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Fab jacket. My daughter was fighting hard against wearing more conventional body protectors as she felt restricted. She was pretty positive about wearing one of these however and hasn't fought us since. Just as well, as it's been tried and tested. She pretty much bounced! Replacing the gas canister was easy. Pleased to have bought it.
I placed an order based on the website measurement instructions, subsequently received a call from Peter to review the sizing. On his advice I went a size smaller - excellent advice. The vest was received when promised and is a great fit. I've done a few hundred miles in the past couple of weeks and it is more comfortable than previously with the back protector in the jacket, now removed as the vest has an integral back protector. It's easy to clip on/off to the tether. Thank you Peter and Helite.
After several years of deliberating I finally purchased a Turtle 2 at the NEC Motorcycle Live event in 2018. My main concern that held me back from buying one earlier was that it would be uncomfortable and that in the height of a continental summer it would be unbearable. I was quickly proved wrong, on both counts. Within days I’d stopped noticing it and during a long hot summer, when worn over my Joe Rocket ‘Phoenix’ air mesh jacket, it remained barely noticeable.After six years use (I ride all year round) it still looks much the same as when it came out of the box and it remains part of my pre-ride ‘checklist’.Two weeks ago I set off at 07:20 with the air temp gauge on my bike showing ‘4c’, my ‘borderline’ temperature and a 50/50 decision moment. Forecast was for temps to rise and the roads were reasonably dry so I rolled the dice. 15 miles later, I hit a patch of black ice on a very slight RH curve in a village. I was doing around 25-30 when the front let go and the bike went down in an instant. We didn’t slide far, barely six paces. Minimal damage to the bike; a small scuff on the right cylinder head protector and pannier. As for me, I never felt a thing and it was only as the driver of the car that followed me (a biker as it happened) was helping me lift the bike to its feet that I realised the air vest had deployed. I never even heard it bang like you do on the demonstrations, but the brain does tend to shut down non-essentials at times of stress. I actually patted my chest to check and yes, it had inflated and was actually starting its deflate. Any suggestion that it might not deploy in time, at such slow speed offs, was proven otherwise.I reordered a gas cartridge from Helite which was prompt;y dispatched. This is excellent kit.(PS: Ive been a motorcyclist since 1969)
This is an absolute must have for any rider, any age, any discipline. Misconceptions and myths about air vests are ungrounded. The air vests have protected my daughters and everyone we know in very dangerous falls. We are so grateful we have come to realise how important it is to wear air vests, whenever you are on horse back. The Helite team is amazing , super professional and really passionate about the extremely important mission they are on.
If you're thinking about an airbag vest, great service and a terrific product from Helite UK. I spoke to them prior to buying and this helped determine the exact vest type, sizing and as a result confirmed for me that I'd buy from Helite. Worn several times now, my Turtle 2 vest is a comfortable fit over my bike jacket, you'd not know it was there. The protection offered is much more comprehensive than other makes. The tethered motorcycle vest is exactly the same as the electronic one in terms of safety, but is way cheaper and doesn't need a battery charge or software update. The tether has a sufficient breaking strain that it will not trigger the vest when getting off the bike and forgetting it, my only concern prior to buying. It'll trigger only if actually falling off or getting knocked off. In the event the bag goes off it's a massively less expensive and diy process to reset the bag compared to others. No question, it's the best product and service.
Amazing product, excellent quality, customer service is brilliant, I know as bikers we like to have fashion over substance, but it's a jungle out there, and anything to help you survive has to be a good thing.
I had a vest that stopped charging that was less than a year old, Helite and Peter who works there, sent me a new charging lead and then a new CDU sensor unit, free of charge, all good now my vest is working again. Cheers.
Following a fall, which I believe could have been serious if I had mot been wearing an air jacket ,I sent it for service. I was kept informed throughout and my jacket was returned quickly, with any faults corrected.
