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Airowear AirMesh 2 Vest*

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Airowear AirMesh 2 Vest*

The highly ventilated AirMesh 2 Vest features lightweight perforated foam that molds closer to the body than ever before. With BETA 2009 Level 3 certification, it offers riders the ultimate coverage and comfort.

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Item #: X1-400448
Helpful Information
How to Measure for a Body Protector
Fit Tips for Body Protectors
Protective Vest Disclaimer
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The AirMesh 2 Vest is the most highly ventilated body protector with BETA 2009 Level 3 certification in Airowear’s high performance line. Lightweight perforated foam molds closer to the body than ever before for the ultimate coverage and comfort. A sporty mesh covering allows for enhanced airflow across your torso. Gender-specific sizing in slim and regular allows for the best and most customized fit. The AirMesh has easy zipped jacket styling with adjustments at chest, shoulders and waist.


How to Measure for a Body Protector
Use of a body protector is mandatory for event riders in the cross country phase of a horse trial, but this equipment can be an asset to any rider in any ride. Because a body protector must fit closely to your torso, it should be fitted over the type of clothing you'll ride in. Most riders wear one over a shirt or jersey, with heavier outerwear or an inflatable vest worn on top. However, if you intend to wear your body protector over heavier clothing, be sure to measure for and try it while wearing that garment.

Various manufacturers ask for slightly different measurements on their size charts: chest, waist and length. However, the chest measurement is most important no matter what brand of body protector you wish to try. This is because most body protectors allow the length to be adjusted through tabs at the shoulders, and most can be adjusted at the waist, too.
To take accurate measurements, use a soft fabric tape measure as follows:
  • Run the tape measure around the widest point of your chest; make it snug, but not tight, and level.
  • Run the tape measure around your natural waist, snugly, but not tightly.
  • Some manufacturers require a measurement of the length of your spine. Sit in a chair or a saddle and have a helper run the tape measure from the base of the back of your neck to the base of your spine. Take the reading at a point about two to four inches above the seat to avoid interference of the back of the vest with the saddle during riding.
  • Some manufacturers ask for a measurement that runs from the front of your natural waist, over your shoulder, to the back of your waist.
  • Compare your measurements with the manufacturer's size chart for the body protector you would like to try. Choose the size that most closely matches your measurements. If your measurements fall between a size range provided by a manufacturer, choose the size smaller; again because body protectors should fit snugly.
Tips for Checking the Fit of Your Body Protector
Different body protectors will fit you differently depending on the style and manufacturer. Achieving the best fit for you is most important. You may have to experiment with different brands or styles to find the most suitable body protector for you to use. Be sure to consult a knowledgeable trainer if you have any concerns about fit.
  • Before putting on the body protector, loosen all closures and flex the body protector. With it on, fasten the chest and waist closures to achieve a snug fit. Make sure you have room left within the fasteners for further tightening or loosening. If your body protector is at the end of the range of its ability to be tightened or loosened, consider trying another size or type of vest.

  • Note: Some body protectors will warm up and begin to conform to your body as you wear them. If this is the case with your body protector, be sure to readjust the closures ten to twenty minutes after putting it on.

  • With the body protector fit securely around your chest and waist, check the front length. The body protector should reach to your breastbone and cover your bottom rib. The shoulders and neckline of the body protector should lie flat against your body; if this fit cannot be achieved -if the vest pulls away from your body- then you may need to try a shorter length. Some styles allow you to adjust the length of the protector through tabs at the shoulders.
  • Check the back length by sitting in a saddle and simulating all of your riding positions. You should have approximately two to four inches between the saddle and the base of the body protector in the back. If the body protector comes in contact with the saddle, it could push upwards near your neck or interfere with your riding.