Are these new on the market?

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.

Are there different models?

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.

Are the cartridges reusable?

No, you will need to buy a replacement cartridge which are available here.

Once an airbag is activated and inflates, can it be reused?

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.

What is the warranty on the vest?

The vest has a 12 month warranty as per warranty policy.

If a rider forgets to disconnect the coiled wire and dismounts, will the airbag be activated?

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.

Does the noise of the vest inflating scare your horse?

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).

How do I fit the vest?

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.

How do I replace a cartridge?

The cartridge should be replaced according to the manual  or take a look at this YouTube clip

How do I attach my lanyard to the saddlestrap?

You make a loop at the base and thread the red clip end through the loop and around the saddle strap.