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From the 1st January 2018 British Eventing no longer accepts Level 3 body protectors with a 2000 label. A revised edition of the BETA standard was published, known as BETA Level 3 2018, which now runs alongside the current 2009 standard.
THE SAFETY STANDARDS
According to the British Eventing Rule Book 2019 when a body protector is worn it needs to meet the BETA 2009 or 2018 Level 3 Body Protector Standard. The BETA Level 3 2018 standard is a revised edition after the removal of the BETA 2000 standard. The new 2018 standard will run alongside the 2009 version for at least the next 5 years whilst the older stock works through the market. In performance terms there is no difference in the amount of protection offered by the two versions.
Whilst competing Cross Country, a body protector must be worn and even though it is not essential to wear a body protector for general riding or other disciplines we strongly suggest it.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
To ensure a body protector will offer maximum protection it should be fitted by a trained body protector fitter before purchasing. This to make sure it covers the required areas and will then protect you in a fall.
In the case of a fall your body protector should be checked immediately for dents. The foam will expand back to its original shape within 30 minutes; but if a dent is showing on examination, then it’s likely that this part of the garment has lost its impact absorption properties and should be replaced. Hidden damage that a body protector may have sustained is also a good reason for avoiding second-hand garments or those with unknown histories. Taking good care of your body protector means that it will last longer within the three to five year recommended lifespan.
When not in use, body protectors should be hung on a clothes hanger. Doing up zips ensures they keep their shape, while closing Velcro fastenings will help prevent them becoming clogged with horse hair and hay particles. Most body protectors are made from heat sensitive PVC nitrile foam, which is why they feel increasingly comfortable as they soften and mould to the wearer’s body. So try storing your protector in a warm (but not artificially hot) environment to ensure it’s nice and flexible for that early morning ride.
FREE BODY PROTECTOR FITTINGS
Here at Eland Lodge we not only stock a wide range of safety wear but also offer a service in fitting safety wear and giving advice. All of our in store staff are trained by Brand Reps from the likes of Racesafe and Airowear in the correct fitting of a body protector. They are also trained on the individual products and will be able to advise and the best body protector for your needs. We are also happy to check your current body protector, in the fit (useful for those growing children), check if it is the correct safety standard and the quality.
PLEASE NOTE WE ONLY SELL BODY PROTECTORS IN STORE NOT ONLINE. THIS ENSURES THEY FIT CORRECTLY.
OUR BEST SELLER
Racesafe Provent 3.0 Body Protector - Available for Adults & Children
The Racesafe PROVENT 3.0 is our best selling body protector. Launched as an update on the Racesafe 2010 body protector it offers lightweight, flexible and breathable protection. It gives riders of every ability the freedom to perform, whilst ensuring the best level of protection.
- Ultra-Lightweight: This is Racesafe’s lightest ever Level 3 body protector, developed using the latest foam combinations & technology.
- Breathable: Heat generated is released via the perforated protection & breathable net outer.
- Flexible: Protection that is designed to work with you. Comfort & freedom via the flex of independently hinged sections.
- Improved Size Range: An extended & improved size range, combined with made to measure adjustments, offers this to everyone.
- Elasticated Adjustment: New flexible self-adjustment that creates improved levels of movement & comfort.