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Hit Air Advantage Airbag Vest

Hit Air
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As riders and online shoppers, we know it can be tough to buy a new bridle or pair of boots without trying them on. That's why we moved the fitting room to your living room (or barn)! From breeches to blankets, if you or your horse can try it on, you can return it, free! Just use the pre-paid return label included in your order within 60 days from the purchase date. And of course, please make sure the item is in like-new condition with original packaging (we said 'fitting room', not 'war room'!).

The new Advantage model is a culmination of more than a decade of experience in airbag technology by MUGEN DENKO, LTD. 

The Hit Air Advantage Airbag Vest is "harness type" airbag that employs the new higher speed key ball mechanism (component that activates the CO2 cartridge).

  • Versatile: for Eventing, Western and other equestrian disciplines, has optional chest padding, back padding, and side padding.
  • Top fast: 0.09 sec deployment time!
  • The attention to detail is unmatched by any other brand of airbag apparel.
  • The neck airbag , where most injuries occur, inflates first, followed by (in only fraction of a millisecond) the torso and hip airbag. The neck airbag is also significantly larger than the leading competitor's neck air bag.
  • The key box where the CO2 cartridge is deployed is protected from dust and dirt and provides sound insulation to minimize spooking the horse during an unintended deployment.
  • The vest is also more comfortable because the hip air bags are concealed inside a special pocket making it unnecessary to have a long "duck tailed" style that can be uncomfortable in the saddle.
  • The Advantage is also more versatile because it has an additional optional CE back protector and waist side cushions.
  • The new Advantage is also cooler to wear because of the open design. With all of these advantages, it is also more affordable costing hundreds of dollars less!
  • Cartridges: Advantage 2XS-S and S-XL uses 50cc, Advantage XL-3XL uses 60cc.

Includes: Instruction Booklet, Canister-Changing Tool, (1) Canister, (1) Saddle Strap, & (1) Lanyard

CO2 Canisters are not returnable and cannot be expedited.
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    Hit Air Advantage Airbag Vest is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, reliable air vest. I held off on purchasing an air vest for a while, as I didn't want to add more bulk and weight to my Tipperary Eventer vest. This air vest is surprisingly lightweight and very comfortable. Worth the peace of mind. I'm 5'2" and 115lbs and the small JUST fits, the medium was much too large.
    Date published: 2013-05-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hit Air Advantage ProtectiveVest I purchased this vest in Dec 2011 time frame and do not regret it. I haven't and hope to never have to experience a fall again, but should it occur, I am comforted that my neck will be protected along with my back. Due to back injury in the past, I wear an eventing vest under the HitAir Vest. The only reason I get hot is the eventing vest, when worn separate, the HitAir there isn't even a noticeable different. I recommend this vest to all my horse buddies.
    Date published: 2012-10-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seems to be good protection I haven't actually ridden in this yet, but it seems to be good quality. I'm an adult amatuer with a warmblood 4 yr old that I hope to event, decreasing my likelihood of injury is always good. A friend of mine had suggested this vest over the P2 because it seems to have a bit more coverage. I have an old neck injury and am pleased with the ample airbag around the back of the neck. When it first arrived, I tried to test deploy it. I could not, for the life of me, pull the little ball thingy out of the deployment device. Images of myself falling off my horse only to be dragged to kingdom come, attached by my vest to a running horse, I looked online and found a chat room with an entry describing my exact experience: I yanked, husband yanked, I stood on and pulled, the thing would not deploy. I called the contact# at, sent the vest to them for inspection, and they returned it with a video of my vest (I have to trust them on this, its impossible to tell if its really mine or another one), deploying. Apparently, to prevent premature deployment, it takes 30kg of weight, and a sudden jerking motion. Upon return, my husband was able to deploy the vest. Final decision - I will be wearing the vest whenever I do finally go XC. The air cartridges are cheaper than P2, and I have to admit The Hit-Air history in motorcycle vests is comforting.
    Date published: 2012-08-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this vest! This vest is light-weight and, while still hotter than no vest at all, is a complete joy compared to the old school body protectors. I wore mine for the first time yesterday while schooling cross-country and found it very easy to move in and comfortable. The CO2 cartridge is a little heavy and you can certainly feel it there, but once I got into the rhythm of the course, I forgot it entirely. My only word of caution is about the sizing. By all rights and measurements, I should have been a S-XL with some room to spare, but I had to exchange that for an XL-3XL because the waist strap was so tight as to cut off my breathing standing still in my kitchen--no way I could have ridden in it. The larger vest is a hair too big on me, but there is room for a traditional body protector should I decide I want to add one underneath. The S-XL came with a grab strap, but the XL-3XL did not--luckily I had already bought one in prep for the smaller vest.
    Date published: 2012-07-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hit-Air Advantage Vest I tried two other non inflatable vests. This one is perfect. It is light weight, flexible, confortable even in hot weather, yet plenty of protection should you need it. The services from SmartPac was also exceptional. Would buy a protective vest from no one else.
    Date published: 2012-07-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hit-Air Advantage Vest tried 2 other non-inflatable protective vests before the Hit-Air. they were difficult to get a good fit, restristed movement, hot and uncomfortable. the hit air is well worth the difference in price. had gotten to a point i would have stopped wearing a vest before trading it fot the hit-air. it is light, lots of ventilation and if i need it i know it will protect me. great product
    Date published: 2012-05-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great service, nice vest I bought the large vest, and found that it didn't fit over my body protector (though the measurements said it should). The SmartPak people were fantastic, though, and fixed everything right away. I will totally buy anything expensive with them because of the great service. I ended up getting an extra large. The vest is a little heavy, but not very bulky. It's very easy to snap on, and to hook on to the saddle horn. The superior neck protection is why I bought it. I would recommend this because based on everything I could find, this is the most protection you can get.
    Date published: 2011-12-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good purchase...... I have had a four decade gap in riding and I purchased the Hit Air vest as an insurance policy and plan to ride in such a manner that this vest will stay deflated and remain just a pretty accessory to my riding clothes. I am working with a psycho therapy horse and am doing a lot of ground work getting to know her, with her revealing my deepest self to me and establishing myself as the leader of our herd of two. By the time we head out on the trail, I feel confident that I will be able to respond to her and her to me, and we will be able to keep each other safe. The Hit Air vest will definitely raise my confidence level and that makes it worth every cent. I am 66 years young so purchasing insurance policies is familiar to me. :-) Thank you for offering this product for sale.
    Date published: 2013-12-03
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