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Helite vs Freejump : Airbag Safety Comparison

You may already have noticed a lot of your fellow riders are wearing the airbag safety vests. If you are on the fence about these vests, we are here to help. In this blog post, we specifically compare the 2 airbag safety jackets side-by-side to help you with your decision making.

First, let us start with what is common between the airbags

Helite Airbag Safety Vest with Full Protection "ZipIn2"
Helite Airbag Safety Vest with Full Protection “ZipIn2”
Freejump Equestrian Airbag Safety Vest "Zip'In 2" Standalone
Freejump Equestrian Airbag Safety Vest “Zip’In 2” Standalone

Technology

The underlying technology is the same. By “same”, we mean identical. In fact, the Freejump airbag safety vest is also manufactured by Helite. That is correct. Both the Helite and Freejump vests are made by Helite in France. As you may know, Helite is a world leader in airbag technology. Their expertise is deep in the airbag space, regardless of sports/activity. Whether it is cycling, motorcycling or equestrian, they incorporate the latest airbag technology in their products. So you can be rest assured that with either of these vests, you are getting the very best in airbag safety technology.

Manufactured In France

Both the airbag vests are manufactured by Helite in France. The materials used for manufacturing the airbag as well as the outer shell are identical.

Now that we have covered the common ground between these 2 top rated safety vests, let us discuss the differences.

Show Jacket Compatibility

So far, we offer the 2 models from Dada Sport that are airbag-compatible. There are currently no airbag compatible show jackets for Men. Both the models from Dada Sport are designed for women. The two models are :

Since the underlying airbag technology is the same, the show jackets that are approved for use with Helite are also approved for Freejump. The converse holds true as well. There is a small point to note here:

The Freejump Airbag Safety Vest is called “Zip-Free”, whereas the Helite Vest is called “Zip’In 2”. The “Zip-Free” implies that the vest does not need to be zipped inside of a show jacket or outer vest. i.e. you can simply wear a compatible show jacket on top of your Freejump vest.

The Helite vest has a zipper bordering the lapel and collar. This allows it to be “zipped in” to a compatible show jacket or another vest. Keep in mind, you do not have to “zip in” to a show jacket. You can simply wear the show jacket on top without any loss of safety.

Sizing

In general, the Freejump vest is a bit more athletic fitted than Helite’s vest. Of particular difference is the cut around the shoulders area. The size charts for both vests are shown below for easy comparison.

Size Chart for Freejump Airbag Safety Vest

Freejump Airbag Safety Jacket Vest Size Chart in Inches
Freejump Airbag Safety Jacket Vest Size Chart in Inches

Size Chart for Helite Zip In 2

Zip In vs Zip Free

The Helite safety vest is called a “Zip In”. This implies that the vest can be zipped inside of a compatible show jacket. Please note that the zipping it is NOT required. The “zip in” design is essentially to keep the new safety vest backwards compatible with the airbag-compatible show jackets by Dada Sport.

For those customers that have the original 2-piece Zip In from Helite, the outer garment can be zipped onto the Zip In 2 vest easily.

Conclusion

Do you own either of these vests? What has been your experience? We want to hear from you, so leave us a comment below. Are you in the market for a safety vest? Did you have a question we can answer for you? Ask us your question below.

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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.