Check Your Body Protector Fit

If your body protector doesn’t fit properly, it won’t be able to offer the full protection that it is designed to.

A properly fitted body protector reduces injury and protects against soft tissue injuries (including bruising, lacerations and contact burn). They also protect the liver, kidney and spleen. To make sure your body protector will serve you well in these areas, check to make sure it is fitted properly.

Check your body protector’s fit. Your body protector should fit snugly on the waist and have more room on the chest so that you can take a deep breath in without feeling restricted.

Your body protector should cover your rib cage fully but should not cover your belly button, which is the bend point on your body. To test that that your body protector is the correct length in front, try bending forward at the waist. If your body protector digs into your stomach uncomfortably, it is likely too long.

Adjust your shoulder straps so that they lay midway between the point of the shoulder and the base of the neck. Next, check that there are approximately three inches between the bottom of the back of the body protector and the cantle of your saddle. If the body protector is longer, it may interfere with the saddle.

The final and most important step is to check that each strap covers the orange marker on the velcro. If you can still see any part of an orange section when your body protector is adjusted correctly, the body protector is too small.

If your body protector passes all of these fitting checks, it’s ready to ride in!