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Airbag Safety Jackets For Equestrian Riding: All You Wanted To Know

Helite Safety Airbag Zip'In

Airbag Safety Jackets (vests, long sleeve jackets and show jackets) have become quite popular this year. We had brought a few in before prior to this season. However, with the upcoming WEF circuit, we have noticed that there is an uptick in the demand for these jackets.

If you are in the market for one and want some questions answered, you have come to the right place. In this post, we will attempt to answer the most frequently asked questions about the fit, selection, technology and maintenance of these new systems.

Update: April 12, 2020 : As of April 5, 2020 a new (and improved) airbag safety jacket vest has been introduced to the market. The standalone Helite ZipIn2 is a new safety vest that is designed for use either on its own or with a compatible show jacket. This new vest has all the safety features of it predecessor along with new innovations. For one, it can worn on its own without an outer vest/jacket. It does not have to be zipped in. The airbag is part of the vest, no longer detachable. The best part is it is still backwards compatible with your Dada Sport Show Jacket.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the airbag system work?

First, it is impotant to understand the components of the airbag safety jacket/vest technology. There are 2 major components: the Airbag Shell Jacket (outer) and the Helite Airbag Zip’in (inner). The Helite Airbag Zip’In connects to the outer shell .

What is the next generation of airbag safety jacket technology?

The next gen of the airbag safety technology is so far available in 2 different products: One designed and manufactured by Helite, the other designed by Freejump, manufactured by Helite. While they look similar on the outside, there are a few notable difference between them.

Do I need to buy both the outer jacket and inner Helite Airbag Zip’in?

Yes. The inner Helite Airbag Zip will inflate once the system is triggered.

Can I use my existing Helite Airbag Zip’In?

Yes, as long as your Helite Airbag Zip’in is functioning well.

How do I know whether my Helite Airbag Zip’In is operational and safe to use?

Bring it to a Helite dealer and ask them to inspect it. If you bring it to us, we will be glad to test it as well to make sure the inflation mechanism is operational.

How does the Helite Airbag Zip’In protect me compared to other brands?

There is some significant advantages to Helite’s technology versus other airbag systems.
First, it is a homogeneous airbag, i.e. one piece airbag that inflates all at once. Other airbag systems on the market do not offer a 1 piece airbag. Instead the airbag is divided into 2 or more sections. This leads to off-time deployment, where one section of the airbag may deploy later than others.
Secondly, Helite is the only airbag solution that provides full protection from the neck to the tailbone.

What about different brands, DadaSport versus Oscar and Gabrielle?

Jackets from DadaSport and Oscar and Gabrielle are both compatible with the Helite Airbag Zip’In. The Dada Sport styling is more fitted than Oscar and Gabrielle. The underlying technology is the same for both jackets. They connect to the saddle with the same mechanism (i.e. Helite Saddle Strap)

How exactly do the airbag safety jackets work?

Dada Sport Sleeveless Training Safety Airbag Vest

What parts of the body does the airbag protect?

Helite Safety Airbag Zip'In

What makes Helite Airbags the best for protection?

Dada Sport Sleeveless Training Safety Airbag Vest

Do the Airbag Jackets look and feel bulky?

Airbag Jackets have come a long way in the last 2 years. The original version was bulky but the most recent versions are sleek and light.

What do I do after the airbag deploys?

Your jacket and airbag zip’in are both re-usable after a fall and deployment. All you need to do is to make sure is to replace the CO2 cartridge. Remove the spent cartridge and replace it with a new cartridge.

What size cartridge do I need?

For all adult sizes, (XS through XXL), you will need the 60 cc cartridge. For Child Large size, you will need 50 cc cartridge.

What is the warranty on the Helite Airbag?

Standard warranty is 2 years. However, you can extend that warranty (for free) by registering your purchase on Helite’s website. Here is the registration link:
https://my.helite.com/register

Why do I need an airbag jacket?

Airbag Jackets are safety equipment. Think of them in the same context as your helmet. If a piece of equipment has the potential to protect you from severe injury, why not? Today, some of the world’s top riders compete in the airbag safety jackets, including Martin Fuchs.

What is the difference between Helite Prestige, Helite Airshell Gillet?

Essentially, these are all training vests manufactured by Helite. The Helite Zip’In can be connected to these vests. The Prestige is the sportier model of the training vest whereas the Gillet is more classic and traditional.

How do I check my size in the Helite models?


