Hit-air Black Mo­tor­cy­cle Vest £425

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www.hi­tairuk.co.uk THIS LIGHT­WEIGHT AIRBAG vest uses a tether be­neath the sad­dle that clips to a lan­yard at­tached to a CO2 cylin­der on the front of the vest. It ad­justs with Vel­cro for a good fit and doesn’t im­pede move­ment on the bike as there are plenty of open sec­tions and you barely no­tice it’s on. It doesn’t come with back or chest pro­tec­tors but there is the op­tion to add them or wear it over a jacket that al­ready has them.

In a crash, when the rider sep­a­rates from the bike the lan­yard is yanked from the CO2 cylin­der, in­flat­ing the vest. I haven’t tried this. I have for­got­ten to un­clip when get­ting off the bike: it won’t go off ac­ci­den­tally like that. So Martin swung on the lan­yard and, with a short pop, the vest in­flated vir­tu­ally in­stantly – less than a sec­ond. There was a firm squeeze and the spars of the vest were solid. Would it save me in a crash? I’m sure I’d fare bet­ter than if I wasn’t wear­ing one.

Re-arm­ing the vest takes less than five min­utes. De­flate the airbag, pop­per it back into its pock­ets, fit a new CO2 can­is­ter (£18) and re­place the lan­yard. Sim­ple. And much cheaper than the £190/three-week ser­vice needed on a Dainese airbag jacket af­ter it gets set off. SW

Hit-air vest is open de­sign and works well sit­ting over a nor­mal jacket with tra­di­tional ar­mour and pro­tec­tion

Ad­di­tional se­cu­rity of­fered as the vest in­flates in less than a sec­ond

Lan­yard tethers vest to bike

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