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Helite Turtle Shell Inflatable Air Vest - Black

Inflatable protector vest with turtle technology

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Helite Turtle Shell Inflatable Air Vest - Black
November 7, 2018

A well made, worthwhile bit of kit

Having had a bad motorbike accident about 18 months ago, I was hesitant to get back on a bike without some form of extra protection. I made the investment, and am glad I did. The vest is designed to fit over your jacket, and comes with a built in Knox back protector, which when doubled up with my jacket's back protector offers extra piece of mind without making me look like the hunchback of Notre Dame. The vest itself is sturdy and well made and once you're on the bike, you forget it's even there. The lanyard has some stretch in it and the force required to activate the airbag is considerable - I've climbed off a few times, forgetting I was clipped in, but it hasn't deployed on me. Helite are releasing a new version of this vest in the next few months, so if you can wait until then, great, but if not, you won't be disappointed with this.

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Helite Turtle Shell Inflatable Air Vest - Black
June 11, 2018

Air bag protection

Very expensive but can you put a price on protection? Bit difficult to understand fitting but I ordered an XL and it fits perfectly when straps are all tight as they can go. I am 6ft and 12 and 3/4 stones. Very well made and comfortable. Wearing over leathers and textiles. Had plenty of positive comments from fellow bikers who would like to own one. I bought black and when wearing you don't even know it's on. Got off bike a few times without un clipping but that isn't enough to trigger vest. Very happy.

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Helite Turtle Shell Inflatable Air Vest - Black
March 23, 2018

Quality kit

Good quality feel to the kit, innovative design. Simple mechanism that looks robust and unlikely to fail. Have got off the bike a couple of times and forgotten about the lanyard, it hasn't triggered before I've noticed, it does seem to need a good pull to go off (35kg according to the blurb) so no fears on it costing you a fortune in gas canisters. Again according to the blurb you can set it off 6 times before an inspection by the manufacturer is recommended ( not counting damage from slides / impact ). Haven't tried it in anger yet, hope I never do! But from the videos it looks like great protection in a low bulk form.

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Helite Turtle Shell Inflatable Air Vest - Black
July 28, 2017

Should be madantory

Very pleased indeed. Well made, well cut, high quality. The tether system works very well and as they rightly say, one becomes used to it in the same way as a car seat belt. Your normal jacket pockets can still be reached OK and you forget you're wearing it the second you set off, whilst simultaneously feeling confidence inspired that you have such incredible protection. I'm amazed I rode a bike without anything like the level of protection this offers. Some say it might make you ride more recklessly. I've found quite the opposite effect. I appreciate better the real-world dangers of riding and ride MORE with safety in mind, rather than throwing caution to the wind. One down-side is that it's functionality is severely compromised when wearing a bag. Otherwise, very pleased.

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Helite Turtle Shell Inflatable Air Vest - Black
July 26, 2017

Extra level of protection

I've been looking at these vests for a wee while and liked the idea. My mother wears the horse riding version and recently fell off, the vest inflated and she's convinced saved her from broken/cracked ribs. The vest itself is very well made, fits well and just looks like a tactical cut off. I'm a little concerned about walking away and setting the thing off but I'm assured that won't happen. Basically for the price of a mid range end I can have something that may prevent serious injury should I fall off.

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Helite Turtle Shell Inflatable Air Vest - Black
April 12, 2016

Robust and well made bit of kit

Having come off my bike, breaking 5 ribs and puncturing a lung in the process. I started looking for some better protection and decided Helite was the answer. I bought one of the their touring jackets which is great but I was still feeling a bit vulnerable when wearing my leathers. The vest is a great bit of kit and looks fine in black with my leathers. It is very well made and in size medium is a great fit. I now feel much happier on the bike and am confident it would have prevented me breaking my ribs had I been wearing it at the time of my crash.

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Helite Turtle Shell Inflatable Air Vest - Black
October 15, 2015

Worth it

Now airbags for bikes are affordable, this is well worth the investment. I wear 2 piece leathers and did wear a chest and back protector too. The vest is noticeable on when walking around, but not too heavy and once on the bike, I don't notice it. Feels well made and durable. Hopefully it will always stay "as new".

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Helite Turtle Shell Inflatable Air Vest - Black

  • Polyester with PVC coating construction
  • 3D air mesh panels in back to promote air circulation
  • Quick fastener on front
  • 1 external pocket
  • Turtle Air-Bag
  • Inflates completely within 0.1 seconds
  • Extensive protection is given to the back, neck, coccyx, ribs and chest
  • Knox back protector, canister and lanyard included
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Helite was founded in 2001 by Gerard Thevenot, one of the French pioneer and entrepreneurs in the light aircraft industry. His thirst for invention and conscience for safety has pushed him into creating Helite. First created to develop more safety in the light aircraft sector, Gerard rapidly understood the crucial need for more security in all types of applications. Now readily available in the motorcycle market, Helite products are used by all French emergency service bike riders and some counties within the UK.

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Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

  • Could this be worn underneath a jacket?

    January 18, 2020

    Helite recommended not to wear any garment or backpack over the Helite airbag garment.

  • What happens when used ,how much does refill cost

    October 19, 2017

    If you click on the related items tab, it will take you straight to the replacement CO2 canisters. The smaller one is £19.99.

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