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Charles Owen JL9 Vest

Charles Owen, Inc.
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Why We Love This

A better vest for a better ride!  The Charles Owen JL9 Vest provides the feel of gel with the performance of foam. You'll feel free and flexible, instead of restricted and encased. The gel is much less rigid and molds more effectively to the body, especially in the ribs, for an optimal fit. This lightweight vest has an active joint, allowing the ribcage to expand without restriction. Certified BETA level 2, the JL9 vest provides the maximum in protection without the unwelcome bulk.  Imported.

Favorite Features

  • Constructed of Gelfoam® providing maximum protection without the bulk.
  • Ventilation holes covered in Coolmax® fabric for the utmost ventilation and wicking power
  • Active joint design prevents the vest from riding up
  • Lumbar support
  • Mobile phone pocket
  • Easy zip front with buckle closure
  • Outer cover is machine washable
  • Perfect for all riding whether out hacking, conquering a three day event, and anything in between! 
  • ASTM F1937/SEI

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    Charles Owen JL9 Vest is rated 4.85 out of 5 by 20.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Added protection I bought this a couple of months ago after a fall. I wish I had purchased the vest prior to the accident. Pros: seems well made, sturdy,beta certified, washable exterior. Cons: stiff material that feels like it restricts movementand is not that comfortable or attractive. I have only worn this vest in cool/ cold temperatures . It adds insulation. Overall, if you wear a protective vest this is a good mid priced option.
    Date published: 2015-01-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from safe , very warm The reviews said its stiff at first, but as you wear it the gel warms up/ it conforms to you. That is true. It was REALLY misshapen when it arrives. So lumpy in odd ways I could not get it zipped for some time....wore it unzipped doing barn chores before riding to get it closeable. After riding 3 horses most of the lumps worked out. I have it hanging over a chair trying to bend one last lump out of the gel. Once the lumps are worked out at least that won't be an ongoing issue, but it is a pain at first. It was a cool day today. I wore it with a windbreaker and I was toasty warm. Being fall with winter coming warm isn't a bad thing....but I think it would get pretty hot in the summer.I got a medium...I am 5 `8 / 164# 38 " bust and it fits snugly.
    Date published: 2014-11-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super comfortable I bought this vest never have worn one before and thought I would hate it but I prefer to wear it now.
    Date published: 2014-10-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better safe! I purchased this product to keep me safe while retraining my TB mare. It has given me a wonderful sense of confidence should anything go awry. It is comfortable, not weighty and molded to my frame. It's adjustability is also a big plus. Love it and I am really glad I purchased it and received a terrific price point as well.
    Date published: 2014-10-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable fit and secure feel After thinking about getting a vest for some time, I finally purchased the CO JL9 Vest. Glad I did. The fit was great (I'm 5'5" medium build and bought a medium). It is quite adjustable. The gel softened after wearing it for 20 minutes or so before riding, and I even forgot I had it on! Its protective ability is evident in the event of a tumble. If you are contemplating a vest, I HIGHLY recommend this one.
    Date published: 2014-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great vest I just bought this vest a few weeks ago, but have gotten the chance to school and show in it. It is GREAT! Once it gets warm it conforms to your body very nicely. Very comfortable and lovely to ride in.
    Date published: 2014-09-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great vest for the price This vest is not too bulky and I like that it is adjustable.
    Date published: 2014-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome vest! I've had my vest for quite a while, and figured I would share how much I love it. In the medium range for price of a protective vest, it's perfect. If I had all of the money in the world, I would still get these. On the other hand, if I didn't have much money I would save up to buy this (vs. the cheaper tipperarys, that aren't even allowed in some competitions because of their lack of protection). I've had my vest for years and it's still like new, the buckles and snaps hold up very well. While when you first put it on it may feel bulky, I assure you it molds to your body very quickly to the point you barely notice it's there. I also love how adjustable this vest is, it makes you feel even more secure and it can grow with you. I've fallen off twice with it on, and I will say you barely feel anything. The only thing I would be iffy about when buying this is the type of saddle you have. I love how the vest goes down lower in the back since it protects more, but when I had my AP saddle it would occasionally get caught on the back. With my CC saddle now though I don't have that issue. It's an awesome vest through and through
    Date published: 2014-07-25
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