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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-03-2007, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Back Protector - opinions needed

So I'm going to pick up a back protector for Christmas. I'll probably also get a chest protector. I wanted to get some recommendations from you guys. I know I want CE level 2 protection. I would prefer if the back and check protector were combined in some way (vest or something like the way knox products attach).

Here is what I'm considering, just wondering if there is something else I should look at or if you have any opinions on these.

Knox Contour Back protector + knox chest protector (total price about $300) http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/...r--615335.html http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/...r--615339.html

Dainese Wave 2 (300) http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/...DAIN05-22.html

Alpinestar Bionic 2 Vest ($150) http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/...t--615411.html
or the Aplinestar Bionic 2 jacket (because it looks like it wouldn't move around as much) ($200) http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/...t--622562.html

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Are you so insecure that you need to post up any purchase you are thinking about?
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Are you so insecure that you need to post up any purchase you are thinking about?
When I have never purchased a back protector, know nothing about them, and many people on here have used them for years...yeah I'm posting.

I'm also not secure enough to ride a girls bike..I guess were just different people.

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Why not just get the vest?
http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/...t--615411.html

unless you're concerned about the quality of the shoulder pads in your leathers, i dont see why you need to pay an extra $50 for them.

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your guys's avatars are fricken me out, they look almost the same!!!

that vest option looks sweet cause i always fight with mine if its not in the right spot. but, on a hot day its just more crap you gotta wear.

i've got the A* SMX back protector, i love it, thicker than some of the other ones i have seen, i slide across the curb on my back at BHF, back was fine, i just had a bruise on my ass

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The thing I didn't like about the vest is the way the bottom strap of the back protector doesn't go all the way around. Look at that compared to the jacket.

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your guys's avatars are fricken me out, they look almost the same!!!
AGREED! I was freaked out, I thought steve was bitching at himself... nearly identical post counts, nearly identical pictures, both 600rr's... both love the penis... I mean seriously

oh, and on topic, I have the bohn carbon/kevlar back protector and it's comfortable and you can't really tell it's on, but would if it fit a bit more securely as I'm trying to put my suit on and I haven't crash tested it yet, so I don't know how well it works (kinda hoping not to).
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i've got the A* SMX back protector, i love it, thicker than some of the other ones i have seen, i slide across the curb on my back at BHF, back was fine, i just had a bruise on my ass
+1 I have the Tech back protector and it's definately thicker than others out there and still fits very well under my leathers. Crash tested mine plenty this past season. A*'s has my approval.


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The thing I didn't like about the vest is the way the bottom strap of the back protector doesn't go all the way around. Look at that compared to the jacket.
I guess, but it's still adjustable. The side straps are just shorter and the velcro is on your sides instead of the front. Both are good either way.

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Love my T-PRO Forecfield Back Protector (it's very comfortable and has gotten great reviews):



Can be purchased here:

http://www.johnsonleather.com/forcef..._protector.htm

They also have a chest protector but I found it to be too big and not comfortable so I returned it and got the Bohn Cool-Air Chest Protector (it's cool, comfortable and works well with the T-PRO back protector).



Can be purchased here:

http://actionstation.com/catalog/pro...php?prod=KCCPW

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And on the plus side if you go with the tpro:

**Size S NOW available in Women's**
Women's features a 2 inch higher waist band to fit the female form and a pink logo
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And on the plus side if you go with the tpro:

**Size S NOW available in Women's**
Women's features a 2 inch higher waist band to fit the female form and a pink logo

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Stive go back to whatever you do in Wisconsin. I liked it better when you weren't posting.

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I got my back protector from these guys, custom made and it works...

http://impactarmor.homestead.com/

Good enough for the Haydens, Corser, Edwards, Laconi, etc.

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I got my back protector from these guys, custom made and it works...

http://impactarmor.homestead.com/

Good enough for the Haydens, Corser, Edwards, Laconi, etc.
Nice write up on Impactarmor here:
http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Articl...ArticleID=2021

If I hadn't waited until right before the season I'd have probably gone that route.

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+1 on the tpro forcefield bp.

The chest protector is a bit big but offers alot of protection even for the ribs. It's manageable depending on your definition of comfort but I only wear mine 50% of the time so...They make a smaller one now using the same material.

The Ride Magazine back protector review downloads are worth the visit to the site (scroll mid page):
http://www.johnsonleather.com/armor_main.htm

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My chest protector is Impact armor and my back protector is A* SMX.
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I'm going to look into the Impact Armor some more. I like how it's a custom made product but I'm still concerned about how secure the product will stay in place as well a a few other things.

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I've fallen down alot, and had the Alpinestars Tech back protector on each time while on a road course. Never had any sort of back injury.

I wear the A* Bionic Full length jacket w/ an MX jersey when doing supermoto. It uses the same back protector component as the one for roadracing. I finally 'tested' that in October with a pretty wicked highside. The jersey rode up and I had some roadrash, and my hand slapped the pavement and was pretty sore for a few days, but not broken (A* Octanes). I landed pretty much flat on my back and it held up great. No paralysis, bruising or impact related injury or pain.

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I'm going to look into the Impact Armor some more. I like how it's a custom made product but I'm still concerned about how secure the product will stay in place as well a a few other things.
I've had my Impact Armour back protector for about 5-6 years now. It stays in place just fine. When you first put it on it's very stiff, but your body temp molds it to your body after a few minutes. Remember you will have leathers on so if your back protector is sliding around your leathers are probably too big. I've crashed a few times with it on and I will tell you I didn't even feel anything with my back. Even sliding on my back and tumbleing, nothing.

If you do go with them, order WAY ahead of the time you plan on using it. I waited three months for mine. I was part of a group buy of about 15 people and there are only (at least when I bought mine) two people that work at Impart Armour.

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If I order it, it will be at the beginning of Jan. I won't need it until May most likely. Thanks for the heads up though.

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so im lookin into back protectors too and it seems like the tpro forcefield is the same as joe rocket speemaster, just marketed under that name for brand recognition. anyway, does anybody know if there actually are differences or is it the SAME protector w/diff name. in a couple reviews i read they werent sure if it was the same. alot easier to find the speedmaster here. thx men
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Crash testing is probably the only way I'd trust back protectors.
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