HELITE AIRBAG TRY BEFORE YOU BUY SERVICE


Investing in a HELITE Airbag system may be the single most important decision you take for your own freedom and protection. HELITE airbag jackets and vests protect like no other. Using a combination of unique design and large volume airbag technology they deliver the highest levels of protection and with the lowest cost of ownership.

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO RIDE WEARING ONE?

This is one of the most common questions people have. We want you to experience the freedom and protection only HELITE airbags can bring. For road use, the HELITE TURTLE 2 is the latest version of our most popular selling airbag system worldwide.

Now you can try out how a TURTLE road vest OR GP AIR Track and Race vest feel on your own bike. Simply use the booking form to arrange your trial and we look forward to welcoming you soon.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

HELITE TURTLE Airvest Trial
(pickup/return to our fitting centre or at an EVENT)
FREE *
HELITE GP AIR Trial
(pickup/return to our fitting centre or at an EVENT)
FREE **
Courier Delivery & Collection (mainland UK, subject to postcode)£30
Deployment Inspection£45
Used Canisters (each)£19 - 24

Try before you buy is subject to acceptance and availability. Rental Terms and Conditions Apply. Late return/loss/damage may incur further charges. In the event of deployment, an inspection report will be provided itemising any repair costs. Repair costs are the responsibility of the hirer. You can read the full terms and conditions of Rental here

* Same-Day return, road use only. ** Same-Day return, road or track use under supervision only.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


95% of people who choose our 'Try-Before-You-Buy' service, are so happy they go on to make a purchase. We offer trials of both our HELITE TURTLE airbag vests and GP AIR track and race vests. If you are looking for a multi-day trial, rental is the best approach. See our rental page for more information. With door to door service available, it is so easy.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY F.A.Q.

WHAT SIZE SHOULD I BOOK?

HELITE TURTLE vests are loose fitting, and feel light and airy when worn over your motorcycle jacket. Correct fitting is important to ensure that you get the maximum level of protection.

Use the size chart below, asking someone to help you take the measurements. If you are not 100% sure, let us know on the request form

In contrast, HELITE GP AIR vests offer close fitting, aerodynamic protection. To provide the optimum level of chest, shoulder and back protection fit is important.

Use the GP AIR Fitting Guide below, asking someone to help you take the measurements. Most at with your leathers on. Back length is measured without leathers, wearing a t-shirt. This ensures any aero-hump does not interfere with the measurement.
HOW DO YOUR SIZES WORK?

HELITE airbag vests are not gender specific and are worn by both male and female riders. You must weigh a minimum of 35Kg to wear a HELITE airbag vest.

They are available in Adult sizes:
  • SMALL- for the petite / slim rider
  • MEDIUM
  • LARGE- for the taller / slim rider
  • EXTRA-LARGE- a little taller again and broader
  • L-L (LARGE-LARGE)- for broader riders
  • XL-L (EXTRA LARGE - LARGE)- for tall, broader riders

  • All sizes overlap to some extent.
    HOW DO I FIT THE LANYARD?

    The Lanyard is easily fitted to the frame of the motorcycle, somewhere central, where the tank meets the saddle. If your saddle is removable, take it off and simply thread the noose end of the lanyard around the motorcycle frame. Pass the clip through the noose, and adjust to length.

    TOP TIP
    In most cases you do not need to unthread the pre-formed noose. If space is limited between the frame and say fairing, take some photos as you dismantle, so you know how to rethread.
    WILL THE LANYARD DAMAGE MY BIKE?

    A properly fitted lanyard will not move or chafe. Some riders whose reach has them close to the tank may find the trigger pull contacts the tank. In these circumstances applying a clear tank protector resolves this issue.
    WHAT HAPPENS IF I CRASH?

    HELITE airbag vests offer the highest level of airbag protection. In the event of an 'off', the vest deploys, inflating rapidly. It is not a closed system and after around 10 seconds will gradually deflate. If safe to do so, you can reset the vest yourself at the roadside.
    HOW DO I RESET THE VEST?