How to measure?
Measure according to the graphic below. The sizing is unisex. The chart below is in Centimeters (cms).

Size Chart Table for Helite Airbag ZipInHow to measure for Helite Airbag ZipIn

Are the Helite Jackets unisex?

Yes, the Helite Vests are uni-sex. Please check the size chart above to correctly determine your size.

I still have more questions. Who can I contact?

You can always Contact Us via email or phone. We will be glad to help.

Conclusion

We hope we have helped clear up most of the questions/doubts. This is by no means, a complete list. Please ask your questions by commenting below.

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Equestrians

Lotus Romeo Ladies Technical Long Sleeve Show Shirt - Grey

Our Annual Holiday Gift Guide for Equestrians

YAY!! It is that time of the year again. The holidays are upon us. We know you might be stressed about what to get as gifts for your equestrian friends and family. Worry not, we have a helpful guide that will calm your nerves and bring smiles to your friends/family.

Without further ado, we hereby present to you the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Equestrians. For this year, we have categorized the list by gender. First up is the gift guide for your female friends.

  1. [FOR HER] Samshield Ladies Show Jumping Breeches “Clotilde” . Samshield has made a big splash on the equestrian clothing scene. These new breeches are a testament to their design expertise. These breeches come with the flex band on the waist.

    Samshield Ladies Knee Patch Beige Breeches - Clotilde - Front and Back View
    Samshield Ladies Knee Patch Beige Breeches – Clotilde – Front and Back View
  2. [FOR HER] Lotus Romeo Long Sleeves Technical Show Shirt For those in your friends/family that prefer long sleeve shirts with UV protection, this one is a clear winner. New for 2018, this shirt is a back-to-the-basics design. It is available in 4 colors: White, Navy, Green Mint and Grey

    Lotus Romeo Ladies Technical Long Sleeve Show Shirt - Grey
    Lotus Romeo Ladies Technical Long Sleeve Show Shirt – Grey

    Lotus Romeo Ladies Technical Long Sleeve Show Shirt - Blue/White
    Lotus Romeo Ladies Technical Long Sleeve Show Shirt – Blue/White
  3. [FOR HER] Another new product for this year is the Dogma Star Lady EverRose Helmet from KASK Equestrian. This is a limited edition helmet, so this will not be available always.

    KASK Dogma Star Lady EveryRose Rose Gold Trim Helmet - Black
    KASK Dogma Star Lady EveryRose Rose Gold Trim Helmet – Black

    KASK Dogma Star Lady EveryRose Rose Gold Trim Helmet - Navy
    KASK Dogma Star Lady EveryRose Rose Gold Trim Helmet – Navy
  4. [FOR HER] Eric Javits Large Brim UV Protected Visor “Champ II” – This new visor is an improvement over the most popular horse-show visor ever. This one sports a 4.5″ brim (compared to the 3.25″ for the Champ) for even more sun protection. This one makes a super thoughtful gift for your mom or trainer that is at the horse show all day, rooting for you from the sidelines.

    Eric Javits Champ II Visor - Natural Black
    Eric Javits Champ II Visor – Natural Black

    Eric Javits Champ II Visor - Peanut
    Eric Javits Champ II Visor – Peanut
  5. [FOR HER] Lotus Romeo Ladies Gray Show Jacket with Contrast Lapel “Joy” This new jacket was introduced at WEG during Tryon 2018. Sold out in 2 days. This one is sure to please. Please be aware this is a limited edition jacket.

    Lotus Romeo Technical Show Jacket "Joy" - Front View
    Lotus Romeo Technical Show Jacket “Joy” – Front View

    Lotus Romeo Technical Show Jacket "Joy" - Back View
    Lotus Romeo Technical Show Jacket “Joy” – Back View
  6. [FOR THE TRAINER] No Shout Trainer Communication System “Rapide”. Are you tired of hearing the trainer yell at the top of his/her voice? Do you wish for a more quieter form of training? Look no further than this new wireless communication system. With this system, the trainer speaks into the microphone. The student can listen in privately the instructions and focus on implementing the coach’s advice.

    No Shout One Way Wireless Communication System - Rapide
    No Shout One Way Wireless Communication System – Rapide

    No Shout Rapide Wireless Receiver Headset
    No Shout Rapide Wireless Receiver Headset
  7. [FOR HER] Ready To Wear Dressage Tall Boots “Roma” – New for the 2018-19 season, we are presenting this luxurious dressage ready-to-wear boots made in Italy by Secchiari. Secchiari is a famous name in bootmaking.

