How Hit-Air Works
Frequently Asked Questions About Hit-Air
Here is a list of our commonly asked questions. If you still find yourself looking for answers, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We understand the investment you are about to make in your safety and want to make sure all of your questions are answered every step of the way.
Hit Air Protection
The air vest has been around for over 20 years. HIT-Air was the first air vest. However, there are new vests on the market that have not been through the years of testing as we have.
The vest is reusable. After the vest is inflated, simply deflate the vest by removing the CO2, squeezing out the excess air, and snapping back the airbags. Once the trigger mechanism has been reset and a new CO2 is installed, the vest is ready to be used again. At this time, there is not a way to reuse C02 cartridges.
For cross country, if you are using a pinny with ties, simply tie it a little looser. It is becoming more common for shows to use paper pinnies that are inserted into the new pinny holders made for air vests.
A tensile force of about 30kg (66 pounds) is needed to release the key ball to activate the airbag. Normally, riders will feel a strong tug when dismounting, signaling that they forgot to unclip. If you jump off without unclipping the vest will go off.
Hit Air has sold over 250,000 air vests and jackets. We have no reports of riders being hurt simply due to the vest inflating. It will feel like a tight hug, giving your body security in a fall.
We have inflated the vest around horses for years. The sound is fast so your horse and others will not give it a second thought. If your horse is one that stays by you after you fall, he/she will probably still be there. If they are the type of horse that heads back to the barn or heard, you will know where to find them.
No, you just replace the canister. We do recommend however, if you were to have a hard fall, six or more falls, that you send the vest to Hit Air to be serviced. We also offer annual servicing so we can check everything is operating as intended.
You can wear the Hit Air vest with or without a foam vest underneath. Most riders prefer the lightweight and convenience of the air vest vs traditional bulky foam vest. However in eventing, the XC phase the associations require a foam body protector to be worn underneath.
We cannot guarantee protection in all circumstances. Unfortunately, if the rider never leaves separated from the saddle then the keyball can not pull out to activate the vest.