Helite Air Jackets

Helite’s 11 years of experience and technology has enabled them to design and produce for equine sport a pressure airbag with not only a large volume but also an extremely fast triggering mechanism with a release time of <0.1 sec. 

The airbag vests produced by Helite have been able to prove their value numerous times and are suitable for use in all disciplines of equine sport

 

WHY CHOOSE HELITE AIRBAGS?

Our AIR JACKET is also known as the ProAir. The first version of this airbag vest was designed for motorcyclists that need a very reliable, effective and resistant product. 

TIME OF INFLATION:

because it inflates very quickly, it protects in less than 100 milliseconds after activation. You might remember our airbag minimizing injuries of many top riders such as:
- Rotational fall of Faith Cook at Bramham in 2009
- Rotational fall of Oliver Townend at Rolex in 2010
- Rotational fall of Karim Laghouag at the European Championship in 2010
- Rotational fall of Mary King at the European Championship in 2011
- Rotational fall of Coral Keen at Boekelo 2012
- Rotational fall of Laura Collett at Tweseldown horse trials 2013

MULTI-DIRECTIONAL TRIGGERING:

to ensure that your airbag triggers every time you need it, the system has a safe key-ball system that releases whatever direction you fall.
 

PROTECTION:

The large surface of protection and the specific shape of our airbag will effectively cover the full length of the back from head to coccyx as well as the hips and the chest. This greatly reduces the risk of whiplash injuries and helps to prevent impact injuries, broken ribs causing internal bleeding, over flexion of the spine… 
 
  • All Helite Air Jackets have a Multi-directional Triggering System to ensure safe release of the rider.
  • Protection is given to the full length of the back, pelvis and chest, as well as protection for the sides and back of the neck. This greatly reduces the risk of whiplash injuries and helps to prevent impact injuries.
  • The Air Jacket is designed to be worn in conjunction with a body protector when competing, but the jacket can also be worn by itself at the rider's discretion.
  • When not inflated the Air Jacket allows for full body movement. When inflated the jacket supports the spinal column to prevent over flexion of the spine.
  • All Air Jackets will arrive ready to use, each one is supplied with a gas canister installed and a lanyard to connect the rider to the saddle (an extra canister is supplied free of charge).
  • N.B. If you have not experienced the Air Jacket inflate, we advise to do a trial inflation before wearing it on a horse, this is why we supply an extra canister.
  • The lanyard is a fixed length with a clip to attach to the ring on the saddle straps. The saddle strap attaches to the stirrup bars on the saddle and is included with the Air Jacket.
  • When used with a BETA approved Level 3 body protector the Air Jacket improves protection to the spine by up to 69%. It also provides approximately 45% more protection for the lower spine than a BETA level 3 body protector alone. The Air Jacket worn with or without a Body Protector, reduced the risk of rib fractures and underlying organ damage, by as much as 20%.
  • The Helite Trigger system uses a screw in canister - this is a proven and safe system. The canister must be screwed in tightly; under no circumstances should screw thread be visible. The plug at the bottom must also be screwed in fully, an allan key is supplied to do this.
  • The wearer of the Adult Air Jacket must weigh at least 6 stone (38.1 kg) in weight to ensure the trigger system is activated in the event of a fall.

SIZE CHART IN CM

Size                 Height                         Waistline
(with clothes on)              
Cartridge
Child S 135 - 145 cm 75 - 85 cm 50cc
Child M 140 - 155 cm 80 - 90 cm 50cc
Child L 145 - 165 cm 85 - 95 cm 60cc
S 155 - 170 cm 90 - 100 cm 60cc
M 165 - 178 cm 95 - 110 cm 60cc
L 170 - 185 cm 100 - 115 cm 60cc
XL  180 - 195 cm 105 - 120 cm 60cc
LL  170 - 185 cm 115 - 135 cm 100cc 
XLL  180 - 195 cm 120 - 140 cm 100cc


Please note - For Deliveries outside of the UK, the Air Jackets will be sent without Gas Cannisters.