Alpinestars has revealed its new Tech-Air 5 airbag at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas – and it’s the first standalone airbag vest from the Italian manufacturer.
The big news about Alpinestars latest Tech-Air vest is its versatility – it’s compatible with pretty much any motorcycle jacket from pretty much any manufacturer, providing you’ve got 4cm of space around the circumference of your body. And of course, it’ll also work with any of Alpinestars own Tech-Air compatible jackets.
With six sensors (three gyroscopes and three accelerometers) and a sophisticated crash algorithm to monitor when the airbag should be deployed, the vest works to offer shoulder, chest, rib and full back protection – which Alpinestars claim is the most comprehensive coverage of any airbag currently available on the market. And according to testing done by SGS (an official CE certification company), the Tech-Air 5 airbag offers the same impact absorption as 18 back protectors.
There’s an LED display to keep an eye on the airbag’s status, but you can also connect the vest to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and check on vest’s 30-hour riding time charge, analyse your ride and update the firmware. Easy.
The Tech-Air 5 is in direct competition with Dainese’s own Smart Jacket, which was revealed at EICMA back in November – and they cost about the same with the Alpinestars Tech-Air 5 airbag vest coming in at $699.95 (which is around £535.67 with current exchange rates). Available in March 2020, if you’re interested in finding out more about the Tech-Air 5 airbag vest, click HERE.
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