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    Inflatable Vest
    on: May 28, 2023, 10.30 am
    May 28, 2023, 10.30 am
    Is any one wearing an inflatable vest? As I am thinking of getting one, I am keen to know of others’ views and experiences. Which are the “best” brands; and mechanical or electronic deployments?

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    Re: Inflatable Vest
    Reply #1 on: May 28, 2023, 03.09 pm
    May 28, 2023, 03.09 pm
    I just bought a Klim Ai-1 vest after much debating the various options out there. My choice came down to wanting a vest that was user serviceable after a deployment, was not tethered as I would need to have multiple tethers or have to switch them out between bikes. That led me to the Helite E-turtle and the Klim vests. I chose the Klim for the fact that you wear it under your jacket not overtop. I felt the vest over top would be bulkier to wear and would impede access to my jacket pockets. One of the common critiques of the Klim vest is the subscription model for activation. I did all the math on that I felt it was equitable in comparison to the higher initial cost of the Helite.

    I've only worn it for a couple rides now, but so far am happy with my choice.

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    Re: Inflatable Vest
    Reply #2 on: Jun 01, 2023, 01.45 am
    Jun 01, 2023, 01.45 am
    I have the Alpine Stars Tech Air 5 vest which goes under your jacket, has a built in back protector and has no tether. It will not deploy for a simple fall over at a stop sign but uses all sorts of accelerometers and sensors to monitor you riding style, road conditions etc. There is no subscription and your ride is also tracked on the app. I don’t do rides without it.

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    Re: Inflatable Vest
    Reply #3 on: Jun 15, 2023, 02.02 am
    Jun 15, 2023, 02.02 am
    I understand that some of the vests have to be returned to the manufacture upon deployment and or servicing, is that the case?

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    Re: Inflatable Vest
    Reply #4 on: Jun 15, 2023, 04.21 am
    Jun 15, 2023, 04.21 am
    Some vests do require being returned after any deployment. The Klim that I bought can be repacked and a new cylinder installed by the user. They do recommend returning it for testing after three deployments. I hope I never have one let alone three.

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    Re: Inflatable Vest
    Reply #5 on: Jun 15, 2023, 05.07 am
    Jun 15, 2023, 05.07 am
    I have pretty much settled on Hit-Air. It is a specialised manufacturer with good reviews. I like the mechanical inflation - it is simple - an and the fact it does not have to be returned after deployment. And that there is no subscription.

    It occurs to me that Klim, Alpinestars, Dainese etc have almost certainly contracted out the manufacturing of their vest, together with the electronic brain, so the underlying product is all pretty much the same.

    I have to disclose that my wife is pushing me to get a vest. It is probably sensible.
    Last Edit: Jun 15, 2023, 05.08 am by duncanmacster