Manufacturer: Intec (View all products by Intec Performance)
Model: Flex Rider Cash Vest (View all Flex Rider Crash Vest reviews)
Category: English Miscellaneous
Purchase: I decided to get a crash vest after having a bad tumble off my horse. I'm currently training my horse to jump, and also showing her in speed events, so I really liked the idea of having that extra bit of protection. I bought it through mail order, from Apple Saddlery in Ottawa (Ontario, Canada), and paid approximately $180 for it (in Canadian funds).
Likes: It's very well made, the stitching is all tight and even. The velcro used to secure the cover over the high-density foam blocks is good quality. The colour. My colour is hunter green, which this vest comes in. It also comes in navy and black. It's pretty comfortable to wear, though there could be a few improvements... keep reading.
Dislikes: None of our local tack stores carried this vest, so I had to rely on the sizing chart through mail order. I also asked other Intec vest owners (through message boards) about their opinion on sizes. Generally, I was told to go a size larger in case I decided to wear a sweater under the vest during colder days. I ended up getting a size larger, but wish I didn't. The sides of the vest are adjustable (velcro) but they overlap quite a bit, leaving a bump underneath where my arms rest when I'm riding. That, in turn, causes minor rubs on the inside of my arms - though when I wear a polo shirt, or something with longer sleeves, it helps a little. The vest is also touted as having a "cool mesh lining". Well it's true that the lining is mesh, it's definitely not "cool". I find the vest very hot to ride in, though it could be from the high-density foam. The mesh lining seemingly does nothing to disperse heat.
Quality: It seems like a well-put-together vest, though I'd probably have a better opinion if I had ordered the right size. By the time I decided that I'd prefer a smaller one, it was already used and not returnable.
Summary: Still though, would I buy the Intec vest again? That's a toughie... I'd have to find a store close by that sold them and try on the smaller size, after comparing the vest with other brands.
Author: Katie W
Usefulness Rating: 3.09091 out of 5.
11 reader(s) voted.
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