Dainese W-Frame racing suit learns lessons from space

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Dainese_W-Frame_racing_suit_1.jpgNew for 2009, the Dainese W-Frame racing suit draws inspiration from the BioSuit space suit co-developed with MIT. The BioSuit is meant to revolutionize extravehicular mobility in outer space, while the W-Frame intends to do the same for on-bike mobility here on Earth. Immediately noticeable on the W-Frame is the BioSuit like pattern on the fabric chest piece, but the biggest innovation takes place inside. A 3D bubble liner creates specifically contoured air pockets between the rider’s skin and the leather. Air is then channeled by the suit’s ventilation ducts through those channels, keeping the rider cool.
>Dainese_W-Frame_racing_suit_2.jpgThat ventilation will be greater than ever before thanks to the
addition of a stiff body to the aerodynamic back hump, which contains
both inlet and exhaust ducts to accelerate air as it passes through.
Dainese describes conditions inside the suit as “a fresh and aerated
microclimate,” which sounds a whole lot better than the stinky, sweaty
microclimate that exists inside our race leathers.

Like the BioSuit, the W-Frame is also intended to fit closer then ever
while allowing an unprecedented degree of mobility. This is achieved
through a combination of stretch panels — especially that fabric chest,
which is composed from “a thermoformed combination of elastic material,
polyurethane screen, and special anti-scratch Lycra” —as well as new
armor designed to be far less intrusive than before. To create it,
titanium panels are riveted into plastic pockets, which are then molded
into the suit’s leather.

Dainese_W-Frame_racing_suit_3.jpgWe love the highly technical look achieved by the combination of all of
these features, and would love to be able to tell you more about this
and the rest of Dainese’s 2009 product range. Unfortunately we’re
finding it extremely difficult to get our hands on images and info from
the company, instead relying on bad translations from Italian language
sites. We don’t even know when, or if, the W-Frame will go on sale
either in Europe or America, but can’t wait to try one out, if and when
we ever get the chance.

Dainese via Motoblog

  • http://TriumphDaytona675.wordpress.com Sam

    That’s a great looking suit, It might be worth a trip to Italy to pick one up. Well any excuse to ride across the Alps on a motorbike.

    It’s weird when you think how far bikes have come in the last five years that suits haven’t changed as dramatically.

    Sam

  • chris charman

    on yer bike just outside Aylesbury bucks are selling black W frame suits with white and red decls, RRP £1249 they are doing them for £799.

    i bought one today and i can tell you its the most comfortable suit i have ever owned,i have had all types of suits over the years this is the best yet and at this price its a bargin.

    One point this is no winter suit its purley a summer suit its ventilation is second to none.

    I think its also one of the best looking suits on the market,so do ya self a favour if ya looking for a new suit this one is the bollox and with £400 off RRP its a bargin.

  • http://yrf matt

    kicking suit 11 out of 10 XD