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post #11 of 19 Old 02-20-2012, 09:53 PM
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Ugh, Georgia. That's Africa hot. Get the lightest weight/color vest you can find!

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #12 of 19 Old 02-20-2012, 09:55 PM
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All that being said... you don't have to go top of the line, I ride in an almost $300 eventing vest for x-c (which is about the norm for new ones), but honestly, I've never really put a price on safety. I've seen some around $200 that I would trust, but really, I want to know that if I hit that solid jump, I'm not breaking ribs (which I've unfortunately put to the test, and my Casel-Equi has come through for me).

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Unfortunately there are no tack shops anywhere close that do vests or anything like that.. It's hard enough to just find English tack! What vests would yall suggest though? I was hoping not to spend over about 200 or so, but can maybe go a little over if it's nice enough.
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post #14 of 19 Old 02-20-2012, 10:15 PM
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I'd suggest maybe the Charles Owen Body Protector? They're certified and I've seen them as low as $210 on dover, I'm sure you can find them cheaper somewhere else. Tipperary's are popular but they are not certified. I'm a big fan of Casel-Equi, they design body protectors for eventing, rodeo, racing, as well as non-horse sports like mountain biking. They have more options for custom fitting on each vest including the velcro shoulder padding to adjust length, and stretch lacing down the sides to give a closer fit but it also comes at a bigger price tag, around $275.

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post #15 of 19 Old 02-20-2012, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Here are a few I've found in the last few minutes looking around. What do yall think of these?

NWT Charles Owen Body Protector Riding Vest JL9 Black S - Protective Gear

Intec Flex Rider Black Adult Protective Riding Vest

Rodney Powell- The Elite – Powell’s Best Selling Body Protector

Lami-Cell Adult Body Protector

I also posted a few on page 1 that I didn't get many replies about, if someone wants to help me find one that would work best for me :)
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post #16 of 19 Old 02-20-2012, 10:32 PM
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My barn is all eventers. I'll ask around if anyone has one for sale. We have a few women your size who have Tipperary's and no longer event. I've ridded in Georgia in summer. I honestly think you would burst into flames wearing a solid vest.

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post #17 of 19 Old 02-20-2012, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Haha, it is so miserable here in the summer some days! :( we're lucky on days where the heat index is not triple digits and the humidity is under 90... SO hot and muggy!
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post #18 of 19 Old 02-23-2012, 02:44 AM
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I like the Charles Owen, they are a rated vest and the firmness will provide more safety. I'd rather be hot than hurt an I've used a Tipperary (I own one) and I just don't feel as safe. It doesn't get as snug and there's more space between the padding than on my casel-equi vest. Whenever I have to ride in it I always feel like if I fell the pads would just wiggle out of the way. They also stretch out which leads to bigger gaps between pads which you wouldn't have to worry about with the Charles Owen.

I always opt for safety over personal "comfort" just try and find a light color or wear a light colored cotton shirt on top to help keep you cooler. The "cooling factors" in a tipperary are minimal and compromise the integrity of the product as a safety device.

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post #19 of 19 Old 02-23-2012, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Do you think an adult small sounds like the right size for me? Size comparison is in OP (though I don't have actual measurements right now)
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