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We will be creating thread for each of the models that are currently offered by HELITE. We wanted to start out with our most popular model which is the HELITE Turtle 2 Airbag Vest.

This vest is offered in Hi-Viz Yellow and Black with reflective striping. Lightweight and compact, this vest is designed to be worn over your existing riding gear and offers a comfortable fit with freedom of movement.


HELITE Airbag Protection: In case of a fall, the Turtle 2 vest inflates a significant volume that distributes the energy of impacts very effectively.
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HELITE Turtle Technology: The TURTLE Technology is a breakthrough innovation that significantly improves energy absorption especially of sharp or intruding objects that would otherwise damage the bags of air
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HELITE Back Protector: A SAS-Tec back protector Level 2 is integrated for the Full Turtle Effect.
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THE VITAL PARTS- Our airbags offer a wide protection area from head to tailbone.

1. Maintaining the cervical vertebrae and the head.

2. Rigidification of the trunk to stabilize the vital organs: thorax, lungs, pancreas, abdomen, stomach, liver.

3. Complete protection of the spinal column.

4. Kidney and hip protection. The trunk is maintained to better resist hyper-flexing.

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BIG PROTECTION VOLUME

We have chosen to design airbags with a big volume (from 17L standard size to 28L large size) in order to absorb impacts and to completely cover vital parts. This is a crucial point that significantly determines the effectiveness of protection. A too small volume does not protect sufficiently in case of impact.

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OPTIMAL NECK PROTECTION

If there is one thing HELITE does not compromise on, it is the maintenance of the neck and cervical vertebrae. This very sensitive area of the human body needs to be optimally protected. The deployment of our neck brace blocks the movement of the head and prevents whiplash.

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Hi,

I was wondering if you can tell us a bit more about the differences between the Turtle 1 & 2? Are the changes only visual and comfort or has the airbag system it self changed it all?

also, I saw there is a Held version, which seems to be the same as the Turle 1. Is there a difference between the Helite and Held version?
 
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@[B]sswiss30000[/B] Hello and thank you for reaching out. Coverage and protection wise they are the same. The real difference is cosmetic as the Turtle 2 is a bit more discreet and hides the visible cartridge that you see on the Turtle 1. Graphics are different and a bit more refined in terms of comfort and appearance.

HELITE produces HELD as a private label that they sell under he HELD name and is the same as the Turtle 1. I do not believe they did the same with the Turtle 2. Hope that helps and feel free to reach out should you have any other questions. Talk to you soon.

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Hey Folks,

Just wanted to share a customer testimonial for the HELITE Turtle 2 Vest. As you will see and read below, they work!!!

