Although Tech-Air Street Jackets have been available in Europe for over a year now, the product line is just coming to America this fall. That’s right, it’s not officially available until the end of August, but we have a limited time opportunity to skip the line, show, tell, and sell Tech-Air through via our June Alpinestaras Pop-Up.
The Tech-Air airbag technology developed by Alpinestars through its MotoGP racers is now available to we mere mortal everyday riders with the new range of Tech-Air Street jackets.
It all starts with the Tech-Air Street Vest, which is pricey, but considering the hardware and software baked into it, and how it can deploy in the instant between the start of a crash and the impact of the rider into the hood of a car, it quickly becomes worth every penny. Plus, an ER visit along will set you back a penny or two.
In short, Tech-Air is about the safest gear you can wear on a motorcycle. Once deployed it covers, shoulders, upper arms and chest, and it wraps around the kidneys too for full torso coverage.
At the heart of the Vest is a standalone viscoelastic CE-Level 2 back protector. But the thing is as thick as a couple of Level 2 standard back protectors combined—and it has to be. Inside is a computer, a gyroscope, three accelerometers, a lithium ion battery and two high-pressure CO2 canisters that fire simultaneously to deploy the vest in approximately 25 milliseconds.