Alpinestars TechAir 5 Airbag Vest Fingers-On Assessment


Alpinestars TechAir 5 Airbag Vest Assessment Abstract

Assessment Abstract

Alpinestars (A*) launched their TechAir 5 (TA5) a couple of years again. The TA5 product presents safety for each riders on the racetrack and avenue riders by A*’s app. Their algorithm may be modified for avenue or monitor driving. The TA5 is meant to be worn beneath different security clothes.


Protects shoulders in addition to chest, again, and clavicle areas

Snug to put on

Gives a wonderful quantity of safety

Very quick deployment on account of twin aragon canisters

Could be switched from avenue to trace use

Included passive again safety


Doesn’t match nicely beneath improperly sized jackets

Have to be despatched to a certified A* reactivation heart after deployment

Magnetic zipper alignment clasp may be tough to align

The magnetic charging cable clasp simply detaches from the vest

The Coccyx space will not be lined

Assessment Abstract

  • The Alpinestars TechAir 5 retails for $790 USD.
  • It presents a wonderful quantity of safety within the shoulders, chest, again, and clavicle areas. Nevertheless, the coccyx space will not be lined.
  • The TechAir 5 options very quick deployment on account of its twin aragon canister design. Moreover, it may be switched between avenue and monitor use.
  • As soon as it has been activated and deployed, customers might want to ship it in to a certified Alpinestars reactivation heart.
  • Development-wise, the magnetic zipper is tough to align and the magnetic charging cable clasp simply detaches from the vest.


I need to begin by saying that this evaluate was by no means supposed to interchange a person’s information. None of my critiques have that intent. If you happen to’ve bought the TA5, then you must learn the A* person’s information. I evaluate gadgets to offer my view to potential patrons of options I’ve present in evaluating any product. I’ve been fortunate sufficient to check a number of bike airbag programs. Invariably somebody will ask “How does the TA5 examine to ‘fill within the clean.’?” wBW has requested me to do a side-by-side comparability, of lots of the airbag vests at the moment in the marketplace as of this publication.

As I acknowledged in my evaluate of the Alpinestars TechAir 3  simply by likelihood once I was on the seller who bought me my Ducati, two representatives from Alpinestars had been there organising a demo desk of TechAir 5s. That they had by no means seen an digital Helite Turtle I had bought and was sporting. After explaining the way it works, I discussed that I’ve reviewed three variations of Helite airbag vests. The primary was the analog model of the Helite Turtle 2 vest in August of 2022, the Helite e-Turtle 2 Airbag and the newest had been my critiques of the  Helite e-Turtle 2 Airbag and the Mo’Cycle airbag denims. One of many males requested if I want to evaluate Alpinestars Techair 3 and/or 5 and gave me his enterprise card. After writing to him, an Alpinestars Media and Firm Communications Division worker contacted me. I let him know that I’d be completely satisfied to evaluate each vests in the event that they’d enable me to electronically deploy the vests and ship them in for servicing.

My perception is to supply potential patrons a ‘soup to nuts‘ evaluate of merchandise. I prefer to understand how one thing works, see it really works, and for these vests that have to be despatched in for service, how lengthy it takes and the outcomes as soon as returned. This turnaround time in addition to another details will probably be included in my total comparability of the airbags I’ve reviewed.

I’m not naive. I perceive that I ‘could’ get further quick service sending the vest in after deployment since A* is conscious I’m reviewing the product service. However I can assume that the period of time it takes to get the TA5 again could be the quickest… or not. Both approach, having the ability to expertise the service is one thing I worth in a full evaluate. AND A* was prepared to ship me their proprietary mobile phone set off to deploy the vest. Very good since all of my mates needed to know if I’d must crash my bike to see if the vest labored. And who will get my Multistrada if it doesn’t and I die? Ah, good mates are irreplaceable.

In The Field

Apple began it, the entire packaging factor. I’m not an unboxing fan however needed as an example how the TA5 is packaged and arrived at my doorstep. It has a transparent safety seal to indicate the vest had not but been opened.


A* provides plug-ins for all nations. Merely insert the suitable plug into the facility socket connect the USB sort A plug into it after which join it to the TA5 vest. As new there’s a very clear tag that covers the USB magnetic charging port.


