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  • Vest you have.... vest you want (if they happen to be different)

    I need to get a vest.
    Vest I have = none.
    Vest I want= the best one that doesn't cost an arm and a leg and is safe and comfortable.

    Thanks in advance.
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    #2
    Also can anyone comment on difference between Tipperary vest (older style) and Tipperary eventer pro?
    Last edited by Mukluk; Nov. 27, 2017, 12:03 AM.

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    • #3
      I have the RaceSafe Provent. Had a Tipperary. The RaceSafe is a huge improvement in comfort, fit, adjustability, and breathability.
      “When you have a Thoroughbred and a mare and she’s got big ears and big eyes, you’re set and that’s sealed.” Jimmy Wofford

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      • #4
        I have the unrated Tipperary. Very comfortable and flexible after having a Charles Owen. It differentiates from the higher rated Tipp Pro in that the unrated one has lace up sides. Since mine fits well, there are no gaps along the laces, but I guess you could open it up very wide and have exposed torso. This makes it a hazard in that there is a puncture risk along the laced sides. The Tipp Pro sides are solid. Since I only do Novice and can't imagine riding over something that will impale me (with a vest or not!), I use my steal of a deal $100 Tipp. If USEA ever mandates a safety rating (there isn't any vest rating standard to compete - just that you wear one), I would def look at the RaceSafes or Tipp Pro...depending on price.

        FYI: Buying RaceSafes from England/Europe tend to be $100 less than buying them here.
        Savor those rides where you feel like a million bucks, because there will be those where you feel like a cheap date...

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        • #5
          I have an Airoware Outlyne vest. I've had it for four+ months and have worn it every time I ride. I like it. It comes in a lot of different sizes so that it's possible to get a vest that fits properly. Within a minute or two of wearing it, the heat of your body makes it soften and mold to the shape of the body. It's actually reasonably comfortable.

          I will say that it was a bit hot in the late August heat, but now I'm enjoying the extra bit of insulation it provides!

          I bought it from Amira-Equi in Britain, and it took about 2 weeks to arrive. They carry all of the sizes that are available, unlike a lot of U.S. stores. I ordered just from taking the appropriate measurements and comparing to the manufacturer's size chart.
          "The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions." --Dostoevsky

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          • #6
            I have the Airowear Outlyne, too, and love it. It can be a bit hot in the summer (I’m in N.C.), but I don’t notice it once we get going.
            "I know you can ride, now convince your horse."

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            • Original Poster

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              Originally posted by Pierogi View Post
              I have the RaceSafe Provent. Had a Tipperary. The RaceSafe is a huge improvement in comfort, fit, adjustability, and breathability.
              Which tipperary did you have?

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                #8
                The Airowear Outlyne appears to be female specific. However the race safe prevent does not say anything about this (I wonder to what extent it matters). I wish I could go and try on vests to compare what seems best. I did try on a Tipperary Eventer Pro and know what size I wear (a medium). The prices are better in England but I'd hate to have to ship something back if it didn't work out.

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                • #9
                  I have a Racesafe RS2010 that I absolutely love. It's lightweight and flexible to move around in, and about as breathable as any jumping vest really can be. The padding is a little big thicker than the padding on my friends' Tipperary vests, but even they agree it feels sturdier and like it'd do a lot better of a job protecting your ribs if you smash into a cross country jump.

                  The other thing I love about the Racesafe vests is that there are several different back length options for each size. And of course, I can't leave out that you can get them in a whole slew of color options, I think they have like 21 different colors.

                  I have an older model that still has the lacing on the sides, but the newer models have the bungee sides.

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                  • #10
                    I have a Harry Hall Hiflex, also made for women. Similar to CO but much cheaper. I like it--it's very comfortable. I think I paid around $100 from a UK online tack shop.

