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(See overlay of Hit-Air vs. competitor's vest shown under the Advantage model vest).
HIT-AIR H-Model VS COMPETITOR
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Hit-Air vs Competition
· Hit-Air has significantly larger neck bag for the most critical body part.
· Customers complain about competitor’s vest being baggy since it hangs down farther. The Hit-Air Advantage vest is more comfortable because the hip air bags are concealed inside special dual pockets making it unnecessary to have a long “duck tailed” style that can be uncomfortable in the saddle. The Hit-Air hip bags on all models will drop down automatically when the vest is deployed. Likewise, the neck bag and other air bags will deploy automatically; the Advantage model conceals the bags using Velcro closures and other models use snaps.
· One of our customers complained that the competitor was very uncomfortable during inflation because it inflated inward. The Hit-Air vests inflate outward; this is the reason you should not wear any constraining jacket over the vest.
· I believe Hit-Air is cooler and more comfortable to wear due to the open design. Notice the back and tail of both vests in particular. Hit-Air is so lightweight and VERY breathable as it is a harness rather than a full vest; it consists of tubes that expand when the vest inflates.
· Hit-Air was significantly less expensive when I had compared equivalent models. The equestrian competitor vest (MSRP $675) priced closest to the Advantage (Hit-Air’s highest cost vest MSRP $549) is designed to be worn in conjunction with conventional body protector, and not stand-alone. The PRO model is priced at $469. The new all-reflective motorcycle vest (ST-RC) with built-in back protector is $599.
· The key box and CO2 cartridge are in a zippered compartment over the air bag, protected from dust and dirt and provides sound insulation to minimize spooking the horse during a deployment.
· Hit-Air is the original air vest designer having developed for motorcycles in late 90’s and adapted to equestrian in the early 2000’s.
· Competitor’s owner’s manual states “Send your jacket in for service annually, after six inflations or after a particularly heavy fall”. This is a warranty requirement.
· There are many optional Hit-Air accessories should you feel the need for added protection.
· Competitor’s vest has exposed key-box deployment mechanism (Hit-Air Advantage is fully covered and insulated, which minimizes the sound of deployment).