    Secchiari Ready To Wear Dressage Boots "Roma"
    Secchiari Ready To Wear Dressage Boots “Roma”

    Secchiari Ready To Wear Dressage Boots "Roma"
    Secchiari Ready To Wear Dressage Boots “Roma”
  8. [UNISEX] Shock Absorbing Hunter Stirrups by Flex On – After the immense success of the Flex On Shock Absorbing Stirrups, the company has introduced a stirrup designed exclusively for the hunter ring. These stirrups solve your back, knee and ankle pain problems. The special built-in elastomer material provides shock absorbing ability.

    Flex On Hunter Stirrups with Inclined Ultra Grip
    Flex On Hunter Stirrups with Inclined Ultra Grip
  9. [FOR GIRLS] Girls Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches “Elsa” – For 2019, we are proud to announce the arrival of lightweight show jumping breeches for girls ages 6 through 15. These breeches are made from lightweight stretchy fabric, making them ideal for warmer weather. The breeches come with silicone printed grip on the knee patch.

    Girls Lightweight Show Breeches - Elsa
    Girls Lightweight Show Breeches – Elsa
  10. [ALL] Prestige Anatomic Padded Fancy Stitched Hunter Bridle – This is a perfect gift for your hunter trainer. Prestige has produced a beautiful hunter show bridle with details and comfort for the horse.

    Prestige Anatomic Fancy Stitched Padded Raised Hunter English Bridle – Brown
  11. [FOR HER] Miss Shield Wide Brim Shadow Matt Helmet with Rose Gold Trim by Samshield – This is one of the bestselling wide-brim helmets for this season. The rose gold trim on the Miss Shield takes the standard helmet to a new level of beauty.

    Samshield Miss Shield Shadow Matt in Black with Rose Gold Trim
    Samshield Miss Shield Shadow Matt in Black with Rose Gold Trim
  12. [UNISEX] Freejump Liberty Boots and Mini Chaps Combo – One of the most popular boot-chaps combination on the market. For good reason too. The Freejump boots are like tennis sneakers when it comes to comfort. With ankle protection jockstrapping systems, these boots combine the best in sports technology with equestrian flair.

    Freejump Liberty XC Chaps and Boots - Black
    Freejump Liberty XC Chaps and Boots – Black

Conclusion

What do you think of this list? Do you own any of these items? Are you thinking about buying them? Let us know with your comments below! We would love to hear your feedback.

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Samshield Icon Pack is the new king of groom backpacks

Samshield Groom Bag Iconpack in Black

The Samshield Icon Pack is here! Samshield’s Icon Pack has been anticipated for a while now. When Samshield designs something, it is the finest in class. The same applies for their helmets as well. When the Samshield Shadow Matt Helmet was first introduced, it caused a sensation. The same excitement will translate over to this backpack as well.

Samshield’s design philosophy is a powerful fusion of form and function. We like to think of the pre and post Samshield era. Prior to Samshield, backpacks were boring and bulky. Enter the Samshield Icon Pack. Now, we use words like “sexy” and “sleek” etc to describe backpacks. We call this the Samshield effect. Samshield is a leader. With its foray into backpacks, it has once again proved its superiority.

In this post, we attempt to answer your questions about the Samshield Icon Pack Backpack.

What makes the Samshield Icon Pack “Iconic”?

If you take cues from their helmet designs, you can see how Samshield does not improve upon an existing product on the market. Instead, their approach is to build something new from the ground-up. The advantage of this design approach is that the resulting product incorporates all the “must-have” features required today.

Samshield Groom Bag Iconpack in Black store your helmet
Samshield Groom Bag Iconpack in Black store your helmet

1. Plenty of Space

The Samshield Icon Pack is packed with pockets and storage areas. From helmets to breeches to whips, the Icon Pack sports a pocket for everything. It even has a pocket for spare change, keys, wallet/purse, cell phone. You can even store an entire show outfit including a show shirt, pair of breeches etc. In total, the Icon Pack offers a total carrying capacity of 25 Liters.

Organized Storage

  1. Lateral Pocket for a Bottle or Spray
  2. Lateral Pocket closed with a snap for metal studs, sugars, elastics, etc.
  3. Big Lateral Pocket with waterproof zip closure for a laptop, a tablet, a passport or the horse’s papers
  4. Elastic Straps to maintain a whip
  5. Top pocket for coins, gloves, keys or credit card
  6. Eyewear pocket
  7. Removable Case for a camera or a cell phone

2. No-Show Helmet Storage

The compartment for storing the helmet is made of mesh that is only visible when used. This makes for a sleek and minimalist look. When not in use, the helmet storage mesh can be neatly tucked inside a zipper compartment.

