Tipperary Eventer Protective Riding Vest isn't certified?
This is news to me! I have one of these vests and love it! Would it be acceptable to wear in competations? Anyone know?
Thanks in advance!
Yes, it is acceptable to wear in competitions and many people do, but many prefer certified vests.
Not certified, but you will have to pry mine out of my.....ooops!!
Maybe not the best way to put it.
hahah at allison finch.
No, theyre not certified, though a great many people still use them. They do seem to be the most "in style" vest, however, and often every competitor at local events and recognized near me (maybe just near me, may be different for other) wears one. Just remember that according to ASTM and SEI they don't offer enough protection during a fall.
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.
I personally have used a tipperary... I would rather have it because it is breathable flexable and lightweight....some of the approved ones to me in my own oppinion look like a peice of thick cardboard. Not very flexable. But then again I have never used anything else and haven't evented in years....so ... I may be wrong lol just throwing that out there....don't know how far they have gone with approved vests since I have looked into them :)
why would so many people rather be comfortable than safe ? i just dont get it....
anyways you get used to the stiffer vests and then you dont even feel them - they dont affect your riding at all.
My Airowear is very comfortable; I love it. It doesn't look terrible, either. It actually helps me with my back posture over fences.
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