It 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 Air Show allows for full body movement.
Helite Equestrian Air Shell with Show Jacket 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.
- Dark Grey jacket with a choice of two collar colours – dark grey or beige.
- Patented zip-out air bag system.
- Interchangeable soft shell outers.
- Washable high performance Tekseries sports fabric.
- No ironing required.
- Multi directional triggering system.
- Quality metal button detailing – four in total.
- Two zip pockets.
- 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.
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.
“ Wearing my Air Jacket feels comfortable and safe, when wearing it, I feel I can push myself that little bit more!! After a crash in Poland in July 2012 I was very pleased to be wearing my air jacket - it’s a great safety product! “Chris “Bomber” Harris , British Speedway Champion
I walked away from a nasty accidentSI, , Warrington
There is no doubt in my mind that I would be dead or paralysed if not for the airbagRT , Lanark
This could be this year’s must-have safety accessory!Ride Magazine
The Airvest didn’t just mitigate my injuries, it eliminated them!RF, , London
The Helite Touring Jacket is an excellent jacket in its own right - they should be commended for the seamless integration of the air bag system!Adventure Bike Magazine