Initially worn only for Event competitions, equestrian safety vests are experiencing a surge in use by safety-conscious professional athletes and amateur riders of all disciplines. Traditional riding vests feature flexible, shock-absorbing panels engineered to absorb impact in the case of the fall or strike. Designed to fit snugly around the rider’s chest, body protectors and safety vests usually feature a combination of adjustable laces, zippers and Velcro® closures to ensure a snug and secure fit around the torso. A properly fitted safety vest will help to protect the rider’s spine, chest, ribs and tailbone in the case of a fall. Suitable for use by riders of all ages, protective riding vests are available in a wide selection of styles, colours and sizes - including a full range of Adult and Youth models. Properly sized and engineered for the younger rider, children’s safety vests offer exceptional protection and reassurance for the novice rider. A more recent innovation, equestrian Air Vests function in a similar manner to the air bags in your car. Designed to be used alone or in conjunction with a traditional safety vest, modern air vests are engineered to inflate only when triggered by a fall. Inflatable safety vests for riders feature a discreet and replaceable CO2 canister integrated in to the body of the safety vest. Small straps link the rider to the saddle and will trigger the air bag to inflate if the rider is separated from the saddle. Inflating mid-air, the air vest will fill rapidly to stabilize and absorb impact from the neck down to the tailbone. Equestrian air vests can be purchased as single garment or as a component that can be zipped in to a specialized vest or show coat. For optimal protection and effectiveness, equestrian air vests must be worn on top of all garments to ensure full and speedy deployment. Shop our full range of equestrian safety and rider air vests from leading manufacturers such as Charles Owen®, Helite®, Tipperary® and USG.
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