I started this topic about 10 months ago, and to be honnest, I have not ridden my bike or another ,without the airbagvest ever.
It never activated, so I still don't know what difference it would make , but I have been close ( remember my ponystory
I hope I will never need it.
Also Airbagvests aren't new anymore. They are well out of development faze and there are some good new products out there from different well known brands.
If I were to choose now, I still would go for the Ixon . It is a comfortable vest that goes under your gear.
I wouldn't go for the older style cord activated solutions anymore. They do not react fast enough in a direct collision.
Ixon spent since 2017 more then a year to test the vest itself with 500 testdrivers on the open road and then they did some changes to come to the final IX U03 product.
In & Motion makes the brain and programs the algorithms . I have seen that my vest already received modifications in the algorithms over my WIFI net , while charging. so they really update and upgrade things. plug out the small "brain box) out the vest and plug it in with your phone charger (USB) to reload battery and at the same time it will make contact over your wifi network ( you allow that ones) with In&Motion to look for updates .
On top of that apart from Ixon, there smart detection box and software is now also used in new Furygan and Held vests. (same hard and software I think, only other type vest)
pro's of my vest:
*Use it under your suit (so styling is your choice)
*Use it on the road or on track ( those are different algorithms that you can set using an app on your phone)
*No wire connection to the bike , so you change or testride bikes without worrying where to attach.
*faster reaction then the old wire systems
*You can reload it yourself after it has been activated (new inflator costs 90 , so not cheap)
*It is so comfortable to wear
*it has its own backprotector, so you can remove the backprotectors out of your suits and vests
*the detection box and the inflator is integrated in the backprotector, so no annoying bottle in the front.
*The areas of protection are quite complete.
Pricewise: It is not cheap but.
399 for the vest and the choice to buy the detection box at another 399 ( so around 800 all in) or to lease the detection box for 120/year or 12/month, so you can skip the months you don't use it. After 3 years you can decide to buy at 99
Updates are free. And it is a learning curve since every user shares information to make it possible to upgrade algorithms.
Have a look at what we spent on a helmet (carbon.....) on special boots and fancy vests /suits or even ....on an exhaust system.... and ask yourself when you go down, would you rather prefer to sound good doing it or to be protected ....