The Helite City jacket has a 100% water resistant interior and exterior to withstand extreme conditions. The airbag is well covered. It is strongly discouraged to sink your jacket with airbag completely in water.
Yes, you can move and stand up, you still have full movement of your arms and legs. Additionally, we specifically leave space in the front of your upper chest for you to bring the chin down, to summersault, which is usually the best thing to do when you are ejected from the front.
No, the airbag inflates between the body and the canister. Moreover a foam rubber pad and an ABS pad keep the bottle even
further from your body. The gas contained in the cartridge is only CO2 gas, known for extinguishing fires, it is totally harmless.
The airbag doesn’t keep you from breathing. Our airbag version inflates very quickly and tight on the upper-body so you will get a nice bear-hug and this tightness will significantly minimize over-extension and bending of the upper-body. The adrenaline due to the crash will naturally make you hold your breath, but it doesn't have anything to do with the airbag itself.
To guarantee the good functioning of your rider air vest, make an annual check:
1. Unscrew the cartridge and weigh it on a scale to make sure the CO2 gas hasn’t escaped.
2. Open the trigger system (using the Allen-key) wipe dust off the components and check for rust or corrosion. Please contact us if any component needs replacement.
The gas-cartridge is of single use. Once the airbag has inflated the cartridge must be replaced with a new cartridge of the same capacity. The warranty on an unused CO2 cartridge is 10 years. Please unscrew your cartridge annually and check the weight. Replace the cartridge if the weight has fallen significantly or there is rust or other deterioration. The cartridge should be stored in temperatures below 45°C. Do not leave full cartridges in the car in high temperatures for example.
The Helite Airbag system will inflate in less than a tenth of a second (at 250 mbar of pressure) and will stay inflated to support and protect the rider for 15 - 20 seconds. It will take 5-7 minutes for the Airbag to deflate completely, unscrewing and removing the canister will speed this up significantly. You can unclip and remove the airbag immediately after the fall.
The GP AIR has been specially developed for the race track. The airbag vest is made of resistant materials against abrasion. We focused on aerodynamics with a perfect fit (stretchy fabric) and a space for the suit’s hump. Also, we integrated a very good protection with the double TURTLE effect.
For more protection, we decided to integrate a body armour at the front and at the back for a double TURTLE effect ! The Turtle Technology is a very big protection improvement, the results of absorption and distribution of shocks are considerably higher. After a lot of tests on race track, we chose body armour because it has really good results of absorption (no risk of hyperflexion), it is flexible and comfortable for the pilot.
No front zipper or buckle on the chest to ease side slide on the tank. The cartridge is integrated in the foam, so you don’t feel it.
We use a red velcro to show the limit to close the GP AIR airbag. If you still see the red velcro then the vest isn’t closed enough.
Your can wear this airbag vest on the road. You have two possibilities:
- If you wear a jacket with a hump, it is perfect you have an optimal protection.
- If you wear a normal motorcycle jacket please keep /add a body protection at the back.
Your airbag must stay inflated to support and protect the rider long enough. It will take 5-7 minutes for the airbag to deflate completely. If you unscrew and remove the canister, the airbag will deflate quickly. You can unclip and remove the airbag immediately after the fall if you are in a safe area.