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The Gilet Wave is an ergonomic CE Level 1 back protector characterized by a a new harness. This innovative support system, reinforced with inserts in Crash Absorb, is widely adjustable and is capable to ensure maximum comfort and product stability. The back protector features a composite structure provided with a series of polypropylene articulated outer plates. The plates are designed with corrugated reinforcing structure to distribute concentrated impact forces over a wider surface area. Inner core in aluminum honeycomb, an ultra-light material capable of ensuring maximum energy absorption and optimum elimination of heat and humidity. Innovative double density thermoformed perimeter adds structure to support the plates for maximum comfort in contact with the body and thermal comfort. The articulated plates and patented lumbar joint allow this protector to follow the body's movements, maximizing ergonomics.
Back protector certified to EN 1621.2/2003 Standard (Level 1)
External polypropylene plates with perforated and corrugated structure
Aluminum honeycomb energy absorption material
Double density thermoformed perimeter support structure
I forget I'm wearing it.
In preparation for a "serious" track day, I decided it was time for a back protector to wear under my leathers. I opted for the Dainese based on my experience with their other products, and was not disappointed. The Wave didn't hinder my movement at all, and with all the adjust-ability, I was able to get it to fit my torso like some sort of... torso glove. Spent several hours on the track and never got into any "sweaty back" scenarios, so I'll say the airflow is "Great" as well. The only down-side to wearing one of these is that I constantly felt the urge to have people punch me in the back. Probably not a good idea, based on the aluminum honeycomb innards, so I'm glad nobody took me up on the offer.
September 30, 2013
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A shopper asked:I noticed this new gilet style bp is rated ce1 in the description, but that the bp's counterpart (the wave) is rated ce2. The two bps look identical aside from their fastening system. Can someone explain the difference in ce rating?Jan 14, 2013
RevZilla:What differentiates CE Level 1 vs CE Level 2 Dainese Wave back protectors is the amount of Crash Absorb¬Æ used. For example, the CE Level 1 Dainese Gilet Wave Back Protector uses Crash Absorb¬Æ patches in specific locations of the protector. The CE Level 2 Dainese Wave Air Back Protector uses Crash Absorb¬Æ throughout the entire back protector.Jan 16, 2013
A S:Hi! For once again, thank you Revzilla for enlightening us with your info and videos! Regarding above mentioned subject, does this mean that the Dainese Wave Air (CE2) offer more protection than the Gilet Wave (CE1)? Is the Wave Air with the scapula protection the best solution compared to the Gilet Wave? To conclude with, which back protector in the entire Dainese lineup provides (a) optimum protection plus (b) large amount of airflow for racetrack riding?Oct 21, 2013
A S asked:Hi! For once again, thank you Revzilla for enlightening us with your info and videos. Regarding above mentioned subject, does this mean that the Dainese Wave Air (CE2) offer more protection than the Gilet Wave (CE1)? Is the Wave Air with the scapula protection the best solution compared to the Gilet Wave? To conclude with, which back protector in the entire Dainese lineup provides (a) optimum protection plus (b) large amount of airflow for racetrack riding?Oct 21, 2013
Thanks for your reply. I understand the Wave Air and Gilet Wave have the same back protection. The difference is in the front, where the Gilet has the extra foam padding. It?s the padding that puzzled me regarding breathability. I will consider your advice while deciding which one to choose.
David S:Can't say which one in line line has the most airflow, but can say I've worn this is the summer time with no problem. I tried on several models at the store in Philly, including one other from Dainese, and liked this one the best for it's flexibility and apparent breathing ability.Oct 28, 2013
A shopper asked:I own one of these and can categorically exclaim that it is pretty much THE BEST protector around. I catch myself walking around in it all the time, not noticing I got the armor on still. Totally excellent for rolling about in just a regular old pedestrian leather jacket too!
Quick question, and this may very well prove useful to many other pilgrims of the curious kind: can one add a chest protector plate/armor to this back protector? Preferably a Dainese chest protector, obviously.