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post #1 of 18 Old 09-22-2013, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Hit Air Advantage vests

Has anyone used a Hit Air Advantage vest?

Someone sent me this link today Hit Air Airbag Vests and Jackets: Hit Air Advantage™ Airbag Vest funnily enough it is the friend who watched me bite the dust off of Ben.

I like that it is reported to be light and open, and looks like it will fit a big girl, just wondering if anyone has actually used one?
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post #2 of 18 Old 09-27-2013, 04:41 PM
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Are you wanting to use it for eventing or something else?

Several of my eventing friends own and use them and seem to like them just fine. For eventing you do have to wear a regular safety vest underneath it though. For regular riding you necessarily wouldn't, although if it malfunctioned or something happened like you and the horse both going down together, it wouldn't blow, so it wouldn't be very helpful at all in those types of situations. Or if it blows part way through a ride and you stop and take it off, then you are unprotected for the rest of the day/ride. Also I've seen them blow when a horse lets out a spook or buck and the rider gets unseated a bit or popped up out of the tack, and it actually *causes* a fall when the rider may have been able to ride out of the situation just fine without an air vest. The sound as it blows is a fairly substantial bang, and does spook or startle most horses.

Just my personal opinion, they are a neat idea and do provide a bit of extra protection for minor falls, but they don't really seem to me to be all that they're cracked up to be. I've been following them quite closely since they came on the eventing scene. The cartridges are a bit of a pain to change/refill, and can get pricey if you blow the vest a lot. If you are going to have a bad fall, or something happens and the horse lands on top of your, a little inflated vest isn't really going to help much at all. There isn't much concrete evidence or actual scientific studies done yet that convinces me they make enough of a difference to be worth the hefty price tag.

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Certainly not eventing, this girl is far to to be trying jumping these days. Nope I just want it for
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I've got a bull riding vest (just like the rodeo guys use - and here I would like to add that I have no plans on being stomped on by a bull). If you were thinking of some extra protection for potentially tricky rides you might want to have a look at that. The price is reasonable, it's adjustable and surprisingly not that uncomfortable to wear.
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Lol I have a feeling that the knockersaplenty will not fit in a bull riders vest
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Oh dear - mine fits perfectly
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I was just guessing, I never even thought of a vest, will have to do some research.
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If you end up looking into getting an actual vest, I would recommend the Tipperary's with the laces up the sides. Very comfortable, great for all types of body shapes with lots of room for adjustment, and as another (unfortunately) very well endowed person, I can say that I have had no problem at all fitting the girls in there! Haha.

Just thought I'd throw that out there

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Trouble is here the knockersaplenty are sat on top of a more than ample figure, so when I see XXL is bust size 42, then I have to laugh or cry, depending on thd day.

The good thing about a bull riders vest is that once in place it should stop the girls taking up their own rhythm, but maybe the whole vest would look alive then!
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I eventually went with an Airowear Outlyne vest, size 7 regular length and it fits great. All I need to do is get it home with me from the UK, and try riding in it.
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