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lrobson

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lrobson says:

air jackets

hello,

opinions, thoughts on the new air jacket rather than views on hunting lets discuss about something on the market.

i personally have never tried one but think they might be a good idea but i have not found any info on whether they protect you if a horse falls on you like the metal body protectsors. the only thing that i disagree with is the price £355 thats more than the metal ones and they probably save you if you have a horse roll on you.

what does everyone else think.

 

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natalie.123

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natalie.123 says:

Re: air jackets

i saw one at Brigstock x country and have to say they do look like they will protect you really well.  I have read Oli Townend and William Fox Pitt say they have fell and that they were safe in them.  personally i am a wimp and dont jump but i do always ride in a back protector for my own peace of mind.  The price is high but if they work i suppose the theory is what price safety.  nat

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adele1008

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adele1008 says:

Re: air jackets

I think that the fact so many top level event riders are wearing them speaks for itself.  I saw an article and they are trying to get them approved by BETA and the research behind it so far looks really good,  i think it said something about the technology behind it can help to stabilise yor neck and spine after a fall which has got to be a good thing. 

Did you see Matthew Wrights one blow up when he fell on the corner at Badminton, that must have saved him a lot of pain!!  I think they are great, despite the huge price tag, i would definitely invest in one if i evented, as it stands i dont do anything to put myself at great danger although of course there is always a risk involved, ill be sticking with my back protector for peace of mind at the moment

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DoItAgain

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DoItAgain says:

Re: air jackets

It would depend on what type of level you're looking to compete at.. as far as I'm aware, they're like the motorbike ones, and after its been used once, it has to be replaced... and unless you have a nice comfy bank account, unlike me, £350+ is too much to spend... but if you're looking at x-country at three day events and what not, maybe it would be a good investment...?

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sarahnbronson

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Re: air jackets

Apparently they're reusable. They look like a good idea - and it's pretty funny watching people inflate when they fall off...

British eventing didn't really like the metal bodyprotectors as, although they were really safe, you needed a key to undo them, so if you fell off and needed it removing quickly for whatever reason it would be a problem. They also weighed a lot (2 or 4 kg I think?) which could make it harder for the horses.

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Endurance Arabians

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Re: air jackets

I have just got myself one well my partner got it for me. We only paid 150 pounds for it. My partner wore one while competing (eventing) as i have youngster and compete in Endurance i dont like the normal Baby protectors as they get very hot and uncomfterbale. I know im going to fall off some time as they are babys and you tend to fall off them more LOL. I find the Air jackets are very light and its like wearing a life jacket out at sea you dont get so hot plus if you fall they will go off then you just let the air out push it down (it go back to its shape same as a life jacket) and put the plug (this is what i call it) back in and there you have it, and it can be re-used. I find it covers more of my spine and cocksit and pelvis as well as ribs coller bone and shoulders. Again some are going to like it and others not.

Sorry forgot to add they are lighter if anything just as light if not lighter then a normal body protector

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adele1008

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adele1008 says:

Re: air jackets

I agree, they look like they give you a better coverage across your back, the shape of some normal body protectors always make me think depending on the way you fall they could do more damage than good sometimes and it took me ages to find a decent fit as im really slight but have a long back for my size, do you not still have to wear a back protector underneath them?

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sarahnbronson

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Re: air jackets

adele1008 said:

 do you not still have to wear a back protector underneath them?



 

under BE rules you still have to wear a normal body protector under them, because they haven't been fully tested/approved by the fei yet - it might change next year though

if you're just wearing one at home I wouldn't think you'd have to wear an normal body protector too though (:

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Endurance Arabians

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Re: air jackets

Just to let you knowi have now tested the new Air Jackets out today lol.

I just been riding my new 4yr old who has just come off the lunge line he got in a pickle with his legs and went head over heels and you guess it i went for a flying lesson. I didnt have my body protector on but i did have my what you call my Air Jacket as soon as i left the saddle and headed towards the floor it went off. I can tell you know it was like falling on air it really cusioned the fall a lot more then a normal body protector and it covered all the important parts of my body. The youngster i feel off was only 15hh.

Just think if i took longer to do my Endurance ride today i wouldnt of fallen off. LOL.

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petamasongray

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air jackets

As a 60 yr old novice rider with reduced bouncability I thought about an airjacket for ages but the prices were prohibitive I agree. In fact I even ordered one from a shop and then had a fall and was crocked up for a while so didn't collect it. But I found the Hit Air jacket costs around £150 so I now have one of those.Its not as nice to look at but it's the same technology so I don't know why such a difference in price. The gas cartridge is cheaper too £12 rather than £19 ish. The shop where I was going to buy the Point Two told me I would need a proper fitting session and to be shown how to wear it and to experience it so I wasnt shocked by the loudness of the bang or the sensation of being squeezed which can be alarming..  Apparently they mustn't be too tight or too loose and different designs work differently. Some expand outwards only where others expand inwards and outwards.

My Hit Air instructions are brief so am going to give it a go unmounted first. I'm a bit nervous the noise will spook my mare and make the situation worse.Has anybody tried one?

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: air jackets

My friend has a point 2 jacket and is terrified of forgetting to detach it when she dismounts as she's not convinced it won't CAUSE an accident with the noise but is reluctant to blow the money on a replacement canister!! I think my fall in January may have been less severe if I'd had one as I wouldn't have had the whiplash effect so badly as I believe they expand up and behind your neck?  Wouldn't have saved my pelvis though!!

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