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"GT down!
So, this is the result of not being super vigilant at all times, incorrectly evaluating what’s going down around you, and having a yahoo on the road driving faster than traffic while on the phone.
Highway 550 west of 4, in the right lane following a judicious distance behind a bud with another car between us.
Just left a 45 mph zone - just past the 55 sign - with a 65 just up the way and visible.
I have a mental note of a slow moving pickup in the left lane I fully anticipate I will be passing on the right as a matter of course.
White car coming up in the left lane is moving fast, and as he comes up along side me I can plainly see he’s on his cell phone.
Between me gaining on the truck and a fleeting “F*ing cell phones” the white car lights-up his brakes and swerves immediately into the right lane in front of me.
I tap the brakes and swerve into the left lane, somewhere in my mind thinking I had the room to maneuver behind this slower moving truck, and I would have.
Except the truck wasn’t just traveling slowly, he was stopping to turn left into a lone driveway. Stopping
NOT something I would have previously anticipated on a 4-lane highway without turn lanes.
I realize the mistake pretty quick and dive hard on the brakes, but from 55-60 I simply couldn’t make it work.
I am guessing I hit the now stopped truck around 35-40, but it was plenty to eject me from the motorcycle, hips smashed against the top of his tailgate, and then I met pavement.
I got up quick, wind knocked out of me and a crushing sensation around my chest and neck.
I try to turn off the bike, but it won’t stop running by the key, and now I need to sit down.
I go to the side of the road and pitch myself against a sign and get my breath back.
I see someone walk up and kill-switch the bike, just as a lady asks me if I’m okay, and what the noise is.
“That’s just the bike. It was still running.”
“No, the hissing noise.”
My Helite Turtle airbag vest is now starting to deflate...WIN!
I was in Sidi boots, Darien pants, gauntlet gloves, a Klim Adventure Rally Air, and that bad-ass little Helite vest (and a full-face helmet, of course.)
Oh, I’m sore. I got a good wound under my belt from the impact, a mad-painful abdomen where I hit the tailgate (and probably more than a few fairing parts) and my left shoulder blade takes my breath away with pain, and the left of my two boys will need to see a specialist.
But, CT, x-rays, and ultra-sound say “that’s it, nothing life threatening or broke.”
Kudos to my bud who carted me back home (before I actually decided a hospital was a good idea.)
And kudos to the gear, especially the Helite Turtle that prevented an almost certainly worse outcome.
The bike damage is mostly all the front plastic; no leaks or even bent forks from what I could see. And I’m alive and (mostly) fully functional. Best bad day ever!"

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For those who may still be on the fence about purchasing a vest. This is a customer testimonial that may just change your mind.

I want readers of this story to know that I almost did not buy the Helite vest.
I was surfing the net to see what was new and stumbled across the Helite website by accident. I hemmed and hawed about whether or not I should buy the vest as a Father’s Day gift for myself. I looked at the price and thought it was too high.
Every year for the past 10 years there is a group of 5 or 6 of us that do a June ride for 7-8 days. My brother-in-law passed away on one of these trips. So when I bought the vest I was thinking about him. I couldn't put a price on my life.
The next day I decided to buy the turtle vest.
We organized our group ride for last June 2016, staying in Canada, going from Calgary to the Yukon round trip and back. I wore it for the entire trip.
It was June 25th, 2016. We were a group of 6 riders.
The trip was great. Then, being two days away from home, we were heading east on Hwy 93, about 20 miles east of Kamloops BC. We had 6 riders in a staggered formation. I normally ride in the last position, however, this time I was in the middle.
Other than the word "duck!!" I do not remember my crash whatsoever.
When I came too, I was in the ambulance heading to the hospital. Apparently, an oncoming SUV crossed the center line, took out a minivan in front of the middle 2, which is where I was, and proceeded to bounce off the SUV as it came into me on my Goldwing.
I had my vest on. I was told that I and the bike hit the SUV on the driver's front side, and then ricocheted and slid off into a ditch. The vest prevented any core body injuries!
One of my vertebrae was fractured, but other than fractures to my extremities and multiple bruises on my body, I had no other serious injuries. I was hospitalized for 4 weeks, on bed rest for 5 months.
I can only attribute that I did not have more severe core injuries to the fact that I was wearing the Helite vest. It did its job!
Since then I have told anyone that would listen about the Helite vest and have heard others order and buy the vest or full jackets. I fully endorse the product and can only say that as a rider one would be a fool not to buy it if you know it is available.
So now those that read this, don’t be hesitate, invest in getting a Helite vest or jacket. It will increase the chances of your survival like it did for me.

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Figured I would offer a different prospective on this testimonial. This was sent to us from a first responder who witnessed HELITE in action and then researched a bit further. He then sent us this email:

"I have responded to over 100 motorcycle crashes and a good 25% have been fatal. The last one I responded too was the first time I had seen the Helite or even heard of it. A**hole did a 3 lane change on the highway because they were texting and then missed their turn. Sideswiped a bike at about 70 mph (both of them), rider was ejected and slammed into a guardrail at a very impressive speed. When I heard this call, I figured he would be DO A. I got there and saw 2 riders talking, one sitting one standing. I didn't see the DO A anywhere, I walked up to them and asked them where the rider was and the guy sitting down said, "Right here." I was blown away, even more so after seeing his and his buddy's go pro recordings. I checked him over and had an officer make sure there were no other patients. He then told me about the vest he had and how it saved his life.