Within the Cons part, I discussed that the proprietary magnetic portion of the USB Mini connection typically disconnected from the vest. This will current an issue if the very small machine is misplaced. I imagine an everyday USB Mini cable can connect with the vest if that piece is misplaced, however I didn’t attempt it. Nevertheless, on web page 15 of the EN person guide, it states:

“Charging and Use Occasions

Roughly 4 hours are required to recharge a discharged battery with the equipped  USB Charger (13), with exception of the primary battery cost which can require an extended time (approx. 12 hours). A completely charged battery will present roughly 30 hours of use. If restricted time is obtainable, charging the battery for about 1 hour will present roughly 7 to eight hours of use. The System could also be charged by connecting it to a pc, or to another Micro USB charger. Nevertheless, if the present output is beneath 1 Ampere, the charging occasions will probably be longer than these acknowledged above.”

I’ve included a hyperlink to the TECHAIR 5 USER MANUAL. As a result of this can be a subtle piece of package DESIGNED TO REDUCE OR PREVENT SERIOUS harm, I extremely recommend anybody who purchases this machine learn and observe the guide. You don’t have any one guilty aside from your self for not figuring out use your gear. Ever seen a Navy or Air Drive fighter jet pilot run by a guidelines of their gear?  Nuff stated….


The development of the TA5 may be very nicely performed. Seams, {hardware}, and fabrication are all first-rate. It’s evident how a lot thought and design went into this airbag vest.

The App

Like all different apps in your telephone, downloading an app will depend on if you happen to’re an Android or IOS person. I’m an Android fella, so I obtained mine from the Google Play Retailer. Please word that utilizing the app will not be vital to make use of the TA5. The vest works tremendous with out it. The app supplies comfort to the person together with some added options that aren’t related to the protection of the vest.

For the primary time, I used the Signup hyperlink stuffed out my info, and made my unit of measurement choice, Miles.

Pair the System

From the TA5 Person’s Information

“As soon as the Bluetooth is turned on, the App will mechanically try to determine a reference to an obtainable Tech-Air® 5 System, if already paired with the System. Ought to no Tech-Air® System have been already paired to the App, the System may be simply paired to the App by scanning the QR code current contained in the System’s inside neck liner. As soon as the System has been appropriately paired the App, it is going to be doable to visualise the general standing of the System, akin to battery stage and put in software program, and enabling or disabling a number of the capabilities supplied by the App. When the Tech-Air® 5 System turns off, the Bluetooth® connection will keep lively to permit the dialogue between the System and the cell phone, supplied that the System is within the neighborhood. On this case, the lively reference to the App is indicated by the blinking yellow mild (3b) on the LED show (3) and the Person can work together with the App. The LED show will definitively flip off when the System doesn’t detect any reference to the App.”

There are fairly a couple of issues that may be achieved utilizing the app. I gained’t cowl all of them, however listed below are two essential factors.

Within the app, the system may be set to Road or Race mode.

Riding mode selection in app

From the TA5 person guide:

“While the System Test is being carried out the System is on the lookout for the physique actions to conduct one or the entire following actions:

  • Strolling (together with up and down stairs)

If the System Test is handed a stable inexperienced (3a) LED indicator mild will illuminate.

Be aware that the next actions are unlikely to cross the System Test:

  • Zipping up the jacket with out sporting it
  • Sitting down – INCLUDING on the bike with the engine at idle.


Ought to the System detect a scenario incompatible with the traditional anticipated utilization of the System, the System will mechanically flip off and so will the Led Show (3). Open and shut the Entrance Flap (2) to show the System on once more and re- carry out the System Test.

When the System Test has been appropriately carried out, and the yellow mild turns off, the 

System should detect a driving situation for a minimum of 10 seconds with the intention to be able to deploy in case of an accident. 


When Race Mode is chosen, after the completion of the System Test, the LED Show will present stable inexperienced and yellow LED mild. The yellow mild will flip off solely when rider reaches 100km/h (62mph) and solely then the System will probably be able to deploy. If the rider stops or the velocity drops beneath the 100km/h for an prolonged time period, the System will return within the System Test part.

The software program replace is completed by the app.

Activating the System

There are not any ‘on/off’ buttons on the TA5. The system is activated by attaching mating magnets on the higher chest portion of the vest to align the mating magnetic portion which is achieved by zipping the vest closed. As well as, a Velcro tab secures the outside magnet to the vest.

