Airbag Jacket any good? ( Hit Air Safermoto jacket & vest)

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by mikeyoda, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. TallRob

    TallRob Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,387
    Location:
    Agoura Hills ,Ca
    you sure about that? The vests are noticibly shorter than the MLV. The connector is also in a different position on the vest.
    #61
  2. SaferMoto

    SaferMoto Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    269
    Location:
    Reno Nevada
    Yep, I'm sure. It may be that the speed hump on their leathers is causing the whole vest to ride up higher on their chest.
    #62
  3. TallRob

    TallRob Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,387
    Location:
    Agoura Hills ,Ca
    Ii see it now, thanks.
    #63
  4. Tonopah

    Tonopah Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2009
    Oddometer:
    460
    Location:
    New River, AZ
    My brother just ordered an MLV-Lightweight from SaferMoto. I am thinking about the YS or the MV-3.

    I commute 20 miles through heavy Los Angeles freeway traffic to downtown LA every few days and think that maybe a Hit Air isn't a bad idea.
    #64
  5. Houngan

    Houngan Adventurer

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2010
    Oddometer:
    59
    I just ordered the YS (hi viz yellow full vest) and was very please with the honesty and responses of John at Safermoto. Some concerns I had and their answers:

    Q: How good is the back protection upgrade?
    A: Not very good. If you want real back protection other than the airbag, you need real armor like Forcefield.

    I asked this because I'm trying to put together a removeable full-armor solution that I can stow. That way I can buy lesser jackets for the seasons but still have great protection.

    Q: Does the vest allow wind through? Will it block the vents of my jacket?
    A: It lets wind through like a sieve

    Q: What sort of armor would fit?
    A: This page: http://www.forcefieldperformance.com/product/upgrade-back-inserts/2361 Perhaps John can specify which model on that page, since it's Flash and the models change as you mouse over them.

    Anyway, I'll update when it arrives, I'll be wearing it over a Tourmaster Air Intake and a Fieldsheer Highland jacket.

    H.
    #65
  6. TallRob

    TallRob Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,387
    Location:
    Agoura Hills ,Ca
    Im trying to decide whether to go hi-vis or stay black. Im worried about the Hi vis bleaching out in a year or too. WHich is something I hate with those intensive colors.
    #66
  7. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

    Joined:
    May 4, 2005
    Oddometer:
    6,976
    Location:
    Way Northwest
    Sure it might bleach,but would still be a lot more visible than black.

    JR356
    With high viz YS vest:thumb
    #67
  8. SocalRob

    SocalRob Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    May 23, 2006
    Oddometer:
    30,667
    Location:
    Los Angeles @ base of Angeles Crest Hwy
    Safemoto - My daughter rides horses. I see that these vests are making inroads in the equestrian world where safety is way down the list of concerns. Daughter broke her shoulder recently in a silly fall while walking her horse back to the stable at a show. Fell on rock hard roadway. I bet with you jacket it would have been no injury.

    I will show your site to wife (horse person) & see what she thinks. I think the product is maturing and will be looking into it myself.
    #68
  9. SaferMoto

    SaferMoto Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    269
    Location:
    Reno Nevada
    You can also look at our http://www.saferrider.com which has more of a equestrian tilt. Our http://www.safermoto.com/products/vest_km/index.html KM Vest for children or our http://www.safermoto.com/products/vest_equestrian/index.html LV SV2 vest is specifically designed for tthe Equestrian rider.
    Our http://www.safermoto.com/products/fr/index.html FR ladies jacket is alos very popular with the Equestrain Riders.

    If you have any questions we would be happy to answer them for you :clap
    #69
  10. SaferMoto

    SaferMoto Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    269
    Location:
    Reno Nevada
    We dont have any data on how the color changes over time, sorry. The material is very hard wearing so we dont foresee any issues with the color "bleaching" within a year or two.