Samshield Groom Bag Iconpack in Black
Samshield Groom Bag Iconpack in Black

3. Add-On Storage on the Shoulder Straps

A small case can be optionally attached to the shoulder straps. This case is for storing your cell phone or digital camera. This enables easy access so you never miss a call or a photo-op!

Samshield Groom Bag Iconpack in Brown

4. Built-in Rain-Cover

Rain comes without any notice, especially here in South Florida. The Samshield Icon Pack features a fully retractable rain cover for your entire back pack. The cover is only visible when used. When not in use, it is safely tucked away inside a discreet bottom storage area. You would not be able to find it if you did not know exactly where it is located.

5. Universal Helmet Storage

The Icon Pack can store any helmet in its universal mesh helmet storage. This includes the KASK Star Lady Shadow, KASK Dogma Chrome Light, KASK Dogma Light, Samshield Shadow Matt, Samshield Premium Helmet, Samshield XC J Helmet, Samshield XC J Matt Helmets and GPA Helmets.

6. Sturdy Construction

The Icon Pack is made of 1200D coated Polyester, a very strong, resistant and waterproof fabric. The bottom of the Icon Pack is abrasion resistant for maximum durability.

7. Personalization

A label allows to write the name of the owner. In addition, you can also embroider the name on the top pocket of the backpack.

Have more questions? Contact Us or post your questions in the comments below.

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The case for riding socks

During the last few years, we have seen how specialized apparel has become a large part of the riding gear. While the effects of wearing properly fitted, comfortable breeches are well known, not many people think the big role played by riding socks.

On the outset, it would appear that you can just wear about any socks for riding. Any kind of athletic socks can be used, maybe? Not so, say the riding experts. Proper socks are important for many reasons, chiefly perspiration and breath-ability.  Most riders wear their socks all day long, from getting ready to ride in the morning until the day is over. It becomes very important, then, to ensure these socks are well-fitting, comfortable, and anti-bacterial. Another important point is to make sure the socks are shaped anatomically in order to avoid excessive friction and blisters.

Among the contenders at the high end of riding socks spectrum are the Equiline Technical Socks, Freejump Technical Socks, Schockemohle Socks Pack, Kingsland Technical Socks.

Here is the table to show a direct comparison between them:

Equiline Technical Socks Freejump Technical Socks Schockemohle Socks Pack Kingsland Technical Socks
Individual Pack Individual Pack 3-pack 3-pack
$46.95 $24.95 $29.95/pack of 3 $49.95/pack of 3
Left and Right Left and Right Identical Identical
  • 80% Polypropilene,
  • 18% Nylon,
  • 2% Elastane
  • 60% Meryl SkinLife
  • 37% Polyamide
  • 3% Elastan
  • 90% nylon,
  • 10% spandex
  • 60% Nylon
  • 40% Cotton
Machine Washable Machine Washable Machine Washable Machine Washable
3 sizes: 35-38, 39-42, 43-46 3 sizes: S (36-38), M (39-42), L (43-46) One Size (super stretch) 3 sizes: 35-38, 39-42, 43-46
Navy Blue, Black Black/Grey 3 pack contains one each of Black, Navy and Brown Black, Navy, Brown

 

Equiline Silver Socks Left and Right Fit
Equiline Silver Socks Left and Right Fit

 

 

Freejump Technical Socks
Freejump Socks – Left and Right Fit

 

Schockemohle Socks 3 Pack
Schockemohle Socks 3 Pack

 

Kingsland Classic Riding Socks
Kingsland Classic Riding Socks

 

One of the most notable features of riding socks is the individual left and right socks. i.e. the socks for your left and right foot are shaped differently. Once you wear these socks, you will not go back to wearing same side socks again. The fit is perfect on these socks.

Another feature is the ability to fight bacteria and perspiration. Your feet are hidden all day from the sun and wind, thereby limiting the air flow needed. In closed hot spaces, bacteria tend to flourish. That is why the Freejump Technical Socks are made from special Meryl SkinLife anti-bacterial fabric. The Equiline Socks have Silver ions embedded within the socks for the same purpose.

