Safety Vests--I need one!
So I am thinking that im going to start doing one day events next summer. Bear hasnt really dont eventing before, and neither have I (hunters and dressage on my part). I know of a few places im going to start schooling, but I would like to have a vest before I start doing any solid XC jumps. I am looking for a cheap, but safe vest. I will buy a used one if you have it! I heard Intecs are pretty good and that they have a good price, is that true?
Thanks in advance! :)
Absolutely, Intec Flex Riders are not only certified through ASTM but also meets BETA level 3 safety standards.
This vest not only does the same as the expensive one's but it is cheaper. I have one and I love it.
Make sure the Intec Flex Rider that you are looking at is of a solid material. Not the one's designed the way Tipperary's are.
Intecs are cheap, but a lot of people complain that they are very bulky and stiff, so not much freedom of movement. Any vest is better than none I suppose, but that's the only downside I've heard on Intecs.
I've heard only good things about Rohdney Powell Vests. I am planning on getting one before the next season starts. Tipps are not certified, but I'm using one for now, until I get my RP. I would go with a cheap, certified vest. And a trainer. ;) I wouldn't venture out on a XC course without one! Good luck and keep us posted!
Ensure that you try it on first and move about. Many safety vests IMO are very uncomfortable and make it difficult to ride. I think its worth spending at extra hundred or more dollars and getting one that you can move in, and thats comfortable. I once had one (we bough of a friend) and it restricted my movement and I felt unsafe because of this, so I just never wore it.
I'm really hoping someone has the Rodney Powell vest at the Equine Affair in November. I'd love to try that one on. Looks like it's well worth the $$.
Make sure you sit in a saddle while trying it on. I found that even on the highest shoulder setting some vests would go so low on my back that they hit the saddle! Very annoying, so make sure you sit in a saddle before you buy ;)
^I was, school has eaten my life and I havn't had much time to look at getting one yet
I own a Tipperary... BLEH! Don't get one.
Rodney Powells are awesome but expensive. I'm saving up for one
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