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Helite Turtle Airbag Vest

Item: P345490

The Helite Vest is the epitome of motorcycle protection, featuring an airbag inflation time of .1 seconds, triggered by a reliable mechanical system. Read More

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Helite Turtle Airbag Vest

The Helite Turtle Airbag Vest offers the highest level of rider safety. The lightweight vest protects riders' spine and vital organs due to its revolutionary design, inorporating a back protector on top of the air bag that disperses impact forces across the vest instead of concentrated in one spot. With its mechanical trigger and lead system, there are no delicate sensors to fail or batteries to replace. Simply connect the lead to your vest and bike and go. When the rider is ejected from the motorcycle in the event of a accident, the trigger is pulled and the vest inflates, creating a rigid neck brace as well as firm support to the spine, back, chest, ribs and kidneys. 

Features:

  • Turtle CE approved airbag effective in 0.1 seconds
  • Removable SAS-TEC back protector 1621-2 certified
  • Textile 600D to effectively resist abrasion
  • Retro-reflective tape for night use
  • Interior 3D mesh for comfort
  • Robust front clips are easy to open and close
  • Adjustable side straps
  • 1 CO2 cartridge and 1 motorcycle tether included
  • SM-XL use a 60cc CO2 Cartridge
  • LG-L and XL-L use a 100cc CO2 Cartridge

Sizing Recommendations: The vests are made to be long enough to sit on, but you do not want the rib protection so low that it is covering below the waist. The other fit to avoid is wearing the vest too small so it rides up high under the arms. The vest should have a loose fit and be long enough to cover the hip and pelvic areas in the event of an accident.

Note: The vest runs small. We recommend ordering 2 sizes larger.

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4.6 / 5.0
20 Reviews
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Bang For The Buck
4.4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4.8 / 5
Features
4.8 / 5
Comfort
4.4 / 5
Style
3.8 / 5
Air Flow
4.0 / 5
Fit
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True
Large
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
Worth it to me.
Revzilla did not offer this when I bought mine.

It is expensive. I suspect most buyers will be older riders who no longer feel invulnerable. Like the guy above me, I wanted some rib protection. It also offers a lot of spine and hip protection. It is not magic. It won't protect your head or legs or arms, but a lot of fatal motorcycle accidents are due to torso trauma.

Get a size that fits loosely. Most riders will want to wear this over a jacket, and it needs to be able to expand. I am 6'3", 205, wearing an XL, and it's just about right. It is plenty long, but I don't think it could really be too long, no matter how short you are.

I had it on when I dropped my super moto making a U turn on gravel on the side of a hill. It worked. Replacing the cartridge is easy, though you can't buy the replacements many places. Order spares if you buy one.

Some answers to common questions:

1. You won't set it off accidentally. It takes a lot of force to pull the locking ball out.

2. It is reusable and durable. You can wash it if you take the air tubes out.

3. It is geeky looking, especially in high viz. I don't think you will see many patch wearers with them.

4. It is a little warm in hot weather if you are wearing it over a mesh jacket.

5. It is kind of a pain to put it on and clip it in each time you ride. It's not that it takes that long, it is just one more thing to do. Then every time you get off the bike you have to unclip.

6. If it goes off, you don't have to deflate it. It has little holes that deflate it over a few minutes.

I also have a mesh jacket with the air feature from a japanese company. Helite is French, I prefer Helite. The fastening mechanism seems stronger on Helite.
August 2, 2016
Ride:
2015 Suzuki DR-Z400SM
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Air Flow
4 / 5
Riding Comfort
Wish I had this airbag vest when I went down and fractured three ribs not to mention my ego. I was hesitant purchasing but once I used over my summer mesh padded jacket I now ride with confidence that I am well protected, as well as can be expected. Worth the money compared to several weeks of painful recovery period from the rib fractures.
August 1, 2016
Ride:
2012 Triumph Bonneville SE
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
A definite confidence booster for new riders.
I bought a size small Helite Turtle Vest in High Viz Yellow in September from RevZilla. I am a 5'4" 130lb female and the small took a little adjusting but fits well over my riding jacket. I started riding last summer and ride a 2012 CBR 250R. The vest is 3lbs and does not feel heavy when worn.

At first I thought I would be a little self conscious because the vest isn't form fitting or flattering for a female but I really don't pay attention to what I'm wearing when I ride. Even if they come out with a women's version it's not meant to be form fitting so even that version would still be like a box. However, it's the best protection you can buy so that's okay with me. I get noticed because I'm highly visible and that's the part of the purpose of the vest.