    Follow the instructions contained in the supplied handbook. Take the vest off, open the front and unscrew the discharged canister. Place in the recycling. Using the 5mm hex key supplied, unscrew the compression cap around 12mm. Reset the coloured carrier with your finger or hex key. Replace the ball bearing trigger, cover with your thumb and nip up the compression cap. Using the hex key, recompress the internal spring. Locate a new CO2 canister and screw in until it stops. Close the chest armour or flap around the canister and rethread the trigger through the front grommet.
    WHAT HAPPENS IF THE VEST IS DAMAGED?

    We take a pragmatic view. After any inflation, your rental vest will need to be inspected, and we do make a modest charge for this. If the vest is serviceable, we only charge this fee and for any canisters that you used.

    If the vest requires repair, we will provide a repair estimate for you to pass to your insurers, and you will be liable to pay for the repair to be done.

    WHAT HAPPENS IF THE VEST IS WRITTEN OFF?

    Thankfully this does not happen very often, but it can happen. We treat each set of circumstances individually and each case on merit. Ultimately you are liable for a replacement product, but remember that insurance is available for your riding kit.

    HOW DO I RETURN MY LOAN OR RENTAL VEST?

    Your vest remains 'On-Rental' until it is received back here with us. If you are riding out from our fitting centre, or at an event, please allow time at the end to return the vest, lanyard and any spare canisters.

    If you are on remote trial, Please ensure you return in the original packaging and send to us promptly.

    It is easiest to return using our couriers who are approved to transport the CO2 canisters.

    WARNING! Do not return canisters through the regular post. The Post Office reserves the right to destroy any parcels containing compressed gas, and this can include your loan/rental vest!
    CAN I BUY MY TRIAL VEST?

    YES ! From time to time, Rental vests are made available for sale, please ask if you would like to do this and we will offer an appropriate price.

    We will always let you know if your loan vest is brand new. This is the ideal scenario for you to try before you buy.

    If you would like to buy a brand new HELITE airbag vest, we will refund up to £35 of your rental fees off the price we quote you, allowing you to try-before-you-buy.
    CAN I TAKE MY VEST OUT OF THE UK?

    No. We are sorry but 'Try-before-you-buy' is designed for UK use only. If you want an extended trial, please make a rental booking.
    DO YOU OFFER TRY BEFORE YOU BUY ON LEATHER OR TEXTILE JACKETS?

    No. We are sorry but currently we only offer this service on our HELITE TURTLE and GP AIR vests.

    HELITE TURTLE 2 Airbag Vest Size Chart

    MeasurementXSSMLXLL-LXL-L
    1 - Height (cm)145-165155-170165-175170-185180-195170-185180-195
    2 - Chest (cm)60-8580-9585-10090-10595-110100-115105-130
    3 - Waist (cm)60-7570-8075-8580-9085-9590-115100-125
    4 - Hips (cm)65-8080-9585-10090-10595-110100-115105-130
    5 - Back Length (cm)30-4545-5550-6055-6560-7055-7060-75
    CO2 Cartridge Size60cc60cc60cc60cc60cc100cc100cc
    Measure your Height (1) without shoes. Put your bike jacket on and measure Chest (2), Waist (3) and Hips (4). With your jacket off measure Back Length (5) from neck to tail bone. All sizes overlap.

    HELITE GP AIR Track Airbag Vest Size Chart

    MeasurementSMLL-LXLXL-L
    1 - Height (cm)160-180165-185170-190170-190175-195175-195
    2 - Chest (cm)75-8580-9085-9590-10090-10595-115
    3 - Waist (cm)65-8070-8575-9080-9580-10085-110
    4 - Hips (cm)70-9080-9585-10090-10590-11095-115
    5 - Back length (cm)45-6050-6555-7055-7060-7560-75
    CO2 Cartridge Size60 cc60 cc60 cc60 cc60 cc60 cc
    Measure your Height (1) without shoes. Put your leathers on and measure Chest (2), Waist (3) and Hips (4). With your leathers off measure Back Length (5) from neck to tail bone. All sizes overlap.
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