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  1. #1
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    Default What do you think about this $99 body protector?

    Valley Vet Supply has a $99 Lami Cell Body Protector. Or this one for $117.

    I don't jump, event, or compete; but I'm 48 years old, and I ride a sassy horse who is not anything like bomb-proof. I'd like an every-day vest just like I have an every-day helmet. But the price (and the Air Jacket debate) deters me. And, truthfully, the heat deters me. Why on earth do they make these things black? I'm in Texas!! I have enough trouble wearing a shirt!!

    Anyway, what do you think?
    Last edited by Cindyg; Jun. 13, 2010 at 11:51 PM.



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    Default Link did not work for me however.......

    If it is BETA or ASTM certified, it provides a base level of protection.
    There is also the EXO.....

    You just have to decide how much "protection" you want.

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    I think this is the link?

    http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.h...2-00b0d0204ae5

    I think it looks pretty good and seems to have the appropriate certifications. I'm also in TX and wear one too and damn it's hot in the summer - with or without the protector!



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    Those vests are great. I've seen a lot of young kids, people just getting into eventing (and not sure if they'll like it enough to buy a more expensive Charles Owens) and riders who have had injuries.

    If it makes you feel more confidant and/or safe while riding then go for it!

    I usually only ride my vest for x-country but I'll put it on if i'm riding a new horse or one that I know can be squirelly



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    OK, I fixed the links.

    This and this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Meredith Clark View Post
    If it makes you feel more confidant and/or safe while riding then go for it!
    Right. But will it make me feel more safe, or will it make me be more safe? Is this, for instance, enough protection to prevent a broken rib?

    Would love to hear more opinions. (And thank you to those who already commented.)
    Last edited by Cindyg; Jun. 14, 2010 at 12:41 AM.



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    I found the FlexRider very large and kind of uncomfortable--like wearing a fat suit, and I'm fat enough already. The Lamicell one looks better. I think that any of them are probably decent protection for most rider falls (different if the horse falls on top of you), to be honest. I have a solid, certified one now--the Airowear, but I had the Tipperary Eventer before that and fell off in it a number of times without injury. The best choice for you is probably going to be whichever is most comfortable for you, because if it's not comfortable, you won't wear it anyway.



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    I have an old version of the flexrider. It takes some getting used to, it took awhile for me to stop fighting it. I recently did a somersault after a drop fence, landing on my shoulder and tail bone - I'm thinking I would have been one hurting puppy if I had not been wearing it... I just dusted off.

    That said - I am "well endowed" and it sucks to fit - and at the moment I'm a bit on the chunky side, so it does no favors.

    here are a couple pics of me wearing it

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...eat=directlink

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...eat=directlink

    I'm pretty sure there is a cheaper non-approved vest that is comfortable to ride in. Any of the approved vests are going to have the harder sides and won't conform as nicely as say a Tipperary.



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    I have the older Flex Rider. It never really broke in with how little I wore it (only for xc schooling, trail rides that might get interesting, and PC stuff). It was very stiff.

    I am actually interested in the Intec vest that is designed like the more expensive Tipperary vest but closer in price to the Flex rider. (Note: I guess it is actually made b flex rider).
    http://www.smartpakequine.com/produc...ctClassid=8332



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    Quote Originally Posted by seeuatx View Post
    I have the older Flex Rider. It never really broke in with how little I wore it (only for xc schooling, trail rides that might get interesting, and PC stuff). It was very stiff.

    I am actually interested in the Intec vest that is designed like the more expensive Tipperary vest but closer in price to the Flex rider. (Note: I guess it is actually made b flex rider).
    http://www.smartpakequine.com/produc...ctClassid=8332
    that was the vest I was thinking of

    I have been thinking of getting the Tipperary or that Intec, but I also wonder how well of a job it does in protecting me. I know my stiff flex rider will take a good knock, but I also feel like it inhibits me a bit.



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    Quote Originally Posted by seeuatx View Post
    I have the older Flex Rider. It never really broke in with how little I wore it (only for xc schooling, trail rides that might get interesting, and PC stuff). It was very stiff.

    I am actually interested in the Intec vest that is designed like the more expensive Tipperary vest but closer in price to the Flex rider. (Note: I guess it is actually made b flex rider).
    http://www.smartpakequine.com/produc...ctClassid=8332
    I crashed upper-body first into a wooden ramp in this vest when I wimped out at the last second on my saint of a horse. Only thing hurt was my pride.

    I've been really happy with this vest...can't beat the price either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seeuatx View Post
    .....

    I am actually interested in the Intec vest that is designed like the more expensive Tipperary vest but closer in price to the Flex rider. (Note: I guess it is actually made b flex rider).
    http://www.smartpakequine.com/produc...ctClassid=8332
    I have this one, I love it. I wear it both in the saddle and for handling and turning out the babies, it doesn't get in my way and I really don't notice it's even there. It doesn't make me much hotter either, even if I have it on for a while and its hot and humid and sunny.



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    I have a Casel-Equi (similar in design to the Tipperary) and wear it all the time on the trail. The extra protection makes me feel more confident since I don't bounce like I used to. After I had worn it a few times, I forgot I had it on. I know some of the younger riders at the barn think I'm a weeny, but honestly, if it's what gets me out on the trail by myself, who cares?



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    Although I've never purchased one and those others at the barn have are too small for me to try on properly (since they're mostly average sized women and I'm an average sized guy), I've wondered whether other than for the hefty 'horsey' premium on all riding goods, there's any material difference between an equine body protector and the light body protection armor for hockey players, most of which is way less expensive due to a bigger market and competition. The two kinds of protectors don't look all that different and the cushioning seems comparable, though the hockey torso protectors seem more flexible.

    Ice hockey checks, collisions and crashes can be about as brutal as anything can be to the torso and getting butt-ended (i.e., the end opposite the blade) with a hockey stick at high speed or crashing into the goal isn't materially different than colliding with a jump standard or other fixed object. Hockey equipment is designed to meet those requirements and its manufacturers have the same legal liability issues to mitigate for their sport as riding equipment manufacturers have for theirs.

    I understand all the formalities about "standards" and am sure the hockey equipment manufacturers don't submit their body armor to be assessed for riding, but possibly somebody on COTH has experimented.

    I am pragmatic. At the end of the day what counts is whether or not you get hurt in a crash. Certification is no solace if you're injured anyway.
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    I only paid $120 for mine, certainly not up there with the Tipperary price, for instance. It has the appropriate certifications. I'm in my 60s and bought it when my rambunctious youngster was 4. He's coming off a layoff for injury now (at age 6), and I ALWAYS wear it. The only time I've not worn it is at a show - and I wore it in warm up and I HAVE worn it during dressage tests at shows if the venue was a "spooky" one. Better safe than sorry. I knew by the rules the judge was not supposed to penalize me for the vest (i.e., "safety equipment"), but I checked with him just to be sure, and he said, "by all means wear it. No problem.")



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    I have & wear the Intec Flex Rider and I've always been pretty happy with it. I did have to take some time in the tack store to make sure I had it fitted correctly, and it's a bit stiff to wear in the cold, but it's BETA 3 certified, and the Tipperarys are not. (Honestly, and I realize they are made out of entirely certified materials but just not put together in a way that 100% passes the test, they scare me, especially watching kids ride in them.)



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