They key message following the release of the Virginia Tech Helmet Study is that the results are one data point in overall helmet safety, and that riders should use all available information to make an informed decision about the helmet they use. Dr. Barry Miller, one of the researchers, has specifically said that people should not be running out to buy a new helmet purely because of the VT results.
The dust has settled a little bit, but there are still a lot of questions about what the results from the Virginia Tech Helmet Safety Study really mean. A lot of the initial reaction was shock and confusion, so we’re here to help clear up some of the questions and myths that are already swirling.
2022 has kicked off with a bang. At the very start of the year, we're seeing some big changes to the air vest market. Ride EquiSafe has become the global leader in equestrian safety equipment and we continue to add to our product lineup, but also to curate the offerings available. We know that not all vests are created equal and if there's a vest we don't carry, there's likely a very specific reason why.
How many times has your upper body been the first point of impact during a fall? Whether it’s from your own personal experiences or observational ones, the overall importance of protecting this part of the body with reliable safety vests is significant.
With the adoption of air vests and body protectors gaining traction in the hunter, jumper, equitation, and dressage disciplines, we are also seeing a market increase in the demand for this equipment from parents for their children.
EQUESTRIAN AIR VEST FIT IS EVERYTHING. As with helmets, an air vest, or any other safety equipment for that matter, is not as effective when it is not fitted properly. It's why getting fitted by an expert is so important, and even better if it's someone that doesn't have an agenda to push one brand over another (think independent saddle fitter).
It's no exaggeration to say that your riding helmet can literally save your life. It's designed to protect against traumatic brain injury (TBI) and even death. But have you ever thought about how your helmet is actually constructed and what purpose each part serves?