Dainese’s new Smart Jacket is the first airbag vest featuring D-air technology that can be worn either over or under any jacket or outfit, without requiring any connection to the bike. The D-air protector is worn separately from clothing, can be used riding any bike and on any road and is available for both men and women. The Smart Jacket is also foldable for easy storage in a backpack or top box.
Smart Jacket is the result of more than 20 years of Dainese research on the D-air system, and in a single garment combines the ultimate in airbag technology for motorcycles, the same used by MotoGP professional riders, with the maximum versatility and ease of use.
The “brain” of Smart Jacket is the triggering algorithm: At a rate of 1,000 times per second, the electronic central unit analyzes data transmitted by seven sensors and detects dangerous situations, activating the system only when necessary. Through two decades of development and extensive data collection, Dainese has refined its sophisticated D-air algorithm to predict accidents, including stationary vehicle and stationary rider collisions.
The Shield is the heart of Smart Jacket protection, an airbag featuring Dainese’s patented technology that integrates proprietary internal microfilaments that guarantee inflation is even and controlled throughout the entire surface. When activated, The Shield envelops the body and delivers maximum protection to the rider. The Shield covers the chest and back, ensuring the same degree of protection as seven Level 1 back protectors, despite not having hardshell protective gear inside. The result is an extremely light and practical garment that riders can easily fold and place in a lateral bag, a top box or in a backpack when not in use.
Smart Jacket is also designed with incredible ventilation for further versatility and comfort. The external fabric of the jacket is ventilated but the most innovative ventilation is found inside, as the Shield folds over on itself. In normal riding conditions, this enables air to flow through the front. In case of activation, the Shield expands and covers the entire chest area, providing maximum protection. The Smart Jacket also features water-repellent fabric and the integrated D-air technology is waterproof to protect riders regardless of weather conditions.
Smart Jacket inherits the best practical features from the third-generation D-air Road range, including the ability to have the airbag replaced by an authorized dealer. The long battery life – with 25 hours of operation when fully charged – makes the Smart Jacket even more usable, and the garment recharges quickly.
Dainese Smart Jacket is available in six sizes, with versions for men and women. It will be in stores from July 2019 for $699.