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    07-26-2009, 10:44 AM
I know younger riders who take Jumping lessons in their Flex Rider Safety Vest, the vest lasts forever.

I've owned mine since I can remember, and that's a long time. I store mine in my tack trunk - and it has gone through hell and back.

I don't use mine when I do stadium jumping, which I think I should be, but I wear mine whenever I am on the CC course *ok there have been irrisponsible times when I've been on the CC course without it.....looking back I was lucky*
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    07-26-2009, 04:17 PM
Airowear Outlyne Vest

Other than the really stupid advertisement picture, what do you all think of this brand? Looks comfy and meets all the standards. I was looking at Intecs but have read many reviews that say they fall apart within the first year.
    07-26-2009, 08:48 PM
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
It is old news. The Rep at Rolex of 07' * I think?* announced that Tipperary's were not certified through ASTM nor meets the minimal standards of protection.

They do not protect the rib cage at all, and do not protect you from puncture wounds. They cannot nor will protect you during a rotationa fall, which is the most common tumble in Eventing.

So if you were cantering to a jump, and your horse stops and you keep going - you smash into the fence, the vest wont protect you at all.

The Rep discussed this at Rolex a few years back. I think it was either 06 or 07'.

Tipperary's don't even meet the minimal BETA Level 3.

I've seen quite a few wearing the Intec Flex Rider for Stadium Jumping Lessons.

Your Vest MUST have the stamps of approval on them for the vest to be approved and certified. They must have MEETS BETA LEVEL 3 or higher standards, and APPOVED BY ASTM.

I wont put a vest on me without those stamps of approvals.

Here's what I say - if you wear an ASTM approved helmet, which means that the helmet has been tested to ensure the riders protection of their head *then why not the same with vests???*

I firmly think that rules need to change in Eventing where this is applicable. If we MUST wear an ASTM approved helmet, we MUST also have to wear a vest that is approved through them as well.

A vest that has the stamps of approval means that the vest has gone through testing to proove it's quallity of protection for the wearer. Tipp does that means it did not pass the testing.
The tipp helmets are ok though right? Please, please, please say yes lol. That sucks big time, I spent almost two hundred dollars on that vest. Tipps are one of the only types of vests i've seen in most of the tack shops in my town.
    07-26-2009, 08:58 PM
Never seen that vest before, but if it is approved and certified, then go with it. I like that it is a solid material, unlike the Tips.

Lol, I have to laugh at the models in the vest - yeah, because you know, when I am wearing my vest at a HT, I stand around posing like that all the time *rolls eyes*

Again, I've never had issues with my Intec Flex Rider, I've had it for the longest time and it has been through hell and back with me - and it still holds true and strong.

Whatever vest you choose, make sure it is certified and approved.


Yes the Tipperary Sportage Helmet is ASTM approved/certified. You're good to go :)
    07-26-2009, 08:59 PM
Green Broke
Tipp helmets are fine =] many people use them and love them. I can relate on the vest! I spent about $300 on mine with my custom colors
    07-26-2009, 09:27 PM
Helmets are great. Extra coverage for the brain stem that some helmets don't have. No worries about the helmet. Those are money well spent.
    07-27-2009, 07:21 PM
I got mine off ebay, brand new still in package for $50.00 :) :) I got a great deal.
    07-28-2009, 05:07 PM
Rodney Powell Elite Series 6 Body Armour from SmartPak Equine

Okay, I like this one. Looks like a great bang for the buck. I'm a little confused by the sizing. Hopefully someone at smartpak is familiar enough to help me with it.
    07-29-2009, 04:30 PM
That Body Armour is the hot, hot, hot item in the Eventing Word now. The British Eventing Team now all wears that vest and I am even now seeing many other 4star eventers in this vest.

People are dropping their Tips left, right and center now - that Body Armour is very popular right now.
    08-04-2009, 06:38 PM
Green Broke
Acctaually, they are changing the rules. I'm pretty sure you can't wear uncertified vests next year in competition, from talking to people I know. I got my Tipp second hand, just to start me off this year, and after I get a new saddle(which a need WAYYYY more than a new vest) I really want a new vest. Rodney Powell's sound good, but where do I get them? The FlexAir by Champion also looks nice. You can only get it in the UK though. :( I know body protectors are nice, but they don't protect your face, arms, legs or sholders. So they save your chest and ribs, by you could still be paralyzed. Oh well, let's just hope I can find velcro to keep my but in the saddle...

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