I'm looking at the alpine stars. More coverage on the shoulders than the others it seemsI've been looking. I like the Helite options best so far, but the e-Turtle still isn't available in the U.S., and that's the one that interests me most. Even the mechanical Turtle 2 vest is difficult to find.
Agreed, it's at the tip of the market, but a small price to pay for what I am hoping is good safety gear.I bought an Alpinestar Tech-Air 5 last summer. It's surprisingly heavy but not really noticeable when riding. I also didn't think it was unbearable in high temperatures under a mesh jacket. I know it will be obsolete soon as the market progresses, but I pulled the trigger after seeing the cost of a friend's life flight and hospital bills.
Unless the track requires doubling up on back protection, I'd remove an insert from the jacket or the airbag.I contacted the track day organizer and he said my Helite would be okay but it does not fit right over top of the suit speed hump.