Saturday April 20, 2019
Back Protectors
BACK PROTECTOR FITTING GUIDE
 
NOTE: there is likely to be a new standard coming out in 2018 and members will need to be in the new standard of body protectors by around 2020 (standard and date TBC). 
Our advice is to delay buying a new body protector until the spring if you can safely, rather than risk buying something that will become obsolete in a couple of years. 
 
 
AIROWEAR FITTING GUIDE
 
Achieving the perfect Airowear fit
Airowear body protectors have been designed to fit every rider, regardless of shape, size, age or gender into a perfectly fitted body protector ‘off the shelf’. From the many sizes and styles within our range, we hope the following guide will help you to find the best model and size suited to your body shape and personal preferences.
Zipped VS Non-Zipped Styles
Reiver 010 is the Airowear tabard body protector, which is the best style to choose for those not wishing to have a zip fastening. By contrast, Outlyne is our zipped body protector and is the style to choose for those who prefer a jacket style.
For Children
The Reiver 010 tabard body protector for children is adjusted at the waist and shoulder and has 2 optional waist fittings per size. This provides alternative fitting for children with different body shapes:
a) Standard sizes are for those whose chest & waist measurements are the same.
b) ‘WW’ sizes are for those whose waist measurement is wider than their chest measurement. These sizes have a suffix of ‘WW’ and provide greater room around the waist whilst maintaining a neat fit across the chest.
Sizes in Reiver 010 start from approximately age 3.
An alternative to Reiver 010 for children is Junior Outlyne. This style has separate chest, waist and shoulder adjustments, giving riders the option to adjust according to their body shape.
For Teenagers
For teenagers preferring a zipped jacket style of body protector, Teen Outlyne provides a neat fit with adjustable chest, waist and shoulder fastenings. For teenagers preferring a tabard style of body protector, the Reiver 010 in the larger child’s / small adult’s sizes should also provide a neat fit, with adjustment only at the waist and shoulders.
 
 
BETA FITTING GUIDE
Correct fitting is essential for a BP to do its job properly.  A visit to a properly trained retailer who has attended a BETA Safety Course is recommended.
Take waist, chest and waist to waist measurements (taking the tape measure from t he front of the waist over the shoulder and down the back to the waist).
Use the size chart in the user instructions (attached to all new BETA Standard garments) to find the correct size.
If the measurements are at the top or bottom of a size range, try to find the two closest sizes to establish which is more comfortable.
Try on over light clothing or the clothing normally worn under the BP. Heavier garments (eg rainwear) are best worn over the BP.
Adjust the garment by its fastenings at the shoulders and waist to fit snugly.
If one cannot be found that fits comfortably some manufacturers offer a made to measure service.
Correct Fit
Wear the protector for at least five minutes in the warmth to let the heat of your body soften the foam and allow it to mould to the contours of your body.
The garment should fit securely and reasonably tightly to avoid movement during activity and to ensure that it is in place in the event of an accident.
The top of the BP should just reach the top of the sternum (breastbone) at the front and the prominent bone at the base of the neck at the back.
The front of the BP should not be less than 25mm below the ribcage.
The BP must fit all the way round the torso.
The BP and SP between them should cover the collarbone.
The bottom of the back of the protector should not touch the saddle when mounted (some manufacturers offer short fittings or a shortening service)
Check it is comfortable to wear in all simulated riding positions.
Some garments made to BETA 2009 will have coloured velcro sections on the fastenings.  If any coloured Velcro is showing after fitting this indicates that the BP does not fit correctly and a larger size should be tried.
 
Correct fitting is essential for a BP to do its job properly. A visit to a properly trained retailer who has attended a BETA Safety course is recommended.
u Take waist, chest and waist to waist measurements (taking the tape measure from the front of the waist over the shoulder and down the back to the waist).
u Use the size chart in the user instructions (attached to all new BETA Standard garments) to find the correct size.
u If the measurements are at the top or bottom of a size range, try to find the two closest sizes to establish which is more comfortable.
u Try on over light clothing or the clothing normally worn under the BP. Heavier garments (eg rainwear) are best worn
over the BP.
u Adjust the garment by its fastenings at the shoulders and waist to fit snugly.
If one cannot be found that fits comfortably some manufacturers offer a made to measure service.
Correct Fit
Wear the protector for at least 5 minutes in the warmth to let the heat of your body soften the foam and allow it to mould to the contours of your body.
u The garment should fit securely and reasonably tightly to avoid movement during activity and to ensure that it is in place in the event of an accident.
u The top of the BP should just reach the top of the sternum (breastbone) at the front and the prominent bone at the base of the neck at the back.
u The front of the BP should not be less than 25mm below the ribcage.
u The BP must fit all the way round the torso.
u The BP and SP between them should cover the collarbone.
u The bottom of the back of the protector should not touch the saddle when mounted (some manufacturers offer short fittings or a shortening service).
u Check it is comfortable to wear in all simulated riding positions.
Some garments made to BETA 2000 and all garments made to BETA 2009 will have coloured velcro sections on the fastenings. If any coloured Velcro is showing after fitting this indicates that the BP does not fit correctly and a larger size should be tried.