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Charles Owen JL9 Vest

Charles Owen, Inc.
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As riders and online shoppers, we know it can be tough to buy a new bridle or pair of boots without trying them on. That's why we moved the fitting room to your living room (or barn)! From breeches to blankets, if you or your horse can try it on, you can return it, free! Just use the pre-paid return label included in your order within 60 days from the purchase date. And of course, please make sure the item is in like-new condition with original packaging (we said 'fitting room', not 'war room'!).

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 4.821428571428571 out of 5 by 28.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits great, expect it to be stiff at first but great coverage!
Date published: 2016-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable on Hot Days Runs shorter than the Tipperary models which is nice for shorter torso riders. Has a nice chest shape.
Date published: 2016-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent vest I chose this vest because of it's safety certifications. I couldn't believe how many (popular) vests out there had NO safety certification.I'm 5'4", lean and I went for the medium. The velcro sides are as tight as they can go, but I was afraid the small size wouldn't be long enough down the back. The medium is perfect: long for protection, but doesn't hit the saddle. It allows you to take a deep breath when riding and can be enlarged if you need to wear more layers underneath.The gel is very stiff in cold weather, but I put it on right when I get to the barn. Even when stiff, it's very easy to work with: bending to pick things up, ducking under cross ties etc-you don't really feel it. Once your're in the saddle I hardly notice that I'm wearing it.I have a 3 YO mare rescued from the kill auction who is in training. She had a rough start and she can get a little crazy now and then so I feel much safer wearing the vest. We haven't started jumping yet, but I do wear it on the road and on the trail where I've had branches hit me!! I probably would have ended up bruised without it!! I haven't fallen off (yet) wearing the vest so I can't speak to that aspect, but overall it is a very comfortable vest.
Date published: 2016-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good fit Comfortable. Easy adjustment. Seems secure, well ratedHad just broken six ribs and had pneumothorax from non jumping fall while wearing a different vest, and wanted a more protective vest
Date published: 2016-02-19
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
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