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Hit Air (#19904)

Hit Air® Advantage Airbag Vest

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Overview

Why We Love This

The Hit Air Advantage Vest is a culmination of more than a decade of experience in airbag technology by MUGEN DENKO, LTD. The Hit Air Airbag Vest is a "harness type" airbag that employs the new higher speed key ball mechanism which activates the CO2 cartridge.  Versatile design makes it perfect for riders of all equestrian disciplines including Eventing and Western. Imported.

This vest is designed for adults, and to deploy properly the rider must weigh a minimum of 100lbs. If a rider is under 100lbs, please contact our Customer Care Team – we would be happy to help select the right vest!

Please Note: Our Regular Length Adjustable Bungee and Clip Bungee Lanyards are recommended for customers with horses 15.2 hands or taller. If a customer will be riding horses between 13.2 hands and 15.2 hands, we recommend a Short Length Lanyard. Air vests should NOT be used on horses under 13.2 hands.


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

Western Lanyard is available to be purchased separately. Click Here!


CAUTION: Safety equipment must fit properly and be appropriately secured with manufacture approved parts only. Altering or adding to safety equipment voids warranty and can result in injury. As a safety precaution, inspect all products prior to each use.




  • Top fast: 0.09 sec deployment time!
  • Attention to detail is unmatched by any other brand of airbag apparel
  • The neck airbag is significantly larger than the leading competitor's
  • The neck airbag inflates first, where most injuries occur, followed by (in only fraction of a millisecond) the torso and hip airbag
  • 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
  • Added comfort in the saddle 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
  • Cool to wear due to the open design
  • Cartridges:  S and M uses 50cc 

 

