I have a racesafe 2010 and absolutely love it. I use it when jumping Zeb or if riding someone elses horse I dont know that well. For the most part it's a confidence giver because I dont really do anything risky (just like you weren't huh!!) as such but it makes me feel safe. I suppose that everyones perception of risky is different. If I'm honest the only thing that scares me is jumping, not riding on the road which is utterly ridiculous now that I think about it.
I also always ride in my Roekl gloves, hat and hi viz and unless it's boiling I try to have long sleeves too.
If I were you I'd get the lot, it would make me feel safer and Vel will only benefit from that sense of security. The only reason I don't where my body protector more is in the summer it's too hot and generally I don't feel like I need it. Might have to rethink that one...
I have a racesafe body protector and i love it i always wear it on qomix because hes being reschooled from racing and i havent had him that long im not sure if i push his buttons what hes capable of. So its always worn now. Id like to not wear it when the weathers nice because it is hot, but id rather be hot than injured. Deff get both if you have the funds to your mind will be at rest then.
A horse gallops with its lungs, perserveres with its heart, and wins with its character.
If you're looking at getting a point 2 and the racesafe and you're planning on wearing them together it may be worth waiting a couple of months and buying the new point 2 which comes with the racesafe, they are one unit. It works out cheaper than buying them separately.
I have the race safe and I bought a point 2 this year. I don't notice either of them at all. I've always worn my back protector when schooling youngsters.
You can wear the point 2 without a back protector underneath, so if you're out hacking you can just wear the point 2. You just MUST NOT have it fitted tight, you have to be able to get both your fists between your rib cage and the point2. If you decide to get one, get it fitted, don't just buy over the internet. If you do it up too tight and it goes off it will crush the air out of you and may cause more problems.
The only reason it's pushed with the back protector is because it's not BETA approved, so if you go XC you must have a back protector underneath, also they can't advertise it as being as protective... blah blah blah.... legal tape stuff. But yes you can wear it without a back protector and it will still offer more protection than without.