Dainese and Alpinestars Airbag suits

by Jeff on September 20, 2010

As published in Motorcycle.com

Jorge Lorenzo’s speed-hump mounted air collar.

First there was leather, then armored leather, and now Dainese, Alpinestars and others are adding airbags into armored suits to protect the all-too-fragile human body during the moment of truth. Anything that takes us toward the crash resistance of the Michelin Man is okay by us! Dainese and A-Stars are developing highly sophisticated, fully wireless airbag suits. Although Spidi and a few others are working on tether-deployed suits, we are most impressed with the unencumbered gear now being tested on racetracks around the world by Dainese and A-Stars, as these appear to be the most elegant solution. Once these race-only suits are sufficiently developed, expect to see street versions to follow. Like any new technology, prices – which for now are predicted to be high, but “less than you would expect,” to quote Dainese – will eventually drop. And in the meantime, if one of these suits can prevent a debilitating injury, how much would that be worth to you?

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