So the next time you go shopping for socks, keep these points in mind. For more information, here are the links for each of these technical socks:

Equiline Technical Socks with Silver Ions

Freejump Technical Socks

Schockemohle Socks Pack

Kingsland Technical Socks

 

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Gift Ideas for Riders

Black Friday is here. Its the official start of the holiday and gift season. Have you decided what gifts you will get for your rider friends and family? Stress no more. We are here to help, with just in time, gift ideas. Here is a quick list, you can use as a reference. These gifts have been hand picked by our experts for novelty and usefulness. We have categorized the gifts by gender. Gifts for her can be found here.

Gifts for Her

1. Dimacci Reversible Leather Belt

There are a few things that are better accessories than belts. The Dimacci belt offers 2 belts for the price of 1. With its easy reversible mechanism, she can easily mix and match the belt(s) to the outfit. Lots of color choice abound here. Shown below are some pictures of the different colors.

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Click here to buy the Dimacci Reversible Belt. 

2. Tucker Tweed Dressage Tote Bag

This tote bag is a favorite among the dressage ladies. With classic soft leather and the iconic dressage rider, this bag is unique and sexy, all at the same time.  It comes in a few different colors. The Black is a classic and a safe bet.

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3. HKM Toskana Bag

Yet another handbag that impresses. This bag is part of the HKM Toscana collection. Vibrant colors make this bag always looking fresh and sporty. A simple, no frills but very useful bag for the busy rider!

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4. Tucker Tweed Camden Crossbody Bag

Guys, pay attention here. If your significant other is a show jumper, this is “the gift” for her. You will receive accolades for being so thoughtful and knowing what she likes.

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5. Anna Scarpati Cap Holder Bag

Every rider wears a hat (aka Helmet). If not stored correctly, helmets wear out faster. This bag prevents the hat from damage. Not to mention, the dressage rider may appreciate the beautiful bling on this helmet bag.

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6. HKM Palermo Flower Full Seat Breeches

Breeches means “Riding pants” for those of you that do not ride. It is what you wear when riding. These are the latest fashion breeches from HKM. At $169.95, these are priced very attractively. If she likes something unique and different, this is the gift for her. Make sure to know her size before hand. Breeches go mostly by waist size.

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7. HKM Virginia Full Seat Breeches

Does she like denim ? Does she like Jeans? If the answer was Yes, the HKM Virginia Full Seat Breeches makes a fitting gift. These are our most popular denim breeches ever. We have sold so many of these that these have become the de-facto denim breeches.

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8. Fior Da Liso Kyra Shirt

When these shirts were introduced last year during the 2012-2013 dressage season, they sold like hot cakes. The shirts look so good that our customers would return to buy all the other colors and patterns. Perfect for the night out, this shirt says “elegance” and “class” like no other. Quick Tip: Ask her to leave the top two buttons undone for a flirty look.

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9. Fior Da Liso Carina II Shirt

Same as above, except this one this button down, double collar.

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10. Roeckl London Gloves

These are the latest in riding gloves. No other riding gloves offer touchscreen compatibility. Now, you do not need to take your gloves off to use your smartphone and/or tablet.

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Gifts for Him

1. Goode Rider Mens Authentic Polo

Goode Rider makes some good looking shirts, particularly for men. This is a nice polo that can be used while riding and even casually. With a sharp blue/white contrast stitching pattern, this shirt delivers stunning looks and a good fit.

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2. Tucker Tweed Dressage iPAD Cover

For your dressage rider guy, this is the ideal gift. He will find this extremely useful, as it provides a classy leather cover for the iPAD.

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3. Bradys Captain Holdall Bag

Perfect bag for those short trips. Fits in the carry-on requirements for most airlines. This bag is made from soft, sturdy leather. It comes in a classic Chestnut color.

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4. Freejump Riders Bag

This is the classic and stylish bicycle messenger bag. It stores a laptop easily and some more goods. With a stylish back-sack design, this bag makes the ideal gift for the Freejump Rider.

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5. Schockemohle Dressy Belt

This classic belt perfectly complements his formal attire. The belt makes a statement and is classy at the same time. It comes in two color choices: Black or Tobacco.

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6. Kingsland Classic Show Socks

These socks are the most popular riding socks in the Wellington circuit. A pack of three contains one pair each in Blue, Brown and Black. The socks come in 3 sizes: Small, Medium and Large.

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That is our list. What are your ideas? We would love to hear from you. Let us know what works and what does not.