After watching all the live tests done with this product and hearing and seeing first hand what it can do, why aren't more riders wearing it? Why? Why is this not in every motorsport shop around the world?"
 

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IS THE SYSTEM TEATHERED TO THE BIKE, OR FREE STANDING SO TO SPEAK, ITS THIS SYSTEM OR THE KLIM AIR BAG VEST, TRYING TO GET AS MUCH INFO AS POSSIBLE, ALSO IS THEIR A SERVICE FEE LIKE THE KLIM AND THE ALPINESTARS SYSTEM.
 
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@1Bluhp4 Thanks for the reply. This vest is tethered directly to your bike and is the mechanical version that we offer. Since it is the mechanical version you simply click in when you get on the bike and off you go. The CO2 cartridges are replaceable should the airbag deploy for some reason. You would just need to replace the cartridge and you are back on the road. No service fees and no need to send in the vest after deployment. Let us know if you have any other questions. Talk to you soon.

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Hi Helite,
How do these fit with sportbike riders - I'm wondering if the vest is obtrusive to a rider in a more bent over crouched position than those above on touring bikes?
 
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@A B Thanks for the reply. The Turtle 2 Vest covers a broad range of riding and bike types and not really specific for one type. We do offer a GP Air which was designed for the track but is also worn by riders on the street. Different design and more aerodynamic which seems to be maybe what you would be looking for. I included a pic for reference and there is also a thread here for that particular vest. Here is the link for that thread.

HELITE GP AIR Product Spotlight

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thanks I'll have a look. I guess it would have been useful to see a rider on a sportsbike with the vest deflated. I've looked up the distributor in australia, I'll see what info I can get from them.
 

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Hi Helite,
How do these fit with sportbike riders - I'm wondering if the vest is obtrusive to a rider in a more bent over crouched position than those above on touring bikes?
AB, I use the Helite Turtle 1 on my 2021 S1000RR. You can not use either of the turtle version (1 or 2) over a speed hump. besides that they work pretty well while being bent over on a sports bike. At first the neck line on the back would sometimes snag on my helmet (back side) and make it really weird when trying to look out of a turn. That went away after wearing it in a few days ( I assume the material was a bit stiff at first). I now ride with it all the time and it does not bother me at all anymore.
 

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AB, I use the Helite Turtle 1 on my 2021 S1000RR. You can not use either of the turtle version (1 or 2) over a speed hump. besides that they work pretty well while being bent over on a sports bike. At first the neck line on the back would sometimes snag on my helmet (back side) and make it really weird when trying to look out of a turn. That went away after wearing it in a few days ( I assume the material was a bit stiff at first). I now ride with it all the time and it does not bother me at all anymore.
thanks for the info - as it turns out a sales rep is in my area today, so I'll be trying one out.
 
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Received another testimonial from a very experienced rider. Here is their story!!

"Being a cautious rider with over 30,000 miles experience. I never thought I’d be ‘the-one’ to get in an accident. Why? Because I’m very careful. I recently saw the Helite vest video on Facebook, I immediately purchased one for myself and my Dad. 2 days later, I was wearing my vest. Recently, while out for a ride, I looked up while passing through a tunnel - traffic was at a sudden stop and I didn't notice until it was too late. My front brake locked up and I went flying. A rider behind me said I was at least 15 ft in the air. I landed with not a single bone broken or a scratch - except my elbows! A woman driving a car couldn’t believe that I wasn’t paralyzed.

I immediately told over 30 biker friends of mine about the vest. My word of advice is if you have a motorcycle - you are stupid not wearing a Helite vest!!!"

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