Alpinestars boosts dirt safety

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Alpinestars is seriously upgrading its off-road protection equipment for
Fall 2010, finally offering real knee braces and integrating its Bionic
Neck Support
into its armor jackets and chest protection to make it
more effective. The safety offered by that chest protector alone has
been increased also, with it now incorporating a real back protector for
the first time. Details of the new products below.

Alpinestars B2 Carbon Knee Brace
Rather than simply offering impact protection, as Astars’ previous knee armor has done, this is a proper knee brace that protects the joint from sideways flex and hyper extension as well as impacts. Two solid carbon frames are joined by stainless steel hinges, forming a very slim package that shouldn’t prove bulkier than existing knee armor. The degree of extension permitted can be adjusted between zero and 20 degrees and the braces can be used for post-operation support as well as protection. Unlike many similar products, these Astars braces are relatively affordable; just $350.

Alpinestars A-10 Chest Protector
Finally much more than a flimsy plastic roost deflector, this chest protector offers serious  CE-approved protection for the chest, collar bones and back, while integrating attachment points for the sold-separately Bionic Neck Support so that users don’t have to wear the dinky armpit straps to keep the BNS on. Integrating the BNS mounts brings safety benefits, ensuring that the support is correctly located and secure during a crash and that its function isn’t obstructed by improperly fitting gear.

Alpinestars Bionic Protection Jacket for BNS
Essentially identical to the existing Bionic Protection Jacket in all but detail, this new jacket integrates attachment points for the Bionic Neck Support and moves the chest armor out of its way for proper fit. Another update includes the addition of lycra to the collar, chest and upper arms, where the previous jacket (which I wear) used the Predator net all over.

  • Kidchampion

    Off road? I’m wearing all this stuff to the Harley bar.

    • Wes Siler

      All the fat old chicks in halter tops will dig that.

  • T

    Do the knee guards work for street? I am looking for knee guards to ride the canyons and freeways of So Cal but have not been too impressed with the Icon or the Astar “Bionics” (with the little metal plate.) What makes these “bad” for street use?

    • Wes Siler

      For street you probably need more impact than torsional protection. Look for a suit or trousers that incorporate good armor or replace flimsy armor with something like this Knox stuff:

    • Sean Smith

      Johnson Leather in SF sells some nice strap-ons. Wait. That didn’t come out right… Anyway, the T-Pro Limb tubes and strap-on leg armor is great stuff. It doesn’t fit so hot under the type of jeans guys like Wes and I wear, but under anything normal sized, it works great.

      Their other armor also fits into the pockets on these bad boys:

      If you’re looking for canyon protection though, especially in ultra-aggressive SoCal, a race suit is pretty much the only way to go. Even if you’re not wearing out pucks, it’s nice to be protected when that t-shirt clad squid on the R6 lowsides into you on the snake.

      • Wes Siler

        +1 for race suits for road riding. You get some strange looks from non bikers (rednecks tend to think I’m a girl since my hair hangs out my helmet), but I’ve never worn anything more comfortable or safer than my one-piece on a sportsbike.

        • Sean Smith

          I sometimes tell the chaps and fringe crowd it’s a gimp suit, just for fun.

  • vic

    i look at those knee braces and somehow i think that the asphalt crowd is being screwed over
    still no effective clavicle and hip protection,
    the neck is completely exposed

    the airbag system is far from being an effective one[yet],even high end suits have little more than foam&rubber patches to protect you from the most violent of impacts
    there isn’t any suit that integrates a big sturdy back protector instead we get those useless little back humps on street jackets
    that d3o goo looks like a good solution but isn’t implemented where it should be(chest,hips)

    most of the innovation seems to be in the shoe and glove department but not in the suit