Alpinestars Tech-Air Viper

Alpinestars Tech-Air Viper


The Viper is probably the most complicated simple mesh riding jacket ever conceived.

On its face it’s the same sporty armor-equipped summer riding jacket that every gear manufacturer has in its line. It has high-dennier Cordura fabric at the impact areas backed by CE rated armor, and all non-essential paneling is made of a highly breathable mesh. It also comes with a zip-in wind-blocking layer—a nice touch not offered by other manufacturers, which will extend the range of the jacket in cooler weather by blocking off some of the venting.

Where it gets complicated is with the integrated wiring harness to mate up to the Tech-Air Street Vest. This includes plumbing throughout the jacket to connect a LED display on the left forearm, two fat Ethernet looking cables to connect to the vest, and wiring to the chest panels around the yellow Velcro square at the top of the main zipper—this magnetic switch is what allows the system to arm and disarm.

Also built into the jacket is the ability for it two practically double in volume when the airbag is deployed. So while it appears simple the Viper will deploy its airbag in just 25 milliseconds. Essentially jumping activating the instant your tire hits the door of a red-light-running car, and fully deploying long before you sail over the handlebars and make impact.