Anyone ride in a back protector

Star the Fell

Well-Known Member
Jun 14, 2015
1,126
785
113
Rather than a body protector?
I find my body protector so uncomfortable even though it was professionally fitted.
The main problem with it is the padding at the sides. I can never forget that it’s there and have to ride with my arms sticking out like wings in order to not feel it.
I have seen back protectors for sale, which just have mesh down the sides. They look a lot more comfortable.
I only hack out and school, no jumping, or cross country etc.
Or can you recommend a decent body protector?
 

Skib

Well-Known Member
Dec 21, 2003
8,411
1,793
113
London
My bp allows my arms to hang straight. But some I tried on did not. Get one properly fitted Padding was increased in latest standard but even so one should ride as if it wasnt there
 

Mary Poppins

Well-Known Member
Oct 10, 2004
12,588
3,703
113
Visit site
I ride in an AirOWear body protector as that is what fits me best. I barely notice I am wearing it to be honest. It is very tatty though and needs replacing so I will be on the lookout for another soon. I will be interested in any recommendations.
 

Lexi 123

Member
Sep 9, 2019
66
19
8
21
Yes I do the problem with wearing it everyday is that they stinks of sweat and no amount of washing will get the small out.
 
Last edited:

Jessey

Well-Known Member
Dec 20, 2004
24,521
14,908
113
40
Suffolk, UK
I don't use either, I have an air vest. I find body protectors too stiff and bulky and they negatively effect my riding, that's my personal choice. I have seen a few of the back protectors (only have padding on the back) creeping into the market the last few years, I think they were originally popular for motorbikes and have started to filter through as so many things do. I'm not really sure about them, I guess it is about prioritizing injuries, you can live with a few broken ribs and 99% of the time heal completely, but a broken back can be more challenging/life changing. I rode in a Mountain Horse jacket once that had the protection pads in it (back, shoulders and elbows from memory), that was comfortable and inhibiting.
 

Skib

Well-Known Member
Dec 21, 2003
8,411
1,793
113
London
Mine is airowear outlyne. But it doesnt fit me as well as the old unisex onesused to. As I have narrow shoulders and 34 bust. But very wide square rib cage. Other brands are worse tho .
My first bp which was really too small was a champion which laced up the sides like a race safe. That lace type tighten over ones waist and ones breasts together which I dont like and may hurt after a breast op.
I cant post properly just now as am away with only my phone
 

No_Angel

Well-Known Member
Apr 20, 2003
15,251
816
113
Ireland
I can't do body protectors anymore, they just don't fit me right. I had a Mountain Horse bodyguard which was great, I swapped it for a motorcycle jacket with padding as it had hi viz on it as well, it's just as good as the bodyguard and was cheaper.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Jessey
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
N Boxing Day Ride, Anyone Else? Cafe 13
horseandgoatmom Did anyone in ENGLAND see the "RCMP MUSICAL RIDE" this year? Cafe 8
EnglishQuarterHorse Anyone understand why it is important to ride? First Timers 4
Jessey Anyone watched The ride: ghost of Harry Smith? Cafe 8
Jane&Ziggy Does anyone ride English AND Western? Cafe 61
orbvalley Anyone ride a Connemara in a Wintec saddle? Tack & Saddlery 30
mystiquemalaika Dark mornings taking over,anyone ride? Cafe 22
Native Lover Anyone going for a New Year Ride Cafe 12
No_Angel Lovely sunny morning ride - anyone else? Cafe 14
ladywiththebaby Does anyone ride at or know of Greenacres Equestrian Centre, Harpenden? Cafe 5
ladywiththebaby Bad ride yesterday. Anyone know of a Tango clone?! Cafe 23
CheriFen anyone ride western? Tack & Saddlery 2
Shanahan Wharncliffe Chase EGB ride - 11th/12th June - anyone going? Other Disciplines 2
Sparks09 Do you think anyone would ride him? Cafe 4
ladywiththebaby Does anyone have and ride in, Toggi Canyon boots? Cafe 6
B Anyone ride in a deep sand padock? Training of the Horse and Rider 8
P Did anyone venture out for a ride in the winds? Cafe 8
B has anyone tried the kincade redi ride kids saddle Tack & Saddlery 0
D Does anyone have a horse they ride and drive ? Training of the Horse and Rider 11
Flaxen_Storm Has anyone ever organised a sponsered ride? Cafe 0
R Anyone doing Kirtlington Sponsored Ride, in Oxfordshire? Cafe 2
P Anyone ride in a pelham? Older Riders 17
Toffee_Monster Dee Valley Ride - Aug 23rd - Anyone going ? Other Disciplines 0
SarahandSolomon Does anyone need someone to compete/ride their horse? Competing 0
coloredred Did anyone find their treeless hard to ride in? Tack & Saddlery 12
J ride and relax-anyone use this???? Metabolic 3
L Anyone know where i can ride near Southampton Disabled Riding 28
Lucy+MrG Anyone know of beaches to ride on in Devon? Hacking 11
Bays_R_Best Is anyone else doing the Essex Bridleways ride on friday?? Other Disciplines 4
H Did anyone ride at Reddish Vale Farm Stockport in the 70's Cafe 2
linz20 Did anyone ride or work at kirkfields? Cafe 6
nicw Anyone ride at northern riding centre here? Older Riders 7
neasham Anyone ride side saddle? Other Disciplines 8
C anyone got a novice ride i cambridgeshire General 1
S Anyone who used to ride at Loughton Manor - Milton Keynes General 3
fellahsmum Cant find anyone to ride with! General 1
Trio Do you let anyone else ride your horse? General 57
Mimi + Me Hampton Sponsored Ride 21st Sept - Anyone Going/Been Before? General 0
ponies-R-gr8!!! Anyone know of anyone who wants to ride/loan/buy 13h pony? General 0
HashRouge Anyone else find that they'd rather just spend time with their horse than ride?? General 17
F Anyone ride in New Forest? Mobile phone signal? General 6
N anyone ride with Shin splints? Training of the Horse and Rider 3
M Charity ride.....anyone want to help me?? General 13
The Original Crazywoman Did anyone else do the EBA Middlewick ride today? General 0
O Anyone looking for a horse to ride in Somerset? First Timers 4
S Anyone ride at....Blackborough End? General 19
Rosie1994 Is anyone doing the Formby ride this Saturday? Other Disciplines 4
ladywiththebaby Does anyone ride on bridlepaths that turn into footpaths? General 37
I Anyone ride in a Barefoot Arizona? Tack & Saddlery 0
W Anyone From Nottingham Who's Experienced And Wants To Ride Willow? General 1

Similar threads

newrider.com