Absolutely love my Helite air vest. As a professional young horse producer I would never ride a horse without it on. It has saved me from a good few falls and every time I'm fine without as much as a bruise. My vest saved me from a particularly heavy fall where if not for the vest I might not have walked away unscathed as I did. Serious injuries can be so simply avioded and staying safe is so important, the helite jacket just simply a must have. I've even bought a second one to have as spare to keep on the lorry so I'm never without. It's also very comfortable to wear and the outer jackets that you can get with it are great and stylish too.
Had an “off” at about 35mph and was thrown from my bike. I landed mostly on my head, hard enough to split my Schuberth C3 Pro helmet. I’m convinced that my Turtle 2 Airvest saved me from serious neck injuries, as the collar inflated around the base of the helmet before I hit the ground. I sent the Airvest back to Helite UK for a check and a service and, other than a hiccup with the courier which Helite UK sorted out, it came back clean and tested. All round great product and service
I have the Helite e-turtle 2 for biking. It's a great product that's comfortable to wear and easy to use. Not, to be fair, that I have ever "used" it - i.e. thankfully no crashes have taken place! It does make me feel a great degree safer on my bike.
Had an Helite Air vest four years now and it’s saved me from injury quite a few times whilst schooling and jumping, I wouldn’t ride without it now. Also purchased the Air jump jacket which fits great thanks to some good advice from Helite on sizing
I found the company to be super helpful and friendly, they know everything about their products , I have found the air vests to be high quality fortunately I haven’t crashed my bike , so I have never experienced the benefits.
Luckily I haven’t had to have the airbag deployed on my motorbike yet but the product has given me great peace of mind.It’s comfortable and lightweight, and the back protector portion of it feels much more extensive than the usual back padding you find in most motorbike jackets. The hi-viz yellow colour is also fantastic, and it held up well in torrential rain too.The customer service is exceptional - I needed to have the vest arrive very quickly due to a last minute trip. I rang up and they confirmed it was in stock and would be sent that afternoon, and it arrived the following morning for me.Charging and use of the vest is incredibly simple, as was adjusting the clips so it sat snugly over my bike jacket.I would recommend this product to anyone and everyone who rides horses or motorbikes - for something so easy to put on and the extra peace of mind it can give you it is worth its weight in gold.
Air Jacket worked as it was designed to when I was hit be a car inflating before I knew what was going on.Definitely a worthwhile purchase.If I had a couple of design criticisms the sizing you need is 2 sizes bigger than normal (they are French sizes).D30 armour, if you're purchasing this Jacket you have safety in mind.Better quality zips.The criticisms aside the air Jacket probably saved me from being injured.RW
Peter is extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the Helite products. I went to to them directly as I wasn't sure which size of the Helite Turtle 2 to order. Peter even gave me a demonstration of the airbag whilst I was wearing it! Note this isn't a shop you can just turn up at, please ring ahead of time. Highly recommended 👍
Recently had a low speed, emergency topple over due to actions of other road user. Helite inflated before hitting concrete with my shoulder and probably prevented a broken collar bone. Replacement cannister ordered and delivered promptly and easy to install. Great product.
Excellent service help and assistance excellent.I have the touring jacket well made and good fit. had the misfortune to fall off my motorbike entering car park the jacket diploid just a scuff but no damage. best of all I had no injures.Installed my spear new cylinder very easy to do.Plenty of ventilation when riding in hot weather.Grate product definitely worth the money.
Would definitely recommend the helite bib air bag it just makes you feel safer knowing you have it on for the unexpectedBetter having it than looking for it in an accidentBrilliant quality and wouldn’t even know you had it on totally recommend this vest for safer biking
I bought an electronic vest at the Excel motorbike show. Only had it inflated once - on the channel tunnel! Pays to read the instructions and turn it on when you are off the train. A replacement cartridge was ordered and delivered very promptly.
I’m have used a Helite for two years. No issues once I got into the habit of connecting it! I see that a cops like was saved in Essex having been knocked off on the motorway! I’ve just bought another one for my wife ready to pillion across Europe. My mis measurements were picked up by Pete at Helite and resolved before the jacket was sent.Excellent service. It’s one of those things you buy and hope you never use. But then again- mid air is the wrong place to be regretful! 😂