I am not sure on which one I should get. These are the ones I am looking at. Any suggestions?
EquiShopper - Ovation Adult Body Protector
EquiShopper - Rodney Powell Elite Body Protector
Ladies' Intec Flex-Rider Body Protector* - Dover Saddlery.
Or any other suggestions are welcome too. I am trying not to spend an arm and a leg lol but I don't want something that won't work either.
I have the Rodney Powell. I ordered it from VTO Saddlery. I love it. They come in tons of colors and have better safety ratings that the Tipperarys. For me, I'm an odd shape and I liked that I could get a custom size from RP without the extra charges like Tipperary.
Whichever vest you choose - please get one that has the stamp and approval on it from ASTM and meets BETA Level 3 standards of safety.
Tipperary's ARE NOT stamped and appoved by ASTM and DO NOT meet even the minimal level requirements of safety.
I have the Flex Rider vest. It is the cheapest on the market, but has the stamp of approval on it. The vest is approved by ASTM and meets BETA level 3 requirements of safety and protection - without breaking the bank to buy it.
I bought mine used, and it does its job well. I paid $50 for mine in total from a fellow Eventer who decided to merge into a different sport where vests were not required. I've had mine for 3 years and I love it and wont be out on the CC course without it.
You don't need an expensive vest to be protected out on the CC course - you just need one that meets ASTM requirements of safety and protection, that meets BETA Level 3 standards.
I just got my Rodney Powell today. I haven't had time to ride in it, but it does seem to fit well thanks to the custom sizing. It's got lots of tail bone coverage which is important to me.
Just a suggestion. The outlyne vest by aerowear. Dover has it I know. Little more than rodney powell but in my opinion so much better and definitely worth it. Especially if your going to use it alot. Its much more flexible and fits to your body better. Also made for women. All other vests make me feel like im in a turtle shell and can't move, except this one.
I agree on Tipperary - lots of money for something, which doesn't look like a good protection even...
It's made for women and is really comfy compared to rodney powell, flex rider, and charles owens. I tried many different vests and all of them were so uncomfortable. This vest is flexible and really forms to your body. Slightly more expensive but definitely worth it.
To me it's really hard to believe that the vest can be really flexy AND certified (I believe that' the reason why people go with the Tipperary - it's very light and flexible). One of the reasons I never tried to order without trying "in person". :D
Its not THAT flexible. At first it feels alot like the charles owen and rodney powell, but its just.. less bulky and forms to you better. Especially since its designed for women. It's certified to the same levels as rodney powell and charles owens. There all about the same. It is nothing like tipperary. I got a tipperary about 6 years ago and wondered how the heck it protected anything, and now I know that it doesn't!
I've ridden in a charles owen before and it just got in the way. I forget I'm wearing my aerowear.
So which one out of these two are better? I am confused on the difference really and if the cheaper one will work just the same I will go with that one.
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and what about this one?
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