How it works
The great thing about the vests is the fact that they are minimalistic, light weight and look good as well as providing a large area of protection including the neck.
The Shock-buffering protection system will be activated immediately after the distance from the rider to the saddle exceeds the “activation distance”, lessening the effect of impact on rider’s body
As soon as the rider is thrown from the horse, the airbag inflates and protects the rider’s neck, back, chest, sides and hip
Tests have shown the vest to reduce head acceleration by more than 50% and body acceleration by over 70%
After the fall
After the airbag is inflated in full, the gas leaks slowly through the gas release valve and a feeling of tightness will gradually subside
Close friend of Kate’s, Catriona Williams had a tragic fall a few years ago, leaving her a tetraplegic. Kate is now an ambassador for the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust set up by Catriona and in 2010, Kate and husband David ran the NY marathon raising funds to help finding a cure for spinal cord injuries.
As an ambassador for CatWalk (Spinal Cord Injury Charity) Kate decided to bring Hit-Air Airvests to NZ to try and decrease injuries in the Equine industry as well as support Catwalk with a donation with each vest sold.