Which are the best Airbag Vests or Jackets in 2020?
May, 2019 (updated)
Airbag vests have been used by motorcycle police around the world since the mid 1990's.
They are now commonly used by riders on race tracks. After making an impact in these
markets, manufacturers have now switched their attention to us everyday riders.
The vests and jackets available today strike a nice balance between safety, comfort, and
looking good. Airbag vests are lighter than jackets, but still offer the same amount of
protection. They easily fit over your normal jacket or clothes.
My advice to any new and older experienced riders, is to invest heavily in quality gear
and these vests and jackets make the odds better on surviving an accident with less
The World Health Organisations Global status report on road safety for 2018, highlights
that the number of annual road traffic deaths worldwide reached 1.35 million. Road traffic
injuries are now the leading killer of people aged between 5 to 29 years old. 28 percent
of these deaths are of motorcyclists.
If you are a safety conscious rider, or have kids or a partner who regularly rides, then
airbag vests are a personal protection item that's really worth considering...
Klim releases new Autonomous Airbag Vest, The Ai-1
A new year brings many new and exciting things as usual. Klim has announced the release
of its 2020 lineup with the Ai-1 airbag vest at the forefront.
The new autonomous Ai-1
airbag vest was made in partnership with In&motion; a France-based company. In&motion
spent over three years with world-class riders from MotoGP to endurance racing, British
Superbike and French Superbike, as well as with skiers and horseback riders to refine
the algorithm to provide the upmost safety to professional and everyday riders ...
Alpinestars announce the Tech-Air 5 airbag jacket
Alpinestars has announced the company's first standalone airbag system that they claim
can be worn under any ‘proper fitting’ textile or leather motorcycle jacket.
The new Tech-Air 5 vest comes with an active electronic system that features six
integrated sensors (3 gyroscopes and 3 accelerometers) and a crash algorithm that uses
AI to accurately monitor when to deploy the airbag in the event of a crash. Alpinestars
claim that after analysing the crashes of the world’s top MotoGP riders, and Alpinestars
customers, the system can detect a crash and activate with a maximum inflation time of 20
to 40ms to protect the rider. They also claim that impact absorption while wearing the
airbag results in a decrease of the impact force by up to 95% compared to a passive
Introducing... RST's 2020 airbag collection
Ambitious British brand RST are one of the companies going all-out for a slice of the
airbag revolution in 2020.
They’re one of a handful of firms who’ve adopted the airbag technology from In&motion to
give data-based protection that triggers if the onboard sensors detect a crash scenario.
But RST are going down a different route to their continental competitors by integrating
the airbag into their garments directly rather than fitting them into a vest worn inside
a suit or jacket as everyone else is doing.
They are offering their four range-topping garments each with an airbag option, with the
ribbed portions of the airbags actually in the suit.
Some may see this as a detriment, for example those who want a vest that can be worn
under either a jacket or a leather race suit, but RST say it means the external jacket
and airbag will work together better than if the airbag is in a separate vest...
MotoGP: Airbags compulsory for riders from 2018
The Grand Prix Commission met at Motegi and took an important decision to improve the active safety of riders. From 2018, all riders
will have to use leathers equipped with an approved airbag system.
The regulation has been passed with the approval of all of the technical clothing manufacturers involved in the championship and is
clearly good news. The airbag is now an accessory that is available to the end customer and so it was high time that the reigning
class should be obliged to make use of such an important system...
BMW & Dainese To Develop Bike Jackets With Airbags
Airbags are the most common safety feature in cars, next only to seat belts. But not everyone would be aware of the existence airbags
for motorcycle riders. Yes, they do exist and most of these come as part of a riding jacket. However, the most advanced motorcycle
jacket airbags are used by professional motorcycle racers and these high tech safety gears are not easily available to the common biker.
BMW Motorrad is looking to change that by teaming up with motorcycle safety equipment major Dainese. The two have signed a long time
contract under which several BMW Motorrad branded safety equipments will be developed and entered into production and a state of the
art motorcycle airbag will be the first and primary product to be produced.
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