Hit Air Advantage Airbag Vest
The Hit Air Advantage Airbag Vest is a multi-discipline air vest designed to prevent serious injuries in all types of falls. A cord attaches the vest to the saddle and deploys the inflation mechanism in the event of a fall. The vest inflates to protect the neck, back and chest from sudden impact. Paired with a traditional foam protective vest an airbag vest can prevent many serious injuries to make your rider safer and more enjoyable.
- "Harness type" airbag that employs the new higher speed key ball mechanism (component that activates the CO2 cartridge)
- 0.09 sec deployment time! Inflates faster than the SV Air vest
- Versatile design is suitable for Eventing, Western and other equestrian disciplines
- The neck airbag , where most injuries occur, inflates first, followed by (in only a fraction of a millisecond) the torso and hip airbag. The neck airbag is also significantly larger than the leading competitor's neck air bag
- The key box where the CO2 cartridge is deployed is protected from dust and dirt and provides sound insulation to minimize spooking the horse during an unintended deployment
- The vest is also more comfortable because the hip air bags are concealed inside a special pocket making it unnecessary to have a long "duck tailed" style that can be uncomfortable in the saddle
- The Advantage is also more versatile because it has an additional optional CE back protector and waist side cushions
- The new Advantage is also cooler to wear because of the open design
- Vest comes with one air cartridge and a lanyard. Saddle attachment strap to attach to the bars of your saddle is sold separately.
With all of these advantages, it is also more affordable costing hundreds of dollars less than other available air vests
Sizing (Please see sizing chart for measuring):
- Small Fits XXSmall through Small
- Medium Fits Small to XLarge
- Large Fits XLarge to 3XLarge
- XLarge Fits 3XLarge to 5XLarge
- Small and Medium vests use a 50cc cartridge
- Large and XLarge vests use a 60cc cartridge
Please note: Because of the CO2 Cartridge included with the vest, it can only be shipped Fedex or UPS ground. This product cannot be expedited so please plan accordingly when ordering.
NOTE: Red, Blue and White vests are custom ordered and take approximately 6 weeks to get.
Safety Vest Certification Organizations
BETA maintains the EN equestrian standards
EN 13158 is a body protector standard with three primary components
- Specifies the area of the body that must be covered
- Tests impact performance both on flat ground and fence rails
- Measures security of attachment to the wearer
Impact testing is conducted at ambient temperatures, and an optional 30°C impact test is also available.
Body protector manufacturers conforming to the BETA standards are required to annually re-test their approved products to ensure ongoing consistency in the quality of manufacture and of the shock-absorbing foams used in the construction of their garments.
SEI maintains ASTM standards
ASTM F1937 is a standard that specifies:
- Requirements for the body protector assembly
- The extent and form of the protective material used
- The attachments
- The dimension, sizing and body coverage provided
Testing procedures include a shock attenuation test, a penetration and deformation test, an impact sites test, a padding separation test, and a closure test.
These tests are done in four conditions: ambient temperature, low temperature, high temperature, and water immersion.
ASTM F2681 is a standard for body protectors that covers the minimum performance criteria and outlines test methods for body protectors that will be used specifically for horse racing.
Levels of Protection
In 1995, BETA Level 1, 2, and 3 safety standards were introduced, with 1 being the lowest and 3 being the highest level of protection offered.
There are three levels of protection to cater for different riding activities. The latest European safety standard is EN 13158 and BETA 2018.
No body protector can prevent serious injury in certain accidents, but you can improve your chances of staying safe by choosing the highest safety standard.
Level 1 (green label)
Body protectors certified to Level 1 provide a lower level of impact protection that is only considered appropriate for racing where weight is of over-riding importance and there are no requirements in place for a great level of protection.
Level 2 (orange label)
Body protectors certified to Level 2 provide a lower than normal level of protection that is only considered appropriate for use in low risk situations.
These DO NOT include riding on roads or other hard surfaces, riding over jumps, riding young or excitable horses or riding while inexperienced. This level is now used by many jockeys while racing.
Level 3 (blue label)
Body protectors certified to Level 3 provide a level of protection that is considered appropriate for normal horse riding, competitors and for working with horses.
Protectors to this level should prevent minor bruising that would have produced stiffness and pain, reduce soft tissue injuries and bruising, and prevent a limited number of rib fractures.
This level is required by many exercise riders for race horses.
Level 3 – Carriage driving (blue label)
Body protectors designed to meet the needs of horse drivers. Navigators are best wearing a standard level 3. It does not provide adequate coverage of the back for those riding horses or those working with them.
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