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post #1 of 11 Old 05-04-2018, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Heli Vests

Anyone out there wear a Heli vest? if you do what are your thoughts. I know they are very expensive..


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post #2 of 11 Old 05-06-2018, 10:00 AM
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A friend in Minn had a one of the blow up protectors save him when he hit a car that had pulled out in front of him. Wrecked his 3 wheeler but he was OK.
It's hard to justify price for most of us.
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-06-2018, 11:26 AM
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If I had the extra coin laying around I would probably have one.
With that being written, I live/ride in Florida so wearing my helmet, armored jacket, gloves and boots on every ride makes me feel safer than most -- plenty around here ride with no helmet on their head and flip flops on their feet, it gives me the chills to think of what would happen if they went down.

If you want the gear, and can afford to wear it I think it would be a worthwhile purchase. If you ever 'needed' it, it is one of those things that you'd be dadgum happy to have made the decision to buy it.
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I'd be more likely to buy one if it was incorporated in to a full jacket and some other brands are but no high vis that I could find.
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Good point!
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-08-2018, 04:10 AM
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Anyone out there wear a Heli vest? if you do what are your thoughts. I know they are very expensive..


If you're an ADVRider Member, look up user ErikMotoMan. I had the opportunity to meet him at Horizons Unlimited last year where he was doing a demonstration of the Helite. He doesn't just sell them, but he's a user and his life was saved by one.

They are pricey, but they work. If I had the money, I'd probably get one just for that extra peace of mind.
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-08-2018, 12:28 PM
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I've had one for about 50k miles. I would feel naked if I rode with out the vest. Go to Youtube and search for motorcycle air bag vest. You will see some great vids how they work and save lives.

I've only activated mine once (knock wood). I was on my Vision leaving a parking lot that angled up to the street. I was going to slow and started to fall to the right. Due to the slope of the asphalt I was not able to put my foot down to stop the slow speed fall. I thought ok time to get off. I pushed off the bike and as I did so I felt the Co2 cartridge inflate the vest. While I was in the air I twisted my body so I would land on my back. I expected the back of my helmet to hit the ground but it did not. The vest inflates the collar area first and then the back and the front. When I hit the ground it was like landing on a soft pillow. My helmet did not touch the ground at all. I was impressed.

Also, when the vest is activated all you need to do is remove the used CO2 cartridge and insert the replacement cartridge.

RE: vest vs. jacket airbag: I bought the vest because I can wear the vest with any of my MC jackets.

Expensive?? How expensive would it be to get in an accident and not have the vest?
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-08-2018, 01:36 PM
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I currently have both the Helite Airnest/Turtle (street) vest, and the Helite GP-Air (track) vest. I crash tested the GP-air vest at a track day about 2 weeks ago, lowsided at maybe 40 mph, resulted in me sliding and rolling. The vest properly inflated, I got up with no injuries and only minor scrapes on the vest. I definitely believe that the vest helped keep my fancy new helmet from contacting the pavement - I couldn't believe that my helmet was unscathed. The vest is able to be recharged in only a couple minutes with a $25 air canister.

I am a believer in them now, I am definitely going to try to wear the Helite more on the street. The Airnest/Turtle version works great for upright bikes like a Strom or my Tiger. (I wouldn't recommend it for sportbikes as the external canister area will scratch the tank and interfere with your body position on left turns.) Its also available in hi-viz. Yes it is expensive, but comparable to the cost of a high-end helmet, and certainly cheaper than an ambulance ride. In my case, the vest prevented me from needing to replace my helmet.
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Where did you buy yours? How much did it cost?
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-08-2018, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Wow! great points! I'm going to get one as soon as I can afford it. thanks for the input
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