Helite GP Air vest

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Helite GP Air vest

Post by shammy666 » Jun 9th, '19, 08:52

These are 100% worth every penny!

Some may or may not know that I took the plunge and spent a wedge on one of these around early April. Been thinking about an airbag vest for a few months. The Ixon inside leathers one would not have worked as my leathers don’t have the expansion side panels in and 4 sets a bit extreme to alter.

So...someone was at Silverstone with the GP Air vests early April, I tried one on and they were no way near as bulky as they looked. He even showed me what they do with an activation whilst I was stood there wearing it (egged on to do this by Mr C).

That then planted the seed that I needed one. Rob Jones put me in contact with Nick from https://www.lovelifeandride.com/ vest ordered on the Tuesday night with spare gas canisters and it arrived Thursday, the day before set off for Anglesey race meet. 10/10 for customer service.

Anyway, been wearing this at every race/trackday since. Just need to remember to attach and unattach yourself from the bike each time (I will forget one day). The lanyard is attached to the frame of bike, you then attach to the vest and if you part company a 30kg pull will activate vest.

Well, I tested this vest yesterday coming out of Lodge at Oulton, was very wet and I got on the power a bit too early....not the only one to do that....back came round and off I came.

Was very impressed how I got up with no injuries, from looking at the state of my lid I’m sure I’d have done myself a mischief if I wasn’t wearing the vest. I didn’t feel it go off, maybe as I was more worried about the bike. Only way I can describe it was it felt like I was sliding along on inflatable furniture as slid along on the wet grass. Marshal on the post said I looked like the Michelin man when I stood...all happens so fast but slo-mo at the same time. Was very easy to re-set, the cracking team from Smallboy Trackbikes fixed the bike and got me out for race 2.

Don’t think I’d ride on track without one of these now.
If anyone wants one let me know and will send you a link :-bd

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Re: Helite GP Air vest

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Re: Helite GP Air vest

Post by Ruffian » Jun 9th, '19, 09:44

Cracking review shammy and glad you didn't get hurt.
Heard it was a bit soggy up there yesterday but not as bad as Friday.
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Re: Helite GP Air vest

Post by Kata » Jun 9th, '19, 10:26

Yep great review. Also good to hear you ok!

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Re: Helite GP Air vest

Post by Shooey » Jun 9th, '19, 14:25

Glad to hear you’re okay Sham! Great review, sounds like a great product. Yes please, can you send me the link? 👍👍

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Re: Helite GP Air vest

Post by shammy666 » Jun 9th, '19, 14:53

Shooey wrote:
Jun 9th, '19, 14:25
Glad to hear you’re okay Sham! Great review, sounds like a great product. Yes please, can you send me the link? 👍👍
Sent over 👍

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Re: Helite GP Air vest

Post by TLS-Moose » Jun 9th, '19, 15:39

Excellent stuff! Glad you're ok, and I can see airbag tech being the way forward for road or track :-bd

One complaint - where's the photo of you "inflated", Ms Bibendum? :wink: :))
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Re: Helite GP Air vest

Post by menzies3032 » Jun 9th, '19, 20:16

Shammy to start really sorry to here that you had an off :-t

However also really happy to here your ok.

Considering the amount of track time that you do I have got to say this is totally money well spent. I have been considering upping my armour as only ware a back plate not a chest plate but might need to give these a look instead. :-bd

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Re: Helite GP Air vest

Post by shammy666 » Jun 9th, '19, 21:24

TLS-Moose wrote:
Jun 9th, '19, 15:39
Excellent stuff! Glad you're ok, and I can see airbag tech being the way forward for road or track :-bd

One complaint - where's the photo of you "inflated", Ms Bibendum? :wink: :))
Don’t know if anyone got it, if I see any I will share :))

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Re: Helite GP Air vest

Post by Jimbo04zx10r » Jun 10th, '19, 11:27

Having a little off myself this will be my next purchase.
Electronic's keeps the boys upright, the men keep it on the knee slider :)

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Re: Helite GP Air vest

Post by julesh » Jun 10th, '19, 12:28

lid took a bit of a bang....don't spose it knocked any sense into ya :lol:

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Re: Helite GP Air vest

Post by scorcher » Jun 10th, '19, 18:18

julesh wrote:
Jun 10th, '19, 12:28
lid took a bit of a bang....don't spose it knocked any sense into ya :lol:
Unfortunately not :(

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