Other colours available

Available Colors: Black, Navy, Brown, Green, Red, Purple, and Pink. 

Safety Standards: ASTM F1937/SEI

Sizes:    Child: M, L, XL    Adults: S, M, L, XL

Choosing the Correct Size

Take three measurements A, B & C; select the corresponding size of body protector to try. If you are at the top or the bottom of a size, we recommend that you try the two closest sizes. To check that it is the correct fit, follow the
instructions below.

  (A) Chest Girth (B) Waist Girth (C) Over Shoulder
Child Medium 61-71cm (24”- 28”) 57-67cm (22.5”- 26.5”) 56-66cm (22”- 26”)
Child Large 67-77.5cm (26.5”- 30.5”) 63.5-73.5cm (25”- 29”) 62-72cm (24.5”- 28.5”)
Child XLarge 79-89cm (31”- 35“) 75-85cm (29.5”- 33.5”) 73.5-84cm (29”- 33”)
Adult Small 83-93cm (32.5”- 36.5”) 77.5-92.5cm (30.5”- 36.5”) 78.5-89cm (31”- 35”)
Adult Medium 91.5-101.5cm (36”- 40”) 85.5-91.5cm (33.5”- 36”) 86.5-96.5cm (34”- 38”)
Adult Large 95.5-105.5cm (37.5”- 41.5”) 89-104cm (35”- 41”) 90-100cm (35.5”- 39.5”)
Adult XLarge 106.5-127cm (42”- 50”) 100.5-125.5cm (39.5”- 49.5”) 101.5-112cm (40”- 44”)

Caring for Your Body Protector

Hook and loop fabric fastenings tend to collect horse hair, straw and other associated dirt during wear. To maintain a secure fastening always clean the hook fastenings and loop fabric before use. A stiff brush such as a suede brush is ideal. The zip should be kept clean to avoid jamming or damaging the teeth.

Storage and Transport

When storing or transporting your body protector always hang or lay flat in a dry ventilated environment, out of sunlight, avoiding extremes of temperature.

Washing Instructions

The outer cover of the Charles Owen Body Protector is machine washable. It is recommended that the cover is placed in a washing bag to stop the hard components from snagging other clothing or the drum. The front and back main foam panels are removable through closures at the insides of the back and front covers. You need to fold back the pocket opening to reveal the panels. Panels should be removed carefully by rolling the sides of the foam in, which will aid removal and replacement of the panels. Each panel is made up of layers of foam joined centrally, these must not be separated. If necessary the foam panels may be wiped with a damp cloth. Covers with light or dark colors could change during washing.

Size and Fit

To benefit from the protection offered by your body protector, you should ensure the fit of the garment meets the following criteria:
• That it is a close fit worn over lightweight clothing.
• That no discomfort is caused by the garment when you are in a riding position and that you are able to maintain a full range of movements.
• That impact protection is sited over the areas that it is designed to protect.
• When worn correctly a body protector should cover the following areas of the body.

The whole circumference of the torso and the bottom edge should be not less than 25 mm below the rib cage anteriorly, and should reach the pelvis laterally. The arm inlet should be approximately circular and of minimum
dimensions. The top of the back of the body protector should just reach the level of the seventh cervical vertebra (the prominent bone at the base of the neck).

The back of the protector should be as long as possible but must not hit the saddle forcing the garment upwards.

Maintenance and Replacement

For maintenance (i.e. replacing pads, cleaning) frequent visual inspection should be made for obvious wear especially after any incident. A severe fall can result in some cell damage of the foam. Obvious signs would be reduced thickness (dents) or a change in the feel of the foam. If in any doubt the
garment should be replaced and certainly every 5 years.

Protection Provided

Body protectors give some protection from impacts consequent on falling from a horse. Impacts may be against soft or hard ground, or objects such as trees, vehicles, posts or rails. Fallen riders may also be kicked, trodden on, or crushed by a horse. This body protector is designed to protect the wearer
from minor impacts which may occur during horse riding activities only. It is not considered to be suitable or offer protection against injuries which may occur if used in sporting activities other than equestrian. For additional protection other items of PPE such as a helmet of the appropriate standard should be considered. When choosing a helmet, make sure it does not interfere or come into contact with the body protector during wear to avoid possible neck injury.


Your body protector is designed with an active join which allows for a rib cage to expand without restriction from the garment. Your body protector is adjustable using the hook fasteners at the waist sides and over the shoulder’s allowing for individual sizes. The whole of the hook fabric on each tab must be in contact with the loop fabric at all times. Otherwise the body protector will not
be held securely. The foam panels must meet or overlap at all times, otherwise an excessive area of the reduced thickness foam will expose you to increased risk of injury.

Warning The front zip should always be fastened completely to the top and the covered padded flap should be in the closed position for maximum protection. Please make sure on the belt you have inserted the three-pronged clip on the front into the plastic housing. To undo the belt, press the button on the plastic clip to trigger the release mechanism. At the shoulders there
are hook and loop strips to hold both front and back panels together. The retaining elasticated straps which go over the shoulders must always be secured by using the press studs when wearing the garment.

The minimum fit of a garment is when the hook strips on the sides and over the shoulders are still in contact with the loop material.

The maximum fit of a garment is when the hook strip under the arms and over the shoulder’s are still covered with the loop material on the foam panels. The garment is too big if the hook fabric is showing and is not in
contact with the loop material.


Constructed of Gelfoam®, the Charles Owen jL9 provides maximum protection without bulk. Ventilation holes are covered in Coolmax® fabric for the utmost ventilation and wicking power, ensuring rider comfort. The active joint design prevents the vest from riding up and allows the rider to be comfortable and maintain freedom of motion. The jL9 boasts lumbar support, mobile phone pocket, and easy zip front with buckle closure, features appreciated by all riders, whether out hacking, conquering a three day event or anything in between. 


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