• Andreea M.

Helite Turtle Airbag Vest- pop and enjoy your life more! - product review

Today let's talk about the airbag technology.

I own and wear a Helite Turtle Airbag Vest Hi-viz as part of my daily use of gear.

Had a lot of questions why I've chosen this product and not another brand/type or why not having it incorporated into a jacket. This were the points that made me go for this product: -airbag system which inflates upon impact using CO2 canister; -is a vest, and you can wear it over any motorcycle jacket. If you don't like it, at least you have your normal gear;

-a wide range of types of vests and options to choose from as colours, hi-vis, the option to be suitable for racing jackets, even custom made and the new technology that was launched at EICMA Milan 2019- the electronic airbag system and I was there to check it up;

-is waterproof -the interior padding is soft and makes it comfortable to wear; -has hard back protection incorporated;

-manufactured with top quality materials and with real hi viz strips, not just a bit of hi- viz material which will fade away;

-spare parts easy to find( canister, straps);

-easy to clean and isn't required to use a specific, special cleaning product which they rebranded and selling it at silly money. I clean mine with CIF £1( photos below are showing the same vest but the yellowish photos were done indoors and the bright yellow photos were done outside on a sunny day);

-is all the way mechanical, having 100% reliable trigger. No sensors, no modes, no dead batteries, no battery recharging as we already have enough gadgets to worry about;

- easy of use (attaches / detaches with quick clip);

- speed of installation and adaptability to all vehicles (strap installed only once on one or more bikes, for driver and passenger); -after the deploy, the vest returns at the normal shape. The mechanism/airbag inside is so well designed so the material doesn't need restitching like other jackets with airbag technology; -when you will have it deployed, is easy to service it and to have the canister changed by yourself;

-they have a lot of dealers all over UK and all over the world and canisters are cheap;

-when not inflated, the vest allows full body movement. When inflated the jacket supports the spinal column to prevent over flexion of the spine by inflating both chest and back airbags preventing major injuries to neck, back and torso;

-can be sent for servicing every time you want, but you need to have it checked by the team at least once a year for your safety; -has a lifetime guarantee on the airbag component of the jacket or vest subject to the product being serviced & maintained according to the supplier. The manufacturer recommends more frequent servicing: -if you had a particularly bad accident, impact or fall; -if there is visible damage to the jacket or vest; -if you are a daily motorbike commuter; -if you have more than six deployments. For more technical info access the main wesite if our friends from Airvest LTD which are the main branch in the UK https://www.airvest.co.uk/

I'm wearing it since March, every day, on every ride. At the beginning I was forgetting to unclip it, so I can guarantee that if you worry that you will pop randomly because of this, your are safe.