Established in 1985, Airowear operated out of Aydon, Northumberland under the direction of Lucy Carr-Seaman. Body protectors were originally made using a thin, lightweight layer of polyethylene foam that jockeys could wear beneath their clothing.
Now, materials include single panel PVC Nitrile memory foam that has incorporated joints and the market has expanded to include riders across all disciplines, but most notably eventing. Superior design and technology has led to body protectors that mould to the form of the rider and more effectively protect the vital organs and ribs in the event of a fall.
Charles Owen purchased Airowear in 2012 and, under the direction of Roy Burek, has dedicated the last four years to manufacturing top safety products for different riding situations. Today, all Airowear manufacturing is completed in Wrexham, Wales alongside Charles Owen’s helmet line. Airowear is now one of the world’s leading manufacturers of equestrian body protectors.
In 1995, BETA Level 1, 2, and 3 safety standards were introduced. Today, Airowear body protectors are CE marked to EN 13158:2018 and BETA Level 3 2018. Every body protector that Airowear has produced has achieved certification for every safety standard, a notable first for the industry.