A start-up,
with 45 years
of making

D-Air lab

D-Air Lab was founded by Lino Dainese in 2015 as an innovative start-up with the goal of identifying new applications of D-air®, the sophisticated airbag technology developed by Dainese. D-Air Lab is engaged in the research, development and pre-production of, and provision of industrialisation support for in-house or commissioned projects regarding personal protection and safety.
D-Air Lab's projects apply the expertise it has acquired over the years, distilled into the concept of Intelligent Clothing, to personal protection and safety in different areas of everyday life, from work to child carrying, seniors and epileptics, all the way through to polar and space exploration.


Lino Dainese founds Dainese "Motorcycle suits" in Molvena (Vicenza).


Dainese invents and patents the first back protector


Dainese back protectors and armour are adopted by Alpine Ski and Downhill Mountain Bike athletes.


Dainese moves into helmets with the acquisition of Mavet and launches the integrated design vision "Safety from head to toe" for motorcycle rider protection systems.


Dainese presents the first prototype of the D-air® airbag for protecting motorcyclists.


Dainese acquires the legendary Italian motorcycle helmet manufacturer AGV, and a few years later presents the AGV Standards, a method that revolutionised helmet design.


Dainese partners with Professor Dava Newman and Space Architect Guillermo Trotti to design the Biosuit®, a space suit that applies pressure to the astronaut's body without limiting their freedom of movement.


D-air® launches on the international market in Racing and Street versions for use on the track and road respectively.


Dainese presents D-air® Ski, the airbag for Alpine Ski athletes, at Kitzbühel. D-air® Ski is subsequently adopted by the Austrian, Swiss and Italian Federations amongst many others.


D-Air Lab is founded with Lino Dainese holding 75% of the share capital and Dainese Spa holding the remaining 25%.


D-Air Lab delivers the first prototypes of WorkAir, the airbag for protecting workers, to ENEL

Where we come from

Dainese created the back protector in 1979 to protect motorcycle racers from back injuries, a significant problem highlighted by a series of serious crashes.
The first model designed, patented and manufactured by Dainese was called the Back Protector and featured a design inspired by animal shells in nature to enable riders to race in greater safety.
Dainese back protectors are now in their sixth generation and widely adopted by motorcyclists, racers and athletes around the world.

"If every motorcyclist wore a back protector, there would be a 60% reduction in serious spinal injuries."
Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italy), 11 November 2014
The "Safety from head to toe" project was launched to take motorcycle clothing a big step forward in every area from protection to ergonomics and aerodynamics.

"Safety from head to toe" is a design vision in which motorcycle clothing is no longer seen as a random collection of individually-designed components, but instead becomes an organic system in which every part has been designed and manufactured taking the ergonomic, functional and aerodynamic factors that link it to the others into account.

The goal of this project took Dainese into helmets, which it began designing and manufacturing with the acquisition of Mavet.
La “Sicurezza dalla testa ai piedi” è una visione progettuale in cui l’abbigliamento del motociclista non è più la semplice aggregazione di componenti concepiti separatamente, ma diventa un sistema organico, in cui ogni parte è progettata e prodotta tenendo conto dei rapporti ergonomici, funzionali e aerodinamici che la legano alle altre.

Nel quadro di questo progetto, la Dainese entra nel mondo dei caschi che inizia a progettare e produrre con l’acquisizione della Mavet.
AGV STANDARDS revolutionised how helmets are designed, measurably and demonstrably improving their ergonomics, protection and comfort.
One of the most important aspects of this innovative method turned the design logic that had dominated for many years on its head. This traditional method designed "from the outside in", following a process that first decided upon the shape and volume of the outer shell and only then proceeded to consider the internal materials. AGV literally turned this logic on its head, designing and building the helmet around the wearer's head, from the various inner layers through to the outer shell.
Finite Element Method (FEM) analysis, which simulates all the crash tests on a computer, makes it possible to carry out a large number of tests to optimise the helmet structure.
The AGV Standards method thus enables one to achieve advances that were previously considered incompatible, creating helmets that are not only more protective but also lighter, that provide increased ventilation but are also quieter, and that are more comfortable but simultaneously less bulky, more ergonomic and offer greater visibility.
Dainese's work on protection and ergonomics in the sports world came to the attention of Professor Dava Newman (Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT, Boston) and Space Architect Guillermo Trotti, who embarked on a fruitful partnership with the company to design a new space suit for NIAC (NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts).
The project aimed to make the suits that astronauts use for extravehicular activities simpler to put on and less tiring to use than those currently adopted, which apply pressure to the body using pressurised air, making movement difficult and energy-intensive.
The Biosuit aims to use Arthur Iberall's work between 1950 and 1970, together with Professor Newman's subsequent development of it, to apply mechanical pressure instead of pneumatic pressure, doing so on what are known as “lines of non extension” - lines on the human body where pressure can be applied without limiting movement. The Biosuit design uses these to create a suit for extravehicular activities that is less stiff and bulky than current designs since it no longer needs to contain pressurised air. This would greatly improve suit ergonomics, making astronauts’ work much less tiring.
D-air® is Dainese's most ambitious project to date. It took more than ten years' research and development to create this airbag for the human body, the first ever offered to motorcyclists and athletes. The initial ideas were prompted by the serious accidents suffered by Roland Ratzenberger and Ulrike Maier in 1996, which highlighted the need for neck protection, something very difficult to achieve with rigid structures. Using an airbag immediately seemed the right solution, but it took more than ten years to transfer the car airbag concept to the human body effectively and safely, during which time the pneumatic and electronic systems were both radically redesigned for use around the human body.
D-air® was the first motorcycle airbag triggered using an all-electronic system (without any physical connections to the motorbike), capable of offering complete protection in the most violent accidents in just 45 milliseconds and reducing the impact forces transferred to the protected areas by up to 85%. D-air® is widely used in motorcycle racing today, where it has in certain cases become compulsory.


The DAR, the Dainese ARchive, tells the 50-year history of Dainese, showing visitors the ideas, technologies, people and innovations that took Dainese to become a leader in its sector.
Rich in that experience, D-Air Lab is embarking on a new journey, the first steps in which have already been taken while the final destination is still unknown.


At D-Air Lab, we believe people are the real driver of innovation and the greatest asset of our company: entrepreneurs, technicians, engineers and designers who brainstorm and share expertise and experience to find dependable and sustainable answers to the human body’s need for protection.
They are the assets that create the projects and products that D-Air Lab offers, constantly aware that their users will be people first and clients second.


It’s better to think of the consumer as a “friend” than a “target”.
Luca De Biase

Designing protective equipment means promising greater safety, an increasingly important aspect of people’s lives. That’s why D-Air Lab commits itself to designing and seeing its projects through to completion with a strong sense of responsibility, viewing the people who will use them as friends whose trust should always be honoured.
For D-Air Lab, that means making our expertise and technologies available through quality products that deliver what they promise to every friend who wants greater protection, and doing so at an accessible price.

Our working friends