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This vest is designed for adults, and to deploy properly the rider must weigh a minimum of 100lbs.
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Specifications
Closure Style Buckle
Accessories Included Instruction Booklet, Canister-Changing Tool, (1) Canister, (1) Saddle Strap, & (1) Lanyard
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Special Features Please Note: For proper use of this vest, Riders must weigh a minimum of 100lbs or more
Reviews
Hit Air® Advantage Airbag Vest is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 47.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Size up if on the upper limit of height range This is overall a great vest. The instructions for reassembly and care are easy to understand and follow, it's very comfortable, and it seems to be high quality and durable. The only thing negative I have to say is that if you are on the upper limit of the height range, I recommend sizing up. I'm 5'4" and slender so I purchased the small size. Seemed to fit great when I tried it on. However, I accidentally deployed the vest after my first use because I forgot to detach the pull cord from my saddle when dismounting. The vest functioned perfectly and completely deployed before my feet hit the ground. It was impressively quiet too and didn't spook my horse. All great things. But I noticed that when fully inflated the bottom air bags did not cover my hip bones (the bottom of the vest rested just above), which was an advertised feature of the vest that persuaded me into purchasing this one. Unfortunately I can not return the vest now that it has been used for a larger size, so I will make do, but had I known I would have sized up. Everything else about this vest is awesome, but I recommend getting a medium if you are 5'3" or taller and want hip bone coverage.
Date published: 2022-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will not ride without this! I bought this vest after coming off my 4 year-old green mare who spooked and bolted in the arena and when I came off I hit the railing pretty hard. Took me about a month to recover. I'm pretty sure I bruised some ribs and was black and blue for quite a while. I quickly realized that I needed some protection and bought this vest after reading the reviews. Had the chance to test this vest after my mare spooked the other day when she saw my friend's horse spook at a a woman standing on a picnic table gesturing wildly with her arms to get her horse in the arena to run. I lost my balance and came off and landed on my back on the hard rocky ground. Vest inflated perfectly and I didn't feel a thing! It felt like I landed on pillows! My left hip was pretty bruised but had I not had that vest on I'm pretty sure I would have broken something on that hard ground. I will never ride without it again! It's just not worth it. Saved me a trip to the hospital.
Date published: 2022-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The COOLEST Vest I've found I've been wearing this as my "summer" vest as other vests have been just too hot...love the Helite but it's like wearing a plastic bag in the summer heat (I do wear in cooler months tho-- love the look of the gilet...and the newer 2.0 version does look cooler than mine) and I had to find an alternative. Didn't have as much confidence in this brand as Helite -- the goofy "air-bag" graphics etc-- but had a pretty solid fall 2 months ago and can attest that while my arm ended up broken, I got up and walked away= the Hit Air took the majority of the impact and did its job. Only thing is, I think the plastic buckles nailed me pretty hard in the chest (as opposed to the Helite and other zipper models), BUT a minor problem overall...back neck torso protected. Just ordered the optional chest pads that you can velcro into this vest, hopefully that will do the trick. Will continue to ride and show in the Hit Air.
Date published: 2022-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tried and Tested (twice!) I have now successfully tested this air vest twice over the course of the past 2 years - once on a x-country course and once jumping in an indoor. Both were high impact falls from my 17.1 warmblood, and both times this vest saved my neck - literally! You might be thinking twice about the high price, but it's saved me a couple of trips to the emergency room, which would have been much worse.
Date published: 2021-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing vest, poor support from SmartPak I love this vest. I've had mine for three years now. It is light, breathable, and adjusts around bulky winter clothing. Unfortunately, SmartPak does not carry any of the accessories and I've ended up purchasing them through other vendors.
Date published: 2021-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny and more I currently have an eight-year old green mare in training, and I decided that having one of these vests would not be a bad idea (I'm not as fearless as I used to be in the saddle). Today was a seemingly normal day in the saddle until a dog came around the corner of the barn and caused my horse to spook. She bolted and I lost my seat and the reins. As she cantered around the corner of the arena, I fell into the arena fencing. I literally felt no pain in my neck, back, or chest as I hit fence and landed in the dirt. In the past, my neck always gets jerked around during a fall, but the Hit Air vest prevented that completely. This is worth every penny and more!
Date published: 2020-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Works! I "tried" this vest in an open air arena a couple of weeks ago. My 19 yo lease TB spooked and my whip in hand brushed him. He bolted a bit, I flew threw the air over a low dressage rail and landed about 6 feet away. The landing was on my back none the worse for the fall. He's about 16' 3 and I'm 5' 4" --- we were trotting at the time. Some folks, I guess, worry about what it says about them to wear a vest on any horse --- let alone a good guy. I just worry about being able to do what I enjoy as often and as long as I can. 2 hours after this fall I went for a couple mile run and the next day was back up on my horse. Pro Tip: The manual that comes with the vest explains how to "set the strap" length so it does go off. Make sure you read and follow those directions. It is possible to dismount and have it not go off. I did this before my fall and was surprised. The day of my fall I set the strap length, whew, good move. I'm sure it would have deployed given the distance I went but still....
Date published: 2019-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My vest deployed today... I bought this vest a couple of months ago after an unintended dismount into a soft plowed field. I’m middle aged and a newer rider, so I wanted something to minimize the chances of a serious injury. I tried most of the vests SmartPak offers, and did not like the “ballistics vest” feel; I’m short-waisted, busty, and they were just cumbersome and uncomfortable. I’ve ridden dirt roads, trails, and arena with this vest on, trotting or loping in all locations. Unlike the ballistics-style vests, this does not interfere with my seat (short/short-waisted folks take note). It’s very comfortable - a tiny bit warmer than just a t-shirt, but worth the peace of mind. Today I had another unintended dismount into an arena with a hard base layer under the sand. The vest deployed while I was about level with my horse’s shoulder. The noise was not startling enough to spook my horse while I was midair; the clinician thought it was her fabric arena snapping in the wind. The vest functioned exactly as described, protecting my neck, ribs, and abdomen. My only note is that due to the angle I achieved in midair, I landed on my tailbone. I’m going to be a little sore for a few days, BUT I did not crack ribs, injure my shoulder/collarbone, strain my neck, etc, etc. My only note is that if you use this with a Western saddle, be sure to secure the strap to your swells and horn through multiple loops. I was able to dismount once without triggering the vest, and thus added another loop around my horn. Today I was glad I’d done so, as I think the vest deployed when I was higher in the air than it would have. This vest is expensive and IMO worth every penny. I just ordered a 3-pack of replacement cartridges. I feel even more confident knowing the vest performs exactly as described.
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Comfortable and Great Fit After breaking my neck as a result from a bad equestrian fall I am so happy this vest gives me a sense of security. So easy to wear. Don’t even notice it when schooling or competing.
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! I just purchased this vest a couple weeks ago. I wear it every time I ride. It's very comfortable.
Date published: 2018-05-16
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Videos
How to replace air cartridges in Hit Air vests
Whether you're a barn manager, trainer, experienced eventer, or parent, the ability to change the CO2 cartridges in air vests is an essential skill in staying safe in the event of a fall. In this video, SmartPaker Cora walks you through step-by-step how to change the air cartridge in a Hit Air vest. Need replacement cartridges for your Hit Air vest? You can get Hit Air Replacement Cartridges from SmartPak in packs of 3 or individually (http://pak.horse/2odAn2R). The vest used in this video is the Hit Air Equestrian Super Light Weight Vest (http://pak.horse/2odPoBH).

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