Alpinestars Tech-Air 5 Vest Unveiled At CES

Airbag protection for any motorcycle jacket.

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Alpinestars’ Tech-Air 5 fits within any properly fit motorcycle jacket to provide airbag protection.Alpinestars

Alpinestars unveiled the latest evolution of its airbag vest, the Tech-Air 5 Vest, during CES Las Vegas. This safety equipment is specifically designed to further enhance the safety levels of the road-riding motorcyclist, for touring or commuting, as it adds airbag protection to any motorcycle jacket.

The new Tech-Air 5 Vest represents a very meaningful evolution of the self-contained wearable airbag vest in terms of practicality and functionality in relation to the very substantial extra protection that airbag vests are able to ensure in case of accident. The construction makes the vest light, compact, and comfortable under a properly fitting textile or leather riding jacket.

Alpinestars specifies that the textile jacket must offer 40mm, or 1.6 inches, of extra volume around the body to grant the airbag vest room to inflate in order to actuate its protective function in a crash. The action of the Tech-Air 5 vest covers shoulders, chest, ribs, and back area. Alpinestars offers Tech-Air-compatible leather jackets that include expandable leather panels that ensure the proper airbag protective inflation.

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The Alpinestars Tech-Air 5 vest can deploy within 20–40 milliseconds depending on the size of the airbag.Alpinestars

The Tech-Air 5 is the result of years of research and analyses of millions of miles and thousands of crashes that led Alpinestars to constantly refine crash detection algorithms in order to obtain the quickest possible response and airbag deployment time, that now is down to 20 to 40 milliseconds, according to the airbag size. The vest is a fully autonomous system that includes all the components needed to work inside of a jacket.

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An additional space of 40mm (or 1.6 inches) is required in a jacket to allow for the Tech-Air 5 to expand when deployed.Alpinestars

It incorporates an active electronic suite that features six integrated sensors, three gyros, and three accelerometers, all informing the ECU’s crash algorithm that signals when to deploy the airbag. The Tech-Air 5 is easy to use. To be ready for action it only needs to be zipped up; a magnetic flap in the zipper area turns the unit on. An LED signals the ready state of the system and charge status of the lithium-ion battery, which is certified for 30 hours of riding. The system includes a magnetic USB charger that allows for easy, rapid recharging. Bluetooth connectivity to a Tech-Air app allows for constant monitoring and even updates the vest when evolved crash-detection algorithms are released.

The Tech-Air 5 Vest was recognized by CES as a must-see product in the Wearables Technology Marketplace. MSRP is set at $699.95.