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                    • #11
                      I have a Casel Equi vest which is similar to the Tipp. Before that I had a Rodney Powell. The Powell was very stiff and hot as anything and I would not get another one at this time, but they are made to measure so at the time it was the only thing I could find to fit. The Casel Equi is very flexible and comfortable, even when wearing my Point 2 over top.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mukluk View Post
                        Also can anyone comment on difference between Tipperary vest (older style) and Tipperary eventer pro?
                        Really like my Eventer Pro. Just got it last year when i thought they were changing the regs. Covers the pelvis (in back) better and comes a bit lower on the sacrum. Feels way more substantial than the original Tip. I like the side lacing adjustment as I am busty but small waisted and the fit is better.
                        "Punch him in the wiener. Then leave." AffirmedHope

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                        • #13
                          I have the older Tipp, the Airowear Outlyne, and the exo.
                          The Airowear is a bit bulkier/stiffer than the Tipp (think lifejacket) but that's a result of more padding.
                          IMO the "female" design makes it shorter/wider. I had to order a long/slim and am neither of those things.

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                          • #14
                            I had a tipperary eventer for about 10 years until the washing machine ate it-bought a new one- same size, same model- didn't like it. I bought an Airowear Outlyne as I liked what I read about it, but I actually have never worn it because I also bought a Vipa vest to gallop in as it has the highest safety rating for vests that you can wear on the racetrack and my little unrated galloping vest was about to die- It is so comfortable and lightweight that I've been eventing in it also. The Outlyne is kind of heavy.
                            -Chelsie
                            "Hell yes I can ride. I was riding when I fell off!"

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                            • #15
                              I use an Airowear Outlyne too, which I really like--very comfortable and easy to wear. I also have the Airowear Hickstead, which is designed to be discreetly worn over a hunt coat for the show ring. I've used it one show season, in the summer, for rated jumpers. It is slimmer and hard to see over a black hunt coat. I had a Rodney Powell that was heavy and hot. I tried the Tipperary Pro (the new, approved version) and hated the fit--the arm holes are restrictive when jumping! The cut was all wrong for me, so definitely try it on before buying. All the vests I've had are hot in summer.
                              Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                              • #16
                                I've had my Tipperary vest since the year before they became mandatory. Yes, it is that old. Older than some of you I'll bet. And the zipper is not reliable. Which causes anxiety at events. I need to replace it. Following this thread now...

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                                • #17
                                  I have a Charles Owen, and after trying on the RaceSafe at Rolex this past year that is what I will be replacing it with. The Charles Owen is just OK, in fit, in weight, it's a bit hot... The RaceSafe felt like a huge improvement in every category.
                                  Reasons I'm crazy, #37: I went out shopping for a pony and came home with a 17hh OTTB
                                  ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~

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                                  • #18
                                    As someone looking into getting a vest...but it is so costly...can someone link me the evidence/studies that show these vests really prevent the severity of injuries? I know that after head injuries, most severe injuries are to the pelvic area/middle sections, but I don't see how a vest with a little bit of padding will truly prevent a collapsed ribcage or broken back.

                                    Also, have any of you had bad falls in your vest (ie would have been worse without it/horse fell on you/rotational)? I will NEVER go without an approved helmet, but I have been on the fence about a vest for so long (except borrowing one just to pop on during the xc phase in comps)

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                                    • #19
                                      The BETA does testing of protective vests. It's interesting to read their website about what the vests can and can't do:

                                      http://www.beta-uk.org/pages/safety-...protectors.php
                                      "The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions." --Dostoevsky

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by academicequestrian View Post
                                        As someone looking into getting a vest...but it is so costly...can someone link me the evidence/studies that show these vests really prevent the severity of injuries? I know that after head injuries, most severe injuries are to the pelvic area/middle sections, but I don't see how a vest with a little bit of padding will truly prevent a collapsed ribcage or broken back.

                                        Also, have any of you had bad falls in your vest (ie would have been worse without it/horse fell on you/rotational)? I will NEVER go without an approved helmet, but I have been on the fence about a vest for so long (except borrowing one just to pop on during the xc phase in comps)
                                        I use my vest routinely. My last fall with it on was a quick buck/spin that landed me right on my back on a few rocks and a bush. Luckily the rocks were right under my back/vest and I didn't even feel them.

                                        I feel that especially with a green or difficult horse I''l take what ever help I can get. It isn't just a horse rolling over on you, it is the type of falls like I just described. Mine goes on just like my helmet. The vest is an ancient Tipperary from when they first came out. It was actually called a Pony Club model and was less expensive. I've never cared for the way it looked but it was all I could afford at the time. It is so comfortable and has paid for itself over and over.

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