10-07-2011, 12:19 AM
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They are not certified nor meet BETA Level 3 standards of safety.
I can tell you, that these vests are no where "comfortable" for me. I forgot my XC Vest for a lesson one day, and borrowed my friends Intec Flex Rider vest that looks just like the Tipperary. I put it on, and didn't feel very "Safe" at all.
Just for the heck of it, I decided to punch myself to see what level of "security" the vest gave me, and I knocked the wind out of myself. It hurt! So, I then ...for some unknown reason, decided to punch myself on the side where the laces were, and I hurt myself....no wonder why these vests are not certified and no wonder why these vests did not pass BETA's testings!
If I, 5'7" at 175lbs hurt myself by punching - can you imagine how much it would hurt, if you came off your horse at a gallop coming into a solid fence? Hmmmmm.
No wonder I see riders getting carried off of the course in stretchers with cracked colar bones and broken ribs.
Once I got home, I put my Intec Flex Rider, solid safety vest that is certified and meets BETA level 3 standards of safety. I punched myself just as hard as I did with the previous vest, and I didn't flinch. I had others around me, punch me, and nothing.
You wouldn't catch me in a Tipperary or a knock off, ever. Waste of money as far as I am concerned.