That's an excellent review you made on the Ducati forum. I book marked it. When I bought my Hit-Air vest, I looked at the Helite also. I really couldn't see any difference between the two vests, except in price. The first time I deployed mine, I was riding a Honda NT700V. I had come up to a busy intersection and saw that the light had just turned green. If I made my right turn, I'd be ahead of all the traffic, so I went to pull out. Just as I did, I saw a teenager walk out into the crosswalk ahead of me. I hit the brake hard to keep from hitting him and went right over. That Honda weighed at least 580 lbs. There was nothing gentle about the low speed fall for me. One second I'm grabbing the front brake. The next, I'm laying on the ground against the curb with the bike on top of me. As I laid there in the initial moments, I realized I was against the edge of the curb...but I felt comfortable. There was no pain. I should've at least bruised some ribs if not outright breaking them. I felt nothing...well, except my bruised ego for doing something stupid and dropping the bike. The point is, the air bag vest did its job perfectly. And after cleaning off the mud and putting in a new CO2 canister, it was as good as new. That Hit-Air air bag vest has become so much a part of my normal riding gear that I feel strange when I'm not wearing it.