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July 28, 2003, 11:12 AM

I want to get a back protector...anyone have a suggestion as to what manufacturer I should get?

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July 28, 2003, 11:28 AM

look at Bohn, Knox (Bohn and Knox are very similar...I think the internal structure is a bit different, but the basic design is the same....bohn is derived from knox I think), or try the helimot or whatever it's called, that is supposed to be good. I personally have a Bohn Cool Air, which is nice...it's light and comfy, but I hardly wear it....I really need to get in the habit of putting it on. Oh well.

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July 28, 2003, 11:39 AM

I actually just got a spidi back protector that I attached to one of my leather jackets that only had shoulderand elbow protectors. So far so good. Haven't had a chance to test it in real life and would rather skip that all together. All I know is that it's 100% better protection now than before.

Here's the link in case you want to check it out.


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July 28, 2003, 02:03 PM

I have been wearing Alpinestar Tech Back protector.
I have crashed in it a few times and it has worked well. I think it is nearly indestructable from the design.
It is kind of a pain and not that comfortable - but beats the discomfort of a wheelchair for life.

My last high side the elastic staps went into my skin, over a clavical break. I regained conciousness with the EMTs removing the strap (and shirt) from my flesh.
That hurt quite a bit.

I am now looking at going with the integrated system - like the Dainese safety shirt. It offers back, kidney, and rib protection. The down side is that you have to have gear that fits over, and you cannot have both internal and external armor. It would be like trying to ride in Stormtrooper armor. I am sure lots of people have tried that too, right?
Bad idea.

Anyway - depending on your needs (track/street) try some on.
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