No, the airbag inflates between the body and the canister. Moreover a foam rubber pad and an ABS pad keep the bottle even
further from your body. The gas contained in the cartridge is only CO2 gas, known for extinguishing fires, it is totally harmless.
Yes, you can roll and move as you still have full movement of your arms and legs. We have done extensive testing with riders and have thousands of real falls to confirm our testing. We specifically leave space in the front of your upper chest for you to bring the chin down, which is the first thing to do when you fall from the front and need to roll.
The airbag doesn’t keep you from breathing. Our adult airbag version inflates very quickly and tight on the upper-body so you will get a nice bear-hug and this tightness will significantly minimize over-extension and bending of the upper-body. The adrenaline due to the fall will naturally make you hold your breath, but it doesn't have anything to do with the airbag itself.
To guarantee the good functioning of your rider air vest, make an annual check:
1. Unscrew the cartridge and weigh it on a scale to make sure the CO2 gas hasn’t escaped.
2. Open the trigger system (using the Allen-key) wipe dust off the components and check for rust or corrosion. Please contact us if any component needs replacement.
The gas-canister is of single use. Once the airbag has inflated the cartridge must be replaced with a new cartridge of the same capacity. The warranty on an unused CO2 canister is 10 years. Please unscrew your cartridge annually and check the weight. Replace the canister if the weight has fallen significantly or there is rust or other deterioration. The cartridge should be stored in temperatures below 45°C. Do not leave full cartridges in the car in high temperatures for example.
The Helite airbag system will inflate in less than a tenth of a second (at 250 mbar of pressure) and will stay inflated to support and protect the rider for 15 - 20 seconds. It will take 5-7 minutes for the Airbag to deflate completely, unscrewing and removing the canister will speed this up significantly. You can unclip and remove the airbag immediately after the fall.
At first, choose the size of your Zip’in airbag following our size chart. According to your measurements, several sizes can fit you. So, you just have to take your favourite size depending on your feeling (closefitting or large cut). Caution, you mustn’t wear Helite airbag if you weigh less than 35kg. We advise you to never use a smaller size than recommended. Once your choice is made, you always have to keep the same size, for example a Zip’in airbag size M must always be combined with a compatible outer size M.
You musn’t wash your Zip’in airbag in a washing machine or by immersing it in water. We recommend you to clean it with a soft cloth and soapy water or with babywipes (no detergent, products may alter the fabric). Never put your Zip’in airbag in the tumble drier, on the heater or next to a heat source. When your airbag is clean, store it in a dry place away from moisture.
Helite airbags are mechanical to avoid unexpected airbag activation. Accidental deployments are rare. The tractive force required to activate the airbag is between 20 and 30 kg depending on the size. If a rider forgets to detach from his horse, he will feel a strong tension on his jacket before the airbag is triggered. As the car belt, clip and unclip the saddle strap will quickly become a habit.
Yes, as long as the airbag is in good condition (no holes, tears) you can re-use it. Easy to do, you can reset the system yourself in 2 minutes, without sending your vest back to Helite. It is only necessary to replace the CO2 cartridge with a new one, available at all Helite dealers worldwide. Please, check the size of the airbag when replacing cartridges. If you have any doubt about the correct use of your airbag, our team is at your service (www.helite-service.com).