No, Hit-Air has been producing the air vest for over 15 years. It is the original air vest on the market with years of perfecting and testing.
Yes, there are different models. We are bringing the latest Horse Riding model H to NZ. It is designed without buttons and therefore is quieter when deployed. The latest H model also has a sound insulated keybox for the CO2 cartridge.
No, you will need to buy a replacement cartridge which are available here.
Yes, it can be reused if it has not been damaged. If there is any damage to the airbag, ask an authorized dealer for a maintenance check.
After verifying that the vest is OK, replace the gas cartridge using the setting bolt and the hexagon wrench supplied with the Hit- Air inflatable vest.
The vest has a 12 month warranty as per warranty policy.
A tensile force of about 30kg (66 pounds) is needed to release the key ball to activate the airbag. Normally, the dismounting rider feels a strong tug to know that he/she has to disconnect the coiled wire before the airbag is activated. Always disconnect the coiled wire before dismounting.
In the matter of a fall, the noise is going to be the last thing that will spook your horse . If you accidentally jump off and the air vest inflates, it depends on your horse (most don’t even notice).
The vest should fit snug next to your body or on top of your back protector, (which are compulsory for Eventing in NZ). You can adjust
it by the velcro straps on the inside. The coil should be fitted to the saddle strap.
The cartridge should be replaced according to the manual or take a look at this YouTube clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKxpLXLlgCg&t=7s
You make a loop at the base and thread the red clip end through the loop and around the saddle strap.