Helite is the world ‘s leading producer of Airbag safety vests and jackets. Helite was founded in 2002 and their airbag products have today more than 60 000 users. During the 2012 London Olympics 14 nations used Helite Airbag products.
Helite has extensive experience and technical expertise which has enabled the development of safety vests with incredibly fast inflation time and reliable protection for the riders. Strong materials and comfortable products are also characteristic of Helite. The Airbag vest and jacket have many times proved their worth and they can be used in all types of equestrian sports.
Yes, the Airbag for riders is reusable after activation if it hasn’t been too damaged. The cartridge is the only part of the rider’s Airbag that must be replaced after inflation. If you are not sure whether your Airbag has been badly damaged we will gladly check it in our factory, in France.
The cartridges are guaranteed for 10 years. However we advise you to check your cartridge once a year. Just unscrew the cartridge and check on a kitchen scale whether the weight equals the weight indicated on the cartridge.
The Air Jacket should be hand washed with water and soap, by scrubbing inside and outside. Do not sink the airbag system in water and do not put it in the dryer.
The Air Shell is composed of two elements: the Shell and the Airbag liner. The Shell you can machine-wash like any other garment. The Airbag liner you cannot machine wash, please use warm water and soap and wash by hand.
Yes, so long as it is fitted loosely land there is no interference with the functioning of the lanyard. However, please remember that wearing something on top means slightly slowing down the time it takes for the airbag to inflate. In other words, for optimal protection, we recommend it is on top of every other garment.
All Helite airbags inflate in less than a tenth of a second, and will hold the rider tight for 15-20 seconds. After this, they will deflate within two or three minutes. Should you have a fall while on the cross-country course and want to continue, you can still move your arms and legs normally.
No, the CO2 canister is located on the least harmful place of your upper body. In addition to the Airbag under the canister, a foam rubber pad and an ABS pad keep the bottle further from your body. The gas contained in the cartridge is only CO2 gas, which is totally harmful.
HELITE PRO RIDERS
Joe Whitaker is an international showjumper, trainer and producer of horses. Based in South Yorkshire, Great Britain.
One of the leading british female showjumpers and daughter of one of the greatest of all time, John Whitaker.
Bettina Hoy was the first women from Germany who won an Olympic medal in the discipline eventing.
Louise is one of the three members in "RidetoRio", with the goal to ride in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016.
Emily Llewellyn is the only rider to have ridden on 8 consecutive Youth European Championship Teams, winning 6 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze.
He own and train 5 horses, each of which he ride competitively in different classes. His ambition is to be qualified to ride in the Olympic Games 2016.
Sandra Auffarth is steeped in horsemanship and in 2012 she won Olympic team gold and invidiual bronze.
Gemma is a young International Event rider working towards fulfilling her dream of becoming a member of the Senior British Team.
Karim Laghouag is an international rider, member of the France eventing team and he started his career in 1996.
"I honestly don't know why anyone would ride without one!"
"After spending years in a Body Protector, I now feel free to be able to move in my Helite Air Shell Blouson -I love it!"
"Looks and feels great when competing and gives me confidence when schooling at home."
"The new Air Shell Range of jackets by Helite are the future! Being permitted by British Showjumping means that I can compete in the Blouson and can wear the Gilet for day to day riding."
"To me my helite air jacket is like a seat belt, I wouldn't go in a car without my seat belt on and I wouldn't jump a XC fence without my air jacket!"