Alpinestars is offering three new airbag systems for cyclists this year, and the Tech-Air 5 is back in action. The four airbag systems operate autonomously, inflating when the on-board electronics detects that this cyclist has crashed based on information from gyroscopes and accelerometers. The computer sends the message to the airbag worn by the cyclist to inflate, which cushions the fall. Let’s see what the Alpinestars Tech-Air 2022 range has in store for us this year.
Alpinestars Tech-Air 10
This technology comes from MotoGP, where the speeds and risks are high. Unlike previous airbags, which offered body protection at the waist, the Alpinestars Tech-Air 10 extends coverage to include the rider’s hips. It’s a costume that stretches just above the knees, down to your neck, and down to your wrists. The Tech-Air 10 is compatible with all Alpinestars Tech-Air Ready suits, as well as other brands that have 1.6 inches of space around the rider’s chest circumference and 0.8 inches around the rider’s hips – space is needed to inflate the airbag.
Alpinestars Tech-Air 3
Alpinestars is bringing airbag technology to commuters and city dwellers with the new Tech-Air 3 over-jacket. Previous airbags fit under the jacket and required room to function when needed. Its design on the jacket slips on and takes off easily from the rider and is designed to fold up and quickly stow in a backpack, saddlebag or under the saddle of a scooter. The Alpinestars Tech-Air 3 looks like a vest, sleeveless, so it is limited to protecting the torso of the cyclist. The Tech-Air 3 is available in men’s and women’s cut.
Alpinestars Tech-Air Off-Road V2
Details are scarce on the new Tech-Air Off-Road V2. Based on the safety gear worn by Dakar Rally competitors, it allows for extreme changes in body position on an off-road motorcycle without accidentally inflating. We’ll know more when it releases later in 2022.
Alpinestars Tech-Air 5
This return airbag is for sport riders who want extra protection for their back and shoulders. The rider wears the Alpinestars Tech-Air 5 separately from the jacket. Much like with the Tech-Air 10, the jacket should be roomy enough to allow 1.6 expansion space around the rider’s entire chest – any Alpinestars Tech-Air Ready jacket does the job. According to Alpinestars, independent tests confirm that the airbag offers the same level of protection as 18 CE level 1 back protectors. We have tested the Tech-Air 5.
We will have the prices for the Alpinestars Tech-Air 2022 range when they are available.
Alpinestars 2022 Tech-Air range photo gallery