Helite Turtle 2 Shell Inflatable Air Vest - Black

Inflatable protector vest with turtle technology

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Verified Customer Reviews for Helite Turtle 2 Shell Inflatable Air Vest

49 reviews
Life saver
05 March 2024 by Rodney N
Brilliant product as always from the sportsbikeshop. Well made jacket.
Good but confused sizing
01 March 2024 by Paul A
Reputationally it's an excellent and well made product though I'm pleased to say I haven't fully put it to the test.
However, finding the right one was a bit of a pain because of sizing. For a start, the charts on Sportsbikeshop and Helite websites are pretty much at odds. In the end I bought an XL even though it's a bit baggy in the chest but fine lower down. Large was fine in the chest but tight lower down without a huge amount of slackening. In terms of shape I'm a pretty typical slightly flabby, 5'11" middle-aged British male.
Basically, "waist" in Helite-speak means "belly" in British. Try in-store if you can and make sure you wear your go-to jacket, with back protector removed.
Took a long time to finally buy one
19 February 2024 by Richard K
I at first ordered online, but the vest was a very different fit to the size guide. I returned it and went to Birmingham store to try one two hours ride away. The guys were fantastic so helpful, sorted my refund and then started over making sure I had the right size. Looked at helmets, again brilliant advice even though the helmet that best suited me was not in stock. I will purchase as soon as it becomes available. I used to be a very loyal customer of a competitor but after seeing how you guys do it, not anymore. Total convert, I won't be buying anywhere else going forward. Thanks Guys see you soon.
Put it off long enough
07 February 2024 by Neil W
I'd waited for quite a while to see how these performed and what people thought of them. Finally decided to take the plunge based on reviews, simplicity of design, replaceable CO2 cylinders and the obvious safety benefits. Needed some adjustment to my setup as o commute with a Kriega backpack but it's worth the extra protection I think
Great airvest that fits well
27 January 2024 by Anonymous
Great vest, fits well over all of my jackets. It's a well made high quality product that gives me peace of mind when I ride.
Air vest and breath of fresh air
12 December 2023 by Rob @
Quality of the product is superb, as you expect from Helite. I hope to never have to use it fully, but whilst it sits there waiting it is very comfy. Does not impede movement or view. My air vents are covered and so summer may see the need for a mesh jacket. All clouds have silver linings.
The real gem was the staff at the help centre I phoned before purchasing. They knew what they were talking about and were very helpful. They located my size at Leeds and I went to try it on. Leeds knew I was coming and had it waiting for me and could not have been more helpful. The store staff were fantastic. That was a breath of fresh air.
Just in Case
11 December 2023 by Mark G
Quality seems to be excellent and the fit is also very good when on the bike.
Hopefully I never have to put this to test, but as I'm getting older I like the idea of the extra protection.
As ever SBS customer service has been second to none!!!
Airbag technology
21 September 2023 by Richard B
As other reviewers have said, it is a bit heavy and awkward, and looks like you are going fishing.

I haven't set it off yet but it seems sturdy. The buckle is easy to do up, even after you forget and have to do it while rolling along.

It would be great it if it had a loop so it was easier to hang up on a coat hook.

Once you have tightened the chest straps it is harder to do the buckles up.
Better to be safe than sorry
20 August 2023 by Ricky
Fortunately I can not give feedback on its use, but the quality reassures me it will work. I've worn it over my winter jacket and summer jacket and you can't really tell you have it on. As I have removed the back pad from both jackets, the vest makes it easier to put different jackets on knowing you have the protection
What it says on the tin
24 July 2023 by Anonymous
An excellent unobtrusive bit of kit that could save my life.
Cowabunga! Turtle Power
24 July 2023 by Doug
Excellent quality product that looks and feels sturdy. Sizing spot on with plenty of room for adjustment. Great value product compared to its competition. Would definitely recommend.
12 June 2023 by Lee C
love it , fits well and light , outstanding 10/10
Be safe
16 May 2023 by Paul M
Brilliant product, surprisingly light and easy to fit to bike. Extra protection could save your life. I wear mine over an Oxford textile jacket and my fellow bikers did not know I was wearing one. Really impressed with it.
Simply amazing and life saving
11 May 2023 by Tim M
After reading a lot of reviews I decided to go for the Helite turtle 2 however I couldn't find a review on how it performed during a accident.
On the first day of wearing this vest I was involved in a crash and I think it saved me, I sustained 3 broken ribs and I really believe I would of been seriously injured or worse if it wasn't for the Helite air vest. So for me it's worth every penny and when I get back on my bike I will never leave home without it. So don't consider if this investment is for you, just buy it knowing that you will have a better chance of survival, we spend hundreds of pounds on leathers/textiles, helmets and gloves so it makes sense to protect our vital organs in our chest and back.
02 April 2023 by Paul D
Great service as always
I've had 3 jackets over the years very comfortable to wear
Thankfully never had to use one !!
Helite vest
24 March 2023 by Ronnie A
Great practical product
Safety in mind.
21 March 2023 by Argyll G
I've been thinking of purchasing one of these for a while, and looked into the various ones available from a host of suppliers. Sportsbike Shop offered the best price and as usual delivery was very prompt. The Turtle 2 is a great bit of kit, and offers riders superb protection if the worst should ever happen. Even after it has been deployed , it can be reused by simply fitting a new co2 cannister.
Will not go anywhere biking without it now.
Safety worth having
20 March 2023 by Anonymous
Seems well made, hope I never test it, they recommend a service every two years

Helite Turtle 2 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
  • CE level 2 back protector installed
  • Canister and lanyard included

Size Guide
Height (Feet)5.0"-5.5"5.3"-5.7"5.5"-6.0"5.5"-6.0"5.8"-6.3"5.8"-6.3"
Waist (Inches) with usual riding attire35"-39"37"-43"39"-47"47"-55"41"-45"45"-53"

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Questions and Answers

  • Does this need an annual or monthly subscription or can you purchase additional gas bottles. Does it attach via a lanyard attached to the bike?

    March 8, 2023

    Additional canisters can be purchased for this air vest, and can be found on quick find 207130. This is also attached via a lanyard to the bike. Replacement lanyards can also be purchased if required any time, and are found on quick find 207118.

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