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  1. #16

    ordered jacket

    considered all options-decided to order Hit Air Motorrad 2 Enduro jacket. Billed as 4 season ( if use vest underneath) and I thought better to have the jacket that I would put on versus the vest that I may get lazy and not put on. (know myself to well) I'll give a review after I have received and tried it on some rides. Thanks for all the input and discussion

  2. #17

    waiting on jacket

    Just a short update-ordered Hit Air Motorrad Enduro 2 in a large. Too small for me-exchanging for XL. The build quality and styling looks great. Will post again when I get the larger jacket. Some of the sizing options on the fitment chart from Hit Air overlap-go with the larger size.

  3. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by nortoneye View Post
    Just a short update-ordered Hit Air Motorrad Enduro 2 in a large. Too small for me-exchanging for XL. The build quality and styling looks great. Will post again when I get the larger jacket. Some of the sizing options on the fitment chart from Hit Air overlap-go with the larger size.
    Good point. They are Asian sizes and generally have to go one up in size.

    I have a older Hit-Air and it can be quite toasty on a hot day. I'd hope the new ones breath a little better. They are built quite well.

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    venting

    Venting is along the sleeves and 2 smaller vents in the back-will have to see how that goes...

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    I posted a picture on another thread of 2016 GSA that was wrecked on the Top of the World highway a few days ago. The rider had only a broken leg and ankle, which is pretty remarkable given the circumstances of the wreck. He was wearing an inflatable vest which is likely the reason for the lack of other injuries.
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  6. #21

    Thumbs up trial ride

    Received the Hit Air Motorrad 2 jacket in XL (need to go 1 size larger that you would use in a US jacket) Fit and finish is good-venting along sleeves and through the back seems fine when you're moving-kinda warm if standing still. So far have not forgot to unhook from the tether! Will be using for some serious miles in September, will give an update then-so far I'm pleased.

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    My expericell nice with Hit Air

    I bought a Hit Air MLV-PY after months of reading all I could find. I chose the Hit Air because I decided to have my inflatable vest be a stand-alone product; as opposed to the Helite Turtle which has the back pad built in (as far as I could tell). Part of the issue was that I needed the vest to be more foldable for when I want to neatly fold my Roadcrafter R3 and vest into my Givi Maxia 55 liter top case when off the bike at an event. I also felt that I could always buy the Aerostich back pad for the R3 at a later date. I thought that the Hit Air provided slightly more tailbone and hip coverage, though that was my opinion based upon videos and static photos - no scientific study of that point was made by me. All that being said, I don't think you can go wrong with either purchase.
    I did have the vest inflate when I was practicing J-turns in a parking lot and I dumped the bike. I jumped away from the falling bike and the vest inflated as promised. It deflated on its own in about 10 minutes and I was able to re-pack it and put in a new cartridge easily.

  8. #23

    Helite Turtle Back Pad Removable

    titlerider quote: I chose the Hit Air because I decided to have my inflatable vest be a stand-alone product; as opposed to the Helite Turtle which has the back pad built in (as far as I could tell).

    Just a clarifier for interested parties; the back pad in the Helite is removable. It does make the vest less-foldable ( ). I even removed mine briefly then thought; I spent all this money on a safety vest and I think removing one of its protections makes sense?

    My wife (who is sensitive to comfort issues) doesn't have any issues with wearing the pad as pillion. We have an R1200CLC with the pillion back rest built into the top box and she is comfortable just leaning back and watching the scenery slide by.

    I use a thick plastic-coated bicycle lock cable to attach our vests to the bike if we don't want to carry them.
    A little nerve wracking to leave so much money exposed but if I'm really concerned I throw on the half cover.

    titlerider quote: All that being said, I don't think you can go wrong with either purchase.

    I would tend to agree - if you can justify the cost then get one and be better protected.

    ENJOY!

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    I carry around an old Targus retractable cable lock to use for my gear when I have my panniers and top box full. It takes up very little space and has an ear piercing sound if you either move the lock or cut the cable. http://www.targus.com/us/defcon-1-re...aptops-asp29us

    As for the lack of a backpad on the Hit-Air, I don't find that an issue. My Olympia jackets each have backpads built in.

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  10. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by nortoneye View Post
    Hello,

    Considering an Helite or Hit Air inflatable vest. Anybody using one and what are impressions?

    I have an older one, similar to the JP-3 version. Mine in particular can get rather warm on a hot day, but not every day is a hot day. They seem to have more styles and a mesh jacket now. Not sure how much cooler than would be. If anything get a cooling vest under it on a hot day.

    Would I get one again. Yes. The vests tend to make more sense, you can wear anything under it and likely stay cooler with a mesh jacket underneath or wear a thicker jacket in cooler weather. The one I have now is comfortable between 40-75 degrees.

    Go up one size. They are sized according to a population with a smaller build.

  11. #26

    Thumbs up Hit Air

    Just an update: I have received the Hit Air Motorrad 2 jacket. As mentioned go 1 size up to fit. Seems to be well constructed, venting is not bad, less because of the air bladders. It will require I keep moving on a warm day. Overall I am pleased so far. Will be using on an extended trip in September and can give a better review after. So far have not jumped off the bike with the tether attached

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    I have a Hit Air MLV-C vest. Been using it since early spring. I went with the vest since I wanted to have the ability to use it with a variety of different jackets depending on when and where I was riding. I found the vest to be pretty light and hardly noticeable when I have it on. In fact I regularly forget to either attach to the tether when I get on the bike or untether when I step off. It takes a pretty good tug (I think 66 lbs of pressure) to activate it. I have stepped off the bike several times with the tether still attached and it has not blown off. I will be getting one for my wife soon. The tether attaches to the bike with a coiled loop and is easy to move from one bike to another. I hope I never have the opportunity to use it but it seems like a relatively small investment to increase the chances that I/we will walk away from an incident should one occur.

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    Inflatable Vest/Jacket - Tether to K1600

    Probably a stupid question. Where are you guys attaching the release tether to the bikes? I have a K1600 with all the associated Tupperware. Doesn't seem to be an obvious attachment point for the tether (if I follow-thru with a purchase of an inflatable vest).

    TJ

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    On all four of our bikes I removed the seat and attached the tether to a frame component on the left side of the bike. With the tether on the left side we have enough slack to click in and out of the vest while standing beside the bike.

    I have a friend who just bought a vest and discovered he cannot operate the plastic clip on the tether; he has lost a portion of both thumbs to cancer. I mounted a short piece of webbing to his frame with a small metal ring attached to it. I also put a small snap link (rated for 250 lbs) on the end of the tether. He can operate the snap link to click into the metal ring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by k1600tj View Post
    Probably a stupid question. Where are you guys attaching the release tether to the bikes? I have a K1600 with all the associated Tupperware. Doesn't seem to be an obvious attachment point for the tether (if I follow-thru with a purchase of an inflatable vest).

    TJ
    I teather both Helite vests (rider and co-rider) on the right side. That way, it reminds you even before you can fully dismount that you're on a leash, and to release the snap clip/buckle, which are on the right sides of the vests as well. No problems or accidental inflates.

    Found areas on the frame beneath the seats to secure the teathers. NP.
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