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Old 06-24-2007, 08:46 PM   #1
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Airbag jacket?? Anyone have experience with it?

I rode with a guy two weeks back who had one of these airbag jackets or one like it.
http://www.airprotekgear.com

He swore by it. He had unwillingly crash tested with a mishap at the end of his driveway and said it inflated before he hit the ground. I have not found anyone who's crash tested it at speed though.

This particular jacket also comes with CE armor and the airbag. It uses the hit-air system which has been developed for quite some time now. The trigger requires a sufficient amount of force to trip the vest so supposedly you won't trip the vest just by getting off the bike.

I was wondering if anyone else had experience with this. I'm sure tracks would not be too open to it but it may be a good idea for street riding and touring.

Of course I would find this after I've purchased some Vansons.
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Old 06-24-2007, 09:06 PM   #2
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sounds like a gimmeck to me.
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i watched someone grab on a car with it, didnt get hurt but i think it was supposed to just be funny
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looks to be a good idea. i dont know how comfortable it is.....
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Old 06-24-2007, 11:21 PM   #6
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:laughing6 I can guarantee so many people are going to forget to pull the string.....
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:23 AM   #7
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:laughing6 I can guarantee so many people are going to forget to pull the string.....
You don't have to pull anything though, when you fall off the chord gets pulled automatically.

Or are you talking about when they get off of the bike? Because that would be funny.
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does it stay inflated while you are sliding down the road at speed? does it protect on impact only or does it stay inflated?
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:36 PM   #9
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It stays inflated for about 30 seconds. I found a demo video of it on youtube but don't have the link handy.
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Old 06-26-2007, 05:42 PM   #10
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You just gotta remember to unhook the cord when getting off the bike
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Old 06-26-2007, 05:44 PM   #11
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Saw this awhile back, always wondered how good it really worked.
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only stays inflated for about SIX seconds.... according to the website
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Dont think it will work if you were to hit the car instead of flying over it. Im pretty sure it takes less than 1/2 second to hit the car once you impact.
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Old 06-27-2007, 02:27 AM   #14
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only stays inflated for about SIX seconds.... according to the website
Yeah. But the the demo on Youtube said about 30 seconds and it definitely took longer than 6.
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Dont think it will work if you were to hit the car instead of flying over it. Im pretty sure it takes less than 1/2 second to hit the car once you impact.
Yeah. I don't think so either. The guy that designed this supposedly witnessed a guy flying off the bike. I think your best bet with this thing would be to "jump" over something rather than hit it. :laughing6 Seriously though, I've heard of riders (with gear) fairing well in an accident if they go over the vehicle and slide. Hitting a solid object is never a good thing. :eh: In that case I think the back, chest, and neck protection would all be a good thing.

If you low side, I think the neck protection would be really good.
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id still rather crash with it than without, could be the diff between life or death
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id still rather crash with it than without, could be the diff between life or death
True. You definitely don't know how you'll crash, so it would be better to have it regardless.

They're really proud of their product though. The vests only start at $500 and go up to $700 for a textile jacket. In comparison I just bought a full set of Vanson leathers with armor for about that much.

Considering their product materials are just synthetic, I think they're just price gouging at the $700 point. What do you guys/gals think?

I've found a couple of other inflatable vest products that are considerably less but they don't provide the neck protection which I think is really important.
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the neck is super important, its kinda expensive but i cant place a price on my neck staying in one piece...but leathers go a long way within reason....
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Well I just wrote a lengthy email to the inventor and the US reseller asking a few questions and posing some things to consider regarding their pricing.

Since there's no independent testing data they need a larger user base to try these out. Logically it makes sense but they're pricing themselves out of the market. $700 for textile is not cheap.

I also proposed that there's impact protection and there's abrasion protection. I can see this providing great impact protection but the textiles will not provide great abrasion protection. Not to mention you need leather for track days, TMGP, and CMRA anway.

I asked them questions about their minimal vest:
http://www.airprotekgear.com/product.../hp/index.html

This one could be worn over your existing gear and afford you the best of both worlds, but it doesn't look like it's designed for motorcycle use. I'll let you guys know what I find out.
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