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Tipperary Ride-Lite Vest

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The Tipperary Ride-Lite Vest is a great choice for the beginner or recreational rider. The short-backed style allows for a greater range of motion. Note that the shorter back length does not provide tailbone coverage.  A four-way twist molded channel system allows for better air flow and a close fit.

Favorite Features

  • Removable liner for easy washing
  • Adjustable waist & shoulder straps
  • Floating sternum pad
  • Zippered front

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Tipperary Ride-Lite Vest is rated 4.375 out of 5 by 24.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great vest I bought this for my daughter who has just started riding cross country ...fit is great ( they have an accurate sizing chart) and based on previous reviews...I believe this is a very safe vest that provides excellent protection at a great price
Date published: 2015-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great vest for the price I really liked the vest...It fit well (except for length...I'm short waisted...so it's a little long in the back) I'm hoping I actually don't have to test it out!
Date published: 2015-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I've ridden in this vest for over a year now, and have had no problems! I use it when jumping, or riding outside of the ring. It's lightweight yet durable. It gets thrown on the ground, stepped on, and wet, and still looks great! I've only had one fall in it, but I landed on my feet, so I can't comment on the safety aspect of it. Prefer this one over the more expensive Tipperary vest.
Date published: 2014-12-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Still got hurt I have been wearing this vest for a while because I have a horse that spooks quickly. I felt I would be protected but recently he did one of his spins resulting of me hitting the top of my back. I am still taking double strength pain medicine. It has been about a week. I will order something with more protection.
Date published: 2014-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleased in every way While I haven't had to "test" the effectiveness of this vest yet, I do feel like it is substantial enough that it would offer decent protection in a fall. As a shorter rider, I like that it isn't long in the back and, thus, doesn't interfere with the saddle. The chest straps are extremely adjustable. I can wear it with just thin, summer attire, or, as I found out in a recent early blast of arctic air, it will also fit over my winter coat. I gave it a "4" in durability because I am not sure that the zipper will last as long as the vest. I would like for it to have a little heavier-duty zipper. Overall, though, I am very pleased with this vest. As a plus-sized rider, my choices in vests are very limited, but this one works perfectly!
Date published: 2014-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good fit Adjustable sides and shoulders along with informative how to fit video
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect For ALL Sizes This vest fits full figured people so well! I have a larger bust than most and I ordered TL and it came true to size. Plus considering my size I could've had a smaller size since I had leftover room. If you are a plus sized rider, this vest is for you! And it ships in 2 days for free!
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vest The vest was a great purchase, it fits comfortably and is very light. I would highly recommend the vest for beginners.
Date published: 2013-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Fit For My Riding After trying 2 other vests, I struck gold with the Tipperary Ride-Lite!Due to major surgery I needed a vest to protect my mid-section while out on rocky trails. The Ride-Lite covers the affected area well and is so comfortable I hardly know it's on.The vest is super easy to adjust for a perfect fit. The back length is short enough to provide adequate coverage, but not too long that it interferes with the cantle on my Western Dressage Saddle.I would highly recommend it to someone looking for a vest to use in combination with a Western Saddle, for trail or pleasure riding purposes.
Date published: 2013-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for starters Purchased when I thought I would try eventing. This is a great body protector for those just starting out. Inexpensive, very lightweight, easy to clean, and breathable. You hardly notice you're wearing it while in the saddle! Please note, however, that it does NOT provide tailbone protection.Only gave 4 stars for durability as I have not used it long enough to attest to that, but it seems like it will hold up.HINT*** Youth Large fits most small adults/teens and is $20 cheaper!
Date published: 2012-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I started eventing this year and needed a vest. Size fits great. It feels bulky when you're not riding but under saddle I don't even realize I'm wearing it. Great first vest to start eventing in & to school in.
Date published: 2011-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK for casual riding I bought this to wear while training my 4yo mare. I have a Tipperary eventer vest, but it is too long to wear while riding in my mare's western saddle. I measured carefully and selected the tall large, same as my eventer vest. When I received the vest, it seemed very large. The velcro fasteners around the chest are as short as I can make them, as are the shoulder adjustments. This vest also seems much, much hotter than my eventer vest. The vest cover is washable, but the openings that allow you to remove the foam gape open- maybe there could have been a velcro closure or similar? I guess you get what you pay for, and this really is marketed to the casual or recreational rider.
Date published: 2011-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad considering... Vest feels stiff when you put it on but when riding is not noticable. Is nice and light. Velcro allows you to make it fit almost perfectly
Date published: 2011-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Value! Comfortable vest. Great value. I'm tall...5'9 and ordered the "tall" version - perfect fit!
Date published: 2010-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vest I recently purchased the Ride-lite because of having a double mastectomy. This was the most comfortable product that I tried on and it helped to ease my fears... not of riding but of wrecking and rupturing my chest..
Date published: 2010-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice lite vest I've only tried this once, so this is an initial product review. It did very well. I like how it's not overly bulky. My saddle has a high cantle and the back flap did not interfere with it (yeah!). I did not fall off, so wasn't able to test the cushioning. I found it a little hot (it was 90 degrees that day), but not intolerable. Only other negative is I now have no place to put my cell phone and keys...I used to keep them in my fanny pack, which won't fit now. It needs a pocket for these items.
Date published: 2010-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great item Very comfortable vest. It is not restrictive like some others while riding or jumping
Date published: 2009-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product for the price This is a great light weight vest especially for the price. We have always been happy with the quality of Tipperary products.
Date published: 2009-06-10
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