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Charles Owen JL9 Vest

Charles Owen, Inc.
- Item #18957

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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 4.875 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfort and Protection I had a very bad horse back riding accident and I broke 9 ribs, had a collapsed lung got pneumonia then I got ARDS which is usually fatal. My diagnosis was complete respiratory failure. Twice the Drs pronounced to my husband I would probably die. The Drs are still amazed I survived. I have never worn any protective gear but after this accident I was convinced I needed to buy a vest and a helmet. I was concerned that the vest would be stiff and uncomfortable. I am very happy with this vest. It is comfortable, it moves with you and provides excellent protection. Protective gear can save your life. I highly recommend this product.
    Date published: 2016-02-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable When the vest arrived it had some kinks to work out so I wore it around loosely to warm it up and get them out. It fits very well once it warms up and I hardly notice I am wearing it when I ride. The gel is much better than the old vest I was using which was very stiff.
    Date published: 2015-11-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I bought this in preparation for starting my OTTB over fences, just to be on the safe side, and thankfully I did! I popped off after he gave a tremendous buck and the vest lived up to expectations! It's hot (shocker, it's black and summer in NC), but really comfortable! Thrilled overall with the fit as well!
    Date published: 2015-06-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the vest, but did not fit. I loved the material and the protective feeling of this vest but it unfortunately did not fit. I am 5'8 and 125lb and the tightest fitting on the sides fit me perfectly (even though I measured a medium according to the size charts) but the back did not cover all the way down to my tail bone. I wanted so much for it to fit! I tried on a medium and it was longer but too loose on the sides even on the tightest settings. I ended up trying on the tipperary and it fit much better, just not as secure of a feeling.
    Date published: 2015-03-21
    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
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