Helite Airbag Protection

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  1. jspringator

    jspringator Been here awhile

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    They are out of XL. I guess I'll have to wait. I have electric gear, but usually just wear an LL Bean 850 down sweater because it is easier to deal with.
  2. jspringator

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    Ordered mine today That price hurt. I'm going to clean up my Klim Latitude Misano jacket and put it on ebay. I liked it but it was heavy and hot. Not really a weight of jacket suitable for this part of the country in the summer.
  3. jspringator

    jspringator Been here awhile

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    I bought an Alpinestars Tech Air. I have a Helite that I plan on keeping, and had an old hit air I abandoned when it failed to inflate. I reached the realization an airbag was required for me several years ago.
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  4. Uke

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    ^^^^
    I just read this page. I went back and read the preceding page and now understand the point you were making. Please share your impressions here when you have done a few rides with it.
  5. jspringator

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    Jeez, I'm glad I didn't get a large. I can't hardly get the XL zipped. My XL Klim HANGS off me. Let me play with the jacket tonight to see if it stretches out a little. I may have to order a XXL.
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    There is no XXL in their mesh jacket, only the heaver jacket with vents. I am going to have to think about this.
  7. BIZAV

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    If they are going to want to sell jackets in the US they are going to have change that. I’m 163 and normally fit in shirts and jackets Medium or Large depending on the brand- had to go with the XL in Alpinestars gear. Its a pricey system so its important you like what you are getting.
  8. jspringator

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    I’m going to have to send it back. I expect They will come up with either larger sizes in the mesh jacket, or different mesh jacket in the future.
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  9. jspringator

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    Sent it back to Cycle Gear. Return shipping was free. The jacket seemed kind of flimsey to me. Of Course I'm used to a Klim Latitude that is built like a tank. I'm afraid I'm going to have to wait for another version.
  10. BIZAV

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    Thats good. I heard Revzilla owns % of Cycle Gear or the other way around? Yea mesh jackets are for maximum ventilation with padding and in this case zipping the airbag vest in. The Alpinestars V-drystar jacket is the heavy duty jacket that would bake you after 75 degrees. Mesh jackets can keep me riding up to 90 degrees then its just not fun. In Atlanta my bike sits more in July/August than in the winter.
  11. Uke

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    Come to HouTex, more of the same. Not this week of freezing nights, but generally this is prime time riding around the home front.

    The Helite vest is warm, and when it's 90 & 90 (temp and humidity) if I'm not moving I'm cooking'. The worst part of a ride is gearing up in front of the house standing around getting ready to roll. Once moving, I'm good, even with the Air Vest.
  12. jspringator

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    Is there anything you can do to protect your shoulders while wearing the Helite except upgrade shoulder armor in your jacket?
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    I don't have any involvement with Helite other than owning and using one of their Turtle Vests.

    It is my understanding that this vest is intended to protect the torso (internal organs, rib cage and spine) and the neck from major impact. I take that to exclude the arms, including elbows and shoulders. I was already wearing a jacket with armor in the elbows, shoulders and along the spine. With the air vest the spine protection in the jacket is likely redundant. Regardless, I'm not removing it, for somethings, redundant is good.
  14. Dirtdogie

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    Armor in the shoulders or only drive your cage, which seems like the best solution if you're asking lol.
  15. Dirtdogie

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    The best protection is AlpineStar with a Leatt neck brace. Noting we all want to ride when ever we feel the need, one might need to own several disposable high dollar Tech-Air jackets, seeing they need service in accidental deployment or the like. Helite and C-Protect Air has a corner market in design. Hit-Air could fight with the aforementioned if they had turtle protection or a slightly faster reaction time.

    As it stands, Electronic vest/jackets are doomed for future failures unless they figure a way for the customer to safely reset the deployment. Helite is the best choice and C-Protect Air second. But the future of Helite or C-Protect Air hinges on the eventual release of slow motion camera footage of their product in action.

    If the customer find the airbags will not deploy fast enough to protect one in a Nicky Haden situation (29mph) attack, all hope will be lost. Slow motion footage will cause a revolution for these companies or their destruction. I can't wait to see slow motion rear-end dummies hit by car test. The results will be eye shocking, and only then will we know if it's truly safe to swim with the sharks.
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  16. jspringator

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    I am curious about wearing a helite vest for off road riding, on my Klim badlands jacket.

    One of my friend, wore Klim Badlands Jacket and pants, in a 30mph fall, he broke his ribs and his collar bone.
    The Helite is supposed to save exactly on those areas.

    However, i stand up a lot and worry the cord is not long enough for a tall rider like me (6'2")
    In addition, i drop the bike often on slow speeds (10-20mph-ish).
    In both the above cases, the airbag will come to action while i am simply standing on/next to the bike.

    I do want to wear this vest at all times.
    Any thoughts/ideas on how to make this work?
  18. Uke

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    I have my Helite trigger lanyard tied to the top tube coming up between the saddle and tank. The lanyard is long enough with elastic that I'm able to stand on my pegs which I tend to do on long highway stretches to straighten my legs. You need a bit of give and take in the lanyard so it doesn't trigger the vest if you start to dismount without disconnecting. From what I've seen in demonstration vids, it will inflate in plenty of time if you are thrown from the bike, in any direction. What it might not do is protect you from a whiplash injury if rear ended. This may be the only advantage for a Leatt neck brace which should protect the neck in such a rear end collision. From what I've seen of the videos, though, I wouldn't wear the Leatt with the Helite Turtle Vest.

    I haven't worn my Leatt brace since getting my Helite Vest, which is part of the essential ATGATT.

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    Before it's my future I will need to see photos or video of it inflated. I don't see any indication of cervical collar protection which is integral with the Helite Turtle vest. I'm interested in protecting not only my trunk / ribcage, but also my spine, that is, the entire spine all the way from the tail bone (coccyx) through the top of the neck.

    I retired my Leatt neck brace in favor of the Helite vest which when inflated will keep the head from flailing about like a rag doll.

    I googled the Bering website and they offered a nice fashionable view of their vest but I didn't see any functional shots which is the whole reason I invested in the Helite Turtle vest. If you know of any link to views of the inflated Bering vest, please share.