Alpinestars Tech-Air Race Airbag System

Discussion in 'Sportbike Track Gear' started by Sportbike Track Gear, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. Sportbike Track Gear

    Sportbike Track Gear Well-Known Member

    How many times have you heard someone say "There are two types of motorcycle riders; those who have crashed and those who will" during a riders meeting? Better yet, how many days did you spend burning laps on the track before you earned the honor of raising your hand when the dude running the riders meeting asked all the riders who have crashed before to raise their hand? (I managed to hurl my precious RC51 into the turn 1 gravel trap at Grattan on my second day) No matter how good or lucky you are, shit happens, making it important you consider all available options in the protective gear category to help reduce the possibility for injury.

    Race suits equipped with airbags have been available for the last 6 or 7 years from Spidi, RS Taichi, Dainese and Alpinestars (I have owned ridden in the D-Air, Taichi TRAPS, Astars Tech-Air and Taichi 306 suits). Dainese introduced the D-Air in 2015 which was the first race suit to have the airbag integrated into the suit rather than attaching an airbag vest to the outside of the race suit. Like any other cutting edge product that is first to market, there were riders who had good experiences and others who did not. We all learned a lot during the first year they were being used on tracks across the country. From our perspective, the biggest challenge was getting the airbag repacked and the suit repaired after it deployed. Having them sewn together proved to be a problematic for many riders.


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    In the fall of 2017 Alpinestars introduced the Tech-Air Race Airbag Vest into the US. The Tech-Air Race Airbag Vest integrates with select Alpinestars or RS Taichi Race Suits and Astars Jackets which allows you to use this for more than just track riding. In Race Mode it can deploy twice (ALL SIZES EXCEPT 2XL which uses BOTH charges for a single deployment), offering CE Protection for 2 crashes. In Street Mode it can only deploy one time (and only if a first deployment has not occurred), but an airbag deployed in street mode will still be good for a second deployment in Race Mode. The airbag covers pretty much everywhere you see vest, chest, back, shoulders etc... for maximum protection.

    When it was introduced both Jimmy and I purchased a GP Tech V2 Race Suit and Tech-Air Airbag Vest to use on track because we felt it was the highest level of protection available. Like any new product we have learned a lot in the first year they have been used on track from personal experience and feedback from riders who have purchased one from us. To date, riders who have crashed while wearing the Tech-Air Vest have nothing but good things to say and felt it made a real difference in the outcome. Riders who have sent the Airbag in to be repacked have reported a turn around of approximately 1 week.

    If you are interested in putting the Alpinestars Tech-Air Race Airbag System in your gear bag please shoot us a PM here on the beeb or an email to forums@sportbiketrackgear.com and we will get you dialed in. Below is a list of the race suits and jackets that accept the Tech-Air Race System:


    Alpinestars Tech-Air Race Airbag System $1149.95
    Alpinestars GP Tech V2 Race Suit $1999.95
    Alpinestars GP Pro Race Suit $1349.95
    Alpinestars Missile Race Suit $999.95
    RS Taichi NXL107 GP-EVO R107 Race Suit $3399.95
    RS Taichi NXL306 GP-WRX R306 Race Suit $1699.95
    Alpinestars Missile Leather Jacket $599.95
    Alpinestars Oscar Charlie Leather Jacket $649.95
    Alpinestars T-Missile Air Jacket $349.95

    Alpinestars T-Missile Drystar Jacket $399.95

    If you are riding on track and have room in the budget for an airbag, I personally feel this is the best option currently available. The knot on my right collarbone cost me more than the Tech-Air Vest and I feel it dramatically reduces the possibility of injury the next time I fall down. I believe in this enough to spring for a second Tech-Air Vest for my Son Max now that he has grown enough to fit into an adult sized race suit.

    Thank you for your support,
    Brian Van
     
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  2. SWest122

    SWest122 Well-Known Member

    Since the airbag system is separate, can these suits be altered? Specifically, the arms or legs shortened.
     
  3. Sportbike Track Gear

    Sportbike Track Gear Well-Known Member

    Absolutely - the suits can be altered just the same as normal suits, especially the arms and legs!
    What makes the suit Tech-Air compatible is essentially:
    1) The addition of some extra stretch paneling to better accommodate an airbag inflation
    2) Airbag attachment points
    3) Airbag status LED light strip in the sleeve, which is connected to the airbag unit via a wire that runs up the sleeve to the back of the suit. (And if you were wondering, it's behind the liner, so you can't feel it at all!)

    -Jimmy
     
  4. TX Joose

    TX Joose Well-Known Member

    Are the airbag suits fit to order or standard sizes?
     
  5. Sportbike Track Gear

    Sportbike Track Gear Well-Known Member

    All of the Tech-Air compatible suits are standard, off the rack sized. There are a few different cuts between the suits, most notably, that the NXL306 is more curtailed towards an athletic/slimmer build.
    The NXL107 is available in standard sizing as well, with the added option of having RS Taichi work with you directly on any necessary custom modifications (for an additional charge).

    -Jimmy
     
  6. Sportbike Track Gear

    Sportbike Track Gear Well-Known Member

    I have the Alpinestars GP Tech V2 and the RS Taichi GP-WRX R306 suits myself. After doing a few days in each of the suits to break them in I had Dan at Sportbike Leather Service alter the arms on both of the suits to dial them in all the way for me. IMO the additional funds invested in each of the suits is worth it in the end. Each of the Tech-Air Compatible suits available offer a slightly different fit and we have spent a ton of time breaking down the each of them to help riders get the best fit right out of the gate. Feel free to post sizing questions in this thread, send a PM here or email us at forums@sportbiketrackgear.com. Jimmy and I will get you pointed in the right direction. - Van
     
  7. zebt66

    zebt66 Member

    i wear the alpinestar missle suit, 56 size. it is tight on me around the chest with the back protector on. Does the suit need to be a little loose for this airbag system?
     
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  8. Sportbike Track Gear

    Sportbike Track Gear Well-Known Member

    In theory you should be able to wear the same size suit. As with anything there are exceptions to that. What model back protector are you using with the Missile Suit and are you wearing a chest protector? - Van
     
  9. stk0308

    stk0308 Well-Known Member

    Just to confirm something I'm wondering now. The new Tech-Air 5 Airbag System is more street oriented, and may not be ideal for track use? Not a replacement for, or equivalent to, the Tech-Air Race Airbag System.
     
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  10. Sportbike Track Gear

    Sportbike Track Gear Well-Known Member

    You are absolutely correct. Alpinestars is not billing the Tech Air 5 as anything but a street-only vest. If airbag protection on the track is your intent, the Tech Air Race is what you need, not the Tech Air 5.
    Feel free to fire away with any other questions!

    Best,
    Jimmy
     
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  11. Hyperdyne

    Hyperdyne WERA 15

    FWIW - I have the Alpinestars V2 Suit which fits identical to the older Alpinestars Race Replica it replaces. I thought to go up a size from 54 to 56 with the addition of the airbag and my bag protector. The 56 was too baggy and the excess would have folded over in the thighs in a crash.

    With all of my suits, I put them on in the shower got them completely soaking wet, and then went out and rode in them until they were dry. They fit perfectly after this. With the V2 suit, I got it we with a hose and minded the electronics sections and it worked OK. They finally broke in after a couple of full days sweating in them.

    Absolutely pick one up. They are great suits and STG has great service!
     

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