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    • #64982
      Evan Fraser
      Participant

      Hey guys,

      I’m looking for a good rib vest as it’s cheaper than getting myself fixed up after each race and feels way better.  I was looking for Ribtect but their website seems to be dead.  Is Ribtect dead?

      So I’m thinking an Armadillo vest.  Does anyone recommend any other rib vests?

      Thanks!

      Evan Fraser

      #43 - Formula K FK01 / Briggs LO206

      West Coast Kart Club

    • #64984
      Hans Mattes
      Participant

      I bought an Armadillo vest.  Nice vest, well made.  But bulky and, with the breastplate, too hot.  So I got an AlpineStars.  A lot less “vest for the money,” but more comfortable as I don’t get overheated as easily.  And that’s a safety feature.

    • #64985
      tony zambos
      Participant

      Certainly looks as if Ribtech did not renew its domain name. Call a large retailer like Comet Kart Sales (317-462-3413) for info on Ribtech info. My son tried a Tillett rib protector over the weekend. Worked good. https://www.tillett.co.uk/ribtec-rib-protectors.asp

      LAD Specialties customer / tony kart / rotax / kt100

    • #64988
      Robby Mott
      Participant

      Hello Evan,  NO…….Ribtect is not dead……It is alive and well.

      Not sure what is going on with our site…..but will get it up and going right away.

      Yes, please contact a retailer like Comet…..or Accleration Karting…..or Fastech Racing……all Ribtect Dealers

      Or you can give me a call at 310-487-8938

      Robby Mott

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    • #65010
      Patrick Roth
      Participant

      Evan, I recommend the Ribtect 4 vest as it’s well priced, very durable, and the buckles make it easy to get the fit you want and hold it securely.  I’ve been using Ribtect vests for the last 5 years (tried another brand before and it failed within a few months) and the reason I’ve never changed is it simply works well.

       

       

    • #65015
      Robby Mott
      Participant

      Hello,  our site is back up and running again!

      http://www.ribtect.com

    • #65018
      TJ Koyen
      Moderator

      I always recommend the Bengio Bumper as my rib vest of choice. I went through several rib vests over the past 3 years, as I battled separated and cracked ribs at almost every race. I tried several vests, several types of padding, modifying the vests to fit and pad better, different seats, different driving posture… Nothing really helped. I kid you not when I say I put the Bengio on in the middle of a weekend it literally made the pain disappear. I could barely breathe without wincing in the kart and once I put that vest on I had zero issues for the rest of the season and was able to put the factory seat back in. I don’t know what it is about that vest, but it solved all my problems and I’ve been pain free for over a season now. Which is saying a lot because my ribs are now weaker than they were before I hurt them, since I’ve built up so much scar tissue in them.

      I have no vested interests in Bengio, I don’t even know where to buy one, but I know have bad it is to have a rib injury and wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, so any time this topic comes up I always pass on what I think is the best product. I got mine on ebay but had to ship it from overseas. I believe there is an American distributor but I don’t know the name.

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    • #65026
      Evan Fraser
      Participant

      I have no vested interests

      Well played sir!

      Robby, thank you, glad you’re not dead.

      I kind of wanted to go with the Ribtect but was somewhat thwarted by the website being down, and being Canadian my dealer options are limited.  I’ll look into the Bengio as well TJ, thanks.  Regardless I’m spending more on chiropractors than I could spend on a good vest, as my original Tillett Ribtec just isn’t doing it, and here I sit with sore ribs and dizzy spells.

      Evan Fraser

      #43 - Formula K FK01 / Briggs LO206

      West Coast Kart Club

    • #65029
      Mike Giles
      Participant

      Evan – I also battle rib issues and have both the Bengio and Ribtect. Both work well but the Ribtect is more adjustable and has a tapered construction so it fits my body a little better.

    • #65187
      Evan Fraser
      Participant

      I’ve found Canadian sources for both the Bengio and Ribtect so I’m just trying to figure out which to get.  Thanks guys!

      Evan Fraser

      #43 - Formula K FK01 / Briggs LO206

      West Coast Kart Club

    • #65194
      tony zambos
      Participant

      Order one of each. Try them both on and return the one you don’t like. It will cost you a little extra but you’ll know which of the two fits you best.

      LAD Specialties customer / tony kart / rotax / kt100

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