Some of you may remember my post from a while back where I was considering buying a new body protector for cross country. Once I finally decided which one I wanted and what color I wanted, I was of course immediately unable to find the right size/color anywhere in the US. But I did notice that Riding Warehouse (my faves) carried the vest in black, so I figured I’d email and see if it was possible for them to special order it in navy, since they’ve done that for me before with other things.
They answered me quickly with an “absolutely, we’d love to” (they’re so nice I always want to poke them to see if they’re real), they put the order in for me, and we proceeded to wait. Having had items backordered from other companies before, I am always skeptical about arrival times, especially when they’re coming from overseas. I tend to order it and then forget it. But the projected timeline they gave me ended up being spot on, and I got a notification once they knew when it was expected to hit. When they received it they immediately (for real, within a day) had it on a truck to me, and it arrived 3 days later. Did I mention they had the best price of anyone in the US? Did I mention shipping was free?
I’m waiting to do a review/comparison post of the Airowear vs the Tipperary until I wear it a few times, but visually and structurally the difference is huge. I let SO play the “HIT ME” game with me wearing each vest and boy could I tell a difference. But more on that when my thoughts are more organized. Do y’all have input on what type of review you’d like to see? I can do pictures, as is typical, or I can do a video review like you see on a lot of tack shop websites. Maybe a mix of both? Anything in particular you really want to see about one or the other, or comparatively? If you have specific questions, get them to me and I’ll address them in the review.
I also ordered a few more things from Riding Warehouse (because happy early birthday to me?) one of which is my long-coveted navy DSB boots. Once again they had the best price and free shipping. They’re pretty and I love them.
I tried one more time to buy something from Smartpak a few weeks ago, mainly because they were one of the only shops left on the entire Internet that had still had a few of the now-discontinued shirt that I wanted. Once again the experience left me very very frustrated and required me getting pissed off before they offered to make it right. They resolved the situation and it ended satisfactorily, but I am officially done with them. I tried. I really tried. Riding Warehouse is just way better, and cheaper, and faster, and nicer, and has never once made me want to stab them in the eye. That’s saying something.