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Helite Equestrian Air Shell with Gilet outer
Helite Equestrian Air Shell with Gilet outer

Helite Equestrian Air Shell with Gilet outer


Helite Equestrian Air Shell with Gilet Outer

The Equestrian Air Shell Range by Helite combines safety, comfort and style. The technical ‘Tekseries’ fabric is windproof, shower-proof and the stretch allows for outward expansion. The gilet is frequently used as a comfortable option for children, for breaking in young horses, out hunting or hacking and just generally a great option for ‘every-day’ use. The Gilet has been approved by British Dressage and British Showjumping for use in the ring as well as by British Eventing for use in the showjumping and dressage phases of competition. The gilet is approved for use only when worn over your standard show jacket.

What sets the Air Shell gilet apart from other air vests or jackets on the market is that the outer ‘shells’ are interchangeable. The gilet has a unique ‘zip-out air bag system – you can swap the gilet outer for a different colour or style depending on the weather, your mood or how you want to look. The interchangeable outers are also washable (30° in a standard washing machine) which means you can keep them looking smart and stylish all the time.

This Product includes the full Air Shell Air bag system and 1 interchangeable outer of your choice.


Product Description

The Helite Equestrian Air Shell with Gilet Outer uses the same airbag and multi-directional trigger system as over 80,000 air jackets already in use across the world – 12 Nations were equipped with this system at the London 2012 Olympics. This allows for safe release of the rider when they part company with the horse from different angles.

When inflated, protection is given to the back of the neck which reduces the risk of whiplash related injuries. Inflation of the jacket also supports the spinal column preventing over flexion or extension as well as offering protection to the full length of the back, chest and sides which significantly reduces the extent of impact injuries. When not inflated the gilet allows for full body movement.


Helite Equestrian Air Shell with Gilet Outer Key Features

  • CE certified airbag which is fully inflated in less than 0.094 seconds
  • Stylish & fitted, body-worn protective air bag system.
  • Approved for use in British Dressage (BD) and British Showjumping (BS).
  • Comfortable & allows a full range of body movement.
  • Patented zip-out air bag system.
  • Interchangeable soft shell outers.
  • Washable high performance Tekseries sports fabric.
  • Multi directional triggering system.
  • Shower proof & suitable for competition or daily use.

Optimal Spinal Stability

  • The inflated air bag ensures efficient spinal alignment.
  • Providing support and rigidity minimises damage to the spinal cord that can be caused by hyper flexion or extension.
  • The inflation of the air bag at the cervical (neck) region provides support to the head, delaying the head strike and reducing whiplash or traumatic brain injuries.

Superior Inflation Speed

All Helite air bags inflate and reach optimal supportive pressure at 0.094 seconds.

Comfortable & Versatile

  • Breathable fabrics used which provide good circulation and moisture management.
  • Easily adjustable fastenings.
  • Very light and flexible with unrestricted movement.
  • A wide range of colours, sizes and styles available.
  • The body-worn air bag products are suitable for multiple sports, activities and disciplines.


  • Providing the product is correctly serviced and well maintained the air jacket components are reusable.
  • The CO2 gas cannister is the only item which requires replacement following inflation.

Guaranteed Quality: CE Certified

  • CE certification: a mandatory conformity marking.
  • We guarantee the product for two years subject to appropriate servicing and maintenance.
  • We only utilise durable high quality performance fabrics.

Advanced Safety & Protection

  • All products exceed PR EN1621 level 4 safety standards.
  • Unique air bag design and installation provides optimal coverage of the vital organs and skeletal structures.
  • Provides enhanced protection specifically to the neck, thorax, spine, abdomen and pelvic region.
  • The large surface area of the air bag absorbs the impact and disperses energy safely.

Fitting Instructions

The air shell vest should fit exactly the same as any other gilet as the product is designed to expand outwards on activation.

You may consider upsizing this product by one size as we find the French sizing to come up a little smaller than we are used to here in the UK.

The jacket can be adjusted accordingly using the various velcro straps.


Every air jacket comes with a canister and lanyard attached – extra lanyards, canisters or interchangeable jacket outers can bought separately.


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Are you struggling to decide which air vest or jacket you want? Are you not quite sure which size will fit you?

Do you need to try one before you buy one to see if it is right for you?

We offer a try before you buy service in the UK, depending on your location we can either bring the jackets to you to try before you buy.

If you would like to take advantage of this please complete your details below and we will be in contact to arrange a convenient time.

  • Please let us know which products you would like to try, and any other information you think will be relevant

If you are already the owner of a Helite air vest or jacket and would like to upgrade to a new one you can now part exchange your old jacket.

Please complete our part exchange form or call 01132 843497.

We will need to know the following details:

  • How old is your air vest or jacket?
  • Where did you purchase your air vest or jacket?
  • Has your air vest or jacket been serviced? (We may ask for proof of service history).
  • What is the unique serial number of your air vest or jacket?

Part exchange is not guaranteed – it is likely that we will need to see your jacket before agreeing to an exchange.

Helite User Guide


Providing the products you have ordered are in stock we operate on a next day couriered delivery service if ordered before 11am - however we quote the below delivery times to account for any postal/stock delays.

If you require express delivery or have specific delivery instructions (e.g. to allocate a "safe" place) please call the office on 01132 843497.

  • All orders over £175 Free UK delivery (Courier service) - 3 to 5 working days.
  • Orders less than £100 £3.50 (Royal Mail) excluding canisters - 3-5 working days
  • Canisters £5.50 (Courier Service) - 3 to 5 working days.
  • Europe £35.00 (courier service 7-10 days)
  • Australasia £50 (courier service 7-10 days)
  • America £45 (courier service 7-10 days)
  • Africa £50 (courier service 7-10 days)

Green Lane Farm
Stainburn Lane
LS21 2LF

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