THE design and shape of body protectors have progressed enormously since the days of flimsy foam pads that riders used to strap to their torsos when riding across country. New designs are launched all the time, but we spotted one made by Kan Teq that really caught our eye. This is what we found out.
What is it?
THE Kan Teq is the first moulded equestrian body protector made exclusively for women. Designed in conjunction with sportswear expert Knox — maker of top-of-the-range motorcycle protectors — Kan Teq has produced a unique, strong and light moulded foam panel protection system.
According to the manufacturer, it offers comfort, flexibility, safety and style. It hugs the waist, chest, back and bust and curves into the small of the back. The shoulder pad is designed to protect a particularly vulnerable area.
As well as the many colours available, the Kan Teq protector features reflective logos and piping to aid visibility. There are six adjustment points for optimal fit and the fabric is Tencel-coated for stain resistance, stretch — so the protector moves with the body — and waterproofing.
On impact, the tiny air pockets in the outer skin of the foam panels help absorb the force of the fall.
The protector conforms with all the requirements of BETA 2000, Body Protector Class 3 and meets standard EN13158:2000.
Who uses it?
INTERNATIONAL eventer Polly Jackson has been trialing the Kan Teq in her “off season” and she plans to compete in it in the spring.
“It’s a bit more modern in shape and material — a bit like the sort of thing trail bikers wear,” says Polly, who chose a metallic-coloured version.
“I have tried some back protectors in the past which have made me feel like a robot, but this one is definitely less clumpy.
“I suppose it’s like wearing a Burberry jacket rather than one from the high street — it’s stylish with a bit more technicality about it.”
Young eventer Izzy Taylor adds: “This is the first body protector I have worn which I can really breathe in.”
Where can I get one?
IT comes in four sizes — from the small teenager to the “full bodied” woman — and in seven colours.
Price: £225 Tel: 02897 542313 www.kanteq.com
This Q&A was first published in Horse & Hound (17 January, ’08)