New Helite Vests and Jackets

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by ErikMotoMan, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    Up and about with a walker!
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    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    Sitting up in bed takes about 15 minutes of excruciating pain using the walker to walk to the toilet is another 15 minutes it's hotter than heck in here so I stripped naked and I leave the door open and rush-hour Erupted! go figure
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    The good part is in 7-10 days you won't feel anywhere near this bad.
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    ColorItBlue Been here awhile

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    Just saw this, sorry about the clown smashing into you. At least I hope to crash due to my own maniac riding not the actions of another. Hope the healing goes well and thanks for generating all the dialogue about the air vests.
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    Quick recovery to you! You never know where it'd come from...


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    Best wishes for a prompt and complete recovery ... including a return to riding.

    Showed my wife the pix of your accident. Scrolled quickly to avoid the underwear :jack

    Already fans of Helite vests, we are both going to get those soon. Researching fitment now. :hmmmmm

    I am ... erm ... a C5A :fpalm ... she a P180. :icy

    Appreciate your painful endorsement.

    Best,

    Bill
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    massrider Been here awhile

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    Get well soon.
    I bought a used Helite in the flea market a few weeks ago, I had been curious about them for a while but this thread pushed me to buy it, now I'm really glad I did after hearing your story.
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    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    Yes, I am the PR guy who REALLY believes in product testing. I work for a company that teaches MC Police Procedure Safety Classes to Civilians! I have to know what I am talking about.
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    alienbogey Been here awhile

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    I've been riding with the Helite leather jacket for a month now. It stands on its own as an excellent motorcycle jacket, but I bought it for the safety features, of course, which I hope to never test.

    Passing along a rumor: When speaking to a rep at the US Helite distributor I was told that they hope to be coming out with a lady's leather airbag jacket this summer. My wife is waiting on that.

    Best wishes to our crash test guy.
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    I always preferred crutches to "walkers", personally...
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    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    P 180? Tail dragger or floats?
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    Piaggio makes the Avanti in those? Interesting, but scary! :confused

    I meant that Kathi is a lithe slip of thing compared to my ... erm ... fighting weight. :augie

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    In Kathi's case -- tho I'll avoid any tail-dragging compos :D -- she does swim darn well, so floats are not needed. :raabia

    Bill
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    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    Sorry, my mistake, however, at least to my credit, I was wondering why I could not remember there being a 'P' version of the Cessna 180.
  14. John Smallberries

    John Smallberries Long timer Super Supporter Supporter

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    I just bought two identical Helite "Free Air" jackets for my sons. (I ride with a Hit-Air vest myself.) They got into riding because of me. A $900 jacket is not within their price range. I could not live with myself if they suffered an injury that the airbag jacket could have prevented. I hope that I never have to post a story on how these helped in an accident!!
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    Usually the P denominates it being pressurized.
    T-210..... turbo 210
    P-210..... pressurized turbo 210.
    Not sure the same is to be said of the 180...
    Was giggling g a bit, as I am familiar with the struggling Italian airframer.
    Har hoften det bedre...?
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    Erik - glad to read your making progress. Hang in there !
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    Another Helite is coming. I was pondering between Helite and (here locally easier to get) Spidi Full DPS. Price difference was around 100€ (Spidi is cheaper). And Spidi has a little less hi-viz (I don't want to have a full black vest) which is better imho. But for some reason I still took the Helite Turtle Hi-Viz and hopefully L is a right size (I am between L and LL with full gear: Stadler Jacket with outer layer and the Powerlet heated jacket inside). But one can change the vest it if needed of course.
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  18. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    Thanx for reporting. It's heartwarming that you guys are spending the money to stay safer and improve your odds of survival. My Helite definitely made a world of difference just 2 weeks ago when this happened: IMG_6404.JPG
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    John Smallberries Long timer Super Supporter Supporter

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    That is one scary photo. I'm glad to hear you are OK and that the airbag vest did its job.

    Warning! Soapbox coming: I work in product development for a major car manufacturer. We deal with mandatory safety legislation in various countries as a matter of course. Even the cheapest new car today has standard multiple airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, tire pressure monitoring and fantastic crash protection. Believe it, or not, prices have NOT gone up accordingly. (Ref: 1981 Ford Escort base price was $6146. Adjusted for inflation, this is $16,470 today, which is almost exactly the price of a base 2017 Ford Focus.) While cars have progressed tremendously, in my state nearly half the riders I see daily don't even wear helmets. I've shown my airbag jackets/vest to hundreds of other riders and only one guy has bought one. Why do people accept safety technology in cars, but almost universally reject it on bikes? It simply baffles me.
  20. Screwby59

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    Because people buy bikes to look cool. And safety equipment doesn't look cool.

    Something I've noticed about the bike world. The amount of functionality a part or gear has is directly proportional to it not looking cool.

    Whenever I see a funky piece of gear that most people wouldn't be caught dead using my first thought is that it probably works really well.

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