Dainese has been developing its D-air airbag system for motorcyclists for the past 22 years. In the year 2000, the gear manufacturer debuted the first prototype of an airbag shaped around the body. Nearly two decades later, Dainese has finally made its patented system available in lady-specific gear. Better late (really late) than never?
Dainese D-air has been adopted in MotoGP since 2007, and uses patented internal Microfilament Technology to help distribute air evenly throughout the system. An electronic control unit boasts of an algorithm that reads sensor data 1,000 times per second. Its Intelligent Protection System (IPS) automatically activates the airbag system in situations perceived by the software as unsafe, such as falls, highsides, slides, and rolls.
D-air is a standalone system that is CE Category II certified. It runs on battery power which can last up to 25 hours on stand-by and eight hours in use. It can be fully charged in six hours. The 2019 models must be registered and activated on the D-air app.
For 2019, Dainese has announced three women’s garments with integrated D-air technology. In the D-air Racing lineup, there’s the Misano 2 Lady D-air Perforated 1PC Suit (Women's Race Suit) which retails for around US$2,500. In the D-air Road lineup, there’s the Avro Lady D-air 2PCS Suit and the Racing 3 Lady D-air Leather Jacket; pricing has yet to be announced. These new pieces of gear are being released worldwide this spring.