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    Default Re: Help me please with buying a body protectors/air vest

    I have a new Aerowear one. It's very comfy & I wear it everyday & once it's warmed up, it moulds nicely.
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    Default Re: Help me please with buying a body protectors/air vest

    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    I have promised myself a Kan when I replace my ancient body protector this year.

    I tried one one a few years ago and was hugely impressed by how comfortable it was. Plus the technology is streets ahead of most BPs you don't need to replace them after a falk like most.
    I had around 18 falls wearing my old body protector and never replaced it, not say that is the correct thing to do.

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    Re the Balios..

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanno Verian View Post
    I believe that was resolved, the issue was around their upgraded Balios failing to achieve BETA certification and there only being the older (BETA accredited) ones available, the "New" Balios range became available in I think Jan (18), I bought one then having held off for over a year. The sizing has changed I was a L I'm now an XL (not due to excess pies either!). Great body protector but could do with a beefier zip, I find it really fiddly and quite hard to locate the zip into the other half of the zip when putting it on as its difficult to see because the start of it sits under the bulge of the body protector if that makes sense, its easy if you've got someone to help you but not if your on your own. Very light and flexible though, I'm thinking about getting the zip changed to a heavier duty one to make it easier to put on.
    I have just been shopping for a new body protector. The XL is no longer big enough for me! The assistant says the new new one (as in the one that has the correct new certification) seems bulkier than before, hence the sizes are smaller on the inside. Such a shame as I do think they are the most comfortable.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    I have promised myself a Kan when I replace my ancient body protector this year.

    I tried one one a few years ago and was hugely impressed by how comfortable it was. Plus the technology is streets ahead of most BPs you don't need to replace them after a falk like most.
    That is the one I was going to order, but on the website the largest bust size they do is a 38. I know if I contact them that they would probably make one to measure, but then if I try it on and hate it I am stuck with it if it were a bespoke one. I believe that is consumer law. Off the peg I would have 30 days to return. At that price it was enough to put me off!

    If this is not so then maybe they need to update the web site so it is clear that if they do a bespoke one that you can return. 38 is not very large for a lady!

    Quote Originally Posted by curiosity101 View Post
    I agree with others that you need to try them on to find out which one is best for you, although I really struggled to find places near me that stocked Racesafe so I ended up with the Aerowear almost by default.

    Mine is now classed as the 'old' model - http://www.airowear.co.uk/img/produc...lack_front.jpg

    I do completely forget I'm wearing it once I'm on board so it doesn't restrict my actual riding, but dismounting is a royal pain as it catches on the saddle as I slide off unless I properly spring off. I also have to put a lot of oomph into throwing my leg up and over when dismounting as the body protector does restrict that particular movement. Oh and I do feel like the Michelin man wearing it. All in all, I still wear it every time I ride. I'm much like you (had a nasty fall and realised I don't bounce how I used to).

    But I'm still on the lookout for the 'perfect' BP for me.
    Aerowear do off the peg to fit me. My last one was an Aerowear Outlyne, the older type. I found it very sweaty! Or, rather, when wearing it I was very sweaty! It was comfortable, but even by taking the cover off and washing it the sweaty smell hung round. Whoever thought a showerproof type cover on a body protector in summer was a good idea?

    I have gone with a Racesafe ProVent, happily I am only a Large size in that one so feel less like a freak! Not cheap by any means, but looks comfortable.

    My last Racesafe was the 2000 and was comfortable enough (and never smelled of sweat), so I hope this one with ventilation holes will be better still. I nearly went with the 2010 as I used to have one in my XC colours, but the ProVent does not seem to come in different colours. That is a shame. The 2010 with colours comes out around the same as the ProVent, but the ventilation won it for me.

    I also have a Point 2 air jacket. It is comfortable. I am alarmed that some of the HItAir jackets have the air bag on top of the air cannister, so if you fall on the cannister, even if the air jacket inflates, you are potentially injured by the cannister. I think that design depends on which size you have as to weather the air cannister is inside or outside of the air bag.
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    Default Re: Help me please with buying a body protectors/air vest

    Thanks for all your replies. Sorry for a stupid comment but Im presuming you attach the cord to your saddle and it inflates if you fall off/cord pulls at the cannister? Id be sure to forget about it, dismount and set the blooming thing off?

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    Default Re: Help me please with buying a body protectors/air vest

    Quote Originally Posted by Louby View Post
    Thanks for all your replies. Sorry for a stupid comment but Im presuming you attach the cord to your saddle and it inflates if you fall off/cord pulls at the cannister? Id be sure to forget about it, dismount and set the blooming thing off?
    Been there, done that

    After forking out 20 for a new one I soon remembered next time

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    Default Re: Help me please with buying a body protectors/air vest

    My Kan BP is the best thing ever. I'd never go back to a 'normal' BP now. Feel so squished in them.

    No help on the air jacket though.

    Fiona

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    Default Re: Help me please with buying a body protectors/air vest

    Go to a place with lots of them and someone skilled in fitting body protectors. Take time there. Make sure you sit on a saddle with it on, and ideally mount and dismount a horse (but that may not be possible)

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