The Point Two ProAir air vest works in three ways — to distribute pressure, absorb shock and support the spinal column in the event of a rider fall.
The CE-marked ProAir has been extensively assessed and evaluated at leading test facilities including the Transport Research Laboratory and SATRA Technology Centre, in the UK, and CRITT Sport Loisirs in France.
To earn that CE 89/686/EEC certification, the ProAir had to achieve the exacting standards required for a horse riding inflatable item under European Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) legislation. This included laboratory assessments of the speed of inflation, the time taken for the airbags to reach a level of inflation capable of providing adequate protection and energy dissipation — as well as crucial testing that the jacket does not feature any materials or components that could prove harmful to the health of the wearer.
Point Two also carried out its own, independent testing on the jacket’s performance.
The Transport Research Laboratory reported the following observations while testing the Child's ProAir performance in two impact scenarios during August 2010:
- The Point Two air jacket reduced levels of chest compression seen in a severe chest impact by more than 55% of those seen during an unprotected fall resulting in a chest impact.
- The Point Two Air Jacket reduces chest compression to half the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recommended limit of 40mm chest compression, as used in the automotive industry as a measure of dangerous chest loading.
- In an equivalent impact, a Level 3 body protector shows only a 9% improvement on chest compression measures compared to no protective clothing.
- The Point Two air jacket almost eliminates the risk of severe and life threatening chest injury for a horse fall resulting in a severe chest impact4
- A rider wearing a Point Two Air Jacket could sustain a four times more severe impact than a rider with no chest protection with approximately the same predicted injury outcome.
Point Two recommends that the ProAir is worn with a traditional body protector (such as the Hows Racesafe 2010) for optimum protection. But it can be worn alone — and very often is by riders schooling, hacking and breaking horses at home.
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