Specialists in equestrian rider safety

FAQs

  • Safety

    What will my body protector protect?

    The purpose of a body protector is to offer some protection from impacts suffered as a consequence of a fall or kick from a horse. The impact-absorbing foams used to construct a body protector are designed to absorb impact and therefore lessen the severity of injury when compared to if a body protector had not been worn.

    Body protectors are worn around the torso and as such offer protection to vital organs, ribs and the collar bone. Body protectors do not offer spinal protection or prevent injuries involving severe torsion, flexion, extension or crushing of the body.

    Can you explain the standards for body protectors?

    Airowear body protectors have been manufactured and tested to meet the requirements of EN13158:2009, (European standard for 'Protective Jackets, Body and Shoulder Protectors for Horse Riders') and are also CE marked to show their confirmation to the Personal Protective Equipment Directive 89/686/EEC.

    In addition, Outlyne and Reiver 010 body protectors are tested to the BETA 2009 Standard for Horse Riders' Body and Shoulder Protectors, which in addition to EN13158, have specific tests to establish their performance under impact.

    There are three categories of protection as follows:

    Level 3: - Purple 2009. Body protectors carrying the purple BETA label, stitched flat to the outside of their body protector, conforms to BETA 2009 Level 3. This level will provide a level of protection that is considered appropriate for normal horse riding, competitions and for working with horses.

    Level 2: - Brown 2009. Body protectors carrying the brown BETA label, stitched flat to the outside of their body protector, conforms to BETA 2009 Level 2. This level will provide a lower level of protection than Level 3 and is only considered appropriate for use in low risk situations.

    Level 1: - Black 2009. Body protectors carrying the black BETA label, stitched flat to the outside of their body protector, conforms to BETA 2009 Level 1. This level will provide a low level of protection that is only considered appropriate for licensed jockeys.

    Are body protectors which carry the BETA 2000 logo still valid? Yes.

    Body protectors which carry the BETA 2000 logo (Level 1 - 3) still provide the same level of impact protection as those with a BETA 2009 logo (Level 1 - 3) as the level of protection has not changed.

    Body protectors which carry the BETA 2009 logo are those which have been upgraded from EN13158:2000 to EN13158:2009.

    Whilst manufacturers can no longer make or sell to BETA 2000, retailers are still able to sell them and riders are still able to compete in them.

    Do I need Shoulder Protectors?

    All styles of Airowear body protectors come with the option of attaching shoulder protectors, to give you the option to provide additional protection to the collar bone area.

    Shoulder protectors are designed to disperse energy from a fall and as such, they can help to prevent broken clavicle and damage to the point of the shoulder.

    Our flexible rubber materials move with the shoulder so as not to interfere with a rider's movement and they are made with integral medical card holders.

    Stockists

    Where is Airowear sold around the UK?

    No matter where in the world you are, there will be an Airowear stockist near you. Just click here to find an Airowear Retailer and we'll show you where to shop!

    If there is no International Distributor listed for your country, please contact us.

    Products

    Can I request a catalogue?

    We think that riding through trees is more fun than cutting them down for paper so we would prefer you to view our products online.

    If you really do need a paper version of our catalogue, please contact us.

    I want to add colour to my body protector...

    Have a bit of fun creating your XC colours with our XC Tool.

    Outlyne body protectors can be made to order in a choice of different XC colours from our extensive range.

    XC colours can be added to our Reiver tabard style of body protectors by puting a body protector silk over the top. These silks are available in 8 different colours and are excellent products if you want to update your colours every season.

    How do I know what size of body protector I need?

    Because we know that one size simply cannot fit all, we have over 50 sizes in the Reiver tabard style and over 85 standard sizes for the Outlyne range. We are the only manufacturer to provide specialist gender-specific and discipline-specific fitting and also make-to-measure in case you don't fit comfortably into a standard size!

    For a full explanation, diagram and measuring guide, please see our Fitting Guide page.

    Do you have silks to match?

    Yes of course we do! Simply choose your silk colours using our 'Mix 'n' Match' XC tool and choose from our selection of 20 colours to make up endless combinations.

    Product Care

    How should I care for my Airowear body protector?

    Only the outer fabric cover of the Reiver tabard body protector can be taken off and washed. The foam panels are removable to enable the cover to be machine washed.

    To remove the cover, simply undo the Velcro panel at the base of the front and half way down the inside of the back. Whilst removing the cover, you will see layers of foam that are centrally joined, gently ease these out together without attempting to separate them. Prior to washing the cover, we recommend that you fasten the Velcro to avoid damaging the fabric. Wash the cover as per the instructions. Replace the foam panels, ensuring the labels face towards the body. Any other treatment to the foam panels could seriously impair the performance of the garment. If necessary, the foam may be surface wiped with warm water and a cloth but never apply any solvent cleaner.

    The cover on the Outlyne body protector cannot be removed for washing, so we recommend this is hand washed in warm water with a mild detergent. Dry flat and away from sources of heat.

    The Velcro fastenings on both styles tend to collect horse hair, straw and other associated dirt during wear. To maintain a secure fastening, always clean the Velcro fastenings before use. Using a stiff brush is ideal for this.

    To store, we recommend you lay your body protector in a flat, clean, dry place away from direct sunlight and extremes of temperature. Avoid storing under heavy or sharp objects.

    We recommend that you check your body protector regularly for wear and tear. Damage to the impact absorbing materials may be apparent by reduced thickness or a change in feel. If in doubt, replace your garment. In the event of a fall, where the garment has had a serious impact, it should be replaced.

    What is Airowear's warranty policy?

    Airowear body protectors carry a 12-month warranty from the date you purchased it from the retailer and is only applicable to items purchased through an authorised Airowear retailer. Airowear does not recognise sales conducted through eBay as meeting these criteria. This warranty does not cover damage caused by accident, improper care, negligence, normal wear and tear, improper washing, or natural breakdown of colours and materials over extended time and use.

    At Airowear's discretion, we will repair or replace a defective item. Requested repairs that are not under warranty will be repaired at the owner's expense. We accept Visa and MasterCard for repairs not covered under warranty. Colour Swap is not covered under Airowear's warranty

    Does Airowear make repairs on older products?

    If the repair is under warranty, we will be happy to repair it for you. Sometimes there will be a charge, but we will notify you first of any charges. Note: not many things last forever so if you have had your body protector for over 5 years, we suggest it's time to treat yourself to a new one as your current garment may no longer meet the highest safety standard and it may be compromising your safety!

    How do I return my garment for repairs?

    Please contact enq@airowear.co.uk with your repair queries.

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