The spine VPD 2.0 Airbag vest has been developed specifically for Ski Cross and Alpine racers and has been approved for use in both disciplines by FIS. The Airbag provides a wide-spanning protection of the neck, chest, spine, abdomen and hips and offers up to more than 4 times better absorption capacity compared to an standard back protection.
Details : Designed in collaboration with world champion skiers, the Spine VPD 2.0 Airbag vest is made for demanding racers who care about performance and protection. Combining the VPD back protector with the In&motion airbag system, it offers the highest level of protection ever. The airbag system consists of integrated sensors and uses a precise algorithm to distinguish between a crash or fall from the normal forces associated with Alpine racing. In order to detect a loss of balance the system keeps track of a rider’s movement by performing 1000 analysis per second. When a fall is detected, the airbag is inflated in less than 100 milliseconds to provide protection for the neck, chest, spine, abdomen and hips. Approved by the International Ski Federation (FIS), the Spine VPD 2.0 Airbag Vest system is integrated within the light vest wearable under a ski racing suit, which makes it convenient and comfortable to wear. Wind tunnel testing has also proven that the vest has no effect on a skier’s aerodynamics. The airbag provides a wide-spanning protection of the neck, chest, spine, abdomen and hips and offers up to more than 4 times better absorption capacity compared to a standard back protector. Once inflated, the system is reusable simply by replacing the inflator, and alpine and ski cross racers can expect access to this technology by the Autumn 2015.