Airowear Wins BETA Innovation Award With New Body Protector: The Hickstead

The innovative Hickstead body protector was described by the judges at BETA as, “A fantastic design that is virtually invisible over a show jacket, the Hickstead body protector moulds to the body for a comfortable and very safe fit.”

Designed with the needs of showjumpers in mind yet conforming to the highest standards of protection available (EN13158:2009 and BETA 2009 Level 3), the Hickstead’s discreet tailoring ensures that it is inconspicuous when worn over a black show jacket. It offers discreet protection without compromising on performance or style.

The Hickstead incorporates Airowear’s most technologically advanced materials to provide lightweight and flexible protection which moulds along the contours of the body. The addition of airflow lining, mesh darts and perforated impact-absorbing foams on the front and back encourage ventilation to improve comfort for the rider.

Featuring advanced chest and waist adjustments with scientific sizing and a gender-specific fit, this innovative design is set to encourage showjumpers to wear body protectors whilst competing.

Commenting on the award, Charles Owen’s Managing Director, Roy Burek, said, “Winning an innovation award for the Hickstead body protector is very significant for us as this product was designed with the needs of showjumpers in mind. Not only have we earned recognition for the new concept and advanced technology, but also it firmly demonstrates the drive and commitment behind the Airowear brand under Charles Owen leadership.”

The Hickstead is currently available from your local stockist.

About Airowear
Airowear has been the specialists in equestrian rider safety since 1985. Airowear’s total commitment to rider safety has meant that their design expertise is reflected in every body protector they produce. Each and every one is carefully designed to offer a sophisticated and tailored fit, whilst incorporating the latest technology and conforming to the highest levels of safety. In 2012, Charles Owen joined forces with Airowear in order to develop the next generation of world leading and technically advanced equestrian safety designs.