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Alpinestars Tech-Air Systems

Alpinestars Tech-Air Airbag Technology for MAXIMUM rider protection both Street and Track!

 

Alpinestars makes MULTIPLE air-bag systems for different applications, and we sell ALL systems, and MOST can be used for both street and track. Some key differences are laid out below to help you decide which is right for you.

ALL-NEW FOR 2022!


Tech-Air 10 Autonomous Airbag Vest

This is Alpinestars newest Autonomous Airbag system, which is designed to be installed UNDER any racing suit or jacket, not just Alpinestars Tech-Air compatible ones, but ANY racing suit or jacket you already own. The only caveats to that are that if it is a LEATHER suit or jacket/pants, Alpinestars recommends that you have 40mm of slack in the chest and 20mm in the hips of the garment when worn over the Tech-Air 10 System to allow for expansion of the airbags when deployed. For a textile garment, there is no concern since there is more stretch to a textile garment than leather. 

Benefits:

  • You DON'T need to buy a new suit/jacket to use, just put the Tech-Air 10 system under any current garment you have as long as it meets the slack requirements.
  • No installation required, so if you're going to use it for both track and street, it's a piece of cake since it's independent of the garment.
  • Quick/easy switching between STREET and RACE mode via the Alpinestars Bluetooth app on your phone, only takes a few seconds.
  • You can ditch your strap-on back and chest protectors, all you need is this system and then your jacket/suit to go over it.
  • Maximum body coverage of any airbag system at an affordable price of $999

Drawbacks:

  • If you have a skin-tight race suit, this will probably not fit under it and you'd need to get a new suit in order to use this.
  • In both STREET and RACE mode, there is only ONE deployment available before the vest needs to be sent in for a repack/reset, which costs approximately mid-$200 range. Only the Tech-Air RACE system allows 2 deployments before a repack.

 

Tech-Air RACE Vest

This is Alpinestars Integrated Airbag system, which is designed to be installed INTO ONLY an Alpinestars Tech-Air Compatible jacket or racing suit. Even though it's called "RACE", it's actually still a STREET-compatible system, the software allows the vest to be set to either STREET or RACE mode so it will deploy correctly for the application. This system gets zipped INTO and plugged INTO the integrated wiring in the garment, and the entire thing works as one system.

Benefits:

  • It's all self-contained in the garment once installed and is very easy to take on and off since it's part of the garment. 
  • For sizes XL and below, when set to RACE mode and worn on the track, there are TWO deployments available before the unit needs to be sent in to be repacked and reset, which costs approximately $239.

Drawbacks:

  • You must have an Alpinestars Tech-Air Compatible garment to install the vest into, so for most people that means you're buying a new jacket or suit to wear the vest with. If you're already in the market for a new jacket or suit, then it's a great time to get it all done, but if you already own gear that you're happy with and just want the added protection of the airbag technology, then the Tech-Air 5 System may be better for you.
  • Most expensive solution at $1149.

 

Tech-Air 5 Autonomous Airbag Vest

This is Alpinestars smallest Autonomous Airbag system, which is designed to be installed UNDER any jacket or racing suit, not just Alpinestars Tech-Air compatible ones, but ANY jacket or racing suit you already own. The only caveats to that are that if it is a LEATHER jacket or suit, Alpinestars recommends that you have 40mm of slack in the garment when worn over the Tech-Air 5 Vest to allow for expansion of the airbag if it is deployed. For a textile garment, there is no concern since there is more stretch to a textile garment than leather. Since the Tech-Air 5 provides full upper-body protection, you can get rid of your current back-protector and chest protector when wearing the Tech-Air 5 vest, and the Tech-Air 5 vest doesn't take up any more space than a typical strap-on back protector does, so for MOST riders you'll find the Tech-Air 5 fits nicely under your current jacket/suit.

Benefits:

  • You DON'T need to buy a new jacket/suit to use, just put the Tech-Air 5 Vest on and then put your current or jacket or suit on over it.
  • No installation required, so if you're going to use it for both street and track, it's a piece of cake since it's independent of the garment.
  • Quick/easy switching between STREET and RACE mode via the Alpinestars Bluetooth app on your phone, only takes a few seconds.
  • You can ditch your strap-on back and chest protectors, all you need is this vest and then your jacket/suit to go over it.
  • Very affordable solution at $699

Drawbacks:

  • When wearing under a race suit, you may need to remove some or all of the foam in the race hump on the back of the suit to allow clearance for the sensor unit on the Tech-Air 5 vest, and you may need a friend to help you keep the vest pushed down while putting on your suit if it has a tendency to ride up as you pull the suit up onto your shoulders.
  • In both STREET and RACE mode, there is only ONE deployment available before the vest needs to be sent in for a repack/reset, which costs approximately $179.
  • If your leather jacket or suit is extremely tight-fitting already, you may not have enough room in it to wear the Tech-Air 5 vest under it. This would not be common, but for example if you have a race suit you're wearing that you bought when you weighed 20 lbs. less than you do now, you may need to think about it and come TRY ON the Tech-Air 5 vest with your suit beforehand.
  • Only offers limited coverage area compared to the Tech-Air 10 system.

SO WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

We find that MOST of the buyers of the Tech-Air systems are buying them primarily for TRACK use, even though they may also wear them on the street. This is mainly due to the reality of miles ridden vs. crash likelihood being higher for track miles than street miles. Of course the injury per crash ratio is MUCH higher for street crashes than track crashes, so it's not like there's no benefit to wearing on the street. But in general the track rider is more "motivated" to get into airbag technology from what we've seen. For the track rider ALL THREE systems are viable and offer significant increases in protection compared to traditional armor. The right choice for YOU will depend on what garment(s) you want to wear the system with and what your budget is. Contact us with any questions and we can help you decide, and if you're in the Omaha area swing by the store to try the systems on.


See below for our selection of Tech-Air Systems and Tech-Air compatible garments for use with the Tech-Air RACE vest. We have MORE compatible garments available as well that aren't listed, contact us if you're looking for ANY Alpinestars garment, we can get them ALL just don't have time to constantly update the list on our web site as new ones come out.