I guess every little bit helps, I would rather have a jacket that inflated like a balloon and lifted me away from danger, probably need a tether or something to keep from getting to high up. And a deflator valve....
Those guys in the pictures weren't real cops either, only the one guy in shades had a mustache and it was a pretty paltry one. Real cops have honking big cookie-dusters, everyone knows that. They have to grow one before they give them their gen-you-wine Po-Lice shades..
the subject is way more complicated than it seems and I find it hard to believe that a lanyard based system is going to be much good in head on impact. You need accelerator based systems like those found in car airbags.
I wrote about the Dainese jacket quite a few years ago and the technology isnt yet mature for mass production.
See the video there, it shows just how much the vest needs to inflate to really protect you. wasnt at all surprised that the video of the impactjacket never showed any real head on collision testing.
according to what I've been told at the time, CO2 based inflation can never give the ultra fast filling time required to protect in a head on collision. Only a Nitrogen or explosive based filling system can really give that needed inflation speed= expensive gear.
I was thinking that many times if it took a half-second it would just cushion the corpse. I like research into safety and hopefully with refinement this type of gear can continue to offer ever-increasing choices for Riders.
I assume you're giving some sexy European a test ride, when you get all done, Do Tell!
It takes a 25lb "tug" to activate the inflator. That's nearly enough to pull a lighter-weight bike over. I've forgotten to pull the cord loose on my Eclipse vest, you don't get too far or have to get too heavy a tug to realize you goofed.
I'd imagine that it gets to be second-nature to detach the cord before long.
For those who would dismiss the airbag jacket concept as ineffective due to 'slow' inflation time, you are looking at the subject from only one perspective: direct head on impacts - these are often going to be lethal irregardless of what protective gear you wear!
A CO2 cartridge based airbag jacket will fully inflate in approx. 350-400 milliseconds and even partially inflated will provide significant additional protection over a standard jacket. I completed many hours of research on this subject this past spring and now own a HIT-AIR MS TYPE Motorcycle Airbag Jacket. When my jacket inflates, it provides protection not only to the torso, but also support around the neck and to the tailbone - for complete coverage of the spine. It also has the standard compliment of CE approved armor.
I'm sure the Impact Jacket is also a quality product, but I can absolutely vouch for the quality of the Hit-Air Jacket. It is a first rate product made to very high standards.
I am so convinced the CO2 based Motorcycle Airbag Jacket can help save lives, I took the time to create a page on my website with pictures and a video review of my jacket - including an actual inflation demonstration. If you are interested, here is the link: