I discovered the rider gilet after using their specialist clavicle fracture gilet for my broken collarbone. I was so impressed at how fast my fracture healed and how much my posture had improved that I decided to buy the posture rider version. Now I don’t know what I’d do without it and recommend it to all those I coach.
~ Our Gilet Journey ~
Acknowledgement has to go to event rider Tina Canton for recognising the posture improving qualities of the gilet, albeit in its clavicular form, when she broke her collarbone.
Thirteen years' collaboration with Orthopaedic surgeons, a medical breakthrough award for broken collarbones, and the help of Tina, physio's and other professionals in adapting the gilet, has helped deliver a game-changer for riders.
This one-of-a-kind gilet is a powerful garment and thanks to an arrangement of cleverly concealed components, has the ability to significantly align and improve posture more than any other type of posture improvement method. And interestingly, all stigma from wearing a postural aid goes with a gilet design.
Unlike other postural aids, the Rider Gilet does not weaken musculoskeletal structures nor create dependency, instead it enables you to use and strengthen muscles correctly, without risk of injury.
Wear over a Lycra base layer, or over outer clothes, measure accordingly.
Muscle Memory Retention
Shoulders Back System
Supporting The Spine and Pelvis
Reflective Cross Training Aid
Grey Shoulder Line Training Aid
Internal Waist Band
Best Posture Reinforcement
By providing this vital information, muscle memory can be reset and good posture initiated. Once good posture has been established, and provided the gilet is not being used for medical reasons, it need only be worn again when your posture deteriorates or when your body is under strain.
Riders also say it helps with breathing, and COPD sufferers report that both drawing back the shoulders and lifting the diaphram brings significant improvement to breathing.
The Gilet can play an important role in building the confidence needed to get back on your horse again. It can also be included as part of your rehabilitation programme, helping you build strength correctly and safely.
Combat Boob Bounce
Using our Rider Gilet can reduce bust movement by as much as 80% whilst still allowing suppleness.
It does so by supporting and holding breasts firmly against the body whilst lifting the diaphragm and drawing shoulders back. Weight is distributed evenly across aligned symmetrical shoulders and spine, without pinching in the way that corsets and sports bras often can.
We've added a reflective cross on the back of the gilet to provide visual posture feedback. It can also be used to determine whether rider or horse is uneven/unsound. A grey suede line at the front of each shoulder provides visual feedback for rider and coach particularly useful, when riding a circle i.e. the line is visible in peripheral vision when the body twists and the outside shoulder turns in.
Similarly, correction can be made if your coach on the ground can see the line.
Surgeon, Science, Rider Backed
With the benefit of unequivocal medical credentials, and seeing first-hand how the gilet has helped our riding professionals, we are proud to present a tried and tested method of achieving your best posture.
We have, for many years, been working closely with Orthopaedic surgeons, physios, and Team GB Equestrian, along with past and present Olympic competitors,and gaining an understanding of how to improve rider position in the saddle.
We've learnt that it's much more than simply sit up straight, shoulders back and more about achieving overall body symmetry. Simply put, if one part of our body is out of kilter then other areas will be affected also.
Aches, Pains And Injury Recovery
Signs of a weak core include poor posture, inability to stand up straight (slouching) and digestive disorders. Weak core causes include, hysterectomy, pregnancy (diastasis reci), caesarean section, surgery, injury or inactivity.
CHECK YOUR CORE STRENGTH; Take a breath and as you exhale pull your belly button in toward your spine. Hold for 10 seconds, then release. If you were unable to hold for the count this is a good indication of a weak core.
What You Say About Us,
Olympic Event Rider
I found the Rider Gilet absolutely essential in my recovery from a terrible rotational fall four years ago after I sustained multiple fractures, I certainly couldn't have got back to riding as quickly as I did without it. Now I use it as a posture maintenance tool and for keeping me at my absolute best in the saddle. Incidentally, it also helps me recover faster after competitions. I'm very happy to recommend the gilet to clients and means I can concentrate on their riding rather than nagging them about posture.
3* International Event Rider
I love the rider gilet I purchased. I'm so pleased to have found it after riding accidents along the way have left me with multiple joint and muscle issues, diaphragm damage, and hunched shoulders.
Serving British Officer - Major with the Adjutant General's Corps and Centre 10 Advanced Coach.
After my collarbone was removed I thought my riding career was over. Since discovering the rider gilet some years ago it has been a real game-changer for me. It supports my shoulder and compensates for my lack of strength as a result of not having a collarbone. I wear it for training and under my body protector when competing and thanks to the gilet I have fulfilled my lifelong dream of competing at Badminton Horse Trials.
Louise Le Geyt
Winning Grassroots Event Rider
I have ridden in my gilet four times now and my lower back has zero pain after riding. I’ve not experienced this in years. My pain across my shoulders has reduced yet my upper leg muscles ache this is due to my new position I’m sure. My riding coach thought I was leaning to the right but the cross on the back showed that it was in fact, my horse that was dropping her hindquarters. The fit is very good and I feel it is beneficial to me and really helping with my horses' training too.
What size do I need and how do I fit it?
CORRECT SIZE IS VITAL and we offer a free fitting service alternatively, you can watch our fitting video. We also include step-by-step pictorial guide with each gilet. Stretch side panels accommodate both male and female body shapes and various body length options ensure the best possible fit.
What is the rider gilet made of and where is it made?Our gilet is made using high tech ultra-light breathable fabrics unique and exclusive to the 4DflexiSPORT brand and that does not have high rubber content such as Neoprene fabric. Like all of our products we are proud to say they are made in the Britain by our small team of highly skilled machinists.
Will I become dependent on the Rider Gilet and weaken my muscles?
Fear of becoming dependent on support is a valid concern. Our gilet has been developed in such a way that it does not weaken muscles nor make you become dependent on it for support. It does this by placing you in correct posture thereby activating and strengthening your musculoskeletal structures.
In particular, the gilet precipitates distance between the last rib and hip bone and in so doing, raises the diaphragm to fully engage your core muscles, preventing slumping but essentially strengthening your core.
How long does delivery take, and how much will it cost?Delivery is usually 2-3 working days from receiving your order. Postage is provided by Royal Mail tracked and is around £5.00. As a small businesss customer service is our priority and we do everything in our power to make sure you get your order quickly.
Does the Rider Gilet restrict movement?
Absolutely not, the Rider Gilet is designed to fit like a second skin and move with you. Whilst delivering powerful shoulder retraction it follows musculoskeletal structures and does not restrict blood flow or cause pressure to underlying nerves.
Shaping at the shoulders allows arms to lift and stretch forward without hindrance or cutting in at the underarms.
Can I wash the Rider Gilet?
Indeed you can. The Rider Gilet is an easy care garment. Simply place in the cotton laundry bag that comes with it and machine wash at 40C.
Note: Do remember to remove the reflective cross from the back. It is attached with hook and loop and can be peeled off and re-adhered when dry.
Otherwise, all is washable and your gilet should come out looking as good as new!