But it’s doing things a little bit differently to airbag pioneers Dainese and Alpinestars. Instead of developing their own technology from the ground up, RST has adopted the tried and tested airbag from French brand In&Motion. It’s a data-driven system, which triggers the airbag in a fraction of a second if the onboard sensors detect a ‘crash scenario’.
RST Pro Series Adventure-X Airbag Textile Jacket
RRP: £499.99 / www.rst-moto.com
RST’s Pro Series Adventure-X Jacket is a top bit of kit in its own right. It’s been overhauled for 2020, with input from Dakar Rally racer (and all-round top bloke) Mick Extance. If that wasn’t impressive enough, there’s now an airbag-equipped version to ensure you’re even better protected on your next adventure.
The big news is the addition of RST’s innovative X-Liner, which is essentially a quilted thermal liner and the SinAqua waterproof membrane in a single layer. So, instead of faffing about with multiple layers, you’ve only got one, easily removable lining to worry about. Great stuff.
Constructed from a MaxTex lightweight, high denier outer, with ballistic textile overlays in key impact areas, the Adventure-X jacket is a high specification bit of kit. It also offers top-notch ventilation in the form of a fixed comfort mesh lining and multiple chest, arm and rear vents, to ensure air flow in and out of the jacket and help keep you cool while you’re on the move.
In addition to the In&Motion airbag, you also get some top level (AA rated) back, shoulder and elbow protection (plus some TPU shoulder cups) to ensure you’re looked after should the worst happen and you end up trading blows with the Tarmac, trails or traffic.
In short, RST’s Adventure-X Airbag Jacket offers everything you’d want from a quality textile jacket, and it’s nowhere near the price of some of the bigger named competition. It’s well worth a look if you’re due an upgrade (or even if you’re not)…