I am going to show my age here.
I can remember when vest were first brought out and law was coming in(1998 I think), in regards to wearing one on the racetrack. Didn't matter if you were riding the stable pony or a race horse, you had (and still do) wear one. I got mine before the law came in and was wearing it before the said date. I rode horses in the middle of summer, in Australia, in the middle of the day and the hottest part of the day. It did take a few weeks to get use to it and after that, not a problem.
To this day I still use a vest and I currently have a Intec. Does it restrict my movement, no. For my insurance, I'd rather have something that is rated over something that is not. I want my butt covered, I have seen insurance turn around and tell someone "you were not using approved safety equipment, there for we will not cover". This, I can not afford. So I make sure my equipment is rated.
Last edited by BCtazzie; 11-06-2012 at 09:50 AM.