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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-05-2005, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Back Protector Advice Please?

I need to buy a back protector, and wanted to know what the recommendations and/or considerations would be. I have never had one for a suit before, the last time I had one it was for motorcross, years ago.

This time, I need one for the track to go under my one piece suit. I am 5'8" if that matters, and would be looking for basically the best protection.

Any suggestions, comments, recommendations would be greatly appreciated. I would expect to order online from newenough, kneedraggers, or one of the others as there doesn't seem to be any real selection in stock locally.

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Great question Nemesis!

I need to pick one ip as well... I like the Sidi ones, but can someone who has one give a report as to if it bothers you under your suit?

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Here's some info: https://www.chicagolandsportbikes.com...back+protector

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Nolan and I both bought Bohn back protectors from STT (www.sportbiketracktime.com). They had the best prices out there. Nolan got the CoolAir ProRacer for $160. I went with the Carbon/Kevlar 6-plate since I'm so short (5'3"). That was $110. Shipping was included.

I wanted a back protector that covered spine, scapula, kidneys, and sacrum - the Bohn ones fit the bill. They're both really light and about 1/2 inch thick. My suit fits very snugly with it, but it doesn't impede movement at all. I did have to add another piece of velcro to the belt because my waist was too small for it to fit snugly. No biggie - it was an easy fix. Good luck with your search!!

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I have the Tecnic Knox Stowaway its pretty good but I think the Bohns are a much better quality.

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Brian...you can't go wrong with Bohn. Keep in mind there are two types of back protectors. Single use and mutliple use. Like a helmet, some are designed to absord one major impact and are garbage afterwards.

Fit is also an issue...you need to make sure you have room in your leathers. I went with the Dainese Backspace because of the slim profile and movement it affords under my suit.
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Brian I have a Dainese Backspace that I have never really used it was a little to short for me, but should be perfect for you. I can bring it this weekend and you can try it out and see if you like it. If so I can make you a deal on it.

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I have an Alpinestars, never been down with it so I can't say how protective it is.

It feels very protective and doesn't impede my movement too much though.
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I have the alpinestar tech race, highly recommend it although I haven't tested it yet. Very comfortable, I don't even know I'm wearing it. Has hard plastic interlocking plates, no problems with movement or flexibility, doesn't take up much space, thin profile. Designed for more than one impact, economical, comfortable, I feel naked without it.

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I have the alpinestar tech race, highly recommend it although I haven't tested it yet. Very comfortable, I don't even know I'm wearing it. Has hard plastic interlocking plates, no problems with movement or flexibility, doesn't take up much space, thin profile. Designed for more than one impact, economical, comfortable, I feel naked without it.
And this is the guy that looks just like the Stapuff marshmellow feeling naked.

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Brian I have a Dainese Backspace that I have never really used it was a little to short for me, but should be perfect for you. I can bring it this weekend and you can try it out and see if you like it. If so I can make you a deal on it.
Brent,

Sounds great, I'd love to try it out. So it sounds like the Dainese and the Bohn are the way to go. AlpineStars is well liked too. I look forward to trying your Dainese out this weekend. I am a little worried about the contrstaints of having a back protector on, but think that the feedback from the board here is invaluable.

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You'll feel naked not wearing it under your leathers once you get used to it.
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You'll feel naked not wearing it under your leathers once you get used to it.
Yeah.. but... I kinda like naked... so, now what?

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I've crash-tested my Bohn on numerous occasions and have absolutely zero complaints on how it held up. Good stuff!

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I've crash-tested my Bohn on numerous occasions and have absolutely zero complaints on how it held up. Good stuff!
Kimmy, What was the brand name of that one you were testing out (not crash-wise)? Thank one was pretty comfortable too.

I've got a 4 link Tecknic. Need to expand to a full blown back protector next season.

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OMG, I can picture the box it came in... it's in the trailer. Rats!

I'll ask John to check when he gets home and will post it up tonight.

The only things I didn't like about that b/p was the fact that it left the shoulders exposed. Everything else seemed real nice.

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Here is an interesting piece of reading on back protectors.
http://www.sportbikes.com/wwwthreads...85/an/0/page/0
I use the Forcefield T-Pro, and have been very satisfied with it.
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That's the one - Forcefield!

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And this is the guy that looks just like the Stapuff marshmellow feeling naked.

You're scaring me son.
I figured I was askin for it with that comment, but I said ah well fuck it

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I need to pick one ip as well... I like the Sidi ones, but can someone who has one give a report as to if it bothers you under your suit?
I have a Dainese and a Spidi one that you can try out on Sunday. Niether bothers me under my suit, however, I did buy a 1 size bigger 1-piece to accomodate the extra girth.
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I did buy a 1 size bigger 1-piece to accomodate the extra girth.
OMG!!!! Now I'm impressed!

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Brian,

Thanks for the offer. I'd love to see the Spidi. I'll be at the track all weekend. Hope to meet you there. I'll be with Gold Excursion, white Haulmark (Busa's favorite color) trailer, and silver CBR600F4i #116.

Now about the extra girth... I don't have that problem.

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Now about the extra girth... I don't have that problem.
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For the record... I wore the Spidi one all day on Sunday and it was perfect for me. I didn't even notice it under my suit... and better yet... I'm glad that it didn't have to get any real use!

BG is sad that her track season is over for 2005..... although there are lingering voices telling me to take a road trip to Atlanta in Nov.....

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Yeah.. but... I kinda like naked... so, now what?
Can't help ya there...
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Dainese, that's the ticket! (thanks Brent)

Wore it all weekend, LOVED it! Couldn't even tell it was there once it was on. However, being the engineer that I am, and of course curious, I decided to put it to the test in turn 8 today.... and the results are in... IT WORKS GREAT!!!

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