Safety for the rider!

Hit Air – the airbag to wear


In Germany every year 30,000 people are involved in riding accidents according to the Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft “Mehr Sicherheit für Kinder e.V.”
Even though it is now common practice to wear a riding helmet, wearing protective vests is still not the norm for a variety of reasons. They are uncomfortable, restrictive and heavy. The rider feels too hot in summer and they can still cause injuries when you fall.
In short, the rider often has a decision to make … Do I wear the vest? Bearing in mind the mentioned disadvantages. Wearing a protection vest should not be a dilemma.


With its successful introduction in France and Germany these simple to use and effective vests are now entering the UK market and are being officially launched at The Olympia Horse Show in December 2007 with the addition to the range of the much anticipated high visibility children’s version.
The concept is so simple, the vest is easily adjustable, extremely lightweight and very comfortable. Most importantly it has a built in airbag that is activated if you fall!

Key benefits of hit-air

– Works for all horse riding disciplines or just for training/breaking in horses.
– Like a second skin
– Lightweight and flexible.
– High Tech wicking materials used
– Easily adjustable (on the move) and washable!
– Superior cushioning if/when you fall
– Re-usable
– Extra pockets for mobile phone, keys, money or hoof pick

This is how it works:

At first a cartridge is screwed in straight and firmly. Easy mobility is the key to the design and so with this in mind a plastic coated coil wire is fixed to the airbag vest. There is another coil that clips into this, having first been attached to the holding strap, or the D ring loop for the holding strap at the pommel of the saddle. After the rider has mounted the horse he/she simply clips the two coils together or as we say fastens his/her ‘seat belt’. The coiled wire enables the usual mobility in the saddle weather you are hacking, jumping or racing.

The vest is activated by the coiled wire being pulled from its fixed point on the vest which activates a small compressed gas cartridge neatly concealed hidden in the vest. This activation takes only 0.1 seconds!! Upon activation the concealed airbag inflates around the neck, body (both front and rear), pelvis and base of the back.

Once activated the released gas remains in the vest for 10 seconds until it slowly starts to escape through the outlet. Now the gas cartridge can be removed and the gas disappears completely when the air cushions are pressed together.
The vest is reusable (unless if it gets damaged). Only the cartridge cylinder has to be replaced and the key ball needs to be reinserted into the activation mechanism.
This riding vest minimizes the risk of an injury for the rider. Our airbag product offer a special protection yet supreme wearing comfort. However, none safety vest can guarantee full protection. Therefore we suggest to combine airbag products with vest according to EN 13158.

Always up-to-date and innovative!

Within the framework of the FuE project “Development of protective clothing with airbags”, the Hit Air Protection GmbH created the new collection.


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