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Back protectors - July 11, 2007, 07:37 PM

I am probably going to do the MARRC school on August 24th and I need to get a back protector. Since I need to get a new one, I'm looking for some insight from people who have had the suspender type and the complete vest type. I'd like to hear pro's and con's about both. Thank you.
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July 11, 2007, 07:53 PM

I raced for years with a Technic plated one. Loved it and it kept me safe. Actually 'used' it on 9 occasions. Not only did I never hurt my back, but the reinforcement was reassuring to me. Recently bought a Spidi 'honeycomb' style. I taught the MARRC school with it July 6th.

The Spidi waffle protector can be rolled, flexed, bent, etc. While I'm sure it dissipates energy well, it seemed to be less protection from a sharp object like a footpeg. Plus, if I'm hitting a tirewall at speed (happened in 2005 in turn 9 at Summit), I think I prefer something on my back that can't be rolled-up and placed in my glove compartment.

Halfway thru the day, I switched back to my old Technics. It was just as comfortable, but the reassurance of having solid plates goes a long way for me. They're about half the cost of a honeycomb style, in case you didn't know.

I haven't tried a vest, but they look impressive in the pics I've seen.


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July 11, 2007, 10:24 PM

I've been using the Icon and I've had a couple of falls and it absorbed the shock well. I didn't slam into anything but I've rolled and was completely fine. By no means am I saying it's the best or anything but so far I'm happy with it.
I like the fact that the material is pretty thick which does mean it will keep you warm
In addition, it has pads on not only the spine but ribs, shoulder, and chest. I've seen a lot of racers using them as well in CCS.

Just my input on the Icon backprotector.

Contact Sree at Motonekoparts.com for some prices and tell him you're a .net member...he'll hook you up on whatever back protector you decide to go with.

BTW...it's not a bad idea to use them on the street for the more spirited rides as well


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July 11, 2007, 10:26 PM

I swear by Alpinestars Tech-race since I am still among the walking after hitting a rock wall last year at speed with my back and leg. Tibia shattered like china, broken femur but only suffered 2 lower cracked vertebraes. I am now using the SP vest which is the new version of the Tech race with the added bonus of a chest protector and fits nice and snug. It only flexes in the correct direction, the plates does not allow it to flex backwards.


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July 12, 2007, 07:51 AM

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member...he'll hook you up on whatever back protector you decide to go with.

BTW...it's not a bad idea to use them on the street for the more spirited rides as well
Or even the not so spirited rides. They won't help you maintain a "I'm hardcore, gear is for chumps" profile, but they aren't uncomfortable and can save you.

I have a Bohn back protector. Haven't really put it to a serious test, but I am sure that it has helped keep me from even getting bruised or hurt at all a few times.
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July 12, 2007, 08:45 AM

Bohn and Knox are reputed to be the best.

I have one from velocity, STmaven on .com is one of their reps, I bought it through their shop a little over a year ago.

I like the hard links it has, its not uncomfortable, but you do notice your riding it, and if you leave it too lose I feel it creep up my leathers and end up squirming to tuck it back down, after that it stays put.

http://www.highvelocitygear.com/

They give .com members $24 off the $99 price on their web page, so its $75.

http://www.highvelocitygear.com/prod...portbikes.html

If you have the $ buy quality. Just my $0.02


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July 12, 2007, 08:51 AM

I have the bohn proracer one, and so far haven't had to test it, but its comfy, covers not only spine, but tailbone, kidney area and shoulder blades. I've worn Craigs carbon/kevlar series one, and it was equally comfortable

while the high end models will run you slightly more $$, I would suggest getting a protector that covers as much as possible, as best as possible, within the $$ you can spend, while fitting under your leathers w/o restricting motion. (Basically, same rules for a helmet or any other kind of gear)


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July 12, 2007, 08:56 AM

http://www.highvelocitygear.com/prod...ortbikes1.html

Back and chest...


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July 12, 2007, 09:13 AM

the A* one is very comterable but i havnt had the chance to "test" it out but
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July 17, 2007, 01:20 PM

I have the Aplinestars and its great! If I could do it again, though, i'd buy the bohn. Never crash tested either, but the Aplinestars is a pretty good standby. I like the hard shell to prevent piercing.

The Bohn protector makes me drool - anyone know if it gets in the way of their armored pants?

Oh, and before long you'll wear it every ride...


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July 17, 2007, 01:32 PM

I use the Forcefield which is the only Level Two back protector (L2 is the EU higher standard). I have old back accident from my youth when I cracked 3 vertebrae - long since healed - but any thing previously cracked/broke is a risk - I wanted the best out there...

They are available here in the US - http://www.johnsonleather.com/forcef..._protector.htm

JR version - http://www.newenough.com/armor/back_...protector.html

For a comparision (it's old but worth a read) - http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/back-...tor/tpro-bohn/


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July 17, 2007, 01:34 PM

I have an Alpinstars as well and have tested it on a couple of occasions, so far with good results. I would like more kidney protection and may invest in something like a Bohn in the future.

I'm currently running a Bohn chest protector as well but have yet to test it. As you can imagine I'm not in a hurry to do so.


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July 17, 2007, 01:36 PM

The teknic armor plated one has saved my spine on a number of occasions


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July 17, 2007, 01:42 PM

I have the ICON chest/ back protector. I had a not so fun wreck @ VIR and am sure I would have had some more broken bones if I wasn't wearing it...


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July 17, 2007, 01:55 PM

I have a bohn as well and at first thought it looked to big but its actually comfortable and I like the idea of protecting tailbone.
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