Hit Air Pro Plus Air Vest

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The Hit Air Pro Plus Air Vest has larger airbags than the Hit Air Original to give the same quality of protection for riders of all sizes.

The Hit Air Equestrian Pro Plus Vest can be worn alone or over your protective vest. The vest inflates instantly in the event of a fall to give you an extra layer of protection from injury.

The Hit-Air Vest will instantly inflate in the event of a fall protecting the neck, torso, hips and spine using an innovative design with a high speed airbag deployment system that uses a CO2 cartridge to automatically inflate the vest in .25 seconds decreasing your chance of serious injury.

A bungee lanyard (included) is attached to both the saddle and the vest. Should the rider and the horse be separated, the lanyard pulls a "key" out of the CO2 cartridge to inflate the air cushion. The inflated vest absorbs the impact helping to prevent injury. You will hardly notice this super lightweight and comfortable vest even when worn over a riding vest (which is recommended).

Features of the Pro Plus Vest include:

  • Air bag deploys within .25 seconds
  • Airbag is placed at back of key box to strengthen buffering shock absorption
  • A Visco Elastan panel is placed behind the CO2 cartridge and on each front rib panel providing extra protection
  • CO2 canister and lanyard included (note saddle strap, sold separately is required for English saddles)
  • Please refer to size chart for sizing
  • Colors: Black is a stock color. Navy, Red and Grey are custom colors and take up to 8 weeks to get.

Laynard options:

Choose your lanyard option:

  • Adjustable Bungee (available in regular or short versions – please choose short if your horse is under 15.2) – requires a saddle strap for connection to English saddle – sold separately
  • Bungee with Clip (available in short or standard version – please select short if horse is under 15.2) – extra charges applies
  • Western coiled wire – for western saddles

Canister sizing:

  • Size S: 50 cc canister
  • Size M and L: 60 cc canister

About Hit Air Vests:

Hit Air Vests have been developed and tested over 10 years. Hit Air has been the recipient of many awards including a Gold Medal at the World Exhibition of Inventions in Belgium in the Safety Protection Life Saving Division and Silver Medal Overall. Hit Air vests are the most tested vests on the market. Tests have shown Hit Air vests reduce head acceleration by more than 50% and body acceleration by over 70%.

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Age Group Adult
Gender Unisex
Brand Hit Air
Sale Type Closeout

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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