Rennie Scaysbrook | September 20, 2022
The 3/4 length Tech-Air 10 is the latest airbag technology from Alpinestars that can now be used by the everyday cyclist. The Tech-Air 10 can go under any suit (Alpinestars or not), as long as it’s designed to stretch accordingly.
It is a self-contained system (hence the compatibility with several different wetsuits), offering back, chest and hip protection, while the zipped Tech-Air Race only covers the upper half of the body of the cyclist. The company claims a 95% reduction in impact force transferred to the body with the Tech-Air 10.
The system has 12 sensors (nine accelerometers and three gyroscopes) to measure the impact, and the airbag will inflate between 20 and 40 milliseconds. You can get up to three deployments per airbag (although at this point you might want to consider pilot training as an option).
CE Level 2 protection is used in the back and chest protection, with the suit itself being constructed using mixed sections of stretch spandex, 3D spandex stretch mesh and lycra. You no longer need to wear an undersuit if you don’t want to, and you can pair the suit with the Tech-Air app which monitors system and battery status, as well as information about the route, driving statistics such as GPS tracking, distance, speed, etc…
Alpinestars Tech-Air 10 Airbag System MSRP: $999.95
Standout Feature:Full MotoGP spec protection now for Joe Blow
- Excellent safety coverage
- Compatible with several combinations
- Is a bit cramped when stuffed into a full road racing suit
Alpinestars Tech-Air 10 airbag system | Runner Analysis
When I was watching practice for the 2017 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Maverick Vinales had a little outing. Nothing out of the ordinary, I thought. Then I looked at his costume. All of a sudden Maverick had weight bearing hips and I realized he was wearing the latest ¾ version of Alpinestars Tech-Air airbag system. Fast forward five years and now it’s you and me who can have childbearing hips.
I’m a big fanboy of airbag systems, and it seems a little odd if I venture out onto the trail without one these days (I’ve had belt crashes in airbag suits and I know how well they work).
The Tech-Air 10 is noticeably different from the Tech-Air Race garment I wore at Cycle News for about five years. I got used to the Tech-Air Race, especially the one in my white Racing Absolute suit that has been featured so many times on these pages, most of which has become a normal part of the suit.
The Tech-Air 10 offers much better protection than the Tech-Air Race. The three-quarter protection is a real achievement that the company should be proud of, but I found the airbag to be a bit cramped when wearing it in the Fusion one-piece suit.
Before we move on, I should note that the suit was brand new and hadn’t had much luck breaking in, and when putting on full airbag underwear, things can get a little tight .
On the bike, I found I got used to it after a while, but I’ve never been more comfortable than when I was wearing my Tech-Air Race. It’s just because there’s so much more protection around my hips and thighs – something I’ve never had before – so it took me a while to get used to it. I think after a few more uses I will adjust to the Tech-Air 10, as I did at the Tech-Air Race after a career without an airbag.
Fit is a very personal thing and some others on this test with me didn’t have this issue. However, there is absolutely no denying the benefits brought by the Tech-Air 10 system. It is the best technology currently available to the buying public for circuit safety, and even if you never venture onto the track , you can still have it for the road by changing the algorithm.NC
Click here to read the Alpinestars Tech-Air 10 Airbag System Review in the Cycle news Digital edition magazine.
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