Airbag technology is making your traditional motorcycle apparel items obsolete, and the technology just keeps getting better and better. Both Alpinestars and Dainese continuously raise the bar against one another, proving that competition improves the breed.
As such For the 2019 model year, Dainese is releasing its third generation D-Air airbag system, which boasts significant improvements over the previous iteration.
For starters, the new Dainese D-Air system is 37% lighter the previously generation, which is a big deal if you have ever picked up an airbag-equipped leather suit or jacket.
Dainese also says that its third-generation system has better ergonomics and efficiency than before. Most importantly though, Dainese is going to start using the D-Air technology in suits and jackets for women.
The Italian brand is offering a bevy of suits and jackets with airbags now, including the new Misano 2 D-Air leather racing suit; the Avro D-Air textile suit; the Racing 3 D-Air leather jacket; and the Carve Master 2 D-air Gore-Tex sport-touring jacket.
For women, the D-Air equipped list includes the Misano 2 Lady D-Air, which is the first professional leather suit for women equipped with an airbag.
Female riders will also have airbag protection in the Avro Lady D-Air textile jacket and the Racing 3 Lady D-Air leather jacket.
As you would expect, the items from the women’s D-Air line offer the same features and technology as the men’s line.
Helping to make the value of the D-Air system more apparent, Dainese has now made the airbag replaceable, which means that after an activation, the airbags can now be replaced by an authorized Dainese dealer.
Availability is expected in the USA by early 2019.
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