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15 Jun What key measurements do you need to take to find out your body protector size?
We are delighted to be supporting BETA’s Summer of Safety 2023.
Here is the first of our safety-orientated blog series.
To measure for an equestrian body protector and ensure the correct fit, you can follow these steps:
- Equipment: Get a flexible measuring tape and wear lightweight clothing or no clothing that may add extra bulk.
- Chest Measurement: Stand up straight with your arms relaxed at your sides. Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your chest, just under your armpits. Make sure the tape is parallel to the ground and snug but not too tight. Take note of the measurement in inches or centimeters.
- Waist Measurement: Locate the natural waistline, which is the narrowest part of your torso, usually above your belly button and below your ribcage. Wrap the measuring tape around your waist, making sure it’s snug but comfortable. Keep the tape parallel to the ground and note the measurement.
- Back Length Measurement: Measure the length from the base of your neck (where the neck meets the shoulders) to the bottom of your spine leaving a hand width of space (approximately 12-14cm) to do this effectively you will need a handy assistant!
- Shoulder-to-Waist Measurement: Measure the distance from the tip of your shoulder (where your arm meets your shoulder) to your waistline. This measurement will help ensure the body protector covers your upper body properly. You can then double this measurement to give an indication of your waist to waist if required or to do this accurately separately take from the waist point up over your shoulder passing the fullest point of bust and down to your waistline again at your back (a helper is required to do so).
- Once you have taken these measurements, consult the sizing chart provided here.
Different brands may have slightly different sizing guidelines, so it’s essential to follow the specific chart for the product you’re interested in.
Compare your measurements with the manufacturer’s sizing chart to determine the appropriate size for your body protector. Select the size that corresponds most closely to your measurements, keeping in mind that the body protector should fit snugly but allow for comfortable movement.
It’s crucial to remember that body protectors are designed to fit securely but should not be too tight or restrictive. We all have curves in different places and come in various shapes and sizes. No person is the same! This is why it’s vital you try your size of protector on and ensure you are happy with it before removing any tags and riding.