Alpinestars Bionic Air Back Protector Insert
A protector but a good one
If you are planning to buy a good back protector then you should pick this one. Light, vent is good, cant even notice it inside my jacket. Made a good choice with it.
May 20, 2013
Great back protector
I got one of these back protectors for my AlpineStars jacket and am glad I did. It is very lightweight and it's design flows air freely. I don't notice it at all in my jacket... In fact I stop to check if its there every few times I use my jacket. I highly recommend it as an in-jacket protector. It won't protect you as much as a dedicated back protector with straps and a long tail, but for casual riding it'll do the trick.
Note: I rated it highly for comfort, because it is so comfortable you won't notice it. It's also very fairly priced, so great bang for the buck. Also, it flows a lot of air, so high marks. It's a quality piece of gear, as one would expect from AlpineStars, so high marks again. I also rated it highly for features, but am a bit conflicted about that: it's a back protector. It protects your back and fits in your jacket. Not exactly feature-rich, but what do you expect from a back protector? It doesn't charge my cell phone or make me a latte, and it's rubbish at giving directions, and I can't find a single cup holder... But none of those things would be expected in such an item.
May 15, 2013
Much more comfortable than other protectors
I put this in my new Viper Air jacket. The amount of air moving through this thing is unreal after coming from a jacket with an Icon Stryker. I don't get that turtle shell feeling and sweat spot. I can barely tell this thing is on my back but it still feels like it gives me a good amount of protection if I ever come off the bike.
May 9, 2013
These should come standard
The instant I saw the foam padding, I decided to replace it. A*GP Plus Perforated size 48 + medium was my combo and it breathes straight through, front to back. The weight and thickness is just low enough to blend in and disappear while riding and still offers protection(way better than the foam that was just reserving a seat for a new insert).
If you're on the street and need perforated stuff for the coming heat, get this.
May 3, 2013
A good upgrade
I have this in a GP-R jacket and it's a great addition. It breaths great, adds very little weight to the jacket and I can't even tell its in.
April 29, 2013
Awesome basic upgrade!
I ordered a large thinking it would fit my size 40 alpine jacket, but it almost fits... It is sleek and not too thick for it to stick out of your back. It is comfortable and feels durable. If you're a size 40 alpine jacket or smaller, definitely get medium. Overall, I definitely recommend!
April 18, 2013
As Advertised, Great Product!
I do not even notice its there, but like knowing it's there. Flows air great! Easy to install, I slid it over the foam that came with my jacket. Very comfortable!
2011 GSXR 1000
April 1, 2013
After spending the cash upgrading to a GP Plus A* jacket, I was a bit hesitant to spend even more on additional armor. After getting the jacket home and checking out the "back insert" that came with the GP Plus, I was immediately glad I had bitten the bullet and upgraded.
Straight out of the package, you could tell this was a high quality product. Everything from the stitching, to materials were top notch. After about 200 miles on the road, I can honestly say the comfort and air flow are fantastic. I'm no expert when it comes to impact protection, but it's CE rated, and that's more than can be said about the flimsy, thin, worthless foam that comes with the GP Plus.
Bottom line - buy it. You'll get peace of mind, and that in itself is worth splashing the cash.
March 31, 2013