I bought my vest second-hand and I'm sure it's at least 10 years old. I've wondered about replacing it, but it doesn't seem like the same rules should apply to a vest as a helmet. I'll be interested to see what others think.
Ohio: Charter Member - COTH Hockey Clique & COTH Buffy Clique
I think I had mine about 12 years when I replace it (technically closer to 15 but I wasn't using it for the last 3).
I about came unglued this weekend at Equine Affaire when I saw a booth with some vests for sale. Looked at the price tage and it was a VERY reasonable price... $139 I think. Then I looked at the ACTUAL tag... right there in black and white was the fact that that vest, which had the styling of a Tipperary, was NOT approved by any safety organization. Grrr. I wonder how many unknowing folks were sold a so-called safety vest.
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