An air jacket is like a balloon, it will inflate both inwards and outwards. If it didn't inflate inwards it would not hold the body in the event of a fall.
A jacket that inflated outwards only would simply get pushed away from the body at the point of impact, offering very limited protection.
An air jacket will only offer protection when it is inflated, which it is designed to do in the event of a fall, so cannot, for example, offer protection when walking around the yard.
Air jackets undergo the same impact tests as traditional body protectors but offer a number of benefits including:
Once impacted, the performance of a foam body protector deteriorates (and should be replaced). An air jacket can be impacted multiple times on the same spot without any deterioration.
Impact performance of foam body protectors reduces with the increase in temperature, particularly above 30 degree C. Air jackets can be impacted above 30 degree C and will still pass the required standards.
This will NOT happen. Point Two has sold in excess of 50,000 jackets with not one single case being reported of someone being injured simply by the inflation. If this were the case would we be happy performing test inflations on customers in the store! It IS designed to hold you tight though - if it didn’t it wouldn't be doing its job.
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee protection in every all circumstances (ultimately if the rider never leaves the saddle then the trigger mechanism cannot be activated). Saying that the trigger requires less than 1/100th of a second to inflate, and there are many documented rotational falls where thankfully riders have had that split second of parting for the jacket to inflate (Karim Florent Laghouag, Oliver Townend, Coral Keen, Laura Collett).
We can inflate a jacket in front of a row of horses and chances are they won’t bat an eyelid. In the event of a fall, with everything else that is going on such as the rider around the horse’s ears etc., the addition of a very quick sound is unlikely to make any difference to the horses reaction. Cannot deny that a horse may disappear across the next field - but that has always been the case. At the end of the day the jacket is designed to protect the rider in the event of a fall - if you have to recover your horse from next field - so be it.
No - you will need to replace the canister, and reset the trigger. Both very simple procedures which we can demonstrate. We do recommend however, if you were to have a particularly hard fall, or have 6 or more falls, that you send the jacket back to Point Two to be serviced. We recommend that, even if you haven't fallen off at all, you do send the jacket to us each year for a service so we can check everything is exactly as it should be.
Point Two air jackets have a continuous, single air bag design that ensures firstly there are no possible gaps in the areas protected (particularly between the base of the neck and the top of the back) and also helps increase inflation speeds. Point Two originally used a multi-chamber system which you may see on other jackets but moved away from it for the above reasons.
You can wear the air jacket on its own and it will offer the protection it is designed to. Many people prefer the lightweight convenience of the air jacket compared with traditionally bulky foam body protectors.
However, in certain disciplines (for example eventing XC phase) the associations require a foam body protector be worn, and in these cases an air jacket would be worn over the top of the traditional body protector OR riders can choose the P2RS hybrid jacket. Point Two will always recommend that more the best protection an air jacket should be worn over the top of a body protector.
Not a problem - Point Two are keen to ensure young riders have as much protection as possible, but they do grow! To overcome this we offer a trade-in. Simply send the jacket to head office, and you will be able to get a brand new jacket, the next size up. Contact our servicing department for further information.
You can sponge down the outside of the jacket with warm, soapy water but do not place in the washing machine. We recommend the jackets are serviced once a year, and at that time Point Two will remove the airbag and trigger mechanism and will carry out a full wash of the outer garment. Your jacket will be returned, like new.
There is no reason why, providing canisters and jacket are kept in dry environment that the canisters will deteriorate. To double check you can weigh the canisters Be sure though to always use Point Two canisters - there are inferior canisters being sold which will not have the required pressure in them and will likely not inflate the jacket in the event of a fall.