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Monday, August 23, 2021

Somehow, the genteel image of competitive horseback riding doesn’t jibe with a safety vest that expands upon impact:

The two-pound vest is attached by a cord to a rider’s saddle and is worn over a traditional protective vest made of high-density foam. When a rider is thrown from a horse, the cord is yanked, puncturing a cartridge of carbon dioxide and inflating the vest. The vest can be reused after the cartridge is replaced. [Vest manufacturer] Point Two said its vest inflates in one-tenth of a second; [rival manufacturer] Hit Air said its average rate is one-quarter of a second.

What’s next — similar vests for rodeo riders and bullfighting matadors? Air bags are fine for minivans, but seem out of place in the sporting arena. Even when you’re dealing with literal (versus mechanical) horsepower.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 08/23/2010 11:07pm
Category: Other Sports, Tech
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