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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 01:22 AM Thread Starter
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I want to get a back protector before spring. Any suggestions? Price and protection are being considered.

What do you think of the Icon Field Armor? It has plastic "scales" and a chest protector and is half the price of Bohn Armor. I'm not that concerned with appearance. It's going to be under leather.

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I dunno... My Bohn has crash-tested extremely well, plus it is breatheable, lightweight and quite comfy. I especially like the fact that it protects my entire back and kidney area, all the way down to the tailbone.

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I am on the market for one too and am considering one from Alpinestars. Personally, I would avoid getting the armor from icon. I own alot of their street gear and its great, but, when is comes to the track, I am sticking with brands that have tested and evolved their products around racers..
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I like my Spidi airback. It has bladders of air, which I think would coushion a blow even more than armor alone.

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I second the Bohn back protectors. I've got one and tested it a couple of times. Its held up great, its thin, lightweight, and breathable.

I would also stay away from Icon gear for the track. I've seen a couple of pieces of gear not hold up as well in a crash as the other brands like Alpinestars and JR.

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i think i got a bohn, when i crashed i slide on my ass after i hit my back flat on the ground, then after my ass? hit the rumble strip, it sent me into this rolling mass of blubber untill i stop.

i got up, helped my buddy, got my bike off the track, from then on, nothing felt sore in my back.

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I dunno... My Bohn has crash-tested extremely well, plus it is breatheable, lightweight and quite comfy. I especially like the fact that it protects my entire back and kidney area, all the way down to the tailbone.
Yup! After two massive crashes at the track (140mph + and the second around 70mph) I've been through two broken elbows, a torn rotator cuff, a broken collar bone, severe concusion (back in '99) and a week in a coma ('03) and. . . no broken back or spine injuries thanks to my Bohn back protector!

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I have the Bohn Cool-air pro. Basically the one in the picture above. It has crashed very well and I have no complaints.
One thing to note though, I was in-between the Bohn and the Knox protectors when I started to look for one. I was told by a couple of shops that the Knox is a crash once and replace protector due to crushable internals that absorb the energy, kind of like a helmet works. The Bohn which looks almost the same does not have the same inner material and can be reused again and again. If you do a little searching around the web you will see that there is some history between Bohn and Knox. Something like Know feels that Bohn took his design and put a different name on it.
Anyway, get one. AND DON'T SKIMP ON YOUR SAFETY GEAR!!!
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Listen to bmoney. He had a crash last year at Road America that caused him to slide so long it burned through is leathers, boots, and underwear. But his back protector wasn't burned. It saved his back.

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Listen to bmoney. He had a crash last year at Road America that caused him to slide so long it burned through is leathers, boots, and underwear. But his back protector wasn't burned. It saved his back.

I still remember the look on your face........"uh, you need to goto the Med center NOW!"

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I have one from www.impactarmor.com, they are custom made to your dimensions and fit like a glove. It's a weird design though, the pad is basicly foam that is soft and pliable so it moves with you, but when it gets a fast sudden impact it becomes stiff and spreads the impact of the blow across a wide area.

Works awesome! Went for a 100 ft slide on my back at 80mph and didn't feel much of anything. They make a chest protector too.

One problem, they take a while to get, I got in on a group buy and it took 3 months. Wasn't a big deal cause of the season (it was winter) but it was a long wait.

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Anyone have any experience with the Dainese line of back protectors? I've been eyeing some by them.
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I have the Bohn too. Great product.

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Anyone have any experience with the Dainese line of back protectors? I've been eyeing some by them.
They are the "original" back protector, sold out a lot.

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I've got the Dianese Backspace...It kinda looks like the one Brian posted. I like it because of the plastic vertebrae design that moves with you and the thin profle. On the downside though, it only covers the spine.
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I just picked up a Knox from Dan at Chicago Cycles. Its NICE!!

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Does any one have any reviews on the Icon Field Armor chest/back protector? I'm interested in getting that but I want to make sure it works and not just all show and no go...

http://www.rideicon.com/

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Does any one have any reviews on the Icon Field Armor chest/back protector? I'm interested in getting that but I want to make sure it works and not just all show and no go...

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What the hell you need a chest protector for? Philly-D has a nice alpinestars one in the wanted and for sale forum. It is like brand new.

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What the hell you need a chest protector for? Philly-D has a nice alpinestars one in the wanted and for sale forum. It is like brand new.
Breaking ribs sucks (or so I've heard). If you high side, who knows what part of your body hits first. If you endo, odds are you will be landing front first.

Dainese makes a full chest, shoulder, back protector.

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Breaking ribs sucks (or so I've heard). If you high side, who knows what part of your body hits first. If you endo, odds are you will be landing front first.

Dainese makes a full chest, shoulder, back protector.
Not a track guy, but, I have broken ribs playing hockey, so I understand, and I can understand for MX, but track peeps, how many of you have broken a rib in a get off?

I would think that that setup is hot as hell, and bulky too.

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Not a track guy, but, I have broken ribs playing hockey, so I understand, and I can understand for MX, but track peeps, how many of you have broken a rib in a get off?

I would think that that setup is hot as hell, and bulky too.

i have the icon for street use. it's not as bulky as a bohn. but it doesn't cover as much area as the bohn either. the bohn goes down by the tail-bone and covers the kidneys. the icon doesn't go that low nor completely covers the kidney areas.

the chest part of the icon is not as protective as it may appear. there's not a whole lot of padding there. i have yet to test the icon (or bohn for that matter) but my guess is the icon is a once and done product.
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Anyone have any experience with the Dainese line of back protectors? I've been eyeing some by them.
I have one. Crash tested and I really like it. Seems to work good. Vic has their safety suit and he loves it. He woulda been fucked up when the clip on bashed him in the chest after a lowside where clipon was in his chest. Still had welt but would have had broken ribs for sure if he didn't have the chest protector. I was lookin at the Icon but not sure about quality. I need something to wear under a shirt for more protection.

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I found this thread on back protectors when I was looking for one.

http://forum.motorcycle-usa.com/defa...?f=32&m=101300

I went with the T-Pro Forcefield. Thus far I have been happy with it.
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I found this thread on back protectors when I was looking for one.

http://forum.motorcycle-usa.com/defa...?f=32&m=101300

I went with the T-Pro Forcefield. Thus far I have been happy with it.
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Will the Bohn Pro Racer style work ok with a two piece zip together suit? (I currenty have Triumph jacket and Alpinestars track pants).
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Will the Bohn Pro Racer style work ok with a two piece zip together suit? (I currenty have Triumph jacket and Alpinestars track pants).
If the leathers are super tight, probably not. If you've got some wiggle room you should be okay.

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try these guys:

www.impactarmor.com

Mike is a great guy and you cannot beat the custom sizing and multiple impact resistance of these things. Most protectors are a one-time and throw it away type.

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