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Best deals on XC vests?

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  • Best deals on XC vests?

    I'm in the market for a new XC vest with my return from H/J land.. It was a nice trip but I'm an eventer at heart What websites have the best deals on vests? And what vest has the best fit/protection for a reasonable price? Any help is appreciated!

  • #2

    what do you want?

    a beta 3 offers the best protection but will not be the most comfy.

    Tipps are the most comfy but IMO are only slightly above the protection level of a GAP poofy vest.

    Do you want custom colors?
    Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


    • #3
      amira in uk

      I found the best deal on my vest at amira in the uk. Even with shipping it was quite a bit less than at US stores. They also have really great prices on horse boots. The link is www.amirashop.co.uk/



      • #4
        I got mine on ebay! Since vests aren't like helmets where they should be replaced after one fall, they are actually safe to buy used
        "Last time I picked your feet, you broke my toe!"


        • #5
          Flex-Rider vests are ASTM certified and only $100:
          They're more solid, but not terribly uncomfortable (that's what I have), and you're all set if they start requiring "certified" vests.

          The old Tipps probably win for most comfortable but are not certified, but they make a new one that is (around $250): http://www.shopatron.com/products/pr...037/3451.0.1.1

          Beta is a European standard, but some, like the Rodney Powell, are BOTH Beta and ASTM certified (around $200): http://www.smartpakequine.com/Produc...1&cm_vc=Search


          • #6
            Smartpak has FABULOUS deals - but you need a store local, or you could try calling the store & seeing what they have in the closeout section I have a RP vest that I picked up for under $50 (forgetting the exact cost). I found it the most user-friendly, besides the Tipps. I tried on many, walked around the store in every brand offered atDover & Smartpak, and the RP was my favorite. For some reason I think the Tipps are too thin, if I'm going to wear one of these things I want solid protection. It wasn't that much more comfortable. Some people dislike the RP, but I like how it seemed to mold after walking around - the others were just stiff.


            • #7

              I just ordered my custom colored Airowear outlyne vest with a matching helmet cover and with shipping it will come to $250. I ordered it through www.rideaway.co.uk. The customer service was awesome and I should get it next week! Can't wait although I won't be able to use it till the spring! It was REALLY time I got a new vest as my old one is over 20 years old. EEK!

              Edited to add that Airowear suggested Rideaway when I e-mailed them about obtaining a vest in custom colors!
              Last edited by lurker; Jan. 14, 2011, 10:19 PM. Reason: Adding an afterthought!


              • #8
                I did quite a bit of looking around & just ordered a custom Airowear outlyne from Amria - not only best price, but I couldn't find anyone who offered the custom options in the US.