"If you have somewhere to be Monday morning, shouldn't you be thinking about a Tekvest?"
Newest Testimonial - Located in the SnowTech Magazine September 2018 Issue
Video Testimonial From: Jason Jones
During my first few days of "coming to" at the hospital, I was made aware of the countless posts and well wishes from friends, and even total strangers. The reason I mention this is because a few posts surprised and shocked me. Several people asked if my health insurance would be covering my accident.
Of course my health insurance would cover it, I thought. I wasn't racing or participating in a sanctioned event. I'm well aware most insurances will not cover an accident in that case. I was unaware that with the new Obamacare regulations, several private insurances have cut coverage to recreational vehicle accidents. To lessen costs, insurance companies have stopped automatically including coverage for people injured while participating in something they love. That coverage can be added, but for an additional cost.
I just wanted to make all my friends aware so that those of you that do have recreational vehicles check your health insurance policy. My bill from the hospital alone (not including rehab or the physical therapy and follow ups I have) was $179,000. I was in the hospital 9 days short of a month. Oh and I was taken to the hospital by medical helicopter MercyFlight, for those in WNY. The distance was only 24 miles, the bill- $13,000. Thank goodness I only have to pay my co-pay, but if I did not have my coverage I would be financially ruined. So everyone do yourselves a favor and check your insurance policies! Being in an accident is traumatic enough, but then to have to worry about money and costs. That is additional stress no one needs or wants.
Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 9:11 AM
To: Steve Brand
Subject: Tek Vest
I apologize for not emailing you before now. The last time I rode was Aug 24th and the good news is I did not impact test your vest. The bad news is that I did impact test my helmet. Broke a carbon fiber helmet. The helmet worked. No concussion. However it has jammed up my back and neck pretty good. Needless to say I have not done any riding since then.
I was able to do some riding with both vest in some real heat and you were correct, they are not that bad. To my surprise I like the Rally vest the best. I like the zipper in the front. I found that you can quickly open it when you come to a stop and just as quickly zip it shut when you are ready to ride again.
I will try to call you later this week. Things are very busy from now till the beginning of next month. I have a trade show next week that I am trying to get ready for. Then when I get back I have a huge Dual Sport to get ready for the first weekend in Nov. There will be over 600 riders there and I set up as a vendor.
Talk to you soon. Have a great day.
Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:03 AM
To: Steve Brand
Subject: Re: Rally Max crash testimonial
Overall: I am very pleased with my TekVest. I have not had any significant crashes while riding with it, (I hope it stays that way). My biggest concern was it being to hot in the summertime, especially in the desert, that turned out not to be an issue, it is warmer than my old 661 pressure suit but I would gladly trade that for the obvious increase in protection. I like the integrated hydration pouch. The only down side is that I find that I can't wear my day pack comfortably with the TekVest, So I plan on buying a Giant Loop Mojavi bag for day trips. Also, I have not found a good location to put my Spot beacon, I really like having that somewhere on my upper torso not my bike.
Design: Please tell you team that the design, material selection and overall fit and finish of your product is great. I have worked as an engineer in design and manufacturing for over 25 years and I really appreciate high quality, well thought out and robustly designed products.
Function: The TekVest helps me ride better because I feel more protected while I wear it. It is like a helmet for your body and just like a helmet I feel naked if I don't wear it now.
Customer Service: I really appreciate the time that you take to respond to me and other customers.
Best of luck to you and your company.
Sent: June-17-13 7:38 PM
Subject: RE: Your repair
Hello Steve and Tekrider:
I just thought I would write a quick note of thanks to you and your staff for your great product and support. My Rally Max Tekvest has served me well over the past three years. It is an essential piece of gear when I'm riding off road. It has been worn for over 300 hours in the past three years on dual sport rides, enduros, cross country events, organized trail rides and off road rides in all kinds of weather from -2C to 30+ degrees Celsius. At a recent event I went down in a corner on the first lap and was hit / run over by a bike and rider behind me. At the time, we both got up, jumped on our bikes and got going again and I never gave the incident another thought. The next day I was no worse for wear aside from a sore arm but when I looked at the vest I realized there had been some sort of impact. After shipping the vest back for repair I was informed of how bad the impact had been. Judging by the damage to the vest I was very fortunate to escape this without so much as a bruise. The side of the vest looks as though perhaps a foot peg or some other metal tore into it. The protection offered by your vest certainly did its job I can't imagine what my torso would look like had I not been wearing the vest. The side protection offered by the Tekvest was the reason I purchased the unit three years ago after cracking ribs in a crash while wearing a roost guard. Thanks again to you and your staff for such a great product and standing behind it. Also thanks for the great deal on my new Rally Max vest.
From: George (Sledcore Mulisha)
April 2nd 2018
I've had my vest for not even 2 months now. This is the first year I've been serious in riding off trail and getting used to throwing my polaris around.
A couple friends had ordered these vests and I was very impressed with the quality of the build and materials. Very light and warm and most of all seemed to offer protection in the right areas.
Well today my luck finally caught up with me as I cased a landing and slammed into the handlebars. The crash was violent and I was stunned as I felt like I was smashed in the chest by a train. As I came to my senses I realized what had happened. The vest had surely saved me from broken ribs/collapsed lung etc. .
I'm sitting here writing this review from home and not the hospital or worse. The vest saved me today and I'll never ride without it again. Thank you so much for this quality peace of equipment.
Jan. 8th 2018
I thought I would write a note about the IMPORTANCE my TekVest played for me:
On Saturday, December 30, I was on my snowmobile coming down a hill and hit a small rock that tossed me to the right into another huge rock. When skis hit the rock it turned the handlebars completely sideways and brought the sled to an instant stop. I took the end of the bar in my side in the ribs. When I came off the sled and landed on the ground, I thought I was going to die. The pain was EXCRUCIATING. It took me quite awhile to be able to breathe and had to have help to get up.
A week later, I can still barely move and am in pain from my arm pIt to waist and breast bone in front to spine in back.
Although i'm still in a lot of pain, I can only IMAGINE what would have happened without my vest on!!! I never ride without it!
I believe the protection on the sides is imperative and may have saved my life.
My vest did it's job perfectly.
Feb 7th 2018
Had an off on my sled yesterday coming out of an icy corner. If not for Tekvest I would be hurt pretty badly. Other than some bruised ribs and some sled damage I am good to go. Thanks for building such a great product!
TESTIMONIAL FROM, RECENTLY RETIRED, TUCKER HIBBERT: