The VIPA I Body Protector is designed for both female and male riders by former Champion Jockey Greg Childs.
This body protector is specially made using EPP shock absorbing foam for its lightweight, making it ideal for jockeys wanting to make weight.
The VIPA I Body Protector has been approved by the Australian Racing Board(ARB).
Protection Levels & Testing
The VIPA I Body Protector has been tested according to and conforms with, EN13158: 2009 Standard Level 1. This level of protection is required by horse racing throughout the world.
The VIPA I Body Protector is constructed using Air Mesh, a lightweight material chosen for its strength, that allows for ventilation. The EPP shock absorbing foam is specially designed to absorb impact when needed. Air holes give extra airflow and ventilation for rider comfort.
Hand wash in lukewarm water. Add a few drops of mild detergent and gently swirl. Rinse. Hang on a coat hanger in the shade and leave to drip dry. Do not store until completely dry, this may take some time in colder weather.
About VIPA Body Protectors
VIPA Body Protectors are sold throughout the world and are well received by horse riders. There are a few different standards used throughout the world for testing body protectors. VIPA Body Protectors are manufactured to the EN13158: 2009standard and are tested to meet the highest safety requirements for the different disciplines for which they serve. The EN13158: 2009 Standard provides the technical specification for equestrian body protectors, setting the level of shock absorption required to be offered and controlling the area of the body that must be covered by the protector.
There are three levels of protection to cater for different activities and users. The highest Level 3 is tested at the highest energy impacts. The materials used absorb impact thereby lessening or reducing the injury. The differences between the three levels are due to the differing thicknesses of the foam used.
VIPA Body Protectors – VIPA, VIPA I, VIPA II (Harness and Carriage Drivers Only) and VIPA III are all tested and conform to the EN13158: 2009 Standard. The VIPA Body Protectors are annually re-tested to ensure long-term consistency in the quality of the manufacturer and of the shock absorbing foam used in the construction of the body protectors.
No body protector can prevent serious injury in serious accidents, but a body protector can improve your chances of staying safe and reducing the severity of injuries by making the right choice. Injuries will not be prevented involving a severe extension, flexion, torsion or crushing of the body. Spinal protection is not provided.
Frequent visual inspection should be made for signs of wear, especially after accidents or injury. This may cause cell damage of the foam, obvious signs of which would be reduced thickness or a change of the feel of the foam. The garment should be replaced if you are in any doubt. Otherwise, under normal conditions, it is recommended that your VIPA Body Protector is replaced every 3 - 4 years.