My partner also rides and something he mentioned to me after purchase was how much more confident I am on the bike with the vest on. I'm not reckless but wearing the vest does give me some added confidence to do what I need to do on the bike to both have fun and be safe. I think it's in part the peace of mind but I also feel a bit more secure and strapped in to the bike when I'm wearing the vest and it's hooked up to the bike with the tether.

In addition, I noticed the design flaw others have mentioned that the velcro on the sides of the neck sometimes catches things(my hair included at times) but I just make sure to pay attention to that when putting the vest on and if it is that bad for someone I think the small velcro piece can be covered or lightly removed and not affect the vest.

Overall, I think the vest is worth the investment even though I haven't had to use it in an accident yet. I know a lot of people who think that riding is supposed to be more free and don't want to wear much safety gear but I think it's up to each rider to determine the risk they are willing to take when they ride. I accept the risks when I ride but I also want to give myself the best chance of coming home from my ride to my family and I think the vest and all of my other gear give me that chance.
December 21, 2016
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
3 / 5
Style
3 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
I'm sold after a crash
This vest is a little heavy, blocks the ventilation on your jacket, but I will still wear mine whenever on the road.
The tether is too short for stand-up adventure riding, at least on my BMW Adventure, and there is no place else to mount it. That being said, I will disconnect the tether when I am going lower to moderate speeds, and standing up.
I was riding off-road today and came up on a curve that had a snow/gravel/mud mix. I did a high-side, the vest inflated, and I bounced around with no injuries. The neck brace worked perfectly. I didn't even realize I did a helmet slap, until I took off my helmet and looked at the damage. I have a bad back and neck due to previous injuries, but I walked away from this with only minor bruising from my jacket pads.
May 29, 2017
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
3 / 5
Style
3 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
No Good Reason Not to Have This
6', 215#, 64yrs., Yellow XL..I rode all summer with this airbag vest. I wore it with Fox Titan mesh jacket on 90F days and Olympia Ranger jacket on 85F or lower days. Vest blocks air in chest vents so you are a little warmer. I'm sweating but small trade-off for far superior protection. Also, must have shirt with collar as sides of vest rub uncomfortably on neck--this is why I rated 4 instead of 5. Almost bought black but motorcycle lawyer (who also bought one) convinced me to go yellow as better avoidance from rear-enders. Expensive but way cheaper than hospital stay. I have not crashed yet but feel a whole lot more safer with this vest on.
October 2, 2016
Ride:
1997 Honda Valkyrie GL1500
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
3 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Save your neck!
I bought mine direct from Helite before Revzilla began carrying it. Unless you're wearing a neck brace, your jacket and helmet don't provide any protection whatsoever from you breaking your neck, and I hear that even glancing contact between a helmet and the guardrail in a crash often snaps the biker's neck like a twig -- apparently a broken neck is one of the more common ways that bikers meet their ends. Airbag vests inflate quickly enough that by the time your head hits the Armco, your neck is heavily braced. And unlike the standard neck brace, which limits your ability to turn your head and look behind you, these vests don't limit your movement at all until they're activated. Why bother with all the other protection if you're going to leave your neck unprotected? Don't leave home without it, I say.
As for the Turtle in particular, it's expensive, but less than a funeral, and fairly well designed. The front is adjusted with long velcro straps, seems like not the best possible design esthetically, but certainly quite functional. Since the Turtle includes a monster back protector, I was able to remove the one from my jacket to streamline a bit.
Haven't actuated this one yet, but I have actuated others, and they work.
December 28, 2016
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Additional Protection
I am rejoining the world of motorcycling after decades off. As a firefighter/medic I have dealt with numerous cycling injuries and tragedies, so I purchase any items that will improve survivability in the event of an accident. This item is a fine addition. It seems well constructed. I purchased the "Hi Vis", so I am QUITE visible. I guess, in my sixties, that crash survivability trumps looking cool. Purchasing a second for my wife this spring. Our total spending on protective gear will be $4700 at that point.

If safety is your thing, but love to ride, this is a great addition to your equipment!
March 6, 2017
Purchased
10 months ago
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Worthwhile?
The reason I titled this review Worthwhile? is because I put this purchase off for two years due to the cost of the product. Fortunately I haven't had to and don't plan on answering that question , which can only answered once it is deployed.
So far it is comfortable, well made and worn every time I ride and I'm very happy that I spent the money on a potentially life saving device.
October 27, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Very Comfortable Except...
6' 1" 60 yrs new rider. Have put 2,000 miles on this vest and feel good about wearing it. Hi-viz definitely gets you noticed. Easy attachment to bike and it would be difficult to accidentally set off.

Was concerned about airflow and am comfortable in temps to upper 70s in a textile jacket - beyond that I need to have on a mesh jacket or get very warm.

