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Helite Air Shell Gilet

  • International Showjumper, Louise Whitaker in the Air Shell Gilet.
  • Benedetta Manfredi in the Black/ Grey Gilet.
  • Air Shell Gilet worn over a hunt coat.
  • Air Shell gilet worn over dressage tails on British Dressage rider Zoe Sleigh.
  • Helite's Air Shell Gilet in black.
  • Spot the Helite Gilet?! Worn on the left over Theresa's Hunt Coat.

from £375.00

Helite is the most trusted and proven equestrian air bag manufacturer in the market.

The Air Shell Range by Helite combines proven safety technology with the flattering style and design of a Tekseries soft shell outer.

  • The technical fabric 'Tekseries' is windproof and showerproof.
  • The stretch fabric allows for outward expansion. 
  • The Gilet outer can be unzipped and washed in a gentle cycle in the machine (30 º max).
  • British Showjumping, British Dressage and British Eventing permitted for competition, as well as essential for everyday riding.
  • It uses the same Airbag and multi-directional trigger system as over 65,000 Air Jackets already in use across the world.
  • Interchangable air bag within the range, enabling you to swop with the Prestige Gilet, Blouson, Hunt Coat or Air Show Outer Jackets.
  • CE certification – The airbags are certified by the external laboratory CRITT Sport, the French specialist for objectively testing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • We also recommend to wear a BETA level 3 approved body protector for maximum protection.
  • Inflatiion speed of less than 0.1 seconds.
  • Complete jacket comes with 2 canisters,lanyard, saddlestrap & allen key.
  • Air Bag warranty comes as 2 years standard but can be extended to 4 years by registering with Helite

Helite Air Jackets offer protection for the back, pelvis, chest and neck, as well as preventing impact injuries.

Helite are the Worldwide leading Air Bag Technology experts and pride themselves on the research and development that goes into all of their products.  They are working with leading brands; Maxi-Cosi, Alstom, Peugeot, Michelin.

Please see the link below to see the Helite Factory and their processes.


Sizing: For more informaion see the Fitting Guide tab at the top of the page.

For more details, please see the feature list below...

  • Midnight Blue

    Midnight Blue from £375.00

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  • Air Shell Gilet in blue

    Blue from £375.00

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  • Blue/Red

    Blue/Red from £375.00

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  • Air Shell Gilet in black.

    Black from £375.00

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  • Air Shell Gilet Black/Blue

    Black/Blue from £375.00

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  • Black/Grey

    Black/Grey from £375.00

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    • The Gilet Air Bag system unzips from it’s Tekseries soft shell outer giving you the option to update your Air Jacket as new designs are launched. The Gilet and Blouson are compatable to the same size air bag. The outer jacket is washable at 30 when the Air bag is removed.
    • The qualities of the Tekseries fabric mean the Jacket allows for Outward inflation.
    • All Helite Air Jackets have a multi-directional triggering system for safe release of the rider.
    • Protection is given to the full length of the back and chest as well as protection for the sides and back of the neck. This greatly reduces the risk of whiplash injuries and helps to prevent impact injuries.
    • When not inflated the Air Jacket allows for full body movement. When inflated the jacket supports the spinal column to prevent over flexion of the spine.
    • All Air Jackets will arrive ready to use, each one is supplied with a gas canister installed and a lanyard to connect the rider to the saddle (an extra canister is supplied free of charge).
    • N.B. If you have not experienced the Air Jacket inflate, we advise to do a trial inflation before wearing it on a horse, this is why we supply an extra canister.
    • The lanyard is a fixed length with a clip to attach to the ring on the saddle straps. The saddle strap attaches to the stirrup bars on the saddle and is included with the Air Jacket.
    • When used with a BETA approved Level 3 body protector the Air Jacket improves protection to the spine. It also provides more protection for the lower spine than a BETA level 3 body protector alone. The Air Jacket worn with or without a Body Protector, reduced the risk of rib fractures and underlying organ damage.
    • The Helite Trigger system uses a screw in canister - this is a proven and safe system. The canister must be screwed in tightly, under no circumstances should screw thread be visible. The bottom plug must also be fully engaged and an allen key is supplied with the jacket to enable this.
    • The wearer of the Adult Air Jacket must weigh at least 6 stone in weight to ensure the trigger system is activated in the event of a fall.
    • NB: We recommend to wear a Level 3 Body Protector with the Air jacket, but it is at the riders discretion. If you intend to use a Body Protector in conjunction with the Gilet Air Jacket you will need to buy a larger size.
    • The Gilet is British Showjumping permitted for use in competition, when worn over a showjacket.
    • Helite Canister Change

    • Interchangeable air jackets shell

  • 'Thankyou for the new Air Shell Gilet to zip onto my Blouson.   I am really pleased with the whole package.  I wore the gilet outer for the first time and was delighted with it.  Thankyou for the excellent customer service!'

    Katrina Brundell: Air Shell Gilet

    'From Big Tracks to Sunday Hacks, Looking Good, Feeling Safe!'

    Louise Whitaker: Air Shell Range

    "Looks and feels great when competing and gives me confidence when schooling at home."

    Louise Whitaker