If you’re planning to take up horse riding as a sport, a body protector is essential as it will secure your upper body (back and torso) while you’re riding on a horse and in case of an unfortunate event of a fall.

This type of protector is mandatory in full competition. It is a feature of equestrian sport that cannot be ignored. It contributes to the safety of the rider. Injuries to the rib cage and spine can be very serious or even fatal. For maximum comfort, make sure you choose a body protector that fits you perfectly. It should be suited to your size, and to your riding style. Our body protectors have been designed in accordance with current European legislation, EN13158 Level 2.

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Why wear a Safety Vest?

The advantages of wearing a safety vest are:

– Shock absorption. It has a flexible square foam structure, guaranteeing a high level of protection for the rider (back, spine and waist).

– Optimum comfort. It’s a perfect fit for the body and consists of netted lining for aid ventilation

– The front zip and side straps can be easily fastened.

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How to Choose the Right Size?

Characteristics

To choose the right-sized safety vest, we recommend taking three measurements:

– Chest in cm (A): measure around the chest at the broadest point.

– Waist in cm (B): measure around the waist at the narrowest point, above the navel.

– Waist-to-shoulder measurement in cm (C), multiplied by two.

Adult safety vests

Size

Chest (A)

Waist (B)

Waist to Shoulder (C)

S

83 to 87 cm

82 to 88 cm

83 to 87 cm

M

90 to 95 cm

91 to 97 cm

93 to 97 cm

L

98.5 to 103 cm

101 to 105.5 cm

97 to 98 cm

Junior safety vests

Size

Equivalent

Chest (A)

Waist (B)

Waist to Shoulder (C)

4-6 Years

XS

53.5 to 57 cm

56.5 to 61 cm

51.5 to 55.5 cm

8-10 Years

S

61.5 to 65 cm

65 to 69 cm

59 to 63 cm

12-14 Years

M

67.5 to 73 cm

70 to 75 cm

70 to 74 cm

16 Years

L

78 to 81.5 cm

75 to 83 cm

80 to 84 cm


Why is it necessary to Replace your Safety Vest?

Warning: Remember, you must always replace your body protector after a fall!

Visible wear and tear

If any damage to the protector is visible to the naked eye (torn straps, loose components, etc.) it is very important to change it. Only a protector which is in a good condition can protect you effectively.

After a few years

Depending on your style and on how often you ride, we recommend you replace your body protector before it gets too old (every five years if it appears to be in a good condition). A body protector that is too old can have features and components that age better than others, especially if it is stored in a cold or damp location.

Other possible reasons

There are several other reasons for replacing your body protector.

– You may simply feel like changing or having safety equipment that is lighter, well designed and more breathable.

– You can adapt your riding hat and body protector according to your style: a helmet with a replaceable cover is a perfect way to complete the rider’s attire.


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