Personal Airbags for DH

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8/24/2010 10:30 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/4/2011 5:12 PM

Personal Airbags for your crashing escapades?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/24/sports/24airbag.html?

wonder if it'd work on the DH rig. granted the thought of sharp rocks and sticks would have to be thought about, but hey, why not?

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8/24/2010 10:52 AM

I would love to test pilot after my accident last weekend in Telluride. I'm thanking about creating some Kevlar reinforced anti rock goring underwear! I wish my injury to be experienced by no one.

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8/24/2010 10:55 AM

BrianBuell wrote:

I would love to test pilot after my accident last weekend in Telluride. I'm thanking about creating some Kevlar reinforced anti rock goring underwear! I wish my injury to be experienced by no one.

what happened? you usually run pretty padded up, don't you? (upper armor)

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8/24/2010 11:00 AM

I think motoGP guys have something like this as well right? Seems like it would be a cool idea. So many variables to think of though.

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8/24/2010 11:17 AM

BrianBuell wrote:

I would love to test pilot after my accident last weekend in Telluride. I'm thanking about creating some Kevlar reinforced anti rock goring underwear! I wish my injury to be experienced by no one.

sspomer wrote:

what happened? you usually run pretty padded up, don't you? (upper armor)

I very sharp rock broke my fall in the A$$ region...no bueno! I was totally protected, but I found a weak spot OUCH!

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8/24/2010 11:44 AM

moto gp has this in development its done by danies

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Axon31

8/24/2010 1:29 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/4/2011 5:12 PM

BrianBuell wrote:

I would love to test pilot after my accident last weekend in Telluride. I'm thanking about creating some Kevlar reinforced anti rock goring underwear! I wish my injury to be experienced by no one.

sspomer wrote:

what happened? you usually run pretty padded up, don't you? (upper armor)

BrianBuell wrote:

I very sharp rock broke my fall in the A$$ region...no bueno! I was totally protected, but I found a weak spot OUCH!

You better get that fixed before you end up in prison.

Them boys can sniff out a rear defense weakness.

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8/24/2010 1:31 PM

I definitely think every dher should wear these. Because it's going to entertain the hell out me just punching these guys and inflating them in the lift line.

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8/24/2010 1:42 PM

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8/24/2010 1:56 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/4/2011 5:12 PM

VWilliams wrote:

I think motoGP guys have something like this as well right? Seems like it would be a cool idea. So many variables to think of though.

Dainese has an electronic airbag on the race suit of their sponsored road racers like Rossi, Lorenzo, Simoncelli. Tht suit will be sold to the public for the first time in February 2011, in Europe. It is triggered by the g-force sustained during high-sides and low-sides.

took 10 years to get there and get it working perfectly.

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8/24/2010 3:47 PM

I think it would be way too expensive. If you think about the number off times you come off your bike and multiply that by the cost to "reset" the suit it would just cost a fortune. Just like a car this equipment would have to be professionally serviced everytime it was deployed. You can understand it for a jockey or moto gp rider as the deploy rate would be fairly low in comparison to a mtb rider.

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8/24/2010 4:02 PM

I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT SAFETY LOOKS STUPID.

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8/24/2010 4:06 PM

I think it would be awesome to pull out now and then. I generally don't wear more than knee/shins, but if you were to try a big new sender (think last month's Decline cover), or race a gnarly track all out on your race run, I'd put it on. Nice option anyway. Needs something to go around the pelvis too and then you'd be pretty well covered - head, neck, pelvis - for the things that an airbag can really protect which is blunt trauma from falls.

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8/24/2010 4:07 PM

daymz wrote:

I think it would be way too expensive. If you think about the number off times you come off your bike and multiply that by the cost to "reset" the suit it would just cost a fortune. Just like a car this equipment would have to be professionally serviced everytime it was deployed. You can understand it for a jockey or moto gp rider as the deploy rate would be fairly low in comparison to a mtb rider.

the design in the article says $400-700 and uses a ripcord. price doesn't seem too crazy and you could probably get ben cory to inflate it regularly for you damo : )

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8/24/2010 4:25 PM

daymz wrote:

I think it would be way too expensive. If you think about the number off times you come off your bike and multiply that by the cost to "reset" the suit it would just cost a fortune. Just like a car this equipment would have to be professionally serviced everytime it was deployed. You can understand it for a jockey or moto gp rider as the deploy rate would be fairly low in comparison to a mtb rider.

Have you been to the hospital lately?? It tends not to be very cheap. I'm under the impression resetting the jacket can be done by the user and is re-charged with a CO2 canister similar to what is used for bike tires on the trail. I want one.....

The problem is when you slam a tree without ejecting from your bike. Doesn't inflate till you decide to bail. I'm with Buell, we're both gonna need some of these to test and determine viability for the mountain bike market!!

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8/24/2010 5:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/24/2010 5:26 PM

I don't know about all of you, but I tend not to rag-doll when I have a get-off... I like to be able to spot my landing and guide my fall... depends on speed tho, I guess my high-speed crashes are more about just hoping there's nothing sharp or cliff-like in front of me.... what are the chances your rip-cord would snag on a tree or something and inflate when you didn't want it to?

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8/24/2010 6:34 PM

i think the product would have to be refined for DH use to avoid accidental cord pulls or puncture from sharp stuff, but the idea is interesting for sure.

someone could develop a secondary unit that inflates to protect your bike when you eject too...i bet that'd sell more than body protection : )

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8/24/2010 8:20 PM

I have a friend who horseback rides and she was saying that you always have to remember the rip cord before you get off the horse, though usually after the first time you accidently set it off you remember next time to disconnect it.

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8/25/2010 1:07 AM

daymz wrote:

I think it would be way too expensive. If you think about the number off times you come off your bike and multiply that by the cost to "reset" the suit it would just cost a fortune. Just like a car this equipment would have to be professionally serviced everytime it was deployed. You can understand it for a jockey or moto gp rider as the deploy rate would be fairly low in comparison to a mtb rider.

wyomingone wrote:

Have you been to the hospital lately?? It tends not to be very cheap. I'm under the impression resetting the jacket can be done by the user and is re-charged with a CO2 canister similar to what is used for bike tires on the trail. I want one.....

The problem is when you slam a tree without ejecting from your bike. Doesn't inflate till you decide to bail. I'm with Buell, we're both gonna need some of these to test and determine viability for the mountain bike market!!

Free health care here in Ausland so free is well within my price range. Viva la socialism....

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8/25/2010 10:27 PM

I'm injured more when I'm stuck to the bike when falling - this is an electronic triggering method, fine it makes sense but if you are tethered to the bike it'd be awfully stupid to inflate yourself in the lift line . . .

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8/25/2010 10:31 PM

sspomer wrote:

i think the product would have to be refined for DH use to avoid accidental cord pulls or puncture from sharp stuff, but the idea is interesting for sure.

someone could develop a secondary unit that inflates to protect your bike when you eject too...i bet that'd sell more than body protection : )

Eff that. (family language just for you).


I want to learn tailwhip/poof up airs. Or just a good no hander where I scream UNGGHH! and pop a torsal increase in volume at a moment's notice.

This would be way more fun in a bar than on some stupid bicycle.

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