Feels secure but not restrictive once it is adjusted. Actually forget that I am wearing another layer. Only time that I really notice the vest is performing slow speed maneuvers. I feel like I have to hop up and get the vest out from under me to move across the seat. (Maybe my rear is the issue?)

Good product that I recommend.
March 7, 2017
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Worth the money
I have not had the chance to need it yet, and I am hoping I never will. However, I definitely feel safer with it on. It's much better than the bulky armor I used to wear under my jacket, much more comfortable and much easier to put on and take off, and I didn't look like a football player when I walked into a store. Plus there is that added neck protection which makes me feel much better.
One thing, you have to remember to buckle that thing to the bike, I have to admit I rode off a couple of times and then remembered not doing so, and I pulled over to the side and did that. I wish there would make it in a way where the bike won't turn on unless you buckle up (like some cars do).
If you ride, get this, for the price you are saving your life.
March 16, 2017
Purchased
9 months ago
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For security when I will be driving
Enrique A on Oct 31, 2017
Extra protection when I need it most. Hi-Viz helps. Made my wife happy!
Jeffrey S on Oct 19, 2017
For security when I will be driving
Enrique A on Oct 31, 2017
I hit a deer in a car recently. There are more deer per square mile in the Texas Hill Country than anywhere else. If I am going to ride there, I need at least a fighting chance of surviving an encounter with a deer. I also ride to work in traffic in a large city.
Robert M on Oct 20, 2017
Extra protection when I need it most. Hi-Viz helps. Made my wife happy!
Jeffrey S on Oct 19, 2017
EXTREME SAFETY GEAR! AWESOME PRODUCT!
H C on Oct 2, 2017
Added safety, great reviews and seems better than the spidi (which is much better looking).
BGold on Aug 29, 2017
Safety on the street
Zhuo Z on Aug 11, 2017
reviews and online video
Matias M on Aug 5, 2017
I want my son to have as much protection as possible.
Jeannette P on May 6, 2017
Great reviews
Benjamin P on Apr 24, 2017
pure safety
Bob on Feb 27, 2017
Always looking for more safety. Liked the design and the hi-vis material
John M on Feb 10, 2017
More protection is always good.
Derek W on Oct 17, 2016
One more safety enhancement for an aging rider.
paulieD on Oct 4, 2016
for added safety.
ukegal on Aug 27, 2016
I hit a deer in a car recently. There are more deer per square mile in the Texas Hill Country than anywhere else. If I am going to ride there, I need at least a fighting chance of surviving an encounter with a deer. I also ride to work in traffic in a large city.
Robert M on Oct 20, 2017
EXTREME SAFETY GEAR! AWESOME PRODUCT!
H C on Oct 2, 2017
What's the difference between the Helite Airbag vest and the Held Airbag Vest By Helite?
Leonard P on Nov 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: none the held one is just branded
Is there a work around for the velcro wrecking the helmet issue? i.e., what is the purpose of it? presuming it can't be removed because it has a function but can it be covered?
A shopper on Dec 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Bought this in January 2017 and it did not have Velcro anywhere that would touch a helmet.
Is the black vest at all reflective?
Steve M on Nov 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't think so, I have a can am spyder which has a lot of lights on it so I'm pretty visible, that's why I was comfortable going with the black vest.
Helite is apparently going to update this vest to address the issue with the velcro in the neck area. Does anyone know when the update will be available?
Rory E on Mar 12, 2017
Is the 2017 model out yet?
Shane P on Mar 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: the vest have not changed but there are new jackets
Are the Co2 Cartridges replaceable, and is this a ONE-Time and/or ONE-Event product?
EDMUND B on Dec 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the CO2 cartridge is user replaceable, and the vest can be inflated multiple times. It is recommended that if you are actually in an accident (hit/slide on the pavement), that the vest be sent in for inspection before using.
I'm tempted to purchase this product, but I ride with a backpack 90% on the time. Do you think that will affect the functionality of the vest?
Ahmad M on Oct 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is a good question that should be answered by the manufacturer. I will not venture an opinion.
If you have a summer jacket does it cover up the vents too much and make it too hot?
Bill M on Feb 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: NO it does NOT. Underneath the arms on the vest, they are open quite low for good ventilation. I have rode in 100+ degree weather and stayed very comfortable.
does anyone know i you can were a back pack while wearing the inflatable vest. or does it interfere with deoployment?
A C on Nov 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The backpack would not interfere with deployment, as the vest inflates with significant force, but because the vest inflates to a much larger size, unless you wear the straps of the backpack very loosely, the inflating vest would over tighten the straps on your body.
Can you wear this under a jacket, or is it only for being on top of a jacket?
A shopper on Jun 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Over a jacket is the only way I would recommend. It is designed to be worn outside of whatever else you are wearing.
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