Competition season is in full swing and while not mandatory, an air vest provides an extra layer of protection for you in the event of a fall. You don’t have to ride competitively to benefit from the protection of an air vest too — an increasing number of horse riders can be seen out hacking, hunting, jumping in the arena at home or on fun rides wearing one too.
Whatever you enjoy doing most with your horse, consider investing in an air jacket for that extra layer of protection to both your body and your confidence. Whilst some air jackets can be worn alone, it is recommended that you wear a body protector underneath. Ideally get one fitted at your local saddlery and ask them for a demo on how it works too. Here’s a look at five air jackets that are currently available on the market…
Helite Zip’In 2 Airbag
The Zip’In 2 by Helite is the new two-in-one vest which offers you great freedom of movement and protection with the quickest inflation time on the market.
In the event of a fall, the airbag inflates in less than 0.1 of a second and offers protection from head to tailbone before impact.
Due to the central zip, the airbag can be worn alone, however it’s recommended to wear the garment with an approved outer.
Sizes: XXS regular fit, XS regular or slim fit, S regular or slim fit, M regular or slim fit, L regular or slim, XL regular fit, XXL regular fit
This air vest is the first and only airbag to be certified according to the new norm NF S72-800-2021. It combines the latest technology in rider airbag safety and performance and a sleek vest design.
It’s designed to be worn over a t-shirt or base layer, alone or with Freejump compatible clothing. Anything worn on top must be airbag compatible so the airbag can perform its safety function unrestricted.
When worn with a compatible jacket the airbag is invisible. It inflates in 98 milliseconds, and protects the neck, back, pelvis and thorax.
Horse Pilot Airbag Vest
The Horse Pilot Airbag Vest has been developed with In&motion, which specialises in personal protection for skiing and motorcycling.
The riding airbag vest provides safety and comfort thanks to its ergonomic shape and breathable stretch fabrics. It protects the abdomen, thorax, spine and neck on inflation.
The vest is designed to be worn with the Aerotech jacket, but can be used alone with the additional purchase of a Light Pack Kit. The magnetic leash strap is connected using one hand and is easily detached by pulling.
Point Two Equine Proair
RRP from £462
Colours: Black, navy, red, royal blue, pale pink, emerald green, racing green, purple, burgundy, orange, pale blue, brown, hi-vis
Sizes: Adult small, medium, large, X-large (black only)
A lightweight choice for eventing, polo, schooling and hacking. when inflated, the Point Two air vest absorbs shock, distributes impact and supports your spinal column. It helps to protect your collarbone, ribs, coccyx and internal organs.
All Point Two air vests come with a lifetime warranty on the airbag component and are manufactured in the UK to the SATRA M38 Standard.
Gatehouse Air Jacket
The Gatehouse Air Jacket features the superior Helite inflation system, which inflates in 100 milliseconds (0.1 of a second). The jacket is lightweight and features a breathable mesh, making it comfortable to wear.
This air jacket conforms to SATRA M38: July 2012, approved and compliant with the EU Personal Protection Directive 89/686/EEC. It comes with one ready canister.