Does anybody know of a company that makes safety vests in XL or XXL sizes? My chest measures to about 50 1/2 in. I don't need a vest quite yet because I am just getting back into riding so i will be doing a lot of flat work for a while till i feel comfortable jumping again. Thanks!
You will most likely have to go custom, but you could check the measurements for Kantec and Airowear Outlyne-- both of them have vests designed specifically for women. Tipperary also makes custom vests.
Another vote for Airowear and Kan Teq. If you email their British customer service offices, they can tell you whether they can accommodate you. But let's just say that Airowear sizes are generous and their largest off-the-rack size goes up to 124 cm (which equals 48.81 inches, just shy of what you're describing so it's very possible that you could buy an extra 1.5 inches by letting out the custom shoulder straps.) And Kan Teq sizes all of their stuff custom, so they could almost certainly help you--but you'd have to order sight unseen from Britain.
I have another VERY big-chested friend who gets along with the biggest size of Custom Tipperary and then letting out the laces.
I recently spent some time on a search for plus-sized protective vests. What I found was that there are several available, but the standard retailers (SmartPak, Dover, etc.) often don't carry the full line.
Thanks for some of the suggestions guys. I hate being so big chested. I've already said that if i have to i will duct tape them down and wear a few sports bras to squish them down. i think i see a breast reduction in my future
Go with a type that uses multiple "bars" (like the Tipperary event) so it will fit around the girls better. If you get one that is a solid one piece, it just rides up. I lucked out and found a custom Tipperary that hadn't been claimed on Tack of the Day that fit me several years ago.
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I have a medium casel Equi and it is very adjustable I had the casel rep measure me at equine affair in mass 4 yrs ago and have brought the vest back for multiple small changes through the yrs. love casel Equi!!