New Dainese Mugello D-Air suit has even bigger airbag

"You buy-a thees suit, Dainese can afford to sponsor me for another year. Ees nice, no?!" Picture: Alan Dowds From: Dainese Price: TBC Sizes: 44-60

To Misano, where top Italian leather gurus Dainese were unveiling their latest flagship suit, as developed by some dodgy local club racer from the area called Valentino. The new suit has had a proper overhaul, with the aim being to make it even more saferer, by relocating seams, reducing the number of panels, and an all-new set of external protectors.

The idea is to reduce the amount of stitching in the suit, so it has fewer weak points. For example, the external sliding protectors are bonded into place rather than sewn, the back panel is a much larger, single piece of leather rather than several sewn together, and a new three-way elasticated section makes the construction simpler around the hip and waist area.

The new suit also has a more advanced D-Air airbag setup, with a new bag that comes down to the lower ribcage, giving more protection there. We’ve all had a bust rib or two, and they’re rubbish, even more so when they puncture a lung, or something even more nasty…

Other nice new touches include quick-change elbow sliders, because we all wear them out so fast these days don’t we? Plus, the new airbag system includes an emergency flashing red light that comes on when it deploys. So if you come off during a wet, low-visibility race, and get separated from your bike, you’re still visible to other riders. The outer material is all kangaroo leather, the external slider protectors are titanium, and there’s an all-new ‘smart’ knee protector setup for more comfort and adjustability. You also get a built-in hydration camelbak-type installation.

Rossi was there to show off the suit, and he reckoned he’d been developing it with the Dainese folk for a while. No price as yet, but we suspect it’ll be at the upper end of the scale…

They showed off suits going back thirty years, to Chili's outfit from 1987...
They showed off suits going back thirty years, to Chili's outfit from 1987... Picture: Alan Dowds
New D-Air airbag design. Note the extra sections lower down - they may not suit(!) the fuller figure of course...
New D-Air airbag design. Note the extra sections lower down - they may not suit(!) the fuller figure of course... Picture: Dainese
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