A Maryland motorcyclist put an airbag-equipped jacket to the test when he was ejected 100 feet from his bike and slammed to the ground at an estimated 140 mph. A local news report lauds the jacket and states that the victim suffered minor injuries, which officials say could have been "much worse."
The jacket, which uses replaceable C02 cartridges and is designed to inflate at torso and neck areas when tethers detach from the motorcycle's frame, is manufactured by Impact Jackets and sells for around $400.
Given the relative cost of safety gear, this seems like a small price to pay for this type of protection; would you spring for a self-inflating jacket, or do you prefer to leave airbag technology in cars (and Honda Gold Wings)? Comment away on this latest motorcycle safety trend.Photo © Impact Jackets