:47 AM
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they are about $100 more in dover than most of the regular ones.

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-26-2010, 12:53 AM
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It's the canisters that are expensive to continue to replace. The vest isn't "re-usable" as easily as a regular vest is. But that's because regular vests do not rely on the operation of the air canister to do its job.

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post #9 of 10 Old 08-26-2010, 05:21 PM
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I bought a Pheonix vest 10 years ago at $300 dollars.... Luckily, it still fits, and it hasnt seen many falls. That was a lot of money for it at the time....
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-27-2010, 12:18 AM
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$700 !!! It would be cheaper just to pay the copay for the hospital ER! Good idea though.

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