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Charles Owen JL9 Vest

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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. 

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  • 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
Key Specifications
  • Material: Gelfoam®
  • Closure Style: Zip
  • Adjustable: Yes
  • Safety Rating: ASTM F1937/SEI and Certified BETA Level 2
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Material Gelfoam®
Closure Style Zip
Adjustable Yes
Replacement Pieces Available Yes
Safety Rating ASTM F1937/SEI and Certified BETA Level 2
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    Charles Owen JL9 Vest is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 44.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent item Works well. Fits well. Have purchased before. A bit expensive.
    Date published: 2020-08-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I was hoping for. I was a bit concerned when I took it out of the box, it seemed very stiff and bulky. Much better after I unpacked it and let it relax in the warm house. I didn't have to make any adjustments to it, it fits perfectly and I'm amazed at how comfortable it is.
    Date published: 2019-12-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent vest! I bought this vest about a month ago, after previously having a less expensive vest. I broke my back (wearing a different vest) 6 months ago in a jumping accident and am now very particular about the vests that I wear. After doing extensive research after my fall, I decided to purchase the Charles Owen vest for its outstanding safety characteristics and build. I really like that this vest because it covers my entire spinal column without interfering with my saddle. I also feel that this vest contours nicely to the rest of my chest and back and I feel very secure when I ride in it, more so than any other vest I’ve ridden in. It fit me instantly out of the box and did not take any time to break in. I would highly recommend this vest to anyone interested in purchasing a vest! It is worth the investment.
    Date published: 2018-09-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Purchased this for my Goddaughter because she fell off and broke her collar bone. She was very excited to receive it. Unfortunately, I ordered the incorrect size.
    Date published: 2018-08-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! I am 5’9 140 and size S fits like a glove. Super soft and feels good.
    Date published: 2018-05-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Probably good protection but too bulky for me The vest was good quality, a good price, and likely would provide really good protection. But I just found it too heavy and bulky for me to wear. Since I don't do any extreme events, I returned it and will probably opt for a more light-weight vest, knowing that I am giving up some protection.
    Date published: 2018-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent and sturdy product It’s important to have a sturdy, safe vest. We have not used it yet but we believe this will make riding a lot safer for my wife who has a green draft cross. Just wish these vests were cheaper!
    Date published: 2018-01-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feeling Safe I bought this vest after much research. I had an unexpected fall off my 17h + horse. I broke several ribs and was looking for protection and support. This is just what I was looking for and comfortable. It's supportive, but not too bulky. I rode on a very warm day and although I was warm, I didn't overheat. I also didn't realize that I had sweat until I took off the vest. This has met my expectations and I am looking forward to many safe rides in the future.
    Date published: 2017-09-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought this for my daughtet who does eventing and she absolutely loves it - fits her well - still room to grow. Well made.
    Date published: 2017-09-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great vest This is my first vest as I am a relatively new cross country rider. This vest was comfortable and I felt protected. I was afraid it would get in my way but I didn't notice it after I was on and riding. Highly recommend this vest. It does seem to run a bit large as I had to return the medium and get a small but I am also very high waisted so the length was problematic for me as well as around the chest. Even with the small I have the vest snugged up as far as it will go. I am 5'5" and weigh 148# so thought a medium would work. Glad I could exchange it for the small.
    Date published: 2017-09-15
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