While nothing is fail-safe in life, equestrian airbag jackets may reduce the chances of serious injury in the case of a fall. KAVAL offers a premium collection of show coats and training vests with hidden airbag body protectors from top brands such as Dada Sport and Helite. These equestrian airbag jackets contain safety clips designed to quickly inflate in the event of separation of horse and rider.
HOW DO AIRBAG JACKETS WORK?
The new Gen II Helite Airbag Vest can be worn alone - though a shell is recommended to protect it from dirt, sun and damage. The earlier Gen I Airbag Vest, requires an outer shell to function. All vests require a C02 cartridge which must be replaced when the vest inflates.Each airbag jacket comes with a lanyard and clip that attaches to the saddle. If the rider becomes suddenly separated from their saddle, the clip will pull the airbag jacket and activate the inflatable air safety vest within the jacket.
The Airbag Zip-In Vest will NOT inflate if 1) horse and rider go down together and there is not enough distance between them to unclip the jacket from the saddle, 2) the rider falls off gently, and there is not enough force to unclip the jacket from the saddle, 3) the Airbag Zip-In Vest inflated in the past and the compressed air cartridge was not replaced, and 4) in the case of a malfunction.
MORE ABOUT OUR AIRBAG JACKETS
Dada Sport manufactures only external shells. The actual Airbag Zip-In Vests and cartridges are manufactured by Helite (an airbag technology company which makes products for other sports as well). Helite also makes some external shells. The above information refers only to the items manufactured by these brands. Given shipping restrictions on articles with compressed air, for now, KAVAL will only be shipping these items within the US and Canada. For any questions or referrals, please contact CustomerCare@kaval.com.
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