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Tipperary Ride-Lite Vest

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Why We Love This

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 4.4 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glad I bought it Bought this vest a few weeks ago and like it more than I thought I would. It doesn't interfere with my riding like I thought it might. My horse tends to spook and as I age and get more brittle bones I am concerned about coming off and getting hurt. Wearing the vest is something I can do to hopefully prevent a more serious injury if I do come off.
    Date published: 2016-09-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from good quality but not for me I bought this for myself. I am short and small chested. the fit was fine, but overall was way to stiff. felt like a cardboard box at my low back but fine everywhere else. I returned this for a Tipperary youth size which still fit my back legnth and was much more form fitting in the small of my back. Thank you Smartpak for the return policy!!!!!
    Date published: 2016-08-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Works! I've been wearing this vest for nearly every ride since October 2014, and I just now had an opportunity to test its true effectiveness. I had a hard fall straight onto my back/side/behind this week, and I definitely feel that it made a difference. I fell from a 16h2 horse onto a gravel hill. I'm all scrapes and bruises elsewhere, but my neck, back, ribs, etc. feel completely fine. The vest protected me from the surface abrasions I would have gotten (it shows the marks that would have been on me, but didn't rip) as well as absorbing most of the impact. Once you get in the habit of wearing it, it's relatively comfortable and easy to incorporate into your routine. I don't feel that it affects my movement much, though it took a couple rides to adjust. I do think it runs a little large (I measured meticulously but the sides do overlap a lot when I fit it to myself snugly). It is warm to wear in the summer, but not unbearable. I'm pretty sensitive to heat, and I can manage to forget about it while riding. It's proven to be durable, at least for my riding level. I use it approximately 3 times a week, and the zipper and velcro are still going strong. No problems. It may not be the most heavy-duty vest for eventing, but I think it's great for anyone looking for some additional body protection in their daily riding.
    Date published: 2016-06-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from light weight with good moveability For plus size ladies eventing , crash vests are a necessary nuissance. I was worried about finding one that would let me still move freely in the saddle and would fit over my chest. This does both. I cannot say it is the safest vets compared to the air vests or charles owen models however for lower levels it holds up well. And if you're like me and hate feeling constricted, then this is the vest for you. Multiple adjustments at shoulder and waist as well as a front zipper. Fits my longer torso well without hitting the saddle
    Date published: 2015-12-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like the size and comfort of this vest. I love the size and comfort of this vest. I originally ordered the small but it squeezed my boobs to tightly under the arm hole area. I returned it and am very happy with the medium size with my 36D bust size. The ladies at Smartpak are very helpful in helping you make a decision on your purchase. I tried three different brands before deciding on this one and size. I will definitely purchase from Smartpak in the future.
    Date published: 2015-09-23
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