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Frequently Asked Questions

Inwards versus outwards inflation?

An air vest is like a balloon, it will inflate both inwards and outwards. It inflates inwards so it hugs your body in the event of a crash. Everyone likes hugs.

A vest that inflates outwards only would simply expand away from the body at the point of impact, offering very limited protection and zero hugs.

Is it better than a foam body protector?

An air vest will offer the most protection when it is inflated, which it is designed to do in the event of a crash. It has a CE certified back protector, but that, of course, only protects your back and your front is the first thing people tend to see. So, protect it too.

Air vests undergo the same impact tests as traditional body protectors but offer a number of additional benefits including:

The performance of a foam body protector deteriorates after an impact (and should be replaced). An air vest can be impacted multiple times on the same spot without any deterioration. Although, we do recommend servicing it after 6 inflations. It's the best way to be sure there has been no damage or degradation in performance.

Impact performance of foam body protectors reduces with the increase in temperature, particularly above 30°C (86°F). Air vests can be impacted in hotter conditions and still surpass the required standards. 

Will I get winded? I have heard it could break my ribs.

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 we would be unable to even perform test inflations on customers in-store! Not to mention, we could hardly call ourselves a safety company. It IS designed to hold you tight though - if it didn’t it wouldn't be doing its job.

Do I need to send it back to get it reset or if I go down?

Not necessarily, if you've visually inspected the vest for punctures or tears and it hasn't been compromised, just reset the trigger, replace the canister and twist the wrist again. However, if you were to have a particularly hard crash, or have 6 or more inflations, send the vest back to Point Two to be serviced. Even if you haven't crashed at all, send the jacket to us each year for a service so we can make sure everything works properly. See the service page for more info.

Does it offer as much protection to the neck as other vests?

Point Two air jackets have one continuous, air bag to ensure there are no possible gaps in the areas protected (particularly between the base of the neck and the top of the back). Point Two originally used a multi-chamber system which you may see on other vests but moved away from it for better coverage and a faster inflation rate to boot.

Do I need to wear it with a leather jacket or full leathers?

You can wear the air vest on its own and it will offer the protection it is designed to.

It is important to point out that we have designed a vest. By definition, vests do not cover your arms. Therefore, Point Two will always recommend that you ride with the most protection you possibly can. Besides, road rash is a lot less comfortable than an extra layer of protection.

How do I keep it clean?

You can sponge down the outside of the jacket with warm, soapy water but do not place in the washing machine. When you service your vest once a year, we will remove the airbag and trigger mechanism and professionally clean the outer shell. Your jacket will be returned, like new. Who doesn't like getting new gear every year.

How long do the canisters last?

If properly stored, canisters and vests will not deteriorate. If you are concerned, you can weigh the canisters. Always use Point Two canisters - there are inferior canisters that will not have the required pressure to inflate your vest in the event of a crash.