On the backside of the zipper, they’ve put in a magnet to assist align the zipper pull to its mate. I discovered that it makes matching them up a bit finicky, however I are typically uncoordinated with most zippers, so YMMV.

Magnetic zipper at the bottom

Right here is a photograph of the chest magnet which additionally makes use of mating Velcro panels to maintain it closed.

Chest magnet on Alpinestars TechAir 5

Installation guide from user manual

As soon as the magnetic clasps are related, the next sequence of lights signifies the TA5’s standing:

  1. TechAir 5 Flashing inexperienced cost indicator mild
  2. TechAir 5 Yellow flashing cost mild
  3. TechAir 5 Charging begins – pink

Battery charging LED indicators on Alpinestars TechAir 5


Alpinestars TechAir 5 size chart


That is a very powerful a part of the evaluate so I felt it must be talked about final. It’s human nature to recollect the newest factor, which is why I’m posting this final. As a result of the TA5 is designed to be worn beneath a driving jacket. For this evaluate, I opted to deploy the vest whereas worn exterior of my jacket to indicate the TA5’s deployment protection. The next photos illustrate the TA5 in numerous levels.

TA5 pre-deployment

Figuring out how the TA5 limits my head movement after deployment. I really feel this provides me a good suggestion of how nicely my neck and clavicle areas are protected in a crash.

Airbag protection space

Airbag coverage area for Alpinestars TechAir 5

The quantity of safety supplied by the TA5 to the shoulder areas is spectacular. No different airbag vest I’ve examined so far presents this stage of safety to the shoulders.

If you’re questioning why I’m holding a mobile phone in my hand, I discussed earlier that A* despatched me their proprietary mobile phone set off to deploy the vest. I selected to make use of my Alpinestars Halo Drystar as an example how the TA5 seems when worn beneath an ‘authorized’ dimension jacket.

A* recommends sizing the TA5 to match the dimensions of the jacket. I put on a big in all of my driving jackets, so I had them ship me a big TA5.

The match and luxury of the TA5 worn beneath a correctly fitted jacket is great. The operative phrase right here is correctly. The next picture is from the TA5 person’s guide that describes the correct match of a jacket worn over the TA5.

I attempted on the TA5 beneath the entire jackets I personal. The one two that met the specs outlined within the TA5 person’s information had been my Alpinestars Halo Drystar and my Aerostich Darian jacket. My Knox Urbane Professional MKII Jacket, Aerostich Transit 3, and KLIM Marrakesh all lacked the room vital to securely put on the TA5 beneath them for the airbag to completely deploy. Some did match however had been too comfortable to be comfy. And if the vest doesn’t have the room to guard me when deployed, it’s of little use.

Of the airbag vests I’ve examined so far, the TA5 ‘feels’ the quickest to completely deploy. I imagine that is because of the twin Aragon canisters and their placement on the vest. No, I don’t have the gear to measure milliseconds, however after having ACTUALLY DEPLOYED most if not the entire consumer-available airbag vests, my seat of the chest monitor tells me it’s rattling quick.


I used to be not capable of take a look at the battery lifetime of the TA5 as I had with the Helite eTurtle vest, so I’ll belief A*’s battery life estimate. The vest is nicely constructed, suits nicely inside most journey bike baggage compartments, and is comfy. Having the app to watch battery life and different elements of the garment in addition to your journey may be very slick too. The safety space and quantity together with the very fast deployment make this vest a powerful piece of apparatus.


  • Protects shoulders in addition to chest, again, and clavicle areas
  • Snug to put on
  • Gives a wonderful quantity of safety
  • Very quick deployment on account of twin aragon canisters
  • Could be switched from avenue to trace use
  • Included passive again safety


  • Doesn’t match nicely beneath improperly sized jackets
  • Have to be despatched to a certified A* reactivation heart after deployment
  • Magnetic zipper alignment clasp may be tough to align
  • The magnetic charging cable clasp simply detaches from the vest
  • The Coccyx space will not be lined


  • Producer: Alpinestars
  • Value: (When Examined) $789.95
  • Weight, 4.40 kilos 1.995kg  (dimension L)
  • Colours: Gray/Black (as examined)
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, L (as examined), XL, XXL, XXXL, XXXL Sizing information
  • Assessment Interval: November 2023

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