All our body protectors are manufactured and tested to meet the highest safety requirements for the different disciplines for which they serve. Airowear’s body protectors are CE marked to EN13158 and in addition to this are annually retested to BETA 2009, giving you peace of mind that an Airowear body protector consistently meets the latest and highest levels of safety standards available.
Our body protectors all conform to the European Standard EN13158:2009 and are CE marked to show their compliance to the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC. In addition, they are annually retested to ensure consistency of the Standard.
Manufacturers with body protectors conforming to the BETA standards are required to annually re-test their approved garments to ensure long-term consistency in the quality of manufacture and of the shock-absorbing foams used in the construction of their garments.
Levels of Protection
There are three levels of protection to cater for different riding activities.
Level 1 – Black Label
Body protectors certified to Level 1 provide a lower level of impact protection that is only considered appropriate for licensed jockeys while racing.
Level 2 – Brown Label
Body protectors certified to Level 2 provide a lower than normal level of protection that is only considered appropriate for use in low risk situations. These DO NOT include riding on roads or other hard surfaces, riding over jumps, riding young or excitable horses or riding while inexperienced.
Level 3 – Purple Label
Body protectors certified to Level 3 provide a level of protection that is considered appropriate for normal horse riding, competitors and for working with horses. Protectors to this level should prevent minor bruising that would have produced stiffness and pain, reduce soft tissue injuries and bruising, and prevent a limited number of rib fractures
No Body Protector can prevent serious injury in certain accidents, but you can improve your chances of staying safe and reducing the severity of injuries by making the right choice.
Level 3 – Carriage Driving Purple Label
Body protectors designed to meet the needs of horse drivers and passengers. It does not provide adequate coverage of the back for those riding horses or those working with them.
In addition to body protectors, the BETA Standard is also designed to test against a fall on the point of the shoulder. For this reason shoulder protectors are subject to different tests.
All styles of Airowear body protectors come with the option to attach shoulder protectors.
Wearing shoulder protectors can reduce the likelihood of injury to the shoulder or collar bone area by up to 80%.
Satra M38:Issue 3 February 2015 Airvest Standard
Airowear’s AyrVest and AirShell are tested to the Satra M38:Issue 3 February 2015 airvest standard. The air circulation system uses a 60cc gas canister and creates an advanced protection zone that offers greater stopping distances for the body to prevent more injury.
The advanced protection zone contains the pressure within itself, expanding outwards and away from the body to prevent crushing of the lungs.
The air filled chambers around the jaw stabilise the head and offer support to reduce hyper extension of the neck. Front and rear built-in expansion chambers create a protective tent while the controlled airways produce an “air bridge” effect to protect the sternum. Extended chambers also provide protection to the pelvis and hips to complete the greater range of coverage offered.