Riding a motorized toy without core protection is risky business. Throw in the fact that handlebars are in the belly button to sternum region during stand-up riding on today's snowmobiles and it's obvious how important torso protection is.
And if you have ever experienced a rib injury you are well aware of how excruciatingly painful it is. This is where the SV1 Trail Protective Snow Vest comes into play, exponentially reducing the possible injury-and resulting pain-and recovery time inflicted by sudden impact to the rib, sternum and clavicle areas of your body's core.
We learned this firsthand at the new snowmobile evaluations last March in West Yellowstone, MT, when one of our test jockeys became partially separated from his ride and then came back to it. Fortunately for him, he was wearing the SV1 as his newfound but unwanted riding position had his rib cage matched up with the running board roll edge. Without the SV1 in place, this little adventure would have resulted in a guaranteed trip to the hospital and a shortened riding season. We know of another unfortunate soul who experienced our same fate the next day and was obviously not wearing a protective vest.
As for the SnoWest tester, he was able to shake off enough pain and regain his breath in around 15 minutes to climb back on his pony and continue on.
The SV1 Trail Protective Snow Vest construction utilizes a durable Ballistic nylon and Ballistic mesh outer shell, matched up with puncture resistant internal EVA and PP armor. The compact and lightweight design of the SV1 includes a zippered front closure to accommodate easy on/off, adjustable side straps for a precise torso adjustment fit and a removable wind stopper fleece collar to keep the light fluff and frigid air out on those particular days.
Other goodies included with the attractive red on black styling are the Hi-Vis reflective piping along with a RECCO Avalanche Rescue System transmitter and an ignition kill tether attachment loop.
The SV1 is available in three size ranges including: extra small/small (up to 125-pound rider); medium/large (125-175-pound rider); extra large/XX L (175 lbs. and up) and is very competitively priced at $200 retail.
Company: EVS Sports