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    I thought it would be useful to have a thread for reports on falls in air vests, since it seems they can be controversial!

    I've had two nasty falls in the last 18 months or so and I've really injured my pelvis/coccyx (the first fall point of contact was my left hip but the ortho explained to me the damage that translates to your coccyx) and the second fall I landed directly on my coccyx

    I was in pain for weeks.

    Now bearing in mind, that I still have a problem with my coccyx...


    Vega bronced me off on Saturday and activated my Hit Air, its such a relief to hear it pop!

    The noise did not startle her at all, infact as soon as we parted company she stopped broncing and didn't even so much as walk away, even though I was still hissing slightly!

    I'd completely forgotten I was wearing it until I heard the noise, its so relieving!

    Firstly I must say, you don't feel the point of contact at all, its just like an 'oof' and this wonderful feeling of being hugged by air. Its not restrictive in the least, in fact I am going to fasten it a bit tighter now.

    Nothing really hit the ground hard so I can't tell you exactly how I landed, flat on my back I guess and I rolled onto my right side.

    The effect of the collar that comes up at the back of your neck meant my head was completely stabilised. Infact from the waist up I felt really comfy ... which is a ridiculous thing to feel! Lying there on the ground going mmm, this is really comfy!

    As far as the top half of me was concerned, I was just having a comfy nap in the sand.

    Kinda helped me with the pain from my other injuries... because I did still get pretty bad pain in my coccyx

    There is really no justification for it except that its already injured, and whatever force of impact I did get just jarred it. It dissipated after a minute mostly and I was able to sit back on again, finish off with lunging, untacking and even washing my horse (and bringing clothes in off the washing line ) and driving home, which is something I could not have done after my previous falls.

    If I wasn't already a bit broken, I suspect I would have been absolutely fine.

    I deflated really quickly as well, by the time I got up the jacket was well down and I would have been able to reset it.

    This morning I was a lot less sore then in previous falls and just a bit stiff, as you would be, but I tell you, even though I know now that my coccyx is fecked, I am dramatically less injured then my previous falls. I have a stiffness in my right arm I didn't even know was hurt.

    I had fiddled about a bit with the length of the lanyard, I'd left it quite long, and I was glad I did. I left it long because I knew there was a possibility of broncing, and I did put a fair bit of air between me and the horse before we actually parted company. In the end, it activated at exactly the right time.

    If there is a fault I would say its the room for adjustment in the lanyard ... there is a fair bit of strap to adjust, so you could have it relatively short, or rather long. And that will effect when it activates. If the lanyard was shorter it could have activated earlier and I wouldn't have gotten the full benefit of the cushion.

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    Thanks for posting this Rips, really interesting especially regarding the impact of your fall and your coccyx (sorry if that sounds a bit weird!)

    I fractured my coccyx over 4 years ago and still have problems with it which flared up again when Re collapsed on me this Jan even though I didn't land on it.

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    I saw one go off for the first time at close hand at a clinic last week. The noise wasn't excessive and the girl was absolutely fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffany View Post
    Thanks for posting this Rips, really interesting especially regarding the impact of your fall and your coccyx (sorry if that sounds a bit weird!)

    I fractured my coccyx over 4 years ago and still have problems with it which flared up again when Re collapsed on me this Jan even though I didn't land on it.
    No no, its good to hear someone else has the same problem!
    I'm going to have to get some serious physio done before I put myself in harms way again

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    Rips, I broke my coccyx when I was fourteen, had years of pain where the hospital left the end "floating" , thats why I gave up jumping, If I came of in the process I would be crippled with pain. Have you had it x-rayed?

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    How ridiculous - falling off and lying there thinking "ooh comfy" Glad it's working for you. Hit Air's inflate outwards, whereas I think P2s (used to?) inflate inwards, hence they are more restricitve and unpleasant in a fall.

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    Ouch Rips! I broke my coccyx as a child and I've had no end of complicating issues with it since. I agree with Spot, ut's definitely worth getting it checked and a good physio is worth seeing as they can give you exercises to prevent strength loss. I had lots of problems with the muscles in my pelvis for years afterwards until I got to grips with it.

    I never fell whilst I was riding in my Hit-Air, but it was super comfy and easy to wear. Now that I've given up riding I'm not quite sure what to do with it. Is there any market for them second hand? It's immaculate!

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    Curious, did you have a regular BP on underneath? I've thought about getting a hit-air but see that many still wear a BP underneath. Which model of the hit-air do you have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    Rips, I broke my coccyx when I was fourteen, had years of pain where the hospital left the end "floating" , thats why I gave up jumping, If I came of in the process I would be crippled with pain. Have you had it x-rayed?
    I've had my pelvis x-rayed twice now after falls, but you know I don't have any confidence that they haven't missed something, both times they have said 'soft tissue damage' and just given me painkillers.

    I have a distinctive 'n' shaped area of localised pain from the muscle on one side of the bone, across in a straight line and down the other side, at the most prominent part of it (not the very end)

    I can feel it when I lie on a flat surface, but when its damaged like now it even seems to effect me being able to lift my legs. However this is exactly the same pain I've had previously (not half as severe this time) when I have had it xrayed. It can also cause a band of uncomfortable 'pressure' across the front of my pelvis?!?

    I went to my GP the last time who specialises in ortho, and I discussed all this and he referred me for the second set of xrays.

    I last injured it 6 months ago and it hasn't been troubling me lately, except for a small amount of weakness when bending to lift, its not sore you understand, just 'weakness' .

    However when I went for a deep tissue massage (to address a trapped nerve in my shoulder) I found to my surprise that it was INTOLERABLE for the masseuss to treat that area

    That was only last month and I hadn't got a chance to see a physio about it since discovering that there is still clearly an issue there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thestral View Post
    Ouch Rips! I broke my coccyx as a child and I've had no end of complicating issues with it since. I agree with Spot, ut's definitely worth getting it checked and a good physio is worth seeing as they can give you exercises to prevent strength loss. I had lots of problems with the muscles in my pelvis for years afterwards until I got to grips with it.

    I never fell whilst I was riding in my Hit-Air, but it was super comfy and easy to wear. Now that I've given up riding I'm not quite sure what to do with it. Is there any market for them second hand? It's immaculate!
    I'd say they definitely would be, I see on their facebook page they offer to service them sometimes at events, replace cannisters or check for damage (they were at tattersalls here) maybe you could get it serviced and they would give you a receipt/docket for it that would help you sell it? That would be my only concern if I was buying secondhand. They were offering buyers free service for jackets over a year old

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