    If you have any further questions we would be happy to answer them
    #70
  11. spaceharrier

    spaceharrier Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2008
    Oddometer:
    97
    Location:
    NorCal
    The vest doesn't dominate visually; it's not that big when packed. If visibility is your primary concern I'd suggest (as a layman) to get a hi-viz jacket and the vest over the top. Lots more material in the jacket than the vest.
    #71
  12. spawnx66

    spawnx66 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2004
    Oddometer:
    294
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    I'm glad I saw this thread. I didn't even know these products existed (air vests) I'm definitely interested in getting one.
    #72
  13. TallRob

    TallRob Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,387
    Location:
    Agoura Hills ,Ca
    I used to do eventing asa kid. There are about 4 companies doing air vests now for horse riders. But the Hit Air vests are definetly the fastest inflating and with the smallest foot print for the wearer ive seen.
    #73
  14. TallRob

    TallRob Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,387
    Location:
    Agoura Hills ,Ca
    Why is the yellow MLV so much more expensive than the black version?
    #74
  15. jacbrown

    jacbrown As old as my tongue, a little older than my teeth

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2004
    Oddometer:
    81
    Location:
    Michigan
    :roflJohn at SaferMoto is really helpful. At 6'5", I was concerned about the fit. John's answer was to send me both an MLV and a YS vest. :clap:clap I picked the MLV and sent the YS back, no problem. :D

    I got the 3XL MLV and its both long enough and has lots of adjustment for waist size. Just a personal preference, but I liked the freedom of movement with the MLV and I didn't see any significant difference in air bag coverage between it and the full vest.

    One thing you tall guys need to be aware of is the tether length. :deal I bought a spare that fit my sport bike fine. On the KLR, however, the tether was right on the edge of being too short for a lot of standing on the bike. Since ADV inmates do a lot of upright offroad riding , taller inmates may need to work out something special, depending on their bike and body. John was nice enough to send me a prototype of a longer tether, but I think I got the only one. If anybody gets in trouble on this issue, send me a pm and I'll take a picture of the long tether for you. It wouldn't be too hard to make up something similar for yourself.

    Safer John,

    I didn't identify myself as an ADV inmate when I ordered and don't expect any discount, but feel free to make a charitable contribution with me in mind. Actually, I think I've used up any consideration with the extra service you sent my way. Thanks again.
    #75
  16. kjames

    kjames Adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2008
    Oddometer:
    42
    Location:
    Hong Kong
    Great product, not suited to the type of riding i do though.

    Is there anyway of linking the tether to bike's keys. So you have you bike ignition keys attached to one end of the tether and connect at the same time as putting the keys in the ignition.

    When you finished you take the key out, untether from the bike and pop the key in a pocket on the vest.

    K
    #76
  17. SaferMoto

    SaferMoto Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    269
    Location:
    Reno Nevada
    Hi Jac,
    Great to hear the MLV worked out so well and good to have more data about sizing for the big guys! Thanks for the kind words.
    I have donated $30 on your behalf to the Peter Lenz fund at http://www.peterlenz.org

    Also, as you probably noticed, my ID has changed. Alan is taking over SaferMoto. Best,
    -John
    #77
  18. TallRob

    TallRob Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,387
    Location:
    Agoura Hills ,Ca
    John, why is the yellow MLV more expensive than the Black version?
    #78
  19. SaferMoto

    SaferMoto Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    269
    Location:
    Reno Nevada
    I honestly have no idea. I was pretty surprised myself when I saw that. I can see the material being slightly more expensive but I... Oh, wait, no...
    Bad answer.
    The yellow material is a special blend of titanium and carbon fiber and regrows hair and makes you irresistible to the ladies.:evil


    no?
    :lol3
    #79
  20. SaferMoto

    SaferMoto Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    269
    Location:
    Reno Nevada
    Good idea about the keys but it would depend on where you attach the tether. A lot of the guys on race bikes or race-like bikes attach the tether to the triple clamp so it wouldn't be hard to have another tether from there to the key, maybe some sort of elastic?
    But if you are attaching the tether closer to your seat, as I imagine most of you ADV inmates would, it would be a little funky...
    Or you could get the soon-to-be-famous John Smallberries mod.

    I'm curious what kind of riding do you do and why do you think the airbag vest is not suited to it.

    Cheers,
    -John
    #80