Alpinestars Bionic Air Back Protector
So comfortable, I use it every day
I wanted some back protection that extended lower than the CE insert in my main jacket, but was comfortable and easy enough to use that I would actually wear it when daily commuting. The Bionic Air back protector fit the bill precisely. I looked at a few other options, but this seemed to be one of the best.
This comfortably wraps around and tucks into the lumbar curvature and follows up the back nicely. I'm 5'8 and slim-to-athletic build and the size small worked well. There's some adjustment available in both the shoulder straps but also the velcro that secures the lower portion across the torso. Once you've adjusted it, there's no more need to fuss with adjustments. The shoulder straps are elasticated, so it's easy to slip on without having to do yoga contortions. I've also found that after a bit of time, it tends stay in the shape of your back making it even more comfortable.
I'm still able to easily sit down, lean, and move about without really noticing it's there at all. Under my jacket, it's not perceptible and people are generally surprised to see that I'm wearing it when I take the jacket off.
Airflow is quite good even though it's fairly snug against the back. I've since removed the insert from my jacket and prefer to just wear the Bionic Air protector. This also allows me to wear the jacket on it's own without too much bulk and protrusions from the back insert (I just leave in the shoulder and elbow pads as they're a pain to take in and out and not noticeable on the jacket at all.)
Would definitely recommend this one.
November 3, 2013
Comfortable Back Protection
I purchased this back protector for my first track day. The organization requires all riders to have rigid back protection and the Bionic Air satisfies this requirement. Its slim low profile design allowed it to fit comfortably under my already slim-fitting jacket with no problems (I removed the jacket's existing soft back pad). The straps kept it in the right spot all day, though when using it on the road all day in high temperatures, the wide straps definitely held in a lot of heat and became a little uncomfortable. This obviously wouldn't be a problem in cooler temperatures. Overall I am definitely happy with it and would consider wearing it on the street again as well as on the track.
August 13, 2013
Perfect back protector.
Perfect back protector, very comfort and easy to fit.
April 3, 2013
This back protector is much lighter and more breathable than my previous model. Haven't crash tested it yet but I'm confident in Astars. Straps on this model are a must have.
September 17, 2012
Great back protector for a good price.
I like this back protector because it falls in the middle of the price range for back protectors. It is also very slim. The medium fits me perfectly. I am 5'8. There is still plenty of room in all the straps for someone that may have a bit of a belly or broad shoulders. The protector breaths very good except for the strap that goes accross the belly. I found myself sweating from this area a lot. I have not crashed in it or had it long enough to comment on the level of protection and durability. Overall I am very happy with this purchase and would reccomend it to anyone. If you are like me, and you don't have much extra room in your leathers, then I strongly suggest this back protector as it is the slimmest that I tried on.
September 10, 2012
Overall very good product
This back protector offers good protection, plenty of protection for the road. I took the shoulder straps off because they caused the protector to ride up. I would definitely trust this at the track and plan on using it there. Airflow seems very good although I have yet to test it in anything over 75 degrees.
July 10, 2012
Build quality is very low compare to Dainese Air protectors. But it's only half the price so why not. It's also pretty comfy.
October 25, 2011
Lightweight, comfortable, barely noticable
I purchased this for a track day at Cadwell Park in the UK. I took the shoulder straps off because they caused the back protector to ride up. Once they were gone, everything fit perfectly and worked fine. I didn't get a chance to test it (fortunately) so I can't comment on the effectiveness. It seemed to be well ventilated, but it actually helped keep me a bit warmer at the track while off the bike. When on the bike, I barely noticed it